CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1999 FIRST ROUND FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in an all-Camaro...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in an all-Camaro first round (the only two Camaros in the Funny Car field) by WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, 5.380/239.61 for Capps, 5.112/282.24 for Bazemore.
Second round will see another Chevy vs. Chevy matchup, as Bazemore meets JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE.
CAPPS: "It left great. We were looking at the computer...there are a couple of bumps in the left lane that seemed to upset the chassis a little bit. I never saw Whit until it got out there off the pad and struck the tires pretty good. At that point he drove by me and then it put like four cylinders out when it unloaded the car. There's not much you can do but keep the throttle down and hope that something happens to him next to you. I was telling Roland (Leong, crew chief) that we're very proud of him. We made a lot of progress this weekend. Even though we lost first round the Camaro is going down through the first part of the track, where it used to shake. That's three rounds in a row when I didn't think of pedaling it. When it runs that smooth early then we can adjust for the rest of the track and really get after it. We're very excited about going to Englishtown, where we won't have to fight different track conditions like here. They have a great track surface. I'd like to get qualified in the first shot,like we should, then we can start to work on getting the Camaro to go faster. The key is to qualify in the first round, make a decent run, make the show, so we don't have to sweat it, and go from there."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, continues to struggle on his home track, as he was eliminated by Mike Thomas in the first round. Kurt veered to the right after take-off, lost traction and shut it off to a 8.385/138.14 pass to Thomas' 6.986/198.61. Kurt still holds on to the points lead.
KURT: "This has been the week from hell. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. We tuned the Camaro like we test here, we tuned it like we won Phoenix, like we ran Gainesville as runner-up. No matter what we did the car would just shake. We've got som kind of gremlin in there that it doesn't like. It's either these conditions or something has changed that we don't kow. We don't know what it is. If we knew we would fix it. We can't get it to click this weekend. Needless to say, we will be here tomorrow testing under these (hot) conditions on the same race track. I'm going home still in the points lead, that's not all that bad." ON THAT RUN: "It was loss of traction and violent tire shake." DID THE LEFT LANE HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT? "I don't think so. We ran a 6.99 in the first qualifying run, everything has been going wrong since then. We backed up to that combination and made a slight variation, but it didn't even like the way the Camaro was set up to begin with." ON CHANGING ENGINES LAST NIGHT: "The one I had in there had like 25 runs on it. We just decided to put a fresh engine in there and I figured I needed everything I could get this morning."
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO, defeated JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE, with a 5.097-second pass at 285.89 mph to Epler's tire-smoking 8.109/105.27.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, was defeated by Jim Yates in the second round, 12.574/69.30 for Edwards; 6.984/198.58 for Yates. Although Mike was is in the less favorable left lane, he doesn't blame the lane. EDWARDS: "I'm not blaming the left lane. We made some changes to the Camaro. I thought it would be better, but it didn't like it. Steve Schmidt came right behind me and did a 6.99, so you can't blame the lane. We just didn't make the right adjustments. The left lane is definitely worse than the right, the right is definitely the lane of choice, but we still should be able to get down the race track. It's fixing to be summertime now and most of the tracks are going to be like this (hot and sticky) on Sundays. You have to make the right adjustments and right changes on your car to get down the lane." ON THAT RUN: "It shook the tires. It shakes so hard it's out of control. You can't steer it, you just shut it off. The round is over anyway. You aren't going to go anywhere and you aren't going to beat anybody. We will try again next week."
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- SEMIFINALS
MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, defeated his teammate TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, on a holeshot advantage, with a 7.717-second lap at 175.98 mph to Freeman's 7.691/175.82. Reaction times: .561 for Freeman, .448 for Osborne.
RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, eliminated Craig Eaton, 7.669/176.10 for Daniels, 7.741/175.16 for Eaton.