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Sat, 2 Sep 2000, 11:44 AM

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

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 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: Steve Johns Runs 7.697/175.05, Now #15; Best prior run: 11.371/78.84, Was #35
Right Lane: Jeff Naiser Runs 7.713/174.46, Now #20; Best prior run: 10.902/83.08, Was #34

10:10 AM As the second qualifying session for the "'tater haulers" opens, Larry Perkins sits on the bubble at 7.702. First-round polesitter John Lingenfelter said his early edge on the field was the result of a lot of testing here and that the field should catch up with him with a couple more laps, especially in today's morning session. Only Randy Daniels was able to run with Lingenfelter yesterday, the rest of the field two hundredths or more behind Lingenfelter's 7.627.

Two good runs to open the session, each recovering from an aborted first run.

Left Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.913/169.51, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.798/172.01, Was #30
Right Lane: Kim Smith Runs 7.719/174.80, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.698/175.59, Was #16

These two went the wrong way from yesterday, so Smith will have to sweat it out on the bubble.

Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.728/175.48, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.664/175.39, Was #8
Right Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 7.735/174.41, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.750/174.46, Was #25

So far the ETs and 60-foot times are worse than yesterday afternoon. The humidity is already very high, and water doesn't burn too well...

Left Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.664/174.71, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.704/174.59, Was #18
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.719/173.94, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.731/174.50, Was #23

Perin picks the pace up a bit with a 1.067 60-foot time and a much better run. He bumps Smith, putting Johns on the bubble at 7.697.

Left Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.649/176.51, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.628/176.67, Was #2
Right Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.699/174.80, Now #18; Best prior run: 9.429/96.62, Was #35

Both posted 1.087 60-foot times and made clean passes.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.664/176.03, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.650/175.73, Was #3
Right Lane: Larry Perkins Runs 11.669/116.37, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.702/174.14, Was #19

Perkins launched, shook, and coasted through. Panella also posted a 1.08 60-foot time and couldn't match his previous best run.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.684/174.75, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.709/174.39, Was #20
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.669/175.80, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.662/176.17, Was #6

Patterson swims against the tide and gets into the field, bumping Johns. That puts Self on the bubble at 7.696. Coughlin made a consistent run.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.630/176.56, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.685/176.24, Was #12
Right Lane: Jody Schmeisser Runs 7.778/172.34, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.753/173.14, Was #28

Stanfield picks up five hundredths and moves to the top quarter of the ladder.

Left Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 11.476/77.60, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.696/174.82, Was #15
Right Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.662/176.42, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.685/175.94, Was #13

Nice pass by Price with a solid speed. Slavinski launched with a 1.07 60-foot time, but slowed with handling problems.

Left Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.669/175.82, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.652/175.82, Was #5
Right Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.724/174.30, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.753/173.94, Was #27

Smith also with a 1.07 60-foot clocking...

Left Lane: Larry Kopp No Time, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.762/172.50, Was #30
Right Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 7.705/175.09, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.678/175.73, Was #12

Kopp broke on the burnout.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.670/174.62, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.695/174.84, Was #14
Right Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.692/174.44, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.720/174.44, Was #24

Farr bumps Self, putting Slavinski on the bubble at 7.696.

Left Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.739/173.41, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.836/162.16, Was #33
Right Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.661/175.25, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.627/175.73, Was #1

Lingenfelter falls off a few hundredths, his 60-foot time 1.062.

Left Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.658/175.37, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.662/175.02, Was #9
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 7.714/174.08, Now #23; Best prior run: 16.800/48.39, Was #36

Coughlin makes a nice run for this session, picking up four thousandths and three rungs on the ladder.

Left Lane: Arnie Martel Runs 7.781/173.65, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.660/175.09, Was #7
Right Lane: Chip Ippolito No Time, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.761/172.85, Was #31

Ippolito left before the tree was activated.

Left Lane: Joe Pigford Runs 7.813/173.43, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.743/174.19, Was #29
Right Lane: Michael Graves Runs 8.494/157.41, Now #36; Best prior run: 8.147/162.16, Was #36

With 1.12 and 1.25 60-foot times, these runs were doomed at the start.

Left Lane: Samuel Tompkins Runs 7.839/173.36, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.822/173.78, Was #34
Right Lane: Lou Ficco Runs 7.748/174.50, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.720/174.64, Was #25

Left Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.685/174.73, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.696/174.73, Was #17
Right Lane: Douglas Harris Runs 7.862/170.92, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.934/170.62, Was #35

Self gets back in with a good run, a 1.07 60-foot time and no shake we could see from here. That bumps Slavinski and puts Steven Farr on the bubble for this afternoon's session at 7.692.

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