CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK DINWIDDIE, VA NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MONDAY, MAY 3, 1999 FINAL ELIMINATIONS SECOND ROUND FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK DINWIDDIE, VA NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES MONDAY, MAY 3, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, lost to John Force in the second round in this pair's first meeting of the season. Whit had the holeshot advantage on Force, .524 to .587, but it was Force first at the finish line as Bazemore quick pedaled it after the tires shook in the less desirable left lane.
BAZEMORE: "We stood on this Camaro to beat Force. Obviously, they have been the team to beat all year. I thought the rain yesterday evened up the lanes a little bit and that probably worked in our favor. I know Tim (Richards, co-crew chief) got aggressive with this Camaro, but we were not aggressive enough. We went out and shook. I pedaled it. We still could have probably beat John, he was a little bit late leaving. We were both shallow staged, I noticed. After we pedaled it I still didn't see him for half a second or so and then he went by. We had a problem with the fuel system, I believe. The car stopped running well and I shut it off when we were beat. It's disappointing that it's the first time we ran John, it was our first opportunity to race him. The Kendall Camaro team was pumped up, we were ready, we were fired up, and we were confident. The car just let us down a little bit. We didn't get the job done. It's still a long season. That would have been a very important win for us to have. It didn't happen, so we just have to go to Atlanta and Englishtown, which are back to back, and be prepared there. We wil be."
Chevrolet is still in the running here, as JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE, advanced to the semifinals after defeating Phil Burkart with a 5.235-second pass at 282.01 mph.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, was eliminated by Richie Stevens in the second round, 6.926/198.03 for Stevens, 6.958/198.79 for Edwards. Both drivers had the same reaction time, .435. Edwards had lane choice and selected the right lane.
EDWARDS: "We didn't make a good run. It shook, went to the left and got close to the centerline. It shook really, really bad. That's the difference a day makes, it looks like the lane was pretty good on the other side. It looks like it came around. When you are the first pair out you don't really know how the lanes are going to be, but that's racing, I guess. Unfortunately, when Warren (Johnson) goes out on your side of the ladder you need to take advantage of it all you can." ON IDENTICAL REACTION TIMES: "I would have beat anybody else that round, except for him. (Kurt Johnson's reaction time was .501, Mike Thomas' was a .538).
PRO STOCK SEMIFINALS
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, lost to Allen Johnson in the semifinals, 6.969/198.12 for Allen, 11.025/81.27 for Kurt.
KURT: "That was severe tire distortion causing lack of traction (he said, smiling). It was very, very violent. We didn't have the suspension right. We have a fast Camaro, but it's got such a small window to work in that it's real touchy. You get outside that window and the thing doesn't want to cooperate. We have to get the window wider to work with so we can make more consistent, fast runs when the track changes. There was no reason to do what we did out there. That's two races in a row that it shook the tires. It's hard to change it when the car is so fast. Obviously we need to work on this thing and get the window wider." ON THE DIFFERENCE IN LANES: "There was no difference in the lanes on the concrete. The left lane was just bumpier. We would have done the same thing in the left lane, it was no big deal there. We're still in the points lead, so it wasn't a total disaster."