CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY HEBRON, OHIO SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1998 PRO STOCK ALL THREE CHEVY CAMAROS IN PRO STOCK FIELD For the first time since Chevrolet ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY HEBRON, OHIO SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1998
ALL THREE CHEVY CAMAROS IN PRO STOCK FIELD
For the first time since Chevrolet re-entered the Pro Stock ranks this season, all three Chevy Camaros competing in the Pro Stock category of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series have qualified: KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier for the second time this season, 7.038/195.60; TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MATCO TOOLS/KENDALL CAMARO Z28, is No. 14 in his first Pro Stock outing since September of 1997, 7.088/194.72; and local Newark, Ohio, resident LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 15, 7.088/194.25. (Both Tom and Larry set identical e.t.s)
KURT JOHNSON: ON HELPING BOTH LARRY AND TOM WITH THEIR CAMAROS: "It was just luck. I've been trying to help Larry a little bit all year, and I went over to Tom's car because I'm getting a Camaro like his for the St. Louis race. I talked to Rick (Jones, chassis builder), he's the one who makes the calls. I just wanted to help make a good showing for Chevrolet." ON LANE CHOICE TOMORROW: "I will definitely stick with the left lane, barring no oildowns. The right lane is o.k., but we've been down the left lane twice and it was good to us. I haven't really had a fast run in the right lane to make a judgment on it. We will take the left lane unless I don't get lane choice." (more quotes are available from Rick Voegelin).
LARRY MORGAN: "I chewed all my fingernails off, then I got to my toenails, then I sat down and prayed. We are really lucky. The fields are so close you can't make a mistake here. Thank goodness we made a good run this morning (when he did the 7.088). I think tomorrow we will run fairly well. I'm looking forward to being here, I can tell you that. It's neat to have all the Camaros in. I know it means a lot to all of us." ON RACING HERE IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD: "It's real good. Because there are so many people I can hardly walk around. It's a great feeling. I was in the final here in '91, I'd like to get in the final again. I think I'm due." HOW MANY FRIENDS DO YOU HAVE HERE? "Thousands. Not hundreds, thousands. I signed autographs for three hours solid today, which is just fine."
TOM HAMMONDS: "It's unbelievable. A lot of these guys have three times as many runs as we had on their cars, but our Chevy Camaro came through. It's just like a last-second shot. In the final game of the regular NBA season this year we played the Milwaukee Bucks, with one second left to go and I threw up a shot and won the game for the team (Minnesota Timberwolves). This is like the same situation. My teammates did a good job of preparing the Camaro. I went out there and did as good a job as I could as a driver, and we got into the show. I can't believe it. Not only that, it's great to have all three Camaros in eliminations for the first time in I don't know how many years. It doesn't get any better than this, as far as I am concerned." WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? "We never got a handle on the clutch all weekend. I think we had a miss in the engine we could never find, even while we were in Chicago, even though the car ran pretty good. That was hurting us. We found the miss during the second run on Friday, and the Camaro is now making a lot more power. I just give all the credit to my crew, who did a heck of a job preparing the car. Obviously, I did a pretty good job and we got it in the field."