Bruce Sarver (e-moola.com Pontiac Firebird) - "We were way to soft on the first run and realized this Firebird had a lot left in it. Richard (Hogan) tuned her up, and actually we tried to run just a bit quicker than that. It felt so good on the ...
Bruce Sarver (e-moola.com Pontiac Firebird) - "We were way to soft on the first run and realized this Firebird had a lot left in it. Richard (Hogan) tuned her up, and actually we tried to run just a bit quicker than that. It felt so good on the first part to halftrack - it had the wheels up all the way down through there. It didn't feel like it ran that good of speed and I was surprised when they told me it ran. I didn't think that elapsed time would hold up - I thought John (Force) would throw up a big number of his own. We were crossing our fingers."
Were you surprised to run career-best numbers at an altitude racetrack? "We had some problems at Houston - when the air is super good our car runs really good. We learned some stuff there that when we go back to Gainesville we'll be able to fix it where it's not so aggressive on the starting line. When we get over 2000 feet like we are here that's where our tune up really shines. The car leaves real hard and pulls all the way down. I'm happy racing on these tracks because the tough ones are where Alan (Johnson) and Richard shine."
What information do you pick up from the Top Fuel Car? "A lot. Surprisingly, a lot of people don't think you can run a Top Fuel Car like a Funny Car. Our cars are so close it's not even funny. We can't get quite as aggressive on the clutch as far as the flows and stuff down low as the dragster because they're lighter. But the rest of it, including the motor is pretty much the same." No. 1 qualifier - 4.822ET/318.02MPH
Del Worsham (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "It dropped No. 8 at the hit and never picked it up. We had it loaded up for something like a 4.81, but it never lit that one hole. Finally the pressure built until the burst panel let loose and it shut itself off. We had the luxury to try something big there, though we didn't think we were being outrageous or anything. The Checker Schuck's Kragen Firebird ust ran 4.81 in Houston at the last race so we thought we could make it happen again. We'll just be slaves to the weather tomorrow." No. 10 qualifier - 4.921ET/314.90MPH
Frank Pedregon (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "I was driving it around a bit down there but it felt smooth. Maybe that's what almost 318 mph does, it keeps the front end up and it feels smooth. Heck, maybe the Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac is flying down there, who knows? But to set our new career-best in elapsed time for the fourth time in the five races we've qualified for is just a complete indication of how good Dave Fletcher, Rob Flynn, Del Worsham and Chuck Worsham are. These guys can flat-out tune Funny Cars. I'm thrilled to be driving this car." No. 4 qualifier - 4.841ET/317.94MPH