Las Vegas II: Chevy Racing Friday qualifying notes

Mike Edwards' Chevy Cavalier Is No. 1 At ACDelco Nationals LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2001 - After one full day of qualifying for the inaugural ACDelco Nationals Young Life Chevy Cavalier driver Mike Edwards is the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock with an...

Mike Edwards' Chevy Cavalier Is No. 1 At ACDelco Nationals

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2001 - After one full day of qualifying for the inaugural ACDelco Nationals Young Life Chevy Cavalier driver Mike Edwards is the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock with an elapsed time of 6.954 seconds and a track-record top speed of 198.41 mph. If Edwards remains No. 1 after tomorrow's two qualifying sessions it would be his sixth pole of the season.

"We made two really good runs today with this Chevy Cavalier," said Edwards. "We were low in the first round and in the second round - it doesn't get much better then that. Well I guess it could get better if we stayed No. 1 tomorrow and got our sixth pole. We didn't really make any big changes to the car between rounds. We were a little bit heavy on the clutch but we just let the track come to us. I have to give a lot of credit to Reher-Morrison. Brad Morgan, Darrin Morgan and Bruce Allen have really been the keys to our success. Bruce and I are very good friends and he has helped this team succeed. We've had to make good passes too and everything has really been coming together for us. It's really been exciting.

"I was actually quite surprised with how much everyone picked up. I think if the conditions are like they were today, we could see someone go around us but we're hoping no one does. The whole team has put in a great deal of effort, we've got really great engines from Reher-Morrison and the combination of the two has gotten us where we are this season."

Jim Yates is qualified in the No. 2 position and Bruce Allen is qualified third. Tom Hammonds, driver of the Winnebago Chevy Cavalier finished the day qualified fourth.

"For our first time at this track we're very pleased with where we are," explained Hammonds. "We were actually a little too aggressive in the first round and kind of got out in left field in our setup worrying too much about the altitude and air up here. So we went back to our normal setup and we were still a little light on the clutch. If we would've had a little more clutch in the car I think we would've run a low 6.95 - but we're not about to sit here and complain about it. We're in a great position to work with tomorrow and we're going to keep plugging away."

Other Chevy Cavalier drivers who competed today were Kurt Johnson who finished the day qualified seventh, Troy Coughlin is ninth, Ron Krisher is 14th and Jeg Coughlin Jr. is 16th.

Tommy Johnson Jr. had the quickest Chevy Camaro in Funny Car with an elapsed time of 4.859 seconds at 313.66 mph. Johnson is qualified sixth. Teammate Ron Capps is right behind Johnson in seventh with an elapsed time of 4.866 seconds at 310.91 mph.

"This Camaro is really running well for us," said Johnson. "We're very pleased with the performance of both cars today. Ron (Capps) ran really well too, and it gives both teams momentum going into the rest of the weekend. We've been struggling in the past few weeks and we really needed this weekend to be good for both teams. We're now focusing on getting things going for next season and we're trying new things and experimenting with stuff. Don't get me wrong; both teams are going to be working very hard for the win on Sunday. Ron is still in a points battle for third and you can count on them to be working very hard. We will be as well as we battle for the sixth spot. It's a continued effort by everyone and we're going to try and finish this season on a positive note."

Whit Bazemore is the No. 1 qualifier in a Firebird with an elapsed time of 4.748 seconds and a track-record speed of 323.04 mph. John Force is qualified second, Tim Wilkerson is third, Tony Pedregon is fourth and Dean Skuza rounds out the top five.

The Inaugural ACDelco Nationals is the 23rd race on the 24-event NHRA Winston Drag Racing tour. ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights on Saturday, October 27, starting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Three hours of final eliminations coverage will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, October 28th, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

-Chevy Racing-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen , Tom Hammonds , Tim Wilkerson , Mike Edwards , Tommy Johnson Jr.