Columbus Chevy Friday Qualifying Notes

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY COLUMBUS, OHIO FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 9...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY COLUMBUS, OHIO FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1999

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 9 qualifier, 5.249/274.33.

CAPPS: "In both runs today the Camaro has gone down the track. On the second run it put a cylinder out about one second into the run, so it ran pretty good for putting the cylinder out early. We're just basically starting over here. Todd (Okuhara, new crew chief) is doing a great job, and Garry Kennedy came aboard. They're working great together. It showed in the first run; we had a great 60-ft. (time), just like last year, so it's back to leaving real hard. Unfortunately, it smoked the tires at half track (in the final run). But that's two runs in a row it's gone down the track without pedaling it or shaking. It's very encouraging. With guys like Dale Armstrong and Bob Brooks overseeing everything over here there's a big light at the end of the tunnel, or it's just a big train coming at us (he said, laughing)."

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 8 qualifier, 5.216/287.78.

Note: JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE FUNNY CAR, is the highest qualified Chevrolet after two rounds, No. 5, 5.126/301.67.

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is the highest-placed Camaro in the Pro Stock field, No. 6, 7.041/196.07.

KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 11, 7.075/196.70.

TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/KENDALL OIL/MATCO TOOLS CAMARO Z28, missed the first qualifying session as it took longer than expected to get his Camaro teched and prepped for the first run. In the second run he had a good launch, but suffered a transmission problem shortly thereafter.

HAMMONDS: "I'm glad that run is over with. There are a lot of positive things, however. We had a real good launch, we were No. 9 (for the round) at the 60-ft. mark, which indicates we were on a pretty good run. When I shifted it into second gear it either went from first to fourth or I didn't really get the shift right myself. We are going to break everything down and look at it. Hopefully we will get everything together tonight, do all our work tonight and be ready tomorrow morning. I'm very encouraged. Considering the problems we had today, we're on the upswing, hopefully." DO YOU FEEL A BIT RUSTY? "I'm definitely rusty. It's like a kid riding a bike. It's not going to take me very long."

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL QUALIFYING

Chevy S-10s dominated qualifying, taking the first five positions. BRAD JETER, JETER MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 for the third time this season, with a track record e.t. and speed of 7.688/176.35. In the heat of the day today, he ran an identical time to his best time of yesterday, 7.688. His 7.696-second e.t. in the final round was also outstanding.

JETER: "We were looking for a better run that (last) run. I rolled the starting line beams, which probably cost me three to four hundredths (of a second). The .69 looked good on the board, but it is not good for us. We knew what happened and knew what we could have gone. We were not impressed with it. We hope to go out tomorrow afternoon and maybe repeat that .68 in the heat. We'll be happy with that." TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS HERE? "I think our testing on Monday (on Route 66 Raceway) paid off. It was very worthwhile on a bad race track and knowing we were coming here on a slick race track. We made the right calls and we ran real fast. We knew we had the horsepower, it was just a matter of applying it correctly." DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SETUP FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? "I think we will be OK. I don't want to be optimistic, but I think we will be in the hunt. I don't think we will be much ahead of everybody, but we definitely will be in the hunt."

MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, is No. 2, 7.696/175.71.

OSBORNE: "That was an excellent run. We made some changes to the S-10 after Chicago and it looks like they're really paying off here. Hopefully we will win one round tomorrow and be here on Sunday. I hate it for Tim (Freeman, teammate who did not qualify), for not having a spare engine in the trailer good enough to make the show. I could be in the same situatin, being the points leader, it's not a fun deal. It will get better. Without GM's help and RCL Components' help it wouldn't be possible for me to be here with Kessinger Motorsports."

TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, did not qualify.

FREEMAN: "We sold the spare motor to Jerry Haas, then we found we needed it after mine broke in the Holley Dominator Duel at Route 66. If we had known it would turn out this way we would not have sold the motor. My teammate (Osborne) is running for the championship. He's No. 1 in points and we don't even have a backup motor if he blows up. It's not fun when you come to a race and you don't qualify. I hate it, I'm fifth in points, and now I'm just going to fall way back. We will rebound. Hopefully I'll have my engine back in St. Louis. I want to thank (Bill 'Grumpy') Jenkins and his guys for helping fix my motor as quickly as they can. I also want to thank Steve Schmidt for letting us run one of his engines (used by the GMC Sonomas). I would like to thank all his guys."

BOB PANELLA, PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, winner at Route 66, is No. 3, 7.715/175.57.

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