CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX ENNIS, TEXAS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, fell to No. 2 from the No. 1 spot...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX ENNIS, TEXAS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, fell to No. 2 from the No. 1 spot this afternoon, but he performed back-to-back 4.91s today. In today's first round he claimed No. 1 with his 4.910-second pass at 306.95 mph. In the final round he performed a 4.914-second lap at 298.0 mph in a Camaro vs. Camaro match against WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO. John Force took the No. 1 position away from Capps in the final round. Bazemore ended up No. 5, 4.917/312.17, set in the final session. Except for a tire-shaking first run this morning, Whit had consistent runs of 4.92, .92 and .91.
Note: Capps' and Bazemore's Funny Cars are the only two Camaros in the field.
CAPPS: "We have been sneaking up on it with the .91 earlier. We felt at the worst we would be in the top three. We figured we would step it up and see what the track would take. It left like a rocketship, it had the front end up in the air. At half track when the clutch started locking up the motor had put one cylinder out and then it started to nose over a little bit down at the finish line. That's why the speed was down to 298 (mph). If I didn't have to lift and run it through it would have been a mid- to high .80. This is just part of the learning curve. We may need to richen the motor a little bit at the other end. We are ecstatic to be where we are. I expected Force to run a 4.80 in qualifying, it didn't surprise me that he ran a 4.88. Dallas has been good, it was good last year (Ron is the Funny Car defending champion), and we are going to try to continue our winning ways here at the Texas Motorplex.
BAZEMORE: "In the first run this morning, it shook the tires and wasn't going to run quicker than a .91, so I didn't pedal it. Tonight's run was really good because we didn't hurt the motor. We've been doing that a lot lately, and it's hard to win races when you do. That makes it hard to be consistent, and you always run the risk of having the damage happen sooner in the run, which could force you to abort the run or, worse, blow the car up. We're in a good position for tomorrow. It's almost like Pro Stock, because the field was within two tenths. I like that kind of situation. The closer and tighter the competition, the better, If you take (John) Force out of the picture it's anyone's race. He came up on that last run and stole number one, and we ended up fifth. We're just ogoing to do our jobs tomorrow, and see where we end up."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier, 6.921/199.82, the fourth time in 1999 he has been the second quickest qualifier in Pro Stock.
KURT: "We just weren't happy with the 6.93 we ran this morning. It should run a low 6.91 with ease. When you see Dad's (No. 1 qualifier Warren) car running 6.90 and we're running slower, we obviously have some performance to gain. We know the engines are within three or four horsepower, and we know we've run as quick as the No. 1 car before. We've got a different suspension in our car that was exceptionally quick when we first ran it in testing. We struggled with it a little in Houston, and we're struggling again here. We know it can be as good or even better than we were using earlier, but we haven't found the 'sweet spot' at a national event. We can run fast with this setup when we test at Atlanta Dragway, but that doesn't count here. We can always go back to what we had, but we're searching for something better."
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is No. 11 qualifier, 6.983/197.62. He improved his e.t. and position from this morning's session (6.995, No. 13).
EDWARDS: "We're getting better, we just keep plugging away, we're just changing a few things here and there. Hopefully we can get a lot better. In the first run today we should have done better, but we didn't make as nice a run as we could have. It shook the tires. We overestimated the track with too much clutch. We are making progress from what we did the first two races." DID MAKING IT TO THE FINAL ROUND IN HOUSTON HELP YOUR CONFIDENCE? "It did help us. We were pretty emotional there. Three DNQs to start the year, that would hurt anybody's morale, but going to the finals helped us a bunch. We probably got a break when we beat Warren (Johnson) because he was late."
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
LARRY DIXON, MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, qualified on the pole for the third consecutive event, with a 4.545-second pass at 316.12 mph, set Friday night. His two runs today were less than stellar: 12.549/72.71 in the first, 8.546/91.30 mph in the second.