CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, 5.213/280.95, after two good passes today (5.213/280.95 in the first, 5.27/265.12 in the second). Ron has been struggling all season, and has yet to win a round. He's 15th in Winston Championship points.
"I got to pull the chutes twice that time, because we went down the track. Everybody is trying to back them down to get down the track. In that run it actually shot a spark plug out of the body. I'm not sure where it happened during the run. I heard something like dropping a cylinder or one going out at half-track. That probably killed our e.t., and I lifted before the finish line. It could have run good, but it decided to lose a spark plug. We expected to run a 5.05 to a 5.10. That's probably what the Camaro would have run if it didn't do what it did. What's good is that we went down both lanes today without pedaling, right through the trouble spots. We're very excited about tomorrow. It's a big confidence booster that I was able to go down the track in both lanes today under warm conditions."
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 5.093/297.29.
"We had some problems and this Kendall Camaro team worked through them in a very impressive way. Let's face it, our backs have been against the wall, and we've been fighting this car. Even I have been fighting it driving it. It's been difficult to drive it right. We'vebeen struggling to get the car consistent and competitive, and the team worked through it. I'm really excited. The Camaro is responding now, and that's the most important thing, because the car has got to respond to the changes that you make to it. The car tells you what it wants, and you do what you think it needs, and if it doesn't make a difference, you have a problem. But if it shows progress, that's a really good thing. I think that's where we are right now. We made some major wholesale changes to the car, and it responded. I think we're in a good position because we have lane choice. Unfortunately for the competitors and the fans, this track is essentially a one-lane track. So having lane choice and keeping it will be critical."
Note: These are the only two Camaros in the Funny Car field.
JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE, is No.5 qualifier, 5.115/276.18. This is the only Corvette-bodied Funny Car in the field.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 14, qualifier, 6.990/198.96. This is an uncharacteristically poor qualifying effort for the local Georgia resident.
KURT: "After shaking the tires at Virginia, the track was so good there and the air was so good, we have been in kind of a conservative mood lately. We came here and the track is much worse than when we tested here. We are not just makingbig enough changes. That's the bottom line. We made some serious changes for this last run. The Camaro got better in low gear, but it just wasn't enough. So we're going to have to keep on going tomorrow and see what we can do. I'm not worried aboaut 14th. Just getting intothe show is the biggest thing here."
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is No. 12, 6.986/197.80.
MIKE EDWARDS, from Broken Arrow, Okla., and his wife Lisa are helping the victims of the recent tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area through the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, part of the national Feed the Children program. Mike is carrying a decal on his Camaro this weekend with the 1-800-525-7575 number which anyone may call to make a donation to the Fund.
LISA EDWARDS: "Feed the Children has set up a relief fund in order to help the victims of these devastating storms. As of late Thursday it was reported that there were 43 dead and 5700 homes were affected by it. These people are homeless. We are trying to bring an awareness to race fans and the racing community that these people need donations. The South has come on strong with bringing people to help out. Shelters have been set up and right now they're in need of supplies. It's easier for them to go out and purchase these supplies in quantities than it is for us to send them these supplies. We have received a lot of attention in Texas and other states. We're here in Atlanta and then we're going to New Jersey (Englishtown). It will be a great opportunity to give this problem some national exposure. For us in Oklahoma it's easy to see the devastation. We want to bring this awareness to the rest of the country."