Phoenix Pre Qualfying Quotes

Chevy Trucks 150 Friday Quotebook PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 17, 1998) Quotes prior to Bud Pole Award Qualifying for the Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway: BOB KESELOWSKI No. 29 Mopar Performance Dodge "Everything's going...

Chevy Trucks 150 Friday Quotebook

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 17, 1998) Quotes prior to Bud Pole Award Qualifying for the Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway:

BOB KESELOWSKI No. 29 Mopar Performance Dodge

"Everything's going really well. Our points situation is great -- I'd like to keep the Team Mopar Dodge in the top-five all season. I think we've got a good truck going to Phoenix, and if we can get the Dodge to handle right we'll be in good shape.

"I like Phoenix, and I've always run well here except for qualifying -- I end up spending the whole race catching up. Things have to go your way, and you've got to adjust as the race goes on. If you don't make the right calls, you'll go backwards."

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Engine Co. Dodge

"Phoenix is kind of an odd-shaped track, with one turn tighter than the other. Handling really plays a big part, although you can get pretty good speed going down the backstretch. We didn't do very well here last year, but the Cummins Dodge gets better all the time. I'm sure we can get dialed-in pretty quickly and have us a good race."


"I have raced at PIR several times in both CART and IMSA competition. I like the track at Phoenix, because it was the site of my highest-ever qualification in 1989. It's the first, and one of the few tracks, in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series that I've competed on.

"Our goal certainly is to qualify the MCI/Mopar Ram, something we have yet to do. That's our No. 1 goal, to make the race, to run all day. It's been tough to learn much, because we have yet to race. We feel like we're on the outside looking in, from a racing standpoint.

"Everyone at PacWest and Dodge has worked very hard to get to this point, and I would really like to be able to reward their efforts."

BUTCH MILLER No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge

"We've got a really great truck. We ran the last two races with injured motors, but the guys in our engine shop have been working overtime, and they think they've got it sorted out -- I'm really proud to work with them. We've got the Dodge handling really well, and we're looking for a strong run in Phoenix.

"PIR is a great race track -- it's one of my favorites. It's a great place to watch a race and it's a great place to race. I like the one-mile tracks best because you can get pretty fast on the straights and rub fenders in the corners."


"I'm just ready to get the season underway -- we've got three new motors the engine builders are happy about and three new chassis in the shop -- we've just been plugging away getting the NHL Dodge ready to go.

"Qualifying at Phoenix is tricky, and you have to learn it. I'm running a Winston West car there, too, so I'm excited about getting a lot of seat time. It's a good, fast track, and I always seem to do well in the race."

Source: NASCAR Online

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RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 5.090/297.12 (in second round of qualifying), after smoking the tires in final two rounds.

CAPPS: "This is the first track we have come to where the humidity has been this high. This is throwing the crew chiefs a little bit of a curve ball. As far as our deal is concerned Roland (Leong, crew chief) usually has a great tuneup for this kind of weather. We decided to try something new with the fuel system and he's just having to play with it a little bit. We know what the problem is, it's dropping cylinders. But we just haven't had that problem to fight. It never dropped a cylinder at the hit of the throttle. But we're having to sneak up on it. When he changed the fuel system we're talking about a 4-gallon-per-minute change from the old system. He's haviang to slowly work on the new system. Sometimes to take a step forward you have to take three steps back, that's what we're doing now. One problem we're not having is the car losing traction at half track. With this Camaro body it's planted firmly. We don't have the problem of hazing the tires at the other end."

CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 12 qualifier, 5.095/302.21. Etchells is also experiencing tire shake.

ETCHELLS: "The only run we went down the track we went 5.09 and it hurt the motor at half track. It was on a much better run than that. Since then we have something going on in here. We're not adapting to the air or something. The Camaro is shaking like heck and that normally means you aren't making the power in the right place when it starts to feed the clutch. The motor has to have enough to keep it up there. That's normally what tire shake comes from. The upside is that we have Dean Skuza in first round. He's made three good runs in the 5.0 range. We know that we can run better than that if we have the car right. And our side of the ladder looks pretty good. If we get past the first round we wouldn't see Cruz (Pedregon) until the semifinals. There are only two top-five cars on our side of the ladder until the final."


KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 6.970/198.01, in his first appearance at Atlanta Dragway in a Chevrolet. (For quotes see notes posted by Rick Voegelin.)



JOHN LINGENFELTER, SUMMIT RACING CHEVY S-10, was runner-up today in the Pro Stock Truck final against LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING//G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10 (see Pro Stock Truck Chevy Notes previously posted).

LINGENFELTER:  "When you make the last gear change and he's ahead of you,
you know you're in a world of hurt.  It was a good race.  They (Kopp's
team) did a better job than we did.  He had a good light, the engine ran
good, and he got there before I did.  We just have to try harder."


LARRY DIXON, MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, is No. 10 qualifier, 4.713/310.02.

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