CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES REVELL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, made his career best pass tonight, in the second round of ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES REVELL NATIONALS TEXAS MOTORPLEX NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, made his career best pass tonight, in the second round of qualifying, 4.891/309.70, good for No. 2. Whit is now the seventh Funny Car driver to run in the 4.8s.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 5 qualifier, 4.931/308.00. Etchells was No. 1 in this morning's session with this elapsed time.
ETCHELLS: "Today was a pretty good day. We ran a 4.93 right out of the box, which gave us a pretty good baseline. We tried to go for the home run in the nightime session, but unfortunately the motor started going away after 800 feet. I stayed in it because I knew it was on a good run. Even with the motor problem we still ran a .94. We know the Camaro can run quicker, and it will."
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, 5.214/253.73, following two less than stellar runs.
CAPPS: "The motor ran away from the clutch. We went out and had an .870 60-ft. time, the Camaro was running good in the first half. I felt the rpm coming up, and the car stopped pulling as hard. I said, ooh, that's about enough. I let off the throttle and sure enough that's what happened. Roland looked at the computer and (it showed that) the motor got ahead of the clutch. It's easier to lift and come back tomorrow than to go out and blow it up. We already hurt one Camaro body earlier, we have to take care of this one." ON THE FIRST ROUND: "The Camro wasn't running that good, it was running o.k. Usually this car does so good that even when it's running only o.k. it still runs a 5.05. I felt the cylinder go out, I thought it picked back up, then it went out again. At about that time it tried to kick the blower off in my lap. It exploded pretty good and damaged the front of the body. We took that body off and put 'old trusty' back on. This is the Camaro body we used to win the earlier Dallas race this year. This is the one that didn't go to the wind tunnel. I think the guys are going to work on the damaged body tomorrow when we have some time. Right now we're running with only one body. We will be o.k."
Note: The Camaro body that was damaged was the one with which Capps won the Topeka race last weekend.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 6.927/199.46.
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is not qualified. He's No. 23, 7.052/196.85.