FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, defending event champion, is No. 2 qualifier following the first two qualifying sessions, 4.956/306.53. CHUCK ETCHELLS, SICKLES MOTORSPORTS ...
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, defending event champion, is No. 2 qualifier following the first two qualifying sessions, 4.956/306.53.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, SICKLES MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z28, Whit's team owner, is No. 9, 5.060/294.50.
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 11, 5.096/287.84.
CAPPS: "We finally gave up on the 5-disc clutch for right now and went back to what we knew with the 4-disc. I truly believe that as much as we struggled with the 5-disc we learned a heck of a lot. I tried to compare it to '97 when we spent the whole first half of the year before Roland (Leong, crew chief) came along, not going down the track, shaking the tires. The positive of that is I gained probably three to four years of experience in just that half a year because the car shook every run. I was able to get a feeling for the car, when to pedal it and get it down the track. The crew chief (in '97) was saying to do anything to get it down the track. We learned a lot of things about the 5-disc that we will be able to use for the 4-disc. That's kind of the silver lining on the cloud that we've had in the first part of the season. We tested at Indy and went down the track six times in a row, and we went down here both runs without shaking the tires. It's good to have the same consistency we had last year with the Camaro with this 4-disc clutch. We put a cylinder out in the first run and in the second run it spun the tires when the clutch locked up. We will make these adjustments and come out swinging tomorrow."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier, with a track record-breaking elapsed time of 6.955 seconds at 197.94 mph. Kurt is back on top after not qualifying at the last event in Englishtown, N.J.
KURT: "The run was really smooth. We left the clutch alone because it was a little heavy on the first run. This time it slipped just a little, and that's what the track wanted tonight. I was trying to get a good reaction time because I was running against Richie Stevens (No. 3 in points); I cut a .442 light and ran 1.029 in 60 feet, the same as I did on the first run today. The car went over the bumps just fine; the left lane may be a little quicker." ON GETTING BACK IN 'THE GROOVE': "Everyone has been asking me what we did -- and I can't tell you! You don't realize how difficult this sport is until you don't qualify. You know you have the parts, the manpower, and the sponsors, but you don't know how hard it is until you go through that situatiion. Now I know what it feels like, and I hope I never go back there."
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 6.985/198.70.
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 PICKUP
BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier after two qualifying sessions, with a track record e.t. of 7.650 seconds, and a track record speed of 175.84 mph.
PANELLA: "We're real happy. We made two good runs and are looking good for tomorrow, hopefully. I knew that I had enough power for the last two or three races. For some reason at Englishtown we didn't really make specactular runs. We're right back where we were at Atlanta making good runs, being consistent." DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HOLD ON TO NO. 1? "Yes, I think so. I think the top three guys can be within one hundredth (of a second), but I think we can stay on top, especially if it gets hot tomorrow, so I think we will be in good shape. Sunday is the day that matters, but it's great to be No. 1. I've been cheated out of it by just thousandths, so it's nice right now to be No. 1."
LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, defending Winston Champion, is not qualified as yet, with his 7.832-second e.t. at171.27, good enough only for No. 26.
KOPP: "I think we finally found the miss in the engine and it seemed like we kind f got it a little bit out of the groove. In second gear it went towards the centerline and I had to shut it off. Hopefuly we will qualify in the next session. It can only get better."
BRAD JETER, JETER MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, No. 1 in the Holley Dominator Duel standings, is No. 4 qualifier, 7.676/174.66. Jeter did not qualify until the second round. He had a transmission problem in the first round.
JETER: "We're happy to be in, but we are still not happy with the setup. We will work on it and hopefullyit will get better tomorrow and we'll try to win that shootout. We just have to finesse everything. We just changed motors on that run so we have something to go off of, try to get it all worked out." ARE YOU GLAD IT DIDN'T RAIN? "Oh, yes. I'd have had a hard time sleeping tonight if it had rained and I hadn't gotten in."