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CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PROLONG SUPER LUBRICANTS NORTHWEST NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY JULY 31, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, defending Northwest ...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PROLONG SUPER LUBRICANTS NORTHWEST NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY JULY 31, 1998

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28

WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, defending Northwest Nationals champion, is not qualified right now; he's No. 18 with an e.t. of 11.388 seconds, 74.39 mph.

BAZEMORE: "Obviously, this is not a position we expected to be in after first day qualifying, that's why we have Saturdays. The pressure is on for tomorrow to get the Team Winston Camaro Z28 not only in the show but in the top five, where we think we really need to be to make it easier on Sunday in the first round, just to give us a good draw on Sunday. Earlier this year when we struggled, a lot of the struggles can be traced back to the fact that we didn't run very well on the first day. As a consequence we didn't get qualified in a decent position on the second day. You are always trying to catch up or you get behind. Tomorrow we will have to make some pretty aggressive moves to attack the track and get where we need to be."

ON THE TRACK CHANGES: "We haven't made it far enough to test the new part of the track. The old part of the track was good and is still good. The new part looks a lot better because there have been 308s (mph) run on it."

WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU HAVING GETTING DOWN THE TRACK? "I'm not sure what our problem is. It's tune-up related. The clutch is throwing us a curve and we don't know why. We will just have to get our act together tomorrow and just hunt them down. Our intention here is to do nothing less than what we did here last year. Based on the last two weekends, I think we're in a good position to do that."

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, No. 1 qualifier last year, is No. 15 tonight, at 10.128/80.50.

CAPPS: ON WHY JOHN FORCE AND CRUZ PEDREGON ARE GETTING DOWN THE TRACK: "We should be running right there with these guys. We had a timer go bad in the first run, and this last run the car went out there and shook pretty violently and when it does that there's not much you can do. Sometimes you can catch it and pedal it. When it shakes so quickly I feel the rearend back up, and by then it's already going to smoke the tires so pedaling probably won't do much good. We will be fine. That's what's great about Roland (Leong, crew chief). He will have the Camaro running good during the day tomorrow. I'd sure like to be deeper in the field at this point, but I feel pretty confident that we will jump right up there and continue our pace of qualifying in the top three."

CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 9 qualifier, 5.633/169.30.

ETCHELLS: "That was really a shame. Our Kendall Camaro was on one of its best Friday night runs of the season. It ran a 2.33 at the 330-ft. clock. For example, when we ran a 4.91 at Englishtown, we ran 2.31 at 330 feet. Unfortunately, it threw a clutch disc and killed the run. I'm not saying we definitely would hve been No. 1 or 2, but we would have given them a run for it. Tomorrow we'll work on improving our qualifying position, and tune up for Sunday. You just don't like wasting runs like tonight."

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MAC TOOLS/KENDALL OIL CAMARO Z28, is No. 20 qualifier (DNQ), at 7.018/195.69. Hammonds felt confident of lowering his e.t. in the second round, but ran slower.

HAMMONDS: "It kicked a rod. We have a spare engine, but it's not near as powerful as the race motor. Actually, it's probably 400 to 500 hundredths (of a second) slower. It's disappointing, but we will just give it our best shot tomorrow morning. We're the first pair out, the conditions should be pretty good, and we hope to get the Winnebago Camaro Z28 in the show."

WAS THE ENGINE DAMAGED IN THE FIRST RUN? "The guys said there was a puff of smoke after I went through the lights. We came back and did normal routine maintenance on the engine and it showed no signs of going away. When I let the clutch out it just didn't feel the same. I don't know if it happened during the burnout or staging the car or what the situation was. It never accelerated like it used to when I let the clutch out. We will put the engine on an airplane and fly it back to Finish Line Racing Engines, to Jimmy Oliver and Tom Roberts and get it ready for Brainerd."

KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, 6.962/198.41, is No. 4 qualifier.

LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 6.971/197.62.

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