Atlanta Chevrolet Racing Finals Report

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ROUND NOTES RANDY DANIELS WINS HIS SECOND PRO STOCK TRUCK TITLE IN CHEVY S-10 RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, defeated fellow two-time winner MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, in...

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ROUND NOTES

RANDY DANIELS WINS HIS SECOND PRO STOCK TRUCK TITLE IN CHEVY S-10

RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, defeated fellow two-time winner MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, in an all-Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck final. Daniels crossed the finish line in 7.641 seconds at 176.53 mph. Osborne crawled across the line in 11.073 seconds at 81.17 mph following a transmission failure. Randy's dad Garley builds their Chevy V8 engines.

DANIELS: "It was pretty good for me all day long, all weekend long. We just needed to stay fast and stay in the right lane, and we did. We got into a slump in the last three races, it's great to get out of it. We had a brand new motor this weekend. We were ready to put it in on Thursday afternoon, but we gave it another shot on Friday and I guess we learned the old gal's personality. It started coming around on us and got quicker and quicker. We learned more of what it wanted." ON THE FINAL ROUND: "I was just set up for the kill. I was concentrating on getting ourselves to the finish line as quick as we could. I didn't even know we had identical reaction times (.457 for Daniels, .450 for Osborne)." WHEN DID YOU REALIZE OSBORNE HAD A PROBLEM? "I didn't even know he wasn't there. I wasn't looking around, I was concntrating on doing what I had to do. Once I crossed the finish line I saw the win light and that's the only way I knew I had won." WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WIN FOR CHEVROLET? "Hopefully we are making up lost ground for Chevrolet. We had a real bad season last year, So far, this season has been really enjoyable. Our new team this year is really gelling." WHO'S NEW ON THE TEAM? "Monty Bailey of Bailey Trucking. He works on the S-10 and helps us with hauling it. Then there's Buddy Martin, of Sox & Martin. He's helping us make decisions on different things to try. They have all really been a big part of it. They have been Chrysler guys forever, we're changing them over. They may do a Pro Stock Truck deal by the end of the season."

OSBORNE: "Third gear on the transmission broke. As soon as I put it in third gear it broke all the teeth in it. At least we picked up on what one of our problems was with the miss in the engine. All in all, we had a pretty good weekend. This Atlanta track has been pretty good for me and Tim (Freeman). Six years racing here and five times in the final. We were one run away from not qualifying in Richmond, and one run away from not qualifying here. We have to be pretty happy to finish out with a runner-up (finish), I guess." ON THE SEMIS AGAINST TEAMMATE TIME FREEMAN: "It was just a big gunfight between me and my teammate Tim. This time the luck was on my side." WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HIM? "'Sorry, but I wanted to win too.' I know it's the same way he feels." ON EXTENDING THE POINTS LEAD: "It's very important. We are almost halfway through our Pro Stock Truck season, and after Bristol we have a two-month layoff. We'll be getting two more motors from (Bill "Grumpy") Jenkins. Hopefully we can test, keep the points lead and keep that momentum right through the end of the season." ON TEAMWORK: "I can't say enough about my crew chief Kevin Horst. He's really working hard for us, doing an excellent job. We work really well together. And also the doctor from West Virginia, Phillip Surface. He's a crew member. He's an orthopedic surgeon and I kind of grew up with him and his family in West Virginia and one of his cousins worked for me." DID YOU HAVE TO RETUR JERRY HAAS' CARBURETORS? "No. Jerry was a true sportsman and let us keep them." ON RANDY DANIELS: "He's a very good racer. I bought engines from him and Garley before. They're true racers, no doubt about it."

FREEMAN: ON THE SEMIFINAL RUN AGAINST HIS TEAMMATE OSBORNE: "We were racing, that's for sure. I had a little bad luck. I think he surprised me when he deep staged. I guess I lost my concentration, that's the reason I really had a bad light. You can't go up there and not be focused. You have to be focused on what's going on. I had a lack of concentration, what can I say. I got my tail kicked." WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HIM? "'We had a good race, I won't let that happen to me next time.' He didn't do me wrong, it way my fault for letting it happen. I can't believe I was that late (in reaction time)."

PRO STOCK TRUCK POINT STANDINGS:

Mark Osborne, Chevy S-10 476 Brad Jeter, Chevy S-10 380 Randy Daniels, Chevy S-10 370 Bob Panella, Chevy S-10 350 Larry Kopp, Chevy S-10 295

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28

WHIT BAZEMORE MEETS HIS FIERCEST RIVAL JOHN FORCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A FINAL ROUND, GETS BEAT BY A BLINK OF AN EYE

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, met his fiercest rival John Force for the first time in a Funny Car final round. Whit had a better reaction time (.527 to Force's .493), but it was Force first at the finish despite dropping cylinders and losing power with an e.t. of 5.147 seconds at 283.61 mph, to Whit's 5.182/280.84.

BAZEMORE: "It's a final round. We were as aggressive and as good as we could be, we just came up one thousandths of a second short. It's awfully frustrating because this Kendall Camaro team did a good job all day, all weekend. They gave me a good car, we came up a bit short against the best guy in the business. It's frustrating to lose, but we made good progress with this hot rod and we had a good weekend. It's a positive experience." ON THAT ROUND: "I am so upset that we lost I forgot most of the run. We just went out there and it dropped a cylinder; it probably spun the tires first. Then it spun the tires a little more in the left lane. This is a one-lane track. We thought we had to run better than an .09. Tim (Richards, crew chief) and this team did a great job just trying to go from A to B. I never saw John. To be honest, I thought we had won. I never saw him. Even though the Camaro wasn't running well the last half of the track, he didn't pass us and pull away out there. I thought he would smoke the tires and we would be lucky. It wasn't going to be that way. That team does not make any mistakes." WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO BEAT FORCE? "It takes a big effort to beat them because they make a big effort. They're really good and there are a lot of good teams out here. Joe Gibbs' team (Cruz Pedregon) is good, Jerry Toliver's team is very good. I think Chuck Etchells' team is outstanding. John Force's team is very, very, very good. We just have to stay focused and committed to beat him, and it takes a huge commitment to beat them." THIS IS YOUR FIRST FINAL ROUND AGAINST JOHN FORCE. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU WENT UP THERE? "I felt really good, I felt very confident, very aggressive, very comfortable. I knew I could do my job and I had a lot of confidence in the Camaro. You can't worry abaout things that are outside of your control. You can't worry about what they're going to do. You can go up there focused to do the best you can do in driving your car in your lane, keeping it in the groove, catching it if it smokes the tires, doing whatever it takes to win. I think the whole team did that." DID YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT TO DRIVE AGAINST HIM? "No. You drive the same. In the first round against (Ron) Capps I was a little late. That bothered me because Ron is a very good driver. You can't leave anything on the table with that team, and we were late. Whit Bazemore does not allow Whit Bazemore to make mistakes and I made one and it's just not tolerated here. We focused and did a better job the rest of the day. We won the semis on a holeshot against Scotty Cannon. I thought I could leave on John. I was ready. John could have had a .450 light, but he didn't. I did the best I could, it was a good leave. We had to fight the car a little bit going down the track, that cost us some e.t. too. Having to fight the car probably cost us the thousandth."

FUNNY CAR POINT STANDINGS:

John Force      760
Tony Pedregon   621
Whit Bazemore   448

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Brad Jeter , Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Larry Kopp , Randy Daniels , Chuck Etchells , Scotty Cannon , Cruz Pedregon , Jerry Toliver