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CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1998 FUNNY CAR CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 5.224/283.73, set...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1998

FUNNY CAR

CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 5.224/283.73, set in today's first session, in which he was No. 1 qualifier. In the second session he smoked the tires, resulting in an 8.72-second pass, 95.65 mph. "I think the right lane wasn't as good as the left lane. Of course, we were out trying to improve our time after having the quickest e.t. in the afternoon session. We knew it would take an .0 to keep the top spot, so that's what we went out to do. I'm not sure if it was how we approached it, or the right lane wouldn't handle it. For tomorrow, we're looking to improve our position, and run at least in the teens. That way our Camaro Z28 will have a better draw on Sunday."

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 14 qualifier, 7.776/108.45, established in this morning's session. In the second session, he smoked the tires. IS IT THE TRACK? "I don't think it's the track for us. A lot of guys are doing the same thing we did, some guys ran better. Roland (Leong, crew chief) said that in the time we spent in the staging lanes waiting the air got 700 feet better, which is a ton. It basically throws the tuneup off. The Camaro left great. Roland told me to try to pedal it if I could, if it starts shaking. Like the first run, it didn't shake, it just blew the tires off. I couldn't catch it. It raises the rpms so quick I just couldn't catch it. Some guys ran pretty good out there. In the last session -- our Camaro is really consistent -- Roland expected the car to run a 5.0 or a 5.05, but that's the way it goes. It's unfortunate because these were the best conditions we will have all weekend. It's going to be very hot tomorrow. We won't have a problm qualifying, it just would be nice to get qualified deep in the field. Roland has a great tuneup for hot weather, I'm not worried."

WHIT BAZEMORE, in his all-new TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, is struggling to sort out his new Camaro body and McKinney chassis, qualifying in No. 13 spot, 5.777/215.25.

PRO STOCK

KURT JOHNSON, in his all new AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier after two sessions, second to his dad Warren, 7.037/196.63

LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 7, 7.074/194.55.

TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MAC TOOLS/KENDALL OIL CAMARO Z28, is not in the field, with the 23rd quickest time in a field of 38 cars, 7.115/194.76. He pushed back in the first session with a transmission problem. "We're just behind the 8-ball after we didn't get a chance to run the first session, and we didn't have any data on the Camaro. We were definitely light on the clutch. I think the wheel speed is not near as high as we need it to be. It's not really working like it was in Columbus. As a team we have to correct that. The conditions ar going to be different track to track. That's what separates the good teams from the bad teams." ON THE FIRST RUN: "On the burnout I felt somthing different because I couldn't shift into high gear. obviously my burnout was a lot shorter than normal. Once I got the Camaro stopped there was no reverse gear. Instead of hurting more parts or burning up a clutch we decided to shut it off and find out what the problem was. A ten-cent cotter pin popped and locked the transmission in gear." ON QUALIFYING TOMORROW: "I think tonight was definitely a better session. Hopefully we can do a little rain dance and have some clouds come over and make it a little better tomorrow morning. We have some work to do as a team. We will be here for awhile, all night if it takes, and hopefully get this Camaro into the field tomorrow.

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