CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES Winston Showdown (NHRA) Bristol Dragway Bristol, Tenn. Saturday, July 10, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FIRST ROUND RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was to face Kenny Bernstein in the first round of the Winston...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES Winston Showdown (NHRA) Bristol Dragway Bristol, Tenn. Saturday, July 10, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FIRST ROUND
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was to face Kenny Bernstein in the first round of the Winston Showdown, but after eight match-ups were completed, at 9:55 p.m., the event was postponed because of rain until Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
CAPPS: "It's tough, especially when you get in the car and you have to get out. You get into your mind set and you get pumped up. Then you have to wind down and sit and wait. Some of the guys who got their rounds out of the way get to put their cars back together. I know one thing: we will be racing in the night either way. Even if we run on Sunday, we'll go into the dark." DOES THIS UPSET YOUR CONCENTRATION? "No. I told 'Snake' (Don Prudhomme, team owner) I didn't know if I could stay over for the race, I had to call my boss to see if I could get Sunday. He chuckled, in only the way Snake can."
NOTE: Of the three Funny Cars that advanced to the second round, two are Camaro Z28s. Ron Capps' Copenhagen Camaro is the only Camaro left to run the first round. CHUCK ETCHELLS, SICKLES MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z28, defeated Joe Amato, and WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, eliminated Team Chevrolet member LARRY DIXON. Both Top Fuel Dragsters were ousted when they red-lighted.
BAZEMORE: "We were a little lucky, because we didn't make a perfect run with the Kendall Camaro. We smoked the tires twice, first at about 1.8 seconds, and I pedaled it, and it did it again down track. I kept waiting for Dixon to drive by, and he didn't. After the first pedal job, when he did pass me right away, I thought he must have had to pedal it also, so we're even. Then, when it started to spin the tires a second time, we lost a lot of momentum and e.t., at first I thought he would go by at any time. When he didn't I figured he had bigger problems than we did and we won. It was exciting to win, because I realistically thought the Funny Cars would be at a real disadvantage today. I know a ot of the dragster guys will say they have the disadvantage, but they were getting some excellent reaction times going off of our engine noise with our head start during qualifying. That would have made it very difficult for a Funny Car to win. Our only hope was that the guys who were doing that would red-light, and although I can't speak for them, that may be what happened."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, qualified 13th: ON THE NEW CAMARO FROM JERRY BICKLE: "Our plans are to go straight to Bickle's from here and get a new car. We were going to go to St. Louis to test it, but if we have to stay here much longer, it's going to mess that up. Probably what we will do, depending on how long we stay here and if we get to run this thing tomorrow, we will have to go back after Denver to pick it up." (Bickle's chassis shop is in Troy, Mo.)." ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW CAR? "Yes, hopefully it can make our team better. We need all the help we can get right now. We're doing pretty good (with this car), but we're not consistent like I'd like to be, we're still looking for that first win this year. Right now we are struggling here. We haven't got the combination right so far. We made a lot of changes this morning. We are looking forward to getting back out there and see what happens." ON THIS EVENT: "I think this place is awesome. I enjoy it. I think it's the nicest facility that I have ever seen. For a first event, the track is really good. If they can get a national event here late in the fall, that will be dynamite racing. The e.t.s would be really, really fast. I think what Bruton Smith has done here is awesome for drag racing."