SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier after the final qualifying session today, 5.003/266.42, set last night. Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying was rain-shortened today to only...
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier after the final qualifying session today, 5.003/266.42, set last night. Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying was rain-shortened today to only one round. Capps' elapsed time in the final session (5.166/273.39) wasn't good enough to hold onto No. 1 after Cruz Pedregon made a 4.937-second pass to take over top position.
With Winston points leader John Force qualifying fourth, Capps gains two points and is now just nine points behind Force.
CAPPS: ON DOING WELL HERE: "I learned a lot of things from Roland (Leong, crew chief) and one of the most important things I learned is that I used to get really worked up when it rained or the weather made you wet or the weather chanaged a lot. What he taught me is you can't do a darned thing about the weather, so you might as well not think about it. We went up there yesterday knowing that there was a pretty good chance it would rain today. We had to abort the first round, but that just shows you how versatile Roland is. In the second run he said it would be a little soft but it will run a mid 4.90. I said no one had gone better than 5.10 the session before. The Camaro would have run a 4.90, but it ran a 5 flat because we lost a blower belt at about 1200 feet. It's the experience he's gained by going to all of these tracks over the years that gives Roland the edge. I went to the final here last year and we're No. 2 qualifier this year. It's good to know that we have a good car, a crew chief who has a good baseline and is not afraid to go back to it."
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 5.113/300.00 mph, set in today's final qualifying session.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 11 qualifier, 5.186/296.44.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 9 qualifier, 7.076/195.65. "We're just about as lost as we can be right now. We've got some kind of electrical problem. It gets to 8500 (rpm) and shuts off. It's unloading the car, the Camaro is spinning down track. Even in the 7.07 run last night that got us into ninth it was missing and popping. We thought it was a regulator problem and that wasn't it. It's been a bad weekend, but we just have to get our heads together and see if we can get this Camaro to run. We've got the power to run with everybody. We had the top speed last night and we were second in the first session today. So it's happy the last 300 feet of the race track, but from 60 feet to 1000 feet it's got some problems that we've got to fix. We went to Atlanta and tested and were really fast, and made some good smooth runs. We were pumped coming in here and didn't change much, and it's a totally different animal. We just have to get on this thing and figure out what it wants."
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 7.077/193.34.
TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MAC TOOLS/KENDALL CAMARO Z28, is No. 12 qualifier, 7.084/194.13.
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
CRISTEN POWELL, TEAM REEBOK TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, is No. 2 qualifier, 4.661/301.91.
LARRY DIXON, MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, is No. 10 qualifier, 4.753/307.90.