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Sun, 3 Sep 2000, 11:26 AM

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





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from final, round 4 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: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.605/176.49, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.646/176.19, Was #5
Right Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 7.683/175.11, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.679/175.48, Was #18

9:57 AM This session could completely reshuffle the order, the conditions as good as they have been all weekend, maybe better, the humidity a lot less oppressive this morning. Witness this first pair - Coughlin improving by four hundredths to take over the top spot.

Left Lane: Jody Schmeisser Runs 22.846/33.03, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.753/173.14, Was #30
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.614/176.37, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.652/175.82, Was #7

Big improvement for Smith on a nice run. Schmeisser had the wheels in the air and the rear tires shaking, so he shut it down and has just once shot remaining.

Left Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.625/176.63, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.662/176.42, Was #9
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.701/174.23, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.762/172.50, Was #33

Kopp steps up a bunch, but still comes up way short. By the way, the bump is Jeff Gracia's 7.678.

Left Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.722/174.55, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.724/174.30, Was #28
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.695/174.96, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.670/174.62, Was #14

No help here...

Left Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 7.677/175.64, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.678/175.73, Was #16
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.685/173.94, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.739/173.41, Was #29

Gracia only improves a thousandth and remains vulnerable on the bubble. Eaton steps way up, still comes up short.

Left Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.646/175.11, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.683/174.73, Was #20
Right Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.660/175.50, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.627/176.07, Was #5

Farr bumps Gracia on a nice pass, putting Steve Johns on the bubble at 7.673.

Left Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.621/176.24, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.627/175.73, Was #6
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.753/173.72, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.660/175.09, Was #10

Lingenfelter picks up 0.006 seconds and three spots on the ladder. Martel's truck did a dance on the launch.

Left Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.707/174.77, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.694/173.94, Was #22
Right Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.734/174.30, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.743/174.19, Was #30

No help here...

Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.792/173.27, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.761/172.85, Was #33
Right Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 7.986/173.92, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.759/173.76, Was #32

Neither truck in this pair got off the line crisply, both 60-foot times 1.10 or more.

Left Lane: Michael Graves Runs 8.141/164.25, Now #36; Best prior run: 8.147/162.16, Was #36
Right Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.673/175.37, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.682/175.05, Was #20

"Lump" figured to get back in the field here, but he matched Johns' ET and had a slower speed, so Johns stayed in and Self stayed out.

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.709/174.50, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.663/174.19, Was #12
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.623/176.53, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.673/175.96, Was #16

A pair of 1.07 60-foot times for this pair, but Ficco had problems upstream and fell off the pace while Johns jumped way up in the field, safely off the bump spot and securely in the field. Now the bubble is Rick Jones' 7.670.

Left Lane: Douglas Harris Runs 7.832/172.59, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.833/172.06, Was #35
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.758/172.14, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.798/172.01, Was #34

No help here...

Left Lane: Jeff Naiser Runs 7.680/174.87, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.678/175.07, Was #19
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.661/175.50, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.662/175.46, Was #12

No help here either, Naiser losing a couple thousandths and Whisnant finding one of them.

Left Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.710/174.82, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.698/175.59, Was #24
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.661/174.80, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.664/174.71, Was #14

Perin picks up three thousandths and one rung on the ladder.

Left Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.771/173.56, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.719/174.66, Was #28
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.615/176.84, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.625/176.67, Was #5

Daniels posted a 1.068 60-foot time and improved a hundredth at the finish line, but that only moved him up two spots.

Left Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.709/174.46, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.695/174.32, Was #23
Right Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.637/175.57, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.650/175.73, Was #10

Panella surprisingly stays in the bottom half of the field, surprising because he's usually qualified first or second.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.659/174.77, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.699/174.80, Was #25
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.680/175.05, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.669/172.87, Was #15

Seay posts a 1.062 60-foot time, picks up four hundredths to get safely in the field, bumps Jones, and puts Patterson on the bubble.

Left Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.736/174.23, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.702/174.14, Was #27
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.636/176.58, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.629/176.35, Was #8

Last pair. Perkins' truck fishtailed several times on the launch. Stanfield made a good run, but failed to improve.

With one qualifying session left, it's Mike Coughlin on the pole at 7.605 and Todd Patterson on the bubble at 7.669, the field spanning 0.064 seconds.




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