BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 9, 2000) - Final Eliminations for the 2nd Annual Winston "No Bull" Showdown was completed today at Bristol Dragway. PRO STOCK Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird) - "The GM Goodwrench Service Plus...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 9, 2000) - Final Eliminations for the 2nd Annual Winston "No Bull" Showdown was completed today at Bristol Dragway.
Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird) - "The GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird ran a normal, straightforward run. We got in the middle of second gear and got a little loose and that's where I lost most of my ET. Other than that it was a pretty good run, we just lost a little bit through second gear and got out of the groove. Overall, it wasn't a great weekend but it was better then some of the other cars that didn't qualify. We have to look at the big picture. We learned some stuff with these Hoosier Tires and we're going to go from there."
Mark Pawuk (Summit Racing/Matco Tools Pontiac Firebird) - "We had a good day. It's kind of disappointing. If I would've had a better light or had a little better car tune-up the Summit Racing Firebird could've won it. But this is a tough class and just to make it to the finals is an accomplishment. I've been driving better and the car has been staying consistent. This is our third final in a row for Summit Racing, two for me and one for Greg (Anderson), so I guess I can't complain. I just wish we could've won. But we're happy we made it to the finals. We learned some stuff this weekend and when you run consistent runs it helps you. My hats off to all the guys on the team. They did a great job. We are looking forward to heading to Denver."
Ron Krisher (Eagle One Pontiac Firebird) - "We ran real fast today with the Eagle One Pontiac Firebird. We really had a good day. We just got out of control halfway through first gear, it went all the way to the right and there was nothing I could do about it. I think it was the lane. After it rained, and they cleaned it off it just changed a little bit. Jeg (Coughlin) did the same thing. It just wasn't typical. I didn't dare jerk it back. I tried to drive it back but it didn't work. We're excited about Denver. We will be ready to go again."
Jim Yates (Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird) - "I think we've learned a lot about the Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird. We came here thinking we had to go one way with the tune-up and changed it up for that last run. It was the best run we had all weekend and that's good. Even though we lost, being in the lane we were in, running the way we ran, and changing what we did, I think we learned something. We're struggling for a combination at this place. It's been that way the last two years we've been here. I have all the confidence in the world that we can go back down to sea level and go up to Denver and be fine. We didn't have our race motor in because we we're trying to conserve our good stuff for the four points races we have coming up in the next six weeks. It probably hurt our performance by a couple of hundredths but it's all relative. I would much rather win Sonoma, Denver, or Seattle then here. I am excited about Denver, but we've been chasing down everything and it comes down to the tune-up of the engine."
Richie Stevens (Valspar Refinish Pontiac Firebird) -"This is a great way to start the day, I've raced Warren (Johnson) several times and I've only beaten him twice. Once in Houston earlier this year and then again today. Any time you beat a five-time Winston champion it's a huge win. It seems even bigger at this race because there is a lot of money on the line. We used our own motor this weekend also, which is another nice part of this win. We usually rent motors from him but we decided to use our own horsepower this weekend to see how we would do. Plus, Warren was talking a bunch of junk and giving me a hard time in the staging lanes before the race so I had to show him what we're all about. The right lane wasn't great to begin with and the hotter it got the worse it was. We might have had a little left in the tune-up but not enough to beat Troy (Coughlin) out of that lane. He had the better car today and he won. I was hoping to go a few more rounds but it just didn't happen. But we had a good time this weekend and we'll be ready to go later this week when we get to Denver."