CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK DINWIDDIE, VA NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MONDAY, MAY 3, 1999 FINAL ELIMINATIONS PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- SEMIFINALS BRAD JETER, KARL CHEVROLET S-10, ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK DINWIDDIE, VA NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MONDAY, MAY 3, 1999
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- SEMIFINALS
BRAD JETER, KARL CHEVROLET S-10, eliminated defending Pro Stock Truck Winston champion LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, with a 7.563-second pass at 177.21 mph, to Kopp's 7.627/176.10.
KOPP: "That run was decent, it got a little bit loose in the middle of the track. We feel we are either down on power or the tuning is off a little bit because of th weather. In every run we tried to compensate for it and we never hit it right. It seemed the driver did his job this weekend, but the motor didn't. At the next race if the driver does his job and the motor does its job we will win the race. We know we can be fast enough to win. We are not happy that we haven't won a race yet, this time last year we already had won three races. But we will have to take it as it comes. The competition has tightened up a lot, we're well aware of that, but me and my S-10 will be fine, and that's the quote of the day. I am just thankful tht Speedco Truck Lube is on board this year as a major sponsor. We are really trying hard to win a race for them. When it comes it will be a happy day for them and for everybody."
MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, winner of the last two events, was eliminated by BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10. Panella's 7.576-second pass at176.79 mph beat Osborne's 7.603/176.97. Both drivers had nearly identical reaction times (.443 for Mark, .440 for Bob).
OSBORNE: "We had a pretty good weekend, all in all. To come here and spend six days to try to get to the final round, we did good. We had a miss the first couple of rounds. My crew cheif Kevin Horst got it straightend out. We were headed in the right direction again, but stumbled up against Bobby Panella." ON THE LANES: "Actually, the lanes were a litte bit different from the left to right. We chose to take the right and probably should have gone to the left where we ran a .56 previously, but we didn't. I guess we suffered from it. My crew said we should have switched, but we didn't. We are pretty pumped up to come here and finish as one of the four trucks in the semis. We look forward to going to Atlanta, which is the home track for me and Tim (Freeman, Kessinger Motorsports teammate), we've done well there. I won Pro Stock and was No. 1 qualifier last year. It's always been a good track for me and Tim. We have a couple of Comp Eliminator runnerups there.
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL
BRAD JETER, KARL CHEVROLET S-10, won his second Pro Stock Truck title in four final-round appearances, the first in '99. He defeated BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10 with a 7.559-second pass at 177.63 mph. Panella redlighted (7.612/177.18).
JERRY HAAS, TEXAS HARLEY-DAVIDSON CHEVY S-10, took home 20 bonus points for setting a national elapsed time record of 7.505 seconds. Jeter established a track record top speed of 178.52 mph.
JETER: WHERE YOU CONFIDENT? "I had a lot of confidence in Houston. We ran real good there. I think the confidence kind of relaxed me a little bit. I fell asleep at the starting line in the second round. We came here with a game plan to get the driver back in the program. With the help of Roy Hill I have my head back on my shoulders and can concentrate. It feels good to know that I can do it again." DID YOU SEE THE WIN LIGHT COME ON? "I saw my win light. It was a good feeling, but we still had to get to the other end before we could celebrate that one." ON HAAS' BEATING YOU FOR THE E.T. NATIONAL RECORD: "Haas had the better lane. Saturday morning we had to run the left lane, which we felt was a couple of hundredths (of a second) slow all weekend. He was in the right lane. He's got good power, we both have Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins horsepower. He made a very good run, we made a good run, but we were two hundredths behind. It would have been great to leave here with the record, because this is probably the last stop to set a record. The main thing we wanted to do was win the race. We accomplished what we set out to do. We got an extra 20 points. It's the points championship we're after."
PANELLA: "I think I was too ready. I was pretty pumped up and knew that we had run really close to him the round before, so we had a hell of a chance. I left early. I didn't roll the lights like it seemed. Chances are I was letting the clutch out when the yellow light came on. I was just ready." HOW DISAPPOINTED ARE YOU? "Obviously, I'd like to win all the time. We were kind of behind throughout the qualifying this weekend. Today we were as good as anybody. I think we got everybody's attention at least. I did it with my own motor. It's a lot more gratifying than anything else. I don't have to rely on anybody." WHAT NOW? "I think we're real close. We definitely made headway today. I have some ideas that I will think about for the next 10 days and we will be OK for Atlanta, hopefully."
Mark Osborne, Chevy S-10 382 Brad Jeter, Chevy S-10 344 Bob Panella Jr., Chevy S-10 313 Larry Kopp, Chevy S-10 262 Randy Daniels, Chevy S-10 256