CAMAROS NO. 1 IN FUNNY CAR AND PRO STOCK FUNNY CAR: WHIT BAZEMORE NO. 1 IN KENDALL CAMARO WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/MATCO TOOLS CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 with an outstanding pass of 4.887 seconds at 310.34 mph. Second best was John Force with a...
CAMAROS NO. 1 IN FUNNY CAR AND PRO STOCK
FUNNY CAR: WHIT BAZEMORE NO. 1 IN KENDALL CAMARO
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/MATCO TOOLS CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 with an outstanding pass of 4.887 seconds at 310.34 mph. Second best was John Force with a 4.935/312.06. The temperatures were in the 90s during the day and in the high 80s in the evening.
WHIT: "The track in Englishtown was good. These were good conditions tonight, probably the best we will have here given the heat. It's the best thing for the team, after all we went through last week. It's just racing. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We will have two more runs tomorrow, but we will take it tonight. The team has struggled all year. To run a 4.88 after the problems we have had -- and with a different chassis -- is tremendous for them."
ON THE CONDITIONS TODAY:
"It's hard to run the car in the heat with the new rules. The track was pretty tough the first session this afternoon, obviously. We knew tonight would be real good. We worried about shaking the tires and we didn't. Our Camaro just whistled right down. It moved around a little bit; it probably could have run an .87."
WILL TOMORROW BRING QUICKER TIMES?
"Probably not. You never know. There obviously are some cars that can run like that - Toliver and Force, Capps. Either one of Force's cars (could do it) and either one of Toliver's. If it's hot like it was today, and we run it at 4 o'clock -- we will run at 5 probably. It's late. I don't see it happening, but you never know. Hopefully not. If they can run that good then maybe we can run that much better too."
NOTE: With seven Camaros attempting to qualify (although WWF Racing's Jerry Toliver switched from the Camaro to the Pontiac body for the second session -- 4.984/301.60 for the No. 4 spot), this is the largest field of Camaro Funny Cars in NHRA history. Bob Gilbertson switched to a Camaro this weekend and is No. 5 (5.019/307.69); Scotty Cannon is No. 7 in his Camaro (5.032/306.85). In No. 14 is Ron Capps, in the U.S. Tobacco Co. Camaro (5.163/288.00). Todd Paton also swapped his Pontiac for a Camaro body and qualified No. 11 (5.087/300.50), and Jim Epler is unqualified, in No. 20, with a 5.405/285.44 in his WWF Racing Camaro.
PRO STOCK: KURT JOHNSON TAKES CAMARO TO NO. 1 SPOT
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 after two qualifying sessions with a 7.004-second pass at 196.59 mph. He set this time in the evening session in a strong, straight run in the right lane.
KURT: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE NO. 1 ON FRIDAY NIGHT? "In Atlanta Friday night was the last time. We can do it, we just can't do it consistently."
HOW IS THIS NEW CAR WORKING?
"We tested on the Wednesday before we came here in Atlanta and it was 95 degrees up there and 130-degrees on the track. It was almost identical to this place. At Englishtown in the last session we ran an .88. Low e.t. was .82 and we ended up 16th. We only had five runs on that car. We just have to figure out what it likes. We look at what it's telling us. We give it to it, and it seems to respond. It's the first time in awhile I have a car that responds. We had two runs (today) and there was no tire shake."
ON THE RIGHT LANE:
"I have won in the right lane in '95, and the left lane in '93. It just depends on the oil-downs. That right lane got it this morning pretty hard. They obviously did a good job (cleaning it up) before we got up there. I was kind of leery being the first car after the bikes, but it squirted right through there. The track was 140 degrees this afternoon. It was 127 when we tested. I made five good runs in a row in Atlanta testing. They were within like two to three hundredths of each other. It's just so hot out there it wears you out. The guys woke up at 4 o'clock yesterday morning and drove all out to get here. My hat's off to them."
TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/GM PERFORMANCE PARTS CAMARO Z28, is not qualified (7.151/194.30).