Dallas Chevy First Day Qualifying Report

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX ENNIS, TEXAS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier, 4.921/304.15. Whit...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES CASTROL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX ENNIS, TEXAS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1999

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier, 4.921/304.15. Whit had two consistent and impressive runs with two 4.92-second passes.

BAZEMORE, ON THE EVENING RUN, WHERE HE POSTED A 4.921/304.15: "We have a prblem where we're hurting pistons and it finally blew up that run, right at the very end. We made a fairly clean pass, but it lost power at about 900 feet, and I drove it hurt just a little bit too far. When you're going for number one, and you're trying to improve your time (we ran a 4.929 previously), you just make a decision that until it gets really bad, you're going to keep your foot in it. I drove it to the finish line and it disintegrated a piston, putting a hole in the block." ON THE ETCHELLS' TEAM NEW APPROACH TO THE FUNNY CAR WARS (tongue-in-cheek): "We've seen how (John) Force runs so well. They put a motor in every run, and it has the rods out and holes in the motor. I talked to Chuck (car owner Etchells) and told him we'd have to blow it up every run to beat the guy, and he said OK -- no, he didn't, I'm joking! That's one of those things that's going to happen. Actually, we've been really lucky this year that we've had some fairly significant engine damage and haven't hurt the block. But that's just part of this game."

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 5.120/290.51. Capps replaced the Camaro body he's been using this year with an older body which had been through the GM wind tunnel last year.

CAPPS: "What's amazing is this Camaro body we brought out of retirement was the body that we did all the GM wind tunnel work with last year. You can tell now with (John) Force's Roush body how straight the car goes down the track. It's amazing how much more downforce on the front end this Camaro body has and what a difference it is to steer, even after putting a cylinder out in both these runs early in the run. When it used to do that it would move the car over quite a bit in the lane and brought it close to the centerline and I would have to lift. This time I just moved the steering wheel a little bit and it popped right back into the middle of the track. So we learned a lot here. I think this is very encouraging because the '99 Camaro body is going to have a lot of front-end downforce that we need like this body has. Maybe this body will bring us as much luck as the last time we ran it, which was at the Topeka race, which we won last year." DID USING THIS BODY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE AFTER THE PROBLEMS YOU'VE BEEN HAVING THIS YEAR? "To be honest, I think we are just having a problem making the fuel system happy because it's putting a cylinder out early, but I believe that the body makes a tremendous difference and when this thing runs on all eight cylinders we will see exactly how much and if it still likes to lift the body up half track. It's such a treat when the front end is planted to the ground."

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No 2 qualifier, 7.013/197.54.

KURT: "It's great to get down the race track when a lot of cars didn't, because we at least got a baseline. The conditions are slower than we had in Houston last weekend, but it looks like we hit the combination pretty close. We had the second quickest 60-foot time in the first session, so we have something to work with now. This motor has 20 runs on it, so we'll try a fresh engine tomorrow. We think the race track is a lot better than the air is now, so it's really working the motor hard. We tried a softer combination than we've been running, trying to slip the clutch a little more than usual to get down a hot track. It seems to be working. The car wants to pick up the front end, so if we can calm it down, we should be able to improve."

MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is No. 11 qualifier, 7.068/195.48.

V. GAINES, WESTERN MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z28, is No. 12 qualifier, 7.071/195.60.

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