CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL LONE STAR NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 12 qualifier, 5.167/275.06, but is still dropping ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL LONE STAR NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1998
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 12 qualifier, 5.167/275.06, but is still dropping cylinders.
CAPPS: "But this time it didn't drop the cylinder at the hit of the throttle (on today's first pass). It dropped it a couple of seconds before the end of the run. I hope that's a sign that Roland (Leong, crew chief) is getting a handle on the Camaro. I shut it off early at the end because we planned it that way. It could have run a little better. I think Roland is seeing signs of improvement. We have been in a slump, that's been obvious. Whenever this Camaro is not in the final round we don't think it's running to its potential. When we finally figure out why the cylinders are dropping at the hit of the throttle we can then work on why we're dropping cylinders at the other end, and get this Copenhagen Camaro back on the top of the heap. We have to 'keep all those candles lit,' like John Force would say. It's suppposed to be hot again tomorrow. We should be running right there with Cruz in the heat of the day, like we did last year and the beginning of this year."
CHUCK ETCHELLS, winner last week in Virginia in the KENDALL/MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 15 qualifier, 5.226/288.46.
ETCHELLS: "We dropped a cylinder in the first run. Tim (Richards, co-crew chief) was a little upset and asked 'why didn't you shut if off?' I always want to get down the track the first run. You never know what will happen. So, sure enough, it was on a 4.95 or .96 run this last pass and it blew a blower belt off. So I will never again say you never know what will happen. At least we're in the show. If I had shut if off in the first run we wouldn't even be in.
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 5 qualifier, 7.057/194.88.
MORGAN: "If I would have driven the Camaro right it would have run an .04, maybe an .03, but the idiot I am, the driver I am, and the mistakes I made in driving (didn't help). I overwound, I shifted way too high and it just killed it. But tomorrow will be a different day, the air will be better so if I can get rid of all the mistakes that I have been making I think we can run real good. I am real pleased that we ran the way we did. We made a gear change that I believe helped it. I think we're really close on the setup. We're not making any big changes. We will just make the changes necessary for the weather. That's about it."
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier, 7.060/195.27.
JOHNSON: "We made a better e.t. (in the second run). We made a quicker run (first pass was a 7.07). It wasn't good enough for No. 1. It was a terrible run down track. It ran good, the Camaro was the quickest car at 60 feet, fairly quick at 330 feet, a quarter of the way down the track. We're trying something different with the shocks, trying to run them stiffer. It upset the Camaro down the track. It should have run three hundredths quicker, but it was bouncing around and shaking. We could have run an .03 on a smooth run. We will come back tomorrow and we should run at the front of the pack. The Camaro will probably be quicker tomorrow. At 11 a.m. it will be cooler, and the track will be better."