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Sat, 2 Sep 2000, 08:16 PM

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

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Truck at the 46th annual U.S. Nationals 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: David Spitzer Runs 7.695/174.32, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.719/173.94, Was #24
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.625/176.67, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.628/176.67, Was #2

6:45 PM This third session opens with the sun very low and shadows across the track, so performance should pick up a bit from this morning. The bump is Steven Farr's 7.692. Daniels posts a 1.076 60-foot time, does a bit of a sideways dance on the launch, and takes over the top spot from John Lingenfelter by 0.002 seconds. Spitzer just misses the field.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 13.098/64.29, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.699/174.80, Was #21
Right Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 8.769/114.54, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.650/175.73, Was #4

Seay shook and shut down early, Panella got out of shape and shut down late.

Left Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.744/172.85, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.702/174.14, Was #22
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.669/172.87, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.684/174.75, Was #14

Patterson makes a good lap, improving enough to move up a couple rungs on the ladder.

Left Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.646/176.19, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.662/176.17, Was #9
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.629/176.35, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.630/176.56, Was #3

Everyone is staging very carefully, this being quite possibly the session that will set the field for Monday's eliminations. Two nice runs.

Left Lane: Jody Schmeisser Runs 7.758/172.19, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.753/173.14, Was #30
Right Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 7.679/175.48, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.696/174.82, Was #18

Slavinski bumps into the field, but just barely. That puts Farr out and Brian Self on the bubble at 7.685.

Left Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.666/176.12, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.662/176.42, Was #9
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 9.686/97.35, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.652/175.82, Was #6

Smith's truck was shaking and skating around, so he shut it down. Price goes the wrong way, losing a few thousandths.

Left Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.725/173.81, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.724/174.30, Was #26
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.773/172.39, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.762/172.50, Was #32

Kopp broke in the second session, earlier today, so this was just his second pass. He spins the tires hard on the launch, losing a bunch of ET.

Left Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 8.914/112.10, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.678/175.73, Was #14
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.690/175.09, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.670/174.62, Was #13

Jones appeared to be on a good run, but looks are deceiving. Gracia slowed at mid track.

Left Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.683/174.73, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.692/174.44, Was #17
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 13.251/105.23, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.739/173.41, Was #28

Eaton launched, skated around, and slowed abruptly. Farr improved just enough to replace Self on the bubble.

Left Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.635/175.87, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.627/175.73, Was #2
Right Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.627/176.07, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.658/175.37, Was #7

Lingenfelter launches hard, with a 1.06 60-foot time, but loses a bit on the top end and Coughlin moves around him in the order, matching Lingenfelter's earlier ET and bettering his speed.

Left Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.694/173.94, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.714/174.08, Was #24
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.685/174.28, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.660/175.09, Was #8

Martel can't match his first-session elapsed time for the second session in a row. Lastor makes a big improvement, just missing the field.

Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 11.469/78.50, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.761/172.85, Was #31
Right Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.777/172.98, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.743/174.19, Was #29

Ippolito's truck was moving around a lot, so he called it quits.

Left Lane: Michael Graves Runs 8.191/163.79, Now #36; Best prior run: 8.147/162.16, Was #36
Right Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 7.759/173.76, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.822/173.78, Was #34

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.663/174.19, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.720/174.64, Was #25
Right Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.682/175.05, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.685/174.73, Was #17

Self runs quicker than Farr's bump time, but Ficco steps way up with a 1.05 60-foot time and a full pass to bump Self back out.

Left Lane: Douglas Harris Runs 7.833/172.06, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.862/170.92, Was #35
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.673/175.96, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.697/175.05, Was #21

Steve Johns bumps Rob Slavinski, who sat on the bubble for just one pair. Now the bubble belongs to Jeff Gracia at 7.678.

Left Lane: Jeff Naiser Runs 7.678/175.07, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.713/174.46, Was #25
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.836/172.10, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.798/172.01, Was #34

Naiser matches the bump time, but his speed is slower, so he stays outside the field, by 0.66 mph

Left Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.723/174.91, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.698/175.59, Was #23
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.662/175.46, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.664/175.39, Was #11

Left Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.719/174.66, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.735/174.41, Was #27
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.679/174.35, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.664/174.71, Was #12

No real help here either - a very busy round comes to an end with Randy Daniels on the pole at 7.625 and Jeff Gracia on the bubble at 7.678, the field spanning just 0.053 seconds with two rounds to go.

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