St. Louis GMC Notes & Quotes - Thursday

MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 4th annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. John Lingenfelter continued to capitalize on the strong effort he turned in a week ago in...

MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 4th annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. John Lingenfelter continued to capitalize on the strong effort he turned in a week ago in Columbus. The Summit Racing Sonoma was the third quickest truck in the first qualifying session with an elapsed time of 7.627 seconds at 176.10 mph. Lingenfelter didn't improve in the second session and ended up qualified eighth. Rick Jones is right behind him in the No. 9 spot with an elapsed time of 7.629 seconds at 176.17 mph. David Spitzer's Sunnen/Dynagear Sonoma is 12th with a run of 7.640 seconds at 176.26 mph. The No. 1 qualifier is Randy Daniels in an S-10 with a 7.553 track-record elapsed time at a track-record top speed of 178.57 mph. Bob Panella is qualified second, Brian Self is third, Todd Patterson is fourth and Steven Farr is fifth.

The Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., is the 10th race on the 14-event NHRA Winston Pro Stock Truck tour. Qualifying highlights can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. Television coverage of final eliminations can be seen on Sunday, June 25, beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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John Lingenfelter (Summit Racing GMC Sonoma) - "Well we ended up third after the first round with the Summit Racing GMC Sonoma. It's nice to get a good run like that in the first session. It makes it a little easier to make changes for the next round to insure a better run. You can take a little bit more of a chance with the truck set-up when you aren't on the edge of the field. The track didn't seem too bad for us, but we had the right combination. Everybody seemed to be having a problem getting off the starting line and most were slow at the 60-foot line. We hope to get faster tonight but I would expect the field to gain more on us than us to gain on the field. We made a really good run and most of the field struggled. Hopefully we can go out and have another good run in the next session."

Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) - "We didn't make a good run at all. We had a problem during the first session at Columbus, changed a lot of things on the truck and thought we found the problem. The truck did run better here on the first run than it did in Columbus, but we spun the tires real hard, had a few other problems going on and just had a bad run - I'm surprised it went as fast as it did. Hopefully tonight we can step it up and get up to where we normally are in the field - which is the top-half. For as hot as it is the track wasn't really that bad. The right lane was really bumpy and the left lane is definitely the preferred lane here. We'll be in the left lane tonight with the Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma. We're going to go out, try and get our best time and hopefully have a great run."

David Spitzer (Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma) - "Our first run with the Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma went pretty good. We were a little too aggressive for what the track could hold but it was a pretty good run anyway. We'll have the left lane in the next session, which seems to be the better lane. We're going to work on the truck a little bit, try and pick it up in the next session and see if we can't run at least a 7.63. The track was pretty slick. It's about 127 degrees and it was pretty greasy. But tonight, once the sun goes down it should be better and times should pick-up."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Todd Patterson , John Lingenfelter , Brian Self