CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY HEBRON, OHIO SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 PRO STOCK -- ...AND THEN THERE WERE NONE All three Chevy Camaros were eliminated in the second ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY HEBRON, OHIO SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998
PRO STOCK -- ...AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
All three Chevy Camaros were eliminated in the second round of Pro Stock eliminations. KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, lost to Mike Thomas (9.222/102.05 to 7.712/138.03); LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, was defeated by Jim Yates (7.066/193.67 to 7.046/194.51); and TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MAC TOOLS/KENDALL CAMARO Z28, was disqualified in this round to lose the round to Richie Stevens (7.075/194.76) -- see below.
JOHNSON: "I'll have to watch the videotape to find out exactly what happened, but it seemed like the car went crazy. It made a move and then just blew the tires off and hooked right. I hit the steering wheel, but by the time I was to the 300-ft. mark the run was a total mess." ON DEBUTING THE NEW CAMARO AT ST. LOUIS: "Tomorrow I pick up a new AC Delco Camaro at Rick Jones' shop. We'll be busy this week. We have a test in the GM wind tunnel on Thursday, and then we're going to St. Louis to make a few laps."
MORGAN: "It was pretty good, but the Camaro got a little loose from 3-4-5 gear on. I think we ran really well considering the first run, it was out of control then. So we're just not going to touch it until the next race (laughing). We had a shock box in the car that controls the shocks that has been failing, and we never caught it. The light showed it shifted, but it didn't work. We just changed it before this last round and it made the difference. Hopefully everything we had going wrong is over." ON THAT RUN AGAINST YATES: "I knew it would be tough to beat Yates because he ran an .04 the first round. I knew I had to make a pretty good run. First he was beside me, then he was a little bit ahead of me. It was a good race in the last part."
HAMMONDS: "I'm disappointed, definitely disappointed. I think we had a chance of winning that round. Richie Stevens ran a 7.07 in the left lane and I knew our Camaro was running good, that's the disappointing thing about it. I went in to light my pre-stage bulb, Richie went in to light his pre-stage bulb, I got the rpms up to stage, Richie staged before me. I had my clutch engaged and ready to stage and once Richie staged my car was rolling. The starter gave me no more than two seconds to stage, he flipped the switch and I red-lighted. I don't have any reason to hang anybody up on staging. I have no grudges against anyone, I just want to race. To be automatically disqualified under those circumstances is disheartening."
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, advanced to the semifinals by defeating Tony Pedregon in the second round (5.062/290.60 to 5.142/276.83)
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by John Force. This was Capps' and Force's eighth matchup, and the score is 2 for Capps, 6 for Force. Capps' e.t. was 5.103 at 289.76 mph, to Force's 5.087/292.77.
CAPPS: "We were pretty optimistic going up to the line. We knew he was going to be tough. I knew we didn't have lane choice, but I didn't think it mattered here. I left the starting line and I didn't see him until half track, then I saw him put a fender out on me, we swapped back and forth, it was a neat race, very close. Unfortunately, I came out the wrong end of it. It was fun. It's nice to have a shot to knock Force out there, but we came up a bit short today. We were a little conservative with the setup, but we fixed the dropping of the cylinders problem, it didn't drop a cylinder all weekend. We're very excited about going to St. Louis, we didn't break anything and we're still here."