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Sun, 3 Sep 2000, 07:46 PM

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

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 5 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: Craig Eaton Runs 7.768/173.49, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.685/173.94, Was #22
Right Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.706/174.91, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.722/174.55, Was #29

6:15 PM Tough hill to climb for those out of the field, the bump spot Todd Patterson's 7.669.

Left Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.662/175.94, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.627/176.07, Was #7
Right Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 7.666/175.55, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.677/175.64, Was #19

Gracia's truck did a dance on the launch and barely makes the field, replacing Patterson on the bubble.

Left Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.738/174.37, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.660/175.09, Was #12
Right Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.685/175.50, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.646/175.11, Was #10

Left Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.817/173.74, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.734/174.30, Was #30
Right Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.659/175.84, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.621/176.24, Was #4

Left Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 7.985/155.40, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.759/173.76, Was #33
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.753/174.32, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.694/173.94, Was #23

Left Lane: Brian Self Runs 19.159/40.21, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.673/175.37, Was #19
Right Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.781/173.23, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.761/172.85, Was #34

Self launched and immediately shut it down.

Left Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.715/175.82, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.623/176.53, Was #5
Right Lane: Michael Graves Runs 8.054/170.45, Now #36; Best prior run: 8.141/164.25, Was #36

Left Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.803/172.25, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.758/172.14, Was #32
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.751/174.55, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.663/174.19, Was #15

Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.663/175.96, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.661/175.50, Was #13
Right Lane: Douglas Harris No Time, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.832/172.59, Was #35

Harris spun the tires hard on the launch and then broke. Whisnant made a very good pass for the conditions, only 0.002 seconds slower than his best.

Left Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.710/174.98, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.661/174.80, Was #14
Right Lane: Jeff Naiser Runs 7.700/174.59, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.678/175.07, Was #20

Left Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.627/176.86, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.615/176.84, Was #3
Right Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.678/175.27, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.698/175.59, Was #25

Very nice pass by Daniels.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.644/176.19, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.637/175.57, Was #9
Right Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.709/174.82, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.719/174.66, Was #29

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.661/175.18, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.669/172.87, Was #17
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.699/174.41, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.695/174.32, Was #25

Patterson does the impossible, getting back into the field with a clutch performance. Now the bump belongs to Lou Ficco at 7.663.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.634/176.51, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.629/176.35, Was #8
Right Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.731/174.48, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.659/174.77, Was #11

Nice pass by Stanfield, only 0.005 slower than his best.

Left Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 7.669/175.66, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.679/175.48, Was #22
Right Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.703/173.94, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.702/174.14, Was #27

"Robbo" comes up just a few thousandths short of the bump time.

Left Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.630/176.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.614/176.37, Was #2
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.666/175.84, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.605/176.49, Was #1

Smith's truck did a dance on the launch, but he still outran Coughlin.

Left Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.764/173.25, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.701/174.23, Was #26
Right Lane: Jody Schmeisser Runs 7.877/170.06, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.753/173.14, Was #31

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.701/175.11, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.670/174.62, Was #19
Right Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.674/176.14, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.625/176.63, Was #6

Final pair of a very uneventful round. Other than Gracia and Patterson's reciprocal bumping, not much changed.

That's it, Mike Coughlin meets Lou Ficco in the first round, 7.605 to 7.663.

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