ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (September 8, 2000)- Two pre-race practice sessions for the rain-delayed 31st Annual Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals got underway today at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. In Pro Stock, Troy Coughlin was the quickest...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (September 8, 2000)- Two pre-race practice sessions for the rain-delayed 31st Annual Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals got underway today at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. In Pro Stock, Troy Coughlin was the quickest car of the field with an elapsed time of 6.879 seconds at 199.49 mph. Richie Stevens was second quick in the Valspar Refinish Pontiac Firebird with an elapsed time of 6.893 seconds at 197.77 mph. Warren Johnson's GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird was third quickest with an elapsed time of 6.908 seconds at 200.53mph. Ron Krisher was fourth, and Jeg Coughlin was fifth quickest of the day. Bruce Allen was sixth quickest, Mark Pawuk was eighth quickest, Greg Anderson, driving a second Summit Racing Firebird was 11th, Brad Jeter was 12th, Tom Martino was 14th and Jim Yates was 15th.
In Funny Car, Whit Bazemore in a Camaro was quickest of the day with an elapsed time of 4.847 seconds at 314.24 mph. Jerry Toliver was second quickest with an elapsed time of 4.885 seconds at 311.70 mph. John Force was third, Del Worsham and the CSK Pontiac Firebird was fourth and Scotty Cannon was fifth. Gary Densham was ninth, Frank Pedregon was 10th and Al Hofmann was 12th. Dale Creasy Jr. and Cruz Pedregon did not participate in the practice sessions.
Television coverage of the Matco Tools Supernationals can be seen on ESPN on Sunday, September 10, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird) - "We were just trying to make a baseline run and get down the racetrack. We figured after Indy that there are only about 300,000 more parts we can break in the car. We're only changing a few minor things, but besides that we're going to try and make another run down the track. We're just going to have to try and get down the racetrack four times tomorrow. The weather is going to be decent and the racetrack will be as good as it's going to be. They were supposed to have manicured it but they didn't do a thing to it. We're just going to have to stay on top of our game and be ready to go." No. 5 qualifier - 6.849ET/201.37mph
Mark Pawuk (Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird) - "We wanted to go out and make a good run so we could have something to tune from. But the car went right, got out of the groove and started shaking real bad so I shut it off. We're coming off a good run in Indy and we want to keep the momentum going. We weren't really trying anything too different from Indy, we just wanted to see what it could do. But now we'll make some minor changes and see what it can do tonight. We will be ready for tomorrow and hopefully go some rounds with this Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird." No. 3 qualifier - 6.841ET/199.91mph
Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird) - "I was learning how to drive again on that run. It's been too long. It wasn't very pretty. I need to calm down a little bit. The car seemed alright. It shook a little bit down the middle of the track but the car will be fine. I just need to calm down. The track is decent but I expect it to get better after the Fuel cars tonight. It's going to take a heck of a reaction time to win against (Ron) Krisher tomorrow. He's a great driver and I'm going to have to be ready." No. 11 qualifier - 6.861ET/201.70mph
Ron Krisher (Eagle One Pontiac Firebird) - "We're trying some different carburetors. We just wanted to get one pass on the track and it was a bad one. The car shook and moved all over the place. It wasn't pretty. We needed a base run and that is what that was. Being the first one out wasn't cool. Everyone had a pretty rough time. It was ugly with the first couple of cars out but it picked up a little bit towards the end. If the track comes around we should see 4.80s and low 4.90s. But the track definitely needs to come around. The track isn't good right now, it needs some rubber put on it, and by tomorrow it should be better. As far as our tune-up, we were probably a little heavy. But tonight we're going to tune it up, and try and make a better and much faster run." No. 6 qualifier - 6.851ET/200.83mph
Terry Adams (Crew Chief of the Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird) - "We had a different engine, carburetor and four-link in the Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird for that run. We were trying a lot of stuff. We're going to try some different carburetors for the next run and leave the same engine in it. We liked the four-links in the car too. Our computers say we can run a 6.88, so I say it will probably take a 6.90 to win the race. The car is doing real well. We are pleased with the changes we made. We'll put a race motor in for tomorrow and be ready to go some rounds." No. 8 qualifier - 6.859ET/200.83mph
Brad Jeter (Dynagear Pontiac Firebird) -"We finally had a decent run with this Dynagear Pontiac Firebird.. We're learning a lot about this racecar and are feeling really good about it. We are really excited about tomorrow and going rounds. We feel the car can go faster so we'll try and push it tonight. We aren't going to change anything major to the car. We're just going to go back out there and see what happens. The track is just okay right now. I am sure it will become better as time goes on." No. 7 qualifier - 6.857ET/200.38mph
Del Worsham (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "On the first one, we were just way too aggressive. It was trying to run a low 4.80 or something, but we had it spinning too hard out there in the middle. We thought we had a good approach to it for the night session, just get it through the trouble spot out there and it should run pretty hard. Sure enough, the conditions were good, the car is making huge power, and we got a handle on the clutch. The old 4.93 car is back. That really gives us a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow." No. 6 qualifier - 5.098ET/274.83mph
Frank Pedregon (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "I'm not sure what happened on that first lap, other than it barely rotated the tires once before they lost traction. We had pretty much the same clutch set-up as Del, and his car took right off and was hauling big time. So for the night deal we tried to be careful off the line to make sure we had a full pass under our belts going into tomorrow. We were probably a little too soft with it, but that was better than missing again on the other side. We have a good baseline for tomorrow, we'll just have to step it up a little bit from here. But the big news was we moving back into 12th place in Winston points. Back in May, Bob Gilbertson didn't qualify here and we've been waiting since then to pick these points up on him. Now that we're back here, and qualified, we picked up that round on Gilbertson and Bruce Sarver, and it moves us past Bob in the standings. If we can win a couple of rounds tomorrow, we can really make some headway. It's possible for us to leave here in the Winston Top 10." No. 9 qualifier - 5.193ET/294.82
Gary Densham (NEC Pontiac Firebird) - "The first run was not good for us at all. We just weren't tuned correctly to the track. The second run was better but not good enough. We have to be ready tomorrow. We definitely need to get faster. I know we can, it's just a matter of doing it. The track is better than the first session. I know it will be better tomorrow. This NEC Pontiac Firebird is capable of getting down that track with the best of them. Hopefully we will be able to prove that tomorrow." No. 10 qualifier - 5.238ET/291.13mph