BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2001 -Qualifying for the Inaugural Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals got underway today at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. In Pro Stock Mike Edwards was the highest qualified Cavalier driving the Young Life Chevrolet...
BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2001 -Qualifying for the Inaugural Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals got underway today at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. In Pro Stock Mike Edwards was the highest qualified Cavalier driving the Young Life Chevrolet to the No. 3 qualifying position with an elapsed time of 6.954 seconds at 197.83 mph. Bruce Allen is No. 1 in a Grand Am with an elapsed time of 6.934 seconds at 198.47 mph. Warren Johnson is second in a Grand Am, Ron Krisher is fourth in the Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier and Brad Jeter is fifth in a Grand Am. Kurt Johnson finished the day seventh in the ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is 11th and Troy Coughlin is 23rd.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps drove the Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro to the No. 6 qualifying spot to lead all Camaros with an elapsed time or 4.911 seconds at 295.72 mph. Gary Densham sits on the pole with a track-record elapsed time of 4.870 seconds at 303.71 mph. Frank Pedregon is second in a Firebird, Tim Wilkerson is third in a Firebird, John Force is fourth and Tony Bartone is fifth in a Firebird. Jim Epler is 13th in the Sunoco Chevrolet Camaro and Tommy Johnson Jr. finished the day 21st.
In Top Fuel, Kenny Bernstein is the No. 1 qualifier with an elapsed time of 4.574 seconds at 319.07 mph. Gary Scelzi is second, Larry Dixon is third, Mike Dunn is fourth Doug Herbert is fifth.
The Inaugural Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals is the sixth race on the 24-event NHRA Winston championship tour. Qualifying highlights of the can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. Same-day coverage of final elimination's can be seen on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.
Ron Krisher (Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier) - "We need a little clutch. We made a lot of changes to the Eagle One Cavalier last week. It's smooth down track. I'm pretty excited because when we do make a run it's going to be a good run - I promise you it will. It didn't do any dancing, no banging, nothing. We're going to find clutch for tomorrow depending on the air. Instead of fourth we should be on the top of the page tomorrow. Mike (Edwards) has fixed this thing and it is running great. We ran a great 60-foot time during that last session. Everything is starting to head in the right direction." No. 4 qualifier - 6.956ET/198.00MPH
Mike Edwards (Young Life Chevrolet Cavalier) - "I made a lot of changes in my car last week. I put a new rear end house underneath it and just changed a lot of different things. I am real happy with the Young Life Chevrolet Cavalier. I feel like we're making progress, but we'll have to go to the next racetrack to see if the changes we made are actually the right ones. But I am optimistic." No. 3 qualifier - 6.954ET/197.83MPH
Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier) -"That is not the way that we wanted to start the weekend in the Jeg's Cavalier. We made a move in the right direction during the second session. We just need to get more aggressive and get this Jeg's bow tie back to the top of the qualifying page. We will get our bow tie back to winning form." No. 11 qualifier - 6.984ET/197.25MPH
Troy Coughlin (Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier) - "When the Jeg's Chevy Cavalier launched from the starting line it hesitated and took power away from the engine. That hurt us down track. We know what we have to do to improve and we know how to win here. The car did not respond as well as we thought that should have given the changes that we made between qualifying sessions. We are going to spend a lot of time looking over every component on the Jeg's machine before we put this Chevy Cavalier back into the trailer for the night." No. 23 qualifier
Jim Epler (Sunoco/Matco Tools Chevrolet Camaro) - "We were making a solid run in the first session, going from A to B, when it dropped the number five cylinder which ended up hurting the motor. We also didn't learn a lotfrom that run because it dropped it so early. Conditions were much better tonight, and the Sunoco/Matco Tools Camaro made a really good move from 33' to 660. But then it started to spin the tires and it dropped number five again. I didn't want to risk hurting the body or more parts, so I shut it off early. I could have run it all the way and it could have gone a 4.93 or a 4.94, but ultimately it would have been hurt and we wouldn't have learned anything. As it stands now, everything looks good. Looking at the computer we have enough data now and the car is in good enough shape that I think it realistic for us to take a tenth off of that time on our next run. We'll look to run a 4.85 or a 4.86 and get in the top half of the show, which will help us on race day and in the Big Bud points." No. 13 qualifier - 4.971ET/274.27MPH
Ron Capps (Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro) - "I'm glad we got two good runs in today with this Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro. That will help us for tomorrow. That last session I lifted off the throttle, and once I did there was a flash or something, so it was good that I got off the throttle and the parachutes came out. It started to shut itself off and it kind of shook the whole car. It must have kicked a rod out or something weird. But that's alright, we got two good runs and we'll come back tomorrow and see what we can do." No. 6 qualifier - 4.911ET/295.72MPH