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Sat, 9 Oct 1999, 02:16 PM

MEMPHIS - Pro Stock Truck Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

No Changes Today



MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Truck at the 12th annual AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Dave McConnell Runs 9.476/101.13, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.685/175.02, Was #32
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.763/175.16, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.609/176.63, Was #10

12:40 PM The third and final session opens with Craig Eaton on the bubble at 7.635 seconds. The trucks will wrap up qualifying with this session and will try to get two rounds of eliminations out of the way this afternoon and evening.

McConnell was all over the lanes in the first half of the run, Osborne on the second half.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 9.858/94.81, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.607/176.93, Was #9
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 9.882/87.70, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.634/176.65, Was #15

Conditions are not favorable for anyone trying to break into the field, the air still very humid. Both trucks here went about 400 feet and gave it up, neither firmly planted.

Left Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.753/173.52, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.635/175.48, Was #16
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.737/173.90, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.640/175.91, Was #18

Eaton went right down the groove, so it looks like we're about a tenth of a second slower today.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.782/173.61, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.636/176.03, Was #17
Right Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 7.791/172.90, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.655/176.14, Was #23

Seay drove a very crooked path to the finish line.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.757/174.01, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.659/176.26, Was #25
Right Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.661/176.60, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.549/178.80, Was #1

Yup, looks like we're about a tenth slower this round.

Left Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.658/175.43, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.585/177.77, Was #5
Right Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.707/175.21, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.626/176.60, Was #13

Jeter's sponsorship deal "ain't a done deal yet." The truck is black, no logos. Jeter runs low ET of the round so far, a nice pass.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 7.734/175.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.623/176.77, Was #11
Right Lane: Jose Maldonado No Time, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.744/173.99, Was #35

Maldonado was a no-show - at least we didn't see him.

Left Lane: Roy Simmons Runs 7.818/172.85, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.735/175.23, Was #34
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.765/174.05, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.663/175.89, Was #26

Simmons was all over the lane.

Left Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.745/173.78, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.713/175.82, Was #33
Right Lane: Kim Smith Runs 8.187/131.33, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.682/175.62, Was #31



Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.727/172.78, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.658/175.00, Was #24
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 18.183/91.07, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.664/175.39, Was #28



Left Lane: Jeff Lukovich Runs 7.670/174.55, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.632/176.40, Was #14
Right Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.708/174.96, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.682/175.82, Was #30

Lukovich made the second-best run of the session, almost matching his previous best.

Left Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.696/174.64, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.677/176.44, Was #29
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.669/175.91, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.645/175.96, Was #22

Two great runs for two not-qualified trucks, Johns with the best run of the session.

Left Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 8.524/138.80, Now #36; Best prior run: 7.753/174.64, Was #36
Right Lane: John Lingenfelte Runs 7.758/175.82, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.599/178.73, Was #6



Left Lane: Tim Freeman Runs 7.726/173.78, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.641/176.70, Was #19
Right Lane: Scott Tidwell Runs 7.712/174.68, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.623/176.72, Was #12



Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.713/174.75, Now #34; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.665/175.48, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.575/177.95, Was #3

Ippolito finally gets a time on the books...

Left Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.666/174.80, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.644/176.26, Was #21
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.626/175.68, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.607/177.51, Was #8

Kopp makes a great run here, just two-hundredths slower than his best. So does Coughlin, but he's still not in the field.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.641/175.34, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.584/178.14, Was #4
Right Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.682/175.00, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.602/177.56, Was #7

Looks like the conditions are picking up out there, the final few trucks much closer to their previous best runs than the early-runners.

That's it, a session with absolutely no changes in the field.




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