FRAM NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by John Force (5.081/289.38 to 5.541/189.95). CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO...
FRAM NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1998
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by John Force (5.081/289.38 to 5.541/189.95).
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28 advances to the semifinals after defeating Dean Skuza (5.111/288.27 to 5.232/266.98) in the first round, and Gary Densham in the second round (5.171/251.39 to 6.018/160.68).
CAPPS: "When I hit the throttle I saw Force get a jump on me out there. The Camaro seemed to be running ok, but it wasn't moving as well on the early part of the track. Then it banged real hard. It knocked the supercharger loose and the car quit running. We have to check it over to see what happened. It's a tricky track, so we tried to push the envelope. We've been fighting adversity all weekend, to just go a couple of rounds is a major accomplishment. There are two more tough races in a row coming up, so we'll pack this Camaro up, head up the road to Richmond and let it loose." ON THE OUT-OF-CHARACTER SLOW REACTION TIME: "I tried. I saw (Tim) Wilkerson run a five flat in front of me, so to get the best e.t. you try to stage as shallow as you can. I was probably trying to hard to stage shallow, maybe I distracted myself doing it. I could say I had something in my eye or had a hangnail, but I didn't. Luckily, I didn't lose on a holeshot. I have to make sure I go up there and do my job. If everyone on this team does their jobs, we're fine."
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, was the quickest and fastest in the first round when he defeated Ray Franks (6.954/198.67 to 7.099/174.72), but in the second round Kurt, with another 6.95 run (6.959) lost on a holeshot advantage to Rickie Smith (7.002/196.76 to 6.959/198.63). Kurt's reaction time was .493, Smith's a .431.
K. JOHNSON: "This hot rod's getting faster. I must have blinked or something. I didn't think it (reaction time) was that bad. It was a quicker light than the round before as far as how long I was on the starting line chip. The starter threw a quick light on us. I should have been ready, but I wasn't. When you get a good light on the first round you know you'll be pretty much on for the day. It was a .493, it wasn't like a .580. He (Smith) had a good light, that was the difference at the finish ine. I have won a lot more than I lost like that."
"The Camaro ran really well this weekend. We had that problem Saturday morning (with the carburetor), but we got that straightened out. I drove good in the first round. Usually, when you're driving good you come out driving good and you stay driving good. I slipped up at the light. I'm trying to get this bad luck that we had in the last two races out of our system. I had a fast horse here and I was late on the starting line. It would have been a good place to win (my home track), but it wasn't to be."