CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES WINSTON FINALS POMONA RACEWAY, POMONA, CALIF. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 4.962/307.37, set in today's first session.
WHIT: "We went out there tonight, and the track got real good, and then got very cold. We were concerned we might shake a little bit. Rob (Flynn, crew chief) said just before we ran -- usually we pedal it no matter what -- if you have to pedal it it's probably not going to run quickr than a .96, so just drive through it. It didn't. We ran the .96 this morning. It was a perfect run as far as the way the Camaro handled. Technically it wasn't perfect, there was a lot left. We were not able to capitalize on its potential tonight. So far it's been a good weekend. It's been a difficult weekend mentally because of all the uncertainties surrounding the future of the entire team. I knew it was going to be a stressful weekend and a hard weekend and it has been. I know we are going to race next year, and I don't know how or with whom, but I know in my heart we are going to race, because that is what I do. And it may not be with this team, which is very sad. So it's our last race tomorrow and we are going out there and giving it 110 percent, like we always do and try to show the world that these guys as a unit are a winning team and they deserve better than what they have gotten, and they do. But we may have a new sponsor tomorrow. I'm still hopeful we may have a last second sponsor because the price has gotten better, and we have some associates lined up. We're lacking a major sponsor, we are the buy in motorsports right now. This is the best buy in racing. We have a competitive team that works hard for the sponsors to promote and sell, we put our corporate partners first, we know where our bread is buttered, and I haven't given up hope that someone out here will recognize the value that we have and still jump on board. But it has to happen within a day or two because all these guys ar going to jump. There have been some other opportunities crop up for me to drive other cars. If this team doesn't have the neessary budget within a few days then we are going to concentrate on these other opportunities and make them happen, and hopefully we don't have a year-long vacation. I'd be a damned good golfer if I had a year's vacation, or a good surfer, snorkler, Scuba diver. I might be a good road racer too, who knows?"
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 5.086/300.90. His final qualifying run put him into the field. It was a wild ride, but it worked.
CAPPS: "The worst part was that it turned into a night session. We set the Camaro up and we roll up there and the 3 p.m. session turned into a 5:30 session. The track temperature went down. I was really worried. I had visions of the Winternationals final last year when Wilkerson and I smoked the tires (and I didn't qualify). It's dark out there and I'm thinking, don't smoke the tires. It went out and started rattling and shaking the tires, and I pedaled it and it took off. It wanted to stay on the centerline all the way down. I was getting nervous, I had the wheel turned as far as I could to the right. I almost gave it another pedal to get the front end to touch down a little bit. I finally gave it a real hard jab and got it off the centerline."
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 5.025/301.70.