Houston Pontiac Sunday Notes - Rain Delay

PONTIAC NOTES & QUOTES SECOND ANNUAL MATCO TOOLS SUPERNATIONALS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1998 HOUSTON, TEXAS PRO STOCK Mark Pawuk (Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird) "It wasn't a bad weekend. The Summit Racing Firebird ran well the first round and I...

PONTIAC NOTES & QUOTES SECOND ANNUAL MATCO TOOLS SUPERNATIONALS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1998 HOUSTON, TEXAS

PRO STOCK Mark Pawuk (Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird) "It wasn't a bad weekend. The Summit Racing Firebird ran well the first round and I didn't drive very good. Then we came back in the second, I drove real well and the car didn't run too good. It's disappointing because every pass we made until the second round today was in the sixes. The weather just came in too quick on us and we weren't ready for that. That will come with experience."

"The crew did a great job and we're heading in the right direction. You can't expect things to happen over night, but things are starting to come together. We'll be ready for Pomona, and if we can win there, that would just be fine with me. But we definitely want to finish in the top-10." Lost in round two

Mike Thomas (Pennzoil Pontiac Firebird) "The Pennzoil Firebird was the fastest car in the right lane and we still got drilled. No one won in that right lane which tells me that we didn't have a chance no matter how well we ran. The car was strong. I just should have done a better job in qualifying and then I would have had lane choice. We're doing all we can to win. We just hit some bad luck". Lost in round one

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Del Worsham (Checker/Schuck's/Kragen Pontiac Firebird) "We made some pretty big changes to our Checker/Schuck's/Kragen Firebird last night. We made some educated moves to get us out of that tire shake/tire smoke rut we got into here in Houston. It ends up being one of those deals where you can trace our first round loss straight to qualifying, all the way back to the first pass if you want to. When you pull a race car out of the trailer that just showed all sorts of performance last weekend in Dallas, but doesn't want to cooperate here, you get behind and start reacting instead of being aggressive. So we chased the tune-up all weekend, sneaked into the show in the 16th spot, and had to make changes before round one that we should have been able to make on Saturday if we hadn't been scrambling. Sometimes it takes two or three laps to sort out a big change like this, and we had no choice but to try it in round one against Cruz (Pedregon). You couldn't go up there against that car and think you needed to get lucky to win. We knew we'd need a good number just to give ourselves the chance, and we didn't do that." Lost in round one

Tim Wilkerson (JCIT Pontiac Firebird) "We knew that since we were racing John Force, we had to be at our best. We weren't just going to give it away. We really thought the JCIT Firebird was going to go quicker than a 4.94, but we're pretty happy with that because we've struggled at the last three races. We haven't been able to do anything right. We made three or four runs that will give us some direction heading into Pomona and maybe we can do some good there. The first thing Force said when he got of the car was that he knew they were racing us, and that they couldn't afford to back it down. They went for the throat and they were pretty darn lucky that they didn't spin the tires off the car. We had one of the best laps that session. It's disappointing knowing that if we would have been racing anyone else, chances are we would have won. That shows how important qualifying is. We take it for granted sometimes that it doesn't mean anything, but there's a perfect example of how it can determine your whole weekend. The team's spirits are high and we know if we can keep swinging, sooner or later that other guy is going to fall." Lost in round one

Al Hofmann (GM Performance Parts Pontiac Firebird) "We had to go into that race trying to beat Capps and obviously we missed the motor tune up just a little bit. The GM Performance Parts Firebird spun the tires a little bit because the motor was weak. We've been fighting that here all weekend. In these kind of conditions you have to jack the motor up so far that once you think you have it high enough, you don't. As soon as the clutch hit it, it pulled the engine rpms down, and when it did that, it immediately smoked the tires. We had trouble here last year, but we did make some improvement because we ran better this time. There's not much else we can do except go on to Pomona and start getting ready for next year." Lost in round one

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Mark Pawuk , Al Hofmann , Del Worsham , John Force , Tim Wilkerson