SECOND ROUND NOTES FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, was eliminated by fellow Camaro Funny Car driver, RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, in the second round. CAPPS: 5.090/298.50, BAZEMORE: 5.260/290.79. Capps...
SECOND ROUND NOTES
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, was eliminated by fellow Camaro Funny Car driver, RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, in the second round. CAPPS: 5.090/298.50, BAZEMORE: 5.260/290.79. Capps faces Del Worsham in the semifinals.
BAZEMORE: "We just have some problems with our Camaro. It's right on the edge and we made some progress this weekend, but not enough. We can't get it to run any better without taking a great risk of smoking the tires, and that's what happened. We were trying to run a 5.07 and if I didn't have to pedal it it would have run that. Capps was on his way to running a 5 flat and had to pedal it and ran a 5.09. We just got beat. It shook the tires for a long time, at a point further down the track than it previously shook. I waited and waited. It shook in the first round and I waited and it made it. This time it got a little worse an I had to pedal it. When I had to pedal it I saw him in the window and I knew we were done unless they had a mechanical failure, which they didn't. It's frustrating losing in the second round, but it's better than losing in the first round. We are going to Indy Tuesday and Wednesday and test extensively and we will be right there. We've got to be more competitive, we are not where we want to be by any means. We just have to work on the car a little bit, a little tweak here and a little tweak there, and it will come around.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, was defeated in the second round by Del Worsham, in a tire-smoking, pedaling contest. 6.419/192.06 for Worsham, 7.031/136.19 for Etchells.
ETCHELLS: "In the first round against Tony (Pedregon) we did exactly what we wanted to do. Without the benefit of several qualifying runs, we put a conservative setup in our Camaro, and had a good clean run. We figured he (Pedregon) would have to run an .0 to beat us, and obviously he didn't. In the second round the car went directly into smoking the tires without any warning. It didn't shake or rattle, usually when it does that you can't recover it. I got out of it and when I hit the throttle again, it headed for the centerline, so I stayed out of it for a long time to make sure it would go straight. When I got back in it again, it then went for the wall, so I lifted immediately. If I had been able to give it another hit, we might have been able to pass him, but I just couldn't. We're going to head to Indy from here for a couple of days of testing. Lately, our Camaro just isn't responding the way it should, which makes it hard to drive. That second run made that obvious, because I usually don't lose a backpedaling battle. We'll try to put as many runs as we can on our Kendall Camaro in our test and get it straightened out for the next race."
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, advanced to the semifinals after beating Jim Yates in the second round on a holeshot advantage, 7.109/193.00 for Kurt, .462 reaction time, to Yates' 7.094/194.00, .500 R/T.
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is on the trailer after losing to Warren Johnson in the second round, 7.104/193.42 for Warren, 7.181//190.63 for Morgan.
MORGAN: "I got real loose down track and lost a couple of valve springs for some reason. It must have detonated pretty hard to make it do it. So I can say we were pretty down on power. We're running close enough we can win right now, we just have to have a little better luck."