FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 CHEVY S-10s LEAD FIELD, CLAIM TOP 8 QUALIFYING SPOTS BRAD JETER, BRAD JETER MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, captured his second straight No. 1 qualifier position, but this time his Chevy S-10 was...
FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 CHEVY S-10s LEAD FIELD, CLAIM TOP 8 QUALIFYING SPOTS
BRAD JETER, BRAD JETER MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, captured his second straight No. 1 qualifier position, but this time his Chevy S-10 was powered by a new Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Chevy V8 splayed-valve engine. The top eight compact pickup trucks in the 16-truck field are Chevy S-10s. Jeter set a track record elapsed time of 7.635 seconds, matching Larry Kopp's national e.t. record. Jeter's speed of 175.62 mph is also a track record.
Jeter is followed by Larry Kopp (7.653/175.34); Bob Panella Jr. (7.680/174.75); Jerry Haas (7.697/175.09); John Lingenfelter (7.699/174.35); Tim Freeman, Randy Daniels and Grant Lewis.
JETER: "This morning we got a brand new engine from Grumpy Jenkins. We have been waiting for it for quite a few races. We felt we had the program pretty much together, as good as we ran last weekend with the other (Lingenfelter) motor. We knew when we got this engine we would be a lot better. It's the second run with it. I do think there's still a good bit left. I'm anxious to see what we have left. I can't say enough about my Chevy S-10 crew; they have done a really good job. They keep everything going. They make this truck very easy to drive." ON THE GOOD AIR HERE: "The air is good, the track is good. Everyone now is getting a handle on the trucks and what they like. It's starting to show up." HOW DOES IT FEEL TO TIE THE NATIONAL RECORD: "They told me when they dynoed the engine that it was good, and that I was probably the one who would set it, but you never know. The engine is only as good as what you do with it. It's just one part of it. You still have to make the truck go down the race track." DID YOU FEEL IT WAS THAT GOOD A RUN? "It's the best run by far that I have made in the Chevy S-10. I knew when I put it in high gear that we were on a good run. A high 7.50 is what I thought we could run. I think it's possible, I think there's a little bit left in the S-10 if we make the right moves, and I think we can."
JETER, WHO BEARS A CLOSE RESEMBLANCE TO ELVIS PRESLEY, WAS ASKED IF HE PLAYS AN ELVIS IMPERSONATOR HERE IN MEMPHIS: "If I win this race I will do impersonations all over town," he said.
Pro Stock Truck Final Eliminations will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10.