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Fri, 1 Sep 2000, 08:48 PM

INDY - Pro Stock Truck Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock Truck at the 46th annual U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:

Left Lane: Michael Graves Runs 8.147/162.16, Now #2
Right Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.660/175.09, Now #1

5:59 PM Two new Pro Stock Truck drivers open the first session...

Left Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.720/174.64, Now #2
Right Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.743/174.19, Now #3

The 60-foot times so far are relatively slow, a 1.08 the best we've seen - from Ficco.

Left Lane: Douglas Harris Runs 7.934/170.62, Now #5
Right Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 7.822/173.78, Now #4

Tompkins is running an engine refurbished by Bob Panella. Both drivers here posted 1.13 60-foot times. It's hot, 89 degrees, but relatively dry, 52 percent humidity (but it feels much worse).

Left Lane: Jeff Naiser Runs 10.902/83.08, Now #8
Right Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.696/174.73, Now #2

This is "Naiser & Self Racing" - in both lanes. When we get back to racing - there's a big conference in the left lane, looking at the launch pad. Now we're going again, the delay fairly short and the reason for the conference not shared with us. Naiser launched with a 1.10 60-foot time, then slowed. Self posted a 1.089 and ran it all the way through.

Left Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.698/175.59, Now #3
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 11.371/78.84, Now #10

A pair of 1. 09 60-foot times here, but Johns slowed about 300 feet out.

Left Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.750/174.46, Now #6
Right Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.798/172.01, Now #7

Many of the cars in the right lane are shaking and skating toward the wall. Celedon posted a 1.10 60-foot time, Eaton a 1.089.

Left Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.731/174.50, Now #6
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.664/175.39, Now #2

1.09 60-foot left, 1.081 right. Two clean runs.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 9.429/96.62, Now #14
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.704/174.59, Now #5

A good start does not a good run make - Seay posted a 1.071 60-foot time, but slowed around half track.

Left Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 7.702/174.14, Now #6
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.628/176.67, Now #1

About the only thing Daniels has done in the past couple weeks other than work on the truck is to ride the roller coasters at King's Domain. 1.084 and 1.079 60-foot times, respectively.

Left Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.662/176.17, Now #4
Right Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.650/175.73, Now #2

Martel's 7.660 was still second-quick, but a number of the "hot shoes" had yet to run - like these two. 1.098 and 1.084 60-foot times and clean runs - and Martel's time is looking better and better all the time. Panella beats it, but only by a hundredth.

Left Lane: Jody Schmeisser Runs 7.753/173.14, Now #15
Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.709/174.39, Now #10

Left Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.685/175.94, Now #7
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.685/176.24, Now #6

1.081 and 1.099 60 foot times produce identical ETs, Stanfield getting the nod because of his better speed.

Left Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.753/173.94, Now #18
Right Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 7.696/174.82, Now #8

Left Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 7.678/175.73, Now #7
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.652/175.82, Now #3

Two good runs off 1.09 and 1.08 60-foot times. Smith sneaks in right behind Daniels and Panella. The bump is Lou Ficco's 7.720, by the way.

Left Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.720/174.44, Now #17
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.762/172.50, Now #23

Kopp slowed in the middle of the run, Farr running away from him on the top end, not something you'd expect.

Left Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.627/175.73, Now #1
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.695/174.84, Now #11

Wow! A 1.052 60-foot time for Lingenfelter signals the most aggressive launch yet - and he follows it up with a good run on the top end. Jones clocked a 1.08 and made a clean run.

Left Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 16.800/48.39, Now #34
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.836/162.16, Now #28

Lastor was shaking and skating, a 1.20 60-foot time signaling a poor launch, and he clicked it off early in the run. Eaton also slowed with handling problems, his coming on the top part of the run.

Left Lane: Chip Ippolito Runs 7.761/172.85, Now #26
Right Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.662/175.02, Now #7

Thirty-six trucks made laps in this session. These two posted 1.09 and 1.08 60-foot times, respectively, about average for this session. Coughlin held on with a strong run on the top end for a top-half position on the ladder.

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