Topeka: Pro Stock Truck field set

Topeka, Kan. (Sept. 30) - The Pro Stock Truck field is set at the 12th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Heartland Park, Topeka Kan. For the seventh time this year, Bob Panella, Jr., driver of the Panella Trucking Chevrolet S-10, will...

Topeka, Kan. (Sept. 30) - The Pro Stock Truck field is set at the 12th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Heartland Park, Topeka Kan.

For the seventh time this year, Bob Panella, Jr., driver of the Panella Trucking Chevrolet S-10, will assume the pole position. It was in the third round of qualifying that Panella ran a 7.585 / 176.95 mph to take the Number 1 spot.

"We really had that S-10 flying today," said Panella. "I am real please with our performance here this weekend. We have both my and Jeff's (teammate Jeff Gracia) trucks flying. We are looking good for tomorrow."

"The field is very tight. This is possibly the second or third quickest field ever. With .04 of a second separating the field. It really makes it a driver's race. I feel like I have turned my driving around. I am up for the challenge"

Other notable performances came from David Spitzer, Greg Stanfield and Steve Johns.

Spitzer, driver of the Sunnen/Dynagear Chevrolet S-10, was not qualified going into the Saturday morning session, but when the smoke cleared on the third round of qualifying, Spitzer would assume the sixth positions with a 7.609 / 175.52 mph.

Greg Stanfield, driver of the DBP Enterprises Chevrolet S-10, proved that his performance in Indianapolis was no fluke. Stanfield, who will assume the third position on the eliminations ladder, ran a 7.596 / 176.86 mph in the second session of qualifying.

"The truck is exactly like it was from our last pass at Indy," said Stanfield. "We didn't change anything in the truck but the oil. We made a nice pass, and we're real happy to be third, but I'd trade a 16th qualifying spot for a win any day.

In the Number 2 spot is Steve Johns, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevrolet S-10. Since Friday he has made a progressive climb through the qualifying order. He qualified 14th Friday morning. He moved to eighth Friday night. Then Saturday his 7.593 / 176.65 mph would place him in the second spot on the eliminations ladder.

"We just kind of whittled away at it this weekend," said Johns. "We used the first pass as our baseline and worked from there. Just the way you're supposed to. Although you always want to be Number 1, we are real happy with where we are. We will start the morning with lane choice, and on the opposite side of the ladder from Panella. If we maintain lane choice and race smart, we may have a shot at winning this thing"

Eliminations at the 12th Annual Advance Auto Part NHRA Nationals get under way a 10:00 AM CST on Sunday Oct. 1.

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Drivers Bob Panella , Jeff Gracia , Greg Stanfield , Steve J