FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judy Stropus CHEVY S-10 WINS NHRA PRO STOCK TRUCK EXHIBITION FINAL IN MEMPHIS Memphis, Tenn.; Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997: John Lingenfelter, driving a Chevy S-10 ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Stropus
CHEVY S-10 WINS NHRA PRO STOCK TRUCK EXHIBITION FINAL IN MEMPHIS
Memphis, Tenn.; Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997: John Lingenfelter, driving a Chevy S-10 Pickup, won the final elimination of the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Pro Stock Truck Exhibition Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park today -- the Pennzoil Nationals -- scoring his third victory of seven exhibition events so far, and the third for the Chevy S-10 compact pickup truck. It was payback time, as Lingenfelter won the final on a holeshot (better reaction time) against Dodge driver Darrell Alderman. While the Chevy S-10s have been the fastest and quickest in each event, the four wins that the Dodges have scored were on hole shots and a red-light. Lingenfelter's e.t. was 7.826 at a speed of 172.74 mph; Alderman's was a 7.805/172.64. Lingenfelter's reaction time was a swift .458 to Alderman's .519. This marked the first time the Chevy S-10 was not the quickest in the final elimination this season. "The Chevy S-10 left good," said Lingenfelter, also the engine builder of the 358-cu.in. small-block Chevy V8s which power the S-10s. "The shifts were good. In third gear the truck got loose. It hit a slick spot and got crossed up and sideways. When I got sideways I could see Darrell still wasn't there. I decided to stay in it and luckily we got to the finish line first. We've been slowly gaining on our reaction times. It feels good to win and it feels good to win it on reaction time instead of on the engine. We've lost a few on reaction times; it's very rewarding to win one on driving." After 15 passes throughout the three-day weekend before the final, the Chevy S-10s topped the standings after each run. Lingenfelter set the season's quickest e.t. so far, a 7.700 at a speed of 174.58 mph. Jerry Haas, driver of the second S-10 and also the chassis builder, was second quickest, with an e.t. of 7.725 at a speed of 174.01 mph. The win score is now Chevy 3, Dodge 4. In driver victories, it's Lingenfelter 3, Alderman 2, Scott Geoffrion (Dodge) 2. Next on the NHRA Pro Stock Truck Exhibition Series schedule is the 12th annual Chief Auto Parts Nationals at the Texas Motorplex on Oct. 16-19.