CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES -- REVELL NATIONALS -- TEXAS MOTORPLEX -- NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES -- FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/ARMA COATINGS/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES -- REVELL NATIONALS -- TEXAS MOTORPLEX -- NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES -- FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/ARMA COATINGS/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier after three rounds, 7.594/176.09, with the final round being run Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m., with final eliminations beginning at 12:45 p.m. Kopp's run in today's first session was the first 7.5-second pass in Pro Stock Truck, good for a national (and track) elapsed time record. Kopp backed up the record with a 7.618-second pass in tonight's third session. KOPP: DID YOU COME HERE THINKING YOU WOULD BREAK THE RECORD? "We tested last week, where we did a 7.5 at Gateway InternationaL Raceway in St. Louis. The track was decent, the air was decent, so we knew we could do it, and low and behold we did. We made six passes testing all this week." DO YOU THINK IT WOULD HOLD UP? "We still have the morning session, but I will be in that session along with everyone else. I'm in the left lane, which I don't think is a choice lane. If it gets hit, it gets hit (the record), I can't do anything about it. I just hope I can hold on to it in the left lane." ON THE QUESTIONABLE LEFT LANE: "It's crazy, I don't understand why. It seems like some people get down it and some don't... We're not getting too aggressive, we're just staying with our game plan, that's what got us here." WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE THE FIRST TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP? "It's almost unbelievable, what it's going to be like if we win it. I hope we do win it, we're prepared to win it, we're here to win it, we're here to do anything we have to do to win it. I made a few mistakes this year, I just hope they don't haunt me. I know I am better, I know I can be better. Chevrolet has given me the pieces for the Chevy S-10 to make it better....I just have to do my job." HAS IT GOTTEN A LOT TOUGHER AT THE END OF THE SEASON BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE TRUCKS? "You are always going to have the stand-out trucks like you do in Pro Stock Car. It will never change. We are going to be one of the frontrunners, so are (John) Lingenfelter, (Brad) Jeter, (Jerry) Haas, and (Tim) Freeman, because we are dedicated to do a good job here and that's what we are going to do." WHY ARE THE CHEVYS SO GOOD? "Chevrolet has had a racing program with the V8 (engine) for so long and did so well with it, and Dodge came into it with an untested piece. They're probably going to take a year to catch up. They're competitive, but it's obvious they're a little bit behind us. Some Dodge (drivers) said they would be five hundredths (of a second) quicker than us by mid-season. Well, we're past that, and Chevrolet is still on top." DID YOU COME IN HERE THINKING YOU HAD TO WIN? "My attitude all year has been I'm coming here to win and only win. I made a few mistakes, we have the attitude now to want to win, I have got to win, I have got to do my job. Every race I go to I want to be No. 1 qualifier and I want to win. We're having an extremely good year, I'm proud of everybody. Chevrolet is doing a good job for us, I think I'm doing a good job for them. Nobody is perfect, but we are trying hard."
BART PRICE, CHEVY S-10, crashed in the left lane during the third qualifying session. His Chevy S-10 went out of control near the finish ine, crossed the centerline and impacted the guardwall. Price, who is currently qualified 11th with a pass of 7.728 seconds at 172.18 mph, will not be able to compete in tomorrow's eliminations due to the damage to his truck. PRICE: "In third gear it just started shaking real violently. I lifted and it just started spinning and I knew I was going to hit the wall at that point because there was no way I could steer out of it. I just pushed in the clutch and turned it off and I started hitting the wall and skidded down the wall. Todd Bevis, who built the truck, said he could get it ready for Pomona and we're going to try. Alba (Colon, Pro Stock Truck program manager for GM Motorsports) said she would help us to get the parts to get it fixed. They have been really great to us. I have been thankful for her help. We were just getting our program going where we wanted it to go. I'm very disappointed. But I think it's part of the learning curve." WHAT WAS DAMAGED? "The front end a little bit, but mainly it was body damage. We will know more once Todd can get it back on the jig at the shop."
JOHN LUKOVICH, Chevy S-10, escaped injury following an accident during third round qualifying. His Chevy S-10 went out of control, impacted the right guardwall before crossing the centerline and impacting the left guardwall. The truck caught fire and came to a stop against the left guardwall. He exited the truck under his own power while NHRA Safety Safari members eaxtinguished the flame. His S-10 suffered extensive damage in the incident. Lukovich was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, as a precaution.