Rockingham Sunday Chevy Notes

WINSTON INVITATIONAL ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, demonstrated true grit in the first round of eliminations against Tom Wilkerson, defeating Wilkerson in a pedaling match that looked...

WINSTON INVITATIONAL ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1998

FUNNY CAR

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, demonstrated true grit in the first round of eliminations against Tom Wilkerson, defeating Wilkerson in a pedaling match that looked more like a slalom race. Both Capps and Wilkerson smoked the tires at the start, with Ron's Camaro appearing as if it were avoiding imaginary pylons as it snaked to the end of the quarter mile with flames, engine parts and Camaro body parts spewing out of the Don Prudhomme-owned machine. Capps made it the finish ahead of Wilkerson by four tenths of a second, as Wilkerson also lost traction (7.460/128.13 to 7.851/242.58).

CAPPS: "I was having flashbacks of racing in dirt and karts when I was a kid. I guess it's something about Wilkerson and me racing together. Every time we get out there we have a pedaling battle. I was looking at the grandstands a couple of times. I thought for sure I was going into the wall about two times. It blew the burst panel off at about 800 feet. Then it kicked a couple of rods out and I was at the mercy of the track. I was leaning forward as far as I could to help get it to the line. I heard him (Wilkerson) coming, but luckily we crossed the finish line first."

Note: Both Funny Car Camaros advanced to the semifinals, with Chuck Etchells defeating John Force in the first round (5.050/273.72 to 7.945/104.13). Neither a Camaro nor a Chevrolet Funny Car has won the Winston Invitational in the event's history.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Don Prudhomme