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Fri, 22 Oct 1999, 03:39 PM

DALLAS - Pro Stock Truck Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

Field Tightens a Bit



ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Truck at the 14th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec 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: Larry Kopp Runs 7.654/176.43, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.645/176.95, Was #6
Right Lane: Scott Tidwell Runs 7.745/174.99, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.695/176.74, Was #20

1:59 PM We open the third session with a bump spot of 7.682 - occupied by Lou Ficco. Two slow 60-foot times here, a 1.10 and 1.12, respectively (left-right).

Left Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.765/173.87, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.829/174.68, Was #35
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.695/175.95, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.644/177.44, Was #5

Two more slow 60-foot times, 1.11 and 1.12.

Left Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.703/174.38, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.701/175.64, Was #23
Right Lane: Tim Freeman Runs 7.661/176.36, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.649/177.02, Was #9

Lastor posted a 1.087 60-foot time, but it didn't help him improve any over yesterday.

Left Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 7.819/172.84, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.709/176.05, Was #25
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.768/174.48, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.682/175.98, Was #16



Left Lane: John Lingenfelte Runs 7.672/176.33, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.647/177.44, Was #8
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 21.171/45.40, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.698/175.98, Was #22

Smith's truck launched and then nosed over, trailing smoke.

Left Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.672/175.88, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.662/176.92, Was #14
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.716/175.06, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.661/176.50, Was #13

This is starting to look like one of those sessions where almost nobody improves and the field remains the same as it was when the session started.

Left Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.624/177.30, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.584/178.39, Was #2
Right Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.724/174.96, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.698/176.60, Was #21



Left Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.599/177.90, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.575/178.14, Was #1
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 9.731/92.17, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.720/175.30, Was #26

Daniels was not able to repeat his 7.57 performance from yesterday, but his truck still looks very quick, glued to the track and straight as a string.

Left Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.659/175.40, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.725/175.60, Was #28
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.634/177.51, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.687/177.02, Was #17

Finally a couple big moves, bumping Ficco and Todd Patterson.

Left Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.661/176.47, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.638/177.90, Was #5
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.808/172.57, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.730/174.79, Was #30

Spitzer's truck swims its way up the lane once again, fishtailing.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.627/176.60, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.601/178.00, Was #3
Right Lane: Jose Maldonado Runs 7.882/170.10, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.743/174.72, Was #31

The bump is now Brian Self's 7.662. Panella leaves with a 1.087 60-foot time, one of the few to get into the 1.0 range today. Most have been 1.10 or slower.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 7.693/176.81, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.659/177.61, Was #13
Right Lane: Steven Farr Runs 8.306/155.97, Now #37; Best prior run: 13.165/67.01, Was #38



Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.681/174.79, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.667/175.74, Was #17
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 7.649/176.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 8.885/113.17, Was #38

Barone posted a 1.09 60-foot time and then pulled out a great run to get in, bumping Self and putting Scott Perin on the bubble at 7.661.

Left Lane: Dyno Don Nicholson No Time, Now #37; Best prior run: 7.939/158.78, Was #37
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.683/176.95, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.645/176.78, Was #8

Nicholson's truck moved about a foot when the light turned green.

He was able to back it up and drive away, so it's not clear just what broke.


Left Lane: George Supinski Runs 7.713/174.72, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.755/175.19, Was #34
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.635/176.19, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.656/176.85, Was #13

Nice move by Stanfield, a small ET improvement vaulting him way up the ladder.

Left Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.653/176.78, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.652/175.98, Was #13
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.741/174.72, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.747/175.26, Was #34



Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.699/175.84, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.727/176.15, Was #31
Right Lane: Roy Simmons Runs 7.768/173.91, Now #36; Best prior run: 7.820/174.18, Was #36



Left Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.688/175.13, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.693/176.26, Was #21
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.713/175.19, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.704/176.33, Was #27



Left Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.683/175.91, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.688/176.95, Was #20
Right Lane: Jeff Lukovich Runs 7.707/174.04, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.721/175.06, Was #31

That's it, only a few moves this session, but those few were big ones.




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