CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES THE COLONEL'S NHRA NATIONALS BRAINERD INTL RACEWAY, BRAINERD, MINN. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- ELIMINATIONS SEMIFINALS WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES THE COLONEL'S NHRA NATIONALS BRAINERD INTL RACEWAY, BRAINERD, MINN. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- ELIMINATIONS
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, eliminated RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, in the semifinal, with a 4.997-second pass to Capps' 5.123. No mph was registered because Ron experienced a major fire at the finish line, which damaged the new Camaro body. Ron leaped out of the car and immediately attempted to lift the body in order to save it from any further damage. He was unable to lift it quickly, however, and the body was virtually destroyed. Capps took in some smoke, but he is all right.
CAPPS: "I inhaled a little bit of smoke, and the fire curled the hairs on my arm a little bit, but I'm OK. I had heard a bang and a pop when they fired Whit's car up. It sounded terrible. I thought they had a problem and maybe didn't do a burnout. Then I saw that they were OK. When my Camaro left it didn't leave real hard, it left kind of lazy. It just started to rattle the tires. I gave it a quick pedal and at that point the motor just went to the moon, it hydraulic-ed and there was a huge concussion. It took me a while to get my bearings. It was like getting punched in the sternum. It takes minute and I'm saying where am I, what's going on. I could see through the fire windows the orange flame, so I hit the bottles (fire extinguishers). The fire came down, then it came back up even worse. I could hear the sound of the fire, a hiss, so I new it was hot. I tried to get off the track into the marbles, and started to skid in the oil. When it stopped I got out, tried to get the body up, but it was already too late. The air button that triggers all the clutch timers wasn't activated, so the clutch never worked." DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER BODY FOR INDY: "We have the special gold Camaro body we're running at Indy. That's our second '99 Camaro body. There's also a way you can chop the front half of the body off and replace it with another piece. We're so behind on getting bodies this year that Hairy Glass has been so busy that Chuck Etchells finally got the '99 body for Denver, then we got our first one for Seattle. We're just getting our second one, that's the unfortunate part. When everything is up and running we will have four bodies. We're just scrambling right now. We can't use the older bodies because they're built for Murph McKinney chassis. The new ones are built for the Victory chassis, so it's not easy to switch." ON THE FIRST ROUND AGAINST TERRY HADDOCK: "When I stepped on the throttle it spun the tires immediately. I said, OK I lost. Then I saw him in trouble, so I was trying to pedal it and get it going again. Every time I would hit the throttle it would go up in smoke. I'm pretty confident with my ability if I'm on an even keel with someone in front of me. I gave it a few raps of throttle. It was going sideways, but I was gaining a little bit of momentum on him. I kept getting close to the wall, and in the corner of my eye I could see I was gaining on him. When I finally caught him, I jumped out (to check the car), I was damned sure that the left side of the car scraped the wall. I could see the pores (in the concrete) on the wall (in that run), I was so close. I felt like Steve Kinser. It was sideways when I hit the throttle, I was riding the cushion. If I tapped it I could use the wall to get me straight, but then I'd be disqualified. I was gaining hard. I saw the win light come on and I said 'Wow.' I looked at the replay to see if I had hit the wall and I hadn't, but it was close."
Note: Ron earned the Auto Ventshade 'Cool Stuff" Move of the Race Award and $2500 for that "stunt."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, was eliminated by eventual winner Jeg Coughlin in the semifinal round. Kurt's 7.163-second pass at 193.68 mph was bettered by Coughlin's 7.098/193.88.
KURT: WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know. I've got a car that makes two straight runs, two runs it goes left, two runs it goes right. That last two runs it just went hard right, and I didn't find anything wrong with the car. By the time I was in second gear I was a whole car width out of the groove. I put it in second, second was fine. I started bringing it back. In third gear it shook real bad and I pedaled it just a little and got back in it, and 7.16 was all it was going to give me. We're going to take this Camaro to Commerce (in Georgia) this week to see if we can get it to do what it's supposed to. We've got some ideas to stiffen up the chassis to keep it going in a straight line. We've just got to do some more testing, that's all there is to it."