Memphis: Testing pays off for Lump

Memphis, Tenn. (Pre-race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof-Tec Chevrolet S-10, has been dealing with a gremlin for the last two races. The gremlin has been a hidden mechanical problem that has plagued the Roof-Tec Pro Stock Truck team for...

Memphis, Tenn. (Pre-race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof-Tec Chevrolet S-10, has been dealing with a gremlin for the last two races. The gremlin has been a hidden mechanical problem that has plagued the Roof-Tec Pro Stock Truck team for some time now, and has consequently effected their performance on the racetrack.

On the eve of the running of the13th Annual AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Lump and his crew arrived in Memphis with their mechanical problems cured and a get-tough attitude.

"We found our problem," said Self. "The read end of the truck was out of line. It was over to one side too far. That is what has been slowing us down. We reworked the rear-end, and moved it over where it should be.

"It looks like that has fixed the problem. Our preliminary test numbers prove it. The truck has really helped us pick up ET on the top end. We have picked up about .050 of a second on the back, and that is a lot. That .050 on the top end is going to make a big difference in our overall ET, and that is just what we needed.

"All year long we have not been able to get the truck to run on the top end. We have been beating our heads against the wall trying to figure it out. We knew we had good horsepower, and our numbers on the front half showed that. It has been the back half, where we would fall off. I have been convinced for awhile that the problem was in the truck, not in the motor."

Lump and his Roof-Tec team are anxious to get to Memphis to see the fruits of their labor of the past three days.

"I am anxious to get to Memphis and see how much we have picked up under race conditions. Our preliminary test numbers look real good, but that is testing. It's a whole different story on race day.

"We are going to go out there with our fingers crossed. If this works out like I think it will, qualifying won't be the struggle it has been for use lately. And we may even have gained enough to start running the other guys down on the top end like we used to. Now that we have fixed our problem, this could be a whole new race for us. I cannot wait to get to Tennessee."

Pro Stock Truck qualifying at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. begins on Friday Oct. 6, and continues on Saturday Oct. 7. Eliminations take place on Sunday Oct. 8 at 11:00 AM EST.

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