CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES THE COLONEL'S NHRA NATIONALS BRAINERD INTL RACEWAY, BRAINERD, MINN. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, made an ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES THE COLONEL'S NHRA NATIONALS BRAINERD INTL RACEWAY, BRAINERD, MINN. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, made an outstanding 4.924-second pass at 295.79 mph in the final qualifying session, placing him No. 2 in the field for the second time this season, matching his No. 2 qualifying spot (4.91) in Dallas this year.
CAPPS: "With the numbers we had in the first run on Friday we knew the Camaro wanted to run real good. Earlier today in the first run the crew had instructed me to shut it off at 1000 feet no matter how good it ran. We have only one Camaro body right now until Indy. We wanted to be careful and make sure not to hurt it. We planned to go all the way to the finish line in the second run. It's a matter of making sure everything was OK. We expected to run better, it ran only a little over 290 mph, we had to get the rpm up a little bit. It had three cylinders out at the end of the run, so it's encouraging. We have the 5-disc clutch back in it, I haven't had to pedal it and it's fun to drive right now. It's easy to see out of the new Camaro body and it gets a tremendous amount of downforce. I can tell yu that it put cylinders out yesterday and earlier today at two seconds, and the Camaro still went down the middle of the track. We're excited. I'm not getting too excited yet until we see what happens tomorrow. It's nice to run so good, it's a good boost for the guys on the team, who essentially worked as hard as last year, so they needed something like this."
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 4.984/299.66, posted on Friday night. His two runs today were in the 5.0-second range. Despite making two solid passes, a series of mechanical maladies prevented Whit from moving up. Crew chief Tim Richards commented on Saturday's events:
RICHARDS: "On the first run this moring, it dropped a cylinder right at the hit, so it was running on seven cylinders from one end to the other. That pretty much told us we were out in left field with the combination. On the next run, there was something strange that happened to the Kendall Camaro. We're really not quite sure, but one of the fuel pumps didn't get turned on all the way, that's what the culprit was. It still went an .06, but it had no fuel in it, so we know we have some problems somewhere. But we'll find them."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO, is No. 2 qualifier, 6.963/197.45.
KURT: "We're actually having the smoothest weekend we've had in a long time. We made four absolutely perfect runs that, when we correct them back to sea level conditions leaving the race track as a factor, they're all within eight thousandths of a second. We are making good calls as far as what the race track is doing. It's staying fairly consisent, so it's not making it that hard, but this combination is running real well. The Camaro loves the track, it's going down the track." TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MATCO TOOLS/KENDALL OIL CAMARO Z28, qualified for his first event in six races since he returned to Pro Stock competition at Columbus this year, 7.040/194.69.
HAMMONDS: "This definitely helped our team, especially after struggling all this year. It's a total team effort, I can't take all the credit. We will win as a team, and we will lose as a team. This is a great feeling, but we're not done yet. We have to go out there and capitalize on our situation and go some rounds and you never know what could happen. Tomorrow is anybody's race, I think." ON RACING BRUCE ALLEN IN THE FIRST ROUND: "I raced him a couple of times in qualifying, he's a good, tough racer. He's been around a long time and he knows how to race. So it should be a good race. All I can do is control what I can do as a driver and what my team does as a crew, and see what happens. I'd rather have this problem than be loading up and getting ready to go to the next race. I'm glad that Chevrolet, Winnebago, Mac Tools and Kendall Oil are toughing it out with us and sticking behind us. They have given us a lot of encouragement, that means an awful lot."
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, did not qualify. He ended up in 17th position with an e.t. that tied No. 16 qualifier Tony Gillig. However, Gillig's speed was 195.00 mph compared to Edwards' 194.83, putting Gillig ahead.
EDWARDS: YOU'VE CERTAINLY HAD AN UP AND DOWN, BAD AND GOOD SEASON: "Mostly bad. The Camaro is just like it was at Sonoma, same engine, same car, just a different race track. And, to be perfectly honest with you, it's just the people working on it, there's nothing wrong with anything else, and 95 percent of it is me." WHAT'S THE SOLUTION? "I wish I knew that. The season can't get over fast enough for me right now. It's sad to say that, but it's how I feel. It's sad to not qualify in the race before Indy because you won't have a high going into Indy (where Mike won in '98). We're pretty low right now." WHAT WILL YOU DO BETWEEN NOW AND INDY? "I don't really know. I'm just going to sit down and think about all this. I was thinking about going testing, but I don't think it will do us any good to test. But I might change my mind."