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CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES JOLIET, ILL. SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by Whit Bazemore, 5.180/281.07 to 5.027/296.44.

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES JOLIET, ILL. SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998

FUNNY CAR

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by Whit Bazemore, 5.180/281.07 to 5.027/296.44. The points chase is tight, as the NHRA season progresses, among John Force, Chuck Etchells, Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps and Tim Wilkerson.

CAPPS: "Once again, and I've stated this before, the team that's going to win the championship is the team that can do the best when they're struggling. We're still struggling. We're dropping cylinders intermittently. It's a problem that the car will go and we'll run a 4.80 or a low 4.90 and drop a cylinder two runs in a row. Roland (Leong, crew chief) is trying some things with the fuel system, and it's not fixing the problem. It's probably something in the ignition. To struggle like this and stay in the top four it goes to show you that we're fighting adversity to stay alive and that's what we're doing." ON THIS RUN: "It went out and left the starting line with a cylinder out at the hit of the throttle. Once that happens it doesn't pick back up. You're talking over 600 horsepower gone. When the guy next to you runs a 5.02 you have no chance of beating him. We just have to keep after it." ON THE POINTS CHASE: "There is a silver lining on this cloud. You have to look at the big picture. Yes, we went a round, which is very important for the official points chase. We're still struggling, but we were able to get some points. Our competitors didn't make that big a move. Force went out the first round, that helps tremendously...and Cruz going out in the second round... It could've been a lot worse. The Camaro is in one piece, we didn't crash, we didn't do anything stupid. We'll try to make a break for it when we figure out what this problem is." ON ROUTE 66 RACEWAY: "I love this track. I hope they add a race here next year...when it's cool. It's a great place, the people love it. You can tell they've been starving for drag racing. For the fans to show up and show support for this new facility it makes you feel good. The grandstands are packed. The fans are letting us know they appreciate us and we have to show them we appreciate them by doing our best for them."

CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, advanced to the semifinals by defeating Gary Densham and Jerry Toliver. In the semifinals, Etchells lost to Whit Bazemore, as he shut down early with a problem. Bazemore's e.t. was 4.962 seconds, at 302.48 mph.

PRO STOCK

Courtesy of Rick Voegelin:

KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by his dad Warren Johnson (7.029/196.87 to Kurt's 7.096/195.34). It was the first intramural race of the season for the Johnsons, and the 31st time the two have raced since Kurt started driving in 1993. The box score now stands at 22 wins for Warren and nine for Kurt.

KURT: "When you lose lane choice and qualify in the wrong place on the ladder, you have to expect a day like this. If I had qualified just five thousandths quicker, I would have moved up four spots on the qualifying sheet and I wouldn't have raced Dad in the second round. At least we gained some ground on the drivers who were ahead of us in the point standings. We're still experimenting with a new clutch, and it just blew the tires off on the starting line. We softened the setup after the first round to compensate for the heat and sun on the track today, but it actually spun the tires harder when I raced the Old Man."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Chuck Etchells , Gary Densham , Tim Wilkerson , Jerry Toliver