Bristol: Capps, Panella No. 1 on Friday

FUNNY CAR: RON CAPPS TOPS FUNNY CAR FIELD RON CAPPS, U.S. TOBACCO CO. CAMARO Z28, topped the Funny Car field after two qualifying sessions for the Winston Showdown (4.887/301.40), assuring him, at least for now, a spot in the showdown. Capps...

FUNNY CAR: RON CAPPS TOPS FUNNY CAR FIELD

RON CAPPS, U.S. TOBACCO CO. CAMARO Z28, topped the Funny Car field after two qualifying sessions for the Winston Showdown (4.887/301.40), assuring him, at least for now, a spot in the showdown. Capps is unseeded entering this event. Unseeded SCOTTY CANNON, in his CAMARO Z28, claimed the second open qualifying position with his second quickest 4.949/304.46, which would complete the 12-car Funny Car field.

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/MATCO TOOLS CAMARO Z28, seeded No. 8, is fourth quickest (4.966/295.01). Fifth-seeded JIM EPLER, WWF RACING CAMARO Z28, is ninth (5.036/296.18); BOB GILBERTSON, TRICK TANK CAMARO Z28, seeded fourth, is 11th (5.115/275.84).

CAPPS: WERE THE TWO RUNS TODAY COMPLETELY DIFFERENT? "Absolutely. I don't know what the deal was with the track. I think more than anything it was just a little green for us coming back this year. Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) came up and said 'don't worry, I know this track will be good for it. The more runs it gets the better it will get.' Just about all the cars had problems in that session, but I think they were just too hot. We backed it down in the second session. Ace looked at the starting line, it was good, he came back and said it was ready. I got strapped into the car, and we made another clutch adjustment. They said 'hang on.' I like it when they say that. I stepped on the pedal and got out about 200 feet and the front end stood up. When it does that I know it will be a good run. It put a couple of cylinders out or it would have been quicker. I clicked it off early because it sounded a little weird."

PRO STOCK TRUCK: NO. 1 SEED PANELLA IS NO. 1 FRIDAY NIGHT.

Current NHRA Pro Stock Truck points leader and defending Pro Stock Truck Winston Champion BOB PANELLA JR., in the PANELLA TRUCKING CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier after two sessions (7.664/175.84). Panella is seeded No. 1 for the category's "showdown." Unseeded ROB SLAVINSKI, CASTROL SUPER CLEAN CHEVY S-10, is No. 2, 7.707/174.48, which would put him into the field.

PANELLA: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE NO. 1 HERE TONIGHT? "I want to make good runs all the time. Alan Reinhart (t.v. reporter) asked me at the other end of the track if I was testing. There are things I'd like to test, but now I've put myself in this position. I'm pretty fast now; I want to race. So, testing is out. We just tried to get a good baseline setup on our S-10. Now we have it on good track conditions (tonight's run). We also have a setup for warm conditions (today's earlier run). Maybe we can win $15,000 on Sunday." CAN YOU HOLD ON TO NO. 1? "I think Randy (Daniels) and hopefully Jeff (Gracia, Panella's teammate) and other truck drivers still have a chance. There are trucks that have way more potential than they're showing; they haven't figured out the track or whatever. I'm sure it will tighten up. Now it looks like a race in '98 (when elapsed times were not as close). It's not going to be like that when it's all said and done." ON THIS TRACK: "Obviously in the first run it was green to everybody and we didn't know totally what to expect, but tonight I don't think you could ask for a better race track. Too bad the air is not as good as we've had in other places, but the track is excellent. It would kind of be nice to race at night here throughout the weekend, seeing how good the track got when it cooled off 20 degrees.

PRO STOCK CAR: THREE SEEDED CAMARO DRIVERS IN FIELD

No. 4 seeded V. GAINES, WESTERN MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z28, qualified No. 15 (7.127/193.74); No. 6 seed RICKIE SMITH, CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 (7.106/193.90); KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 (7.118/193.49). Unseeded KENNY KORETSKY, CAMARO Z28, is unqualified.

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