CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, winner of three titles this...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, winner of three titles this season and the Pro Stock Truck points leader, was eliminated in the second round by Tim Freeman, who also runs a Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins 358 cu.in. Chevy V8 engine in his Chevy S-10. Kopp and Freeman are the only two Pro Stock Trucks to be equipped with Jenkins splayed-valve engines right now. Kopp's e.t. was a 7.905, with a top speed of 171.39 mph, Freeman's was 7.883/171.52. Kopp had the better reaction time, .447 to .460, but it was Freeman first at the finish.
KOPP: "We're really making a small deal about it. The target is off my back now. We'll just win three in a row again and get the target back on my back. Then it'll be taken off again, and so on. We knew it had to happen sometime." ON THIS RUN: "It's just that the track conditions kept us from winning, it wasn't the Jenkins motor. The track changed and we didn't change for the track. That's what cost us the race. The track got worse and the clutch setup wasn't right for th track. We didn't compensate for the track. We haven't run on a hot track like this. Now we know what to do the next time. We're not going to go into it blind. I felt I had a better light than he did, but I wasn't sure. We were side by side and I thought in high gear I could pass him, but we just didn't have enough. We lost too much in the middle of the track. Once you lose the momentum you can't get it back at the end. It was nine thousandths of a difference. A .430 light would have beaten him, but there's always shouldas, wouldas, couldas. We're still proud to be a Chevy truck. We still did good, qualified good, it's just one of those things you have to deal with."
DID YOU EXPECT THAT WITH ANOTHER CHEVY S-10 RUNNING A JENKINS ENGINE THAT YOU WOULD HAVE SERIOUS COMPETITION? "Everybody I race I race seriously, I don't care who it is. You have to be that way. You can't just lie down or drop your guard on anybody. I'd rather lose the way I did than to be late on the starting line and get beat. We wouldn't want to do this six races in a row, of course. We have learned a lot in this race and we will have to take this knowledge with us to the next race."