Memphis: GMC Sonoma Saturday notes

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (October 7, 2000) -- Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 13th annual AutoZone Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. The temperature in Memphis today barely broke into the 50-degree range.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (October 7, 2000) -- Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 13th annual AutoZone Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. The temperature in Memphis today barely broke into the 50-degree range. That was a blessing for the normally aspirated small-block engines that power these factory trucks contributing to the first all 7.40 field in the history of the class. As the temperature dropped so did the times. Rick Jones ran the quickest elapsed time ever by a GMC Sonoma Pro Stock Truck in the first qualifying session this morning at 7.462 seconds at 179.90 mph. That was good for the No. 5 starting position. Greg Stanfield was the No. 1 qualifier in an S-10 and set both ends of the national record with a run of 7.438 seconds at 180.69 mph. Larry Seay is qualified in the second spot, John Coughlin is third and Mike Coughlin is fourth. The improving conditions contributed to the quickest Pro Stock Truck field ever and while a large portion of the class improved, Dynagear GMC Sonoma driver David Spitzer and Summit Racing Sonoma driver John Lingenfelter could not better their Friday qualifying numbers. Spitzer, who was the No. 1 qualifier after the first session yesterday, ended the weekend in the No. 20 position with an elapsed time of 7.498 seconds at 177.49 mph. John Lingenfelter was 21st with an elapsed time of 7.499 seconds at 179.06 mph.

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Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) - "That's the first time we've made a decent run down the racetrack in what seems like months. The conditions out there are just killer for the trucks, maybe not so good for the cars, but great for us. The track's cold but we have great air. We were just fortunate to get this Country Motors Trailer Sales Sonoma down through there. The truck launched left, and got out of the groove, so it still wasn't a great run, but I don't know if you can ever make a perfect run. I'm very happy with -it though. It got us in the program good and solid and now we'll focus on getting ready for tomorrow. I was surprised at the numbers. We picked up over eight hundredths, but I knew the potential was there and that we could run this GMC in the 7.40s if we could just get down the track. The runs we made yesterday were absolutely horrible so I was confident we could make a big move if we got everything to come together."

David Spitzer (Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma) - "Our run last night should've been a 7.47 - we just totally blew it. This morning we had better traction, I had the front end really light and it just got completely up on the wheelie bars. We were two hundredths behind at 60-feet and still ran a 7.50 flat. Give me the two hundredths back I lost there at 60-feet and it should've been a 7.48. We just need to make a good run tonight, get this Sunnen/Dynagear Sonoma to the finish line and get solidly in the field. If the track holds up we should run a 7.48 or maybe even a high 7.47. A lot of guys are figuring out these conditions pretty quick and we need to do that as well. Right now you can throw about everything at it, but you still have to keep the truck under control to make a strong pass. As long as you do that you'll be fine if you have decent horsepower, hit your shift points and have your truck working the way it should."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Coughlin , John Lingenfelter , Greg Stanfield