Topeka Friday Pro Stock Pontiac Report

Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird) The engine just flat shut off. We're going through all of the wiring and ignition to see if there's anything unusual there. First the engine wouldn't start, and when we finally got it running, ...

Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird) The engine just flat shut off. We're going through all of the wiring and ignition to see if there's anything unusual there. First the engine wouldn't start, and when we finally got it running, it blew right through the clutch. We know why the clutch malfunctioned, but the electrical gremlins are still a bit of a mystery.

Jim Yates (Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird) The track is excellent, but the air has quite a bit of humidity and that killed the power in the engine. We just didn't have enough power to spin the tires, didn't have enough clutch, and just slipped the clutch in low gear. That hurt the ET quite a bit. We're going to work on the clutch setup a little bit and the engine tune up so that we can move up into the top half of the field. Right now, we seem to be struggling for a combination, but I think the weather's going to change tomorrow and we'll just have to take it one day at a time. I think the conditions will get better even if it gets warmer. That will take the humidity out of the air and allow us to pick up our power level. Even if it's ten degrees hotter, if the humidity drops 30%, the Splitfire/Peak Firebird will actually run faster tomorrow. No. 9 qualifier - 7.041ET/195.01MPH

Mark Pawuk (Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird) We need to figure out a way to get this Summit Racing Firebird consistent on Sunday. We made a good run, but there's still some left in it. We were kind of heavy on the clutch, but it's a great way to start the weekend. We're just going to try and figure out a way to win some rounds on race day. We ran four good runs in Reading and if we can carry that over, we'll be competitive. We have a new crew here and between us, we'll figure out a game plan and execute the plan. No. 4 qualifier - 7.017ET/195.95MPH

George Marnell (Tenneco Pontiac Firebird) It really wasn't a bad run considering there was a lot left in the car. We let the clutch out, it tried to roll the lights, it went hard to the left, I snapped it back and I pulled the front wheels off the ground. It just wasn't that good of a run.

There's still a lot left. All in all though I was pretty happy with it. The motor ran real good and this Tenneco Firebird looks like it's going to be competitive. Bob Ingles has done a fantastic job in getting these motors up to speed, he found some extra horsepower and I think it's really starting to show. No. 6 qualifier - 7.029ET/195.01MPH

Bruce Allen (Outlaw Pontiac Firebird) We made some major changes on the Outlaw Firebird and had some help on it to get us to where we need to be. Our Achilles heal this year is that we'll make a good run and then back it up with something ugly. We'll just have to see if we can stay on top of it.

Hopefully, the changes we made to the car will allow us to adjust to whatever the conditions are. That way we can go to the next race, make the adjustments and still run strong. That's why we ran so well last year, and this year we haven't been able to do that. We changed the rear end housing, links, a lot of things to make the car run better. We went to St. Louis and went straight every run. That in itself is important because you can't fix your car if you're not getting it down the track. I was surprised that the 6.99 was the best run of the session because there were still a lot of good cars behind us and I felt like the car still had some left in it. I can't remember the last time we were the No. 1 qualifier. It's only one run, but it feels pretty good right now. No. 1 qualifier - 6.993ET/195.48MPH

Mike Thomas (Pennzoil Pontiac Firebird) There's something wrong with the car. We need to tear this thing down and find the problem. I'll replace everything on the car if I have to. On the bright side, a lot of the big name teams had a tough time that round so at least we're not alone. We'll be fine. The weather is going to be a big factor this weekend so I think we'll all have plenty of chances to make the field. No. 28 qualifier.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Bruce Allen , George Marnell