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Thu, 21 Oct 1999, 09:50 PM

DALLAS - Pro Stock Truck Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

Lots of Bumping This Session

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 2 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: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.727/176.15, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.749/175.98, Was #22
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.747/175.26, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.758/175.81, Was #24

3:09 PM The second session opens with Larry Seay on the bubble at 7.716 - David Spitzer was qualified tenth after the first session, but his truck came up light at the scales. Both trucks in the first pair of this session make clean runs and improve, but come up short of the field.

Left Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.693/176.26, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.759/175.71, Was #25
Right Lane: Roy Simmons Runs 7.820/174.18, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.925/173.67, Was #28

Smith barely made the call, the crew buttoning the truck up as they came in from the left side of the starting line area instead of through the staging lanes. Whatever they were doing, it worked, Smith in, bumping Seay and putting Bo Nickens on the bubble at 7.709.

Left Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.688/176.95, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.721/176.60, Was #20
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.704/176.33, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.743/175.74, Was #23

Coughlin bumps Bo and puts Taylor Lastor on the bubble at 7.702.

Left Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.645/176.95, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.655/176.29, Was #6
Right Lane: Jeff Lukovich Runs 7.721/175.06, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.787/174.08, Was #26

Kopp's 60-foot times are nothing special - a 1.109 here - but his top end makes up for it.

Left Lane: Joe Pigford No Time, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.829/174.68, Was #28
Right Lane: Scott Tidwell Runs 7.720/175.91, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.695/176.74, Was #15

Pigford broke before the burnout. Tidwell fails to improve and leaves himself very close to the bump spot.

Left Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.701/175.64, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.702/175.95, Was #16

Lastor ran as a left-lane single - no reason given. The good news is, he improved. The bad news is, by just 0.001 seconds and he stays on the bubble.

Left Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 7.748/175.16, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.709/176.05, Was #18
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.644/177.44, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.674/177.20, Was #10

Bo's 1.11 60-foot time was slower than most and his ET reflects the slow start. Coughlin's was a 1.09 and he stepped up a bunch, bumping Dale Eaton and putting Lastor back on the bubble.

Left Lane: John Lingenfelte Runs 7.719/177.13, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.647/177.44, Was #7
Right Lane: Tim Freeman Runs 7.649/177.02, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.662/177.40, Was #10

Nice pass by Freeman, who should be running a Grumpy Jenkins engine this weekend (not confirmed yet).

Left Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.662/176.92, Now #11; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.682/175.98, Now #12; Best prior run: 19.498/36.12, Was #36

Self started with a 1.087 60-foot time and the run showed it - Ficco was a few ticks slower, but also a good run. That bumps Lastor and Scott Tidwell, puts Kim Smith on the bubble at 7.693.

Left Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.584/178.39, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.601/177.97, Was #2
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.698/175.98, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.720/175.16, Was #23

A 1.088 60-foot time for Jeter and top speed of the meet on a nice run. Good run by Smith, but this is a very quick field already.

Left Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.575/178.14, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.576/177.93, Was #1
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.670/176.33, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.661/176.50, Was #10

Jeter hangs on to top speed, but Daniels cements his #1 spot with an improved ET.

Left Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.755/175.09, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.725/175.60, Was #25
Right Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.698/176.60, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.716/176.29, Was #22

Sorry, Larry, but a 7.698 isn't quick enough any more - by 0.005 seconds.

Left Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.675/176.67, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.638/177.90, Was #4
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 8.929/111.41, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.720/175.30, Was #23

Whisnant's truck stalled after the burnout and they couldn't get it refired for a long time, but finally the truck pulled ahead and we had a pair staged. Whisnant's run looked okay to half track, where he slowed. Johns lost a few hundredths to his first run, but still made a clean run.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.601/178.00, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.606/178.28, Was #3
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 9.188/102.63, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.687/177.02, Was #14

These two prepared to stage and then the starter signaled them to shut them off while a dust devil visited the starting line and dumped a bunch of debris all over the place. After a minute or so they fired again and Panella posted a 1.083 60-foot time. Osborne was a bit slower at the start, then started shaking the tires around 330 feet out and abandoned the run. Nice pass by Panella, clean and straight.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 7.706/177.54, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.659/177.61, Was #9
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.730/174.79, Now #27; No Prior Run

Grumpy Jenkins is doing double duty out there, wielding a mean mop in addition to watching those running his engines. Two off-pace runs here, no particular reason we could see.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.667/175.74, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.684/175.54, Was #13
Right Lane: Jose Maldonado Runs 7.743/174.72, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.756/174.55, Was #29

Patterson started with a 1.088 and improved slightly at the other end, but only enough to move up one spot on the ladder.

Left Lane: Dyno Don Nicholson Runs 7.939/158.78, Now #32; Best prior run: 8.199/164.38, Was #32
Right Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 8.885/113.17, Now #33; Best prior run: 11.427/79.55, Was #35

Two off-pace runs here.

Left Lane: George Supinski Runs 7.755/175.19, Now #31; Best prior run: 10.222/89.78, Was #35
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.645/176.78, Now #7; Best prior run: 11.574/77.92, Was #36

Jones posted a 1.11 60-foot time but pulled it out on the top end somehow, a surprising ET given the slow start. That bumps Kim Smith and puts John Coughlin on the bubble.

Left Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.652/175.98, Now #10; Best prior run: 9.641/98.94, Was #36
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.656/176.85, Now #11; Best prior run: 15.584/53.00, Was #38

Almost identically-painted teammates pair up here and execute a tag-team move, a double-bump, Coughlin and Mark Osborne out and Lou Ficco on the bubble at 7.682 to close the session.

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