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Fri, 22 Oct 1999, 07:18 PM

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

Field Gets Quicker and Tighter

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from final, round 4 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: Don Smith Runs 16.667/47.80, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.698/175.98, Was #24
Right Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 9.860/95.00, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.709/176.05, Was #29

5:41 PM The final qualifying session for the trucks opens with Scott Perin on the bump spot with a 7.661. That should change before this session is over.

But not with this pair, Smith's truck with the wheels way up, then nosing over and banging them down, then back up again before he called it off. Nickens launched and called it off around the 330-foot marker.

Left Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.665/175.06, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.661/176.50, Was #16
Right Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 19.544/38.19, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.647/177.44, Was #10

Lingenfelter's engine went silent almost immediately. Perin ran it all the way through, a clean pass, and failed to improve over his first pass of the weekend.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.695/174.52, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.698/176.60, Was #23
Right Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.637/174.28, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.662/176.92, Was #17

Self perks up with a fine final effort to not only get back in, but he's in the top half of the field. That puts Larry Perkins on the bubble at 7.659.

Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.628/176.19, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.720/175.30, Was #31
Right Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.600/177.86, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.584/178.39, Was #2

Two nice passes here, Whisnant coming from the outhouse to near the penthouse on a stunning effort. Now the bump is Jerry Haas' 7.659

Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.574/177.86, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.634/177.51, Was #5
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.586/178.00, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.575/178.14, Was #1

Two more great runs, Ozzie knocking Daniels off the top of the heap.

Left Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.709/173.61, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.730/174.79, Was #32
Right Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.632/175.71, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.659/175.40, Was #17

Perkins gets back in with another good run (lots of 1.08 60-foot times this session). Now the bump is Bart Price's 7.652.

Left Lane: Jose Maldonado Runs 7.766/172.74, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.743/174.72, Was #34
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.649/176.19, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.638/177.90, Was #9

For a change, no change...

Left Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.766/53.73, Now #36; Best prior run: 8.306/155.97, Was #38
Right Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.594/177.02, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.601/178.00, Was #4

Panella moves into the fifties, but stays fourth. Tight, quick field!

Left Lane: Vinny Barone Runs 7.588/177.09, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.649/176.02, Was #15
Right Lane: Jerry Haas No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.659/177.61, Was #17

Haas was just bumped about three pairs ago and Barone needed to move away from the bubble. And Haas leaves before the tree is activated, the line lock not holding, getting no time. Nice pass by Barone to join the top part of the field in the fifties, now safe from being bumped.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.688/175.95, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.645/176.78, Was #13
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.661/174.55, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.667/175.74, Was #19

Patterson needed to better Price's 7.652 to get in. Nope!

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.591/177.13, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.635/176.19, Was #8
Right Lane: Dyno Don Nicholson Runs 7.994/172.01, Now #38; Best prior run: 7.939/158.78, Was #38

Stanfield also moves into the fifties, another Sterling run. Stanfield's teammate is on the bubble, by the way.

Left Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.635/175.98, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.741/174.72, Was #33
Right Lane: George Supinski Runs 7.688/174.21, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.713/174.72, Was #32

Eaton gets the new Dodge into the field, bumping Price and putting Tim Freeman on the bubble at 7.649.

Left Lane: Roy Simmons Runs 7.695/174.82, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.768/173.91, Was #37
Right Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.679/175.71, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.652/175.98, Was #17

Price can't get back in, nor can Simmons.

Left Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.663/175.57, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.704/176.33, Was #31
Right Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.684/176.47, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.699/175.84, Was #29

Left Lane: Jeff Lukovich Runs 7.722/173.51, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.707/174.04, Was #32
Right Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.677/174.65, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.688/175.13, Was #25

Left Lane: Scott Tidwell Runs 7.644/175.91, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.695/176.74, Was #27
Right Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.598/176.60, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.683/175.91, Was #24

Two more bump into the field, putting John Lingenfelter and Tim Freeman out of the field and Rick Jones on the bubble at 7.645.

Left Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.591/177.37, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.644/177.44, Was #13
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.633/176.71, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.645/176.95, Was #15

No bumping here, but both move away from the bump spot and Coughlin moves into the fifties "with the big boys."

Left Lane: Tim Freeman Runs 7.609/177.16, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.649/177.02, Was #18
Right Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.746/174.24, Now #36; Best prior run: 7.765/173.87, Was #36

Freeman bumps Jones to get back in, putting Scott Tidwell on the bubble at 7.644.

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.716/175.23, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.682/175.98, Was #25
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 18.219/62.20, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.701/175.64, Was #31

Lastor launches and noses over immediately, while Ficco can't run the number.

That's it, Mark Osborne on the pole at 7.574 and Scott Tidwell on the bump at 7.644, the entire field spanning just 0.070 seconds.

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