Pomona: Lump Qualifies at the WinterNationals

POMONA, Calif. - In the past Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, has not had a very good track record at Pomona. In his last outing at the Fairplex in November, Self failed to qualify. However, ...

POMONA, Calif. - In the past Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, has not had a very good track record at Pomona.

In his last outing at the Fairplex in November, Self failed to qualify. However, today Lump improved on his record when drove his truck to a 7.515 at 179.25 mph to secure the sixth spot on the eliminations ladder at the 41st Annual AutoZone WinterNationals in Pomona, Calif.

"I am glad to be in the show," said Self of Houston, Texas. "In the past we have never done very well here in Pomona. At the last race in November we DNQ'ed, so being in the show is a big improvement for us.

"We changed our strategy coming here. In the past we have done lots of testing prior to the start of the season and then get to Pomona and fall on our face. We did things different this winter.

"Over the winter we concentrated on making everything on the truck right. Dave Monday spent a lot on time working with us to get the chassis perfect. Then it was dyno, dyno, dyno. With everyone in the class so close, I know a couple extra horsepower here and there can make a big difference. Anyway, that was our strategy. So far, so good.

Lump will meet fellow Houston native Joe Pigford in Round 1 of eliminations.

"Tomorrow we are going to take it one round at a time. We can't underestimate Joe (Pigford). He has good help and big horsepower this year. But then again you can not under estimate anyone in this class. I think this race is going to be won on the starting line this weekend. I am going to concentrate on my driving and not who's in the next lane.

"I'm hoping that if I stay focused, and not beat myself, maybe Sunday will be a long day for us.

Eliminations at the 41st Annual AutoZone WinterNationals get under way at 11:00 PST on Sunday Feb. 4.

-Patti Miles

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