10/25/98 PONTIAC NOTES & QUOTES 13th ANNUAL REVELL NATIONALS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1998 DALLAS, TEXAS PRO STOCK Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird) - Race Winner -"It doesn't get any better than this! We have a robust research and...
PONTIAC NOTES & QUOTES 13th ANNUAL REVELL NATIONALS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1998 DALLAS, TEXAS
Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird) - Race Winner -"It doesn't get any better than this! We have a robust research and development program and we feel if we can keep our nose to the grindstone, then we can continue the success we've experienced this year. We do this for our living, it's not an avocation like the majority of the racers out here. Instead of boating and fishing, they go play with their hot rods on the weekends. We play with the race car seven days a week. We don't count the wins, we just look at the point total and now that's irrelevant since that's wrapped up. We just look at trying to win, that's what's important, not because were trying to expand some personal best mark, but because that's the way I make my living. Everything that Kurt (Johnson) and I do we do out of the same shop. I do the intake manifolds, cylinder head development, carburetor work. Kurt does all of the short block assembly, engine assembly and the dyno tuning of the engines, so we basically have the same power level. Any information that we gather on the race track we share between both teams. We'll be out here running Kurt's car tomorrow trying to get that thing in the zone where it's a little more effective. He's an extremely good driver, he just needs a little more consistent race car. Once he gets that, he'll certainly be deadly out there."
Jim Yates (Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird) "This has just been one of those years. I think right now the guys have this Splitfire Pontiac Firebird running really, really fast. It puts big numbers on the board and it can run right there with Warren (Johnson). That's faster than we've been able to run all year. We just have to get back in the winning mode and learn how to do the right things at the right times. Every time we get in a position where we look like we can win a race, we trip over our own feet. The key is that we have the performance back to where can run the good numbers every time out. I did a pretty good job driving in the finals. I had a .430 light and that seems to be a little closer to where I should be. We just have to have a little good fortune when we get to that last round. When I let the clutch out, it didn't have enough clutch in it, and the car automatically darted to the right. When I went to counter steer it back, it shot across the groove and into the marbles. This track has a very narrow groove and gets pretty slick when the other cars finish running. I had no choice but to lift. It's not worth crashing a car to win a race. It's better to live to fight another day. As much as we would like to, it's just not worth all of that. We're excited though. Five days from now, we'll be standing in Houston getting ready to make another run. That's what we're looking forward too. We know we have the ability, we know we have the power, we know we have the team, if we can just make all the right decisions on race day, maybe we can get us another trophy. If it were easy we wouldn't be out here working so hard at it. There are a lot of teams trying to win, but only a couple of teams doing it. You have to give Warren credit. He's on his game. He's running like we were last year. This time last year, we were winning about every race and now he's in that mode. He's doing a great job and all we can do is strive to catch up with him. I think performance-wise we've done that. Now we have to execute properly on Sunday."
Tom Martino (Jesel Valve Train Pontiac Firebird) "We were faced with two problems heading into the second round. First, we were running Warren Johnson who had been on a string all weekend. On top of that, we were in the right lane, which had given us problems all weekend. We could have left the Jesel Valve Train Firebird alone, run a 7.02 and still lost, so we tried a couple of things to run better. We made a suspension change and a gear ratio change, and they obviously didn't get the job done, because the car was a handful. When it headed for the center cones, I clicked it off, because I knew I wouldn't catch him. But we had a lot of good things happen here this weekend. First, we were able to lower our personal elapsed time and raise our top speed. In addition, we beat a tough opponent in Mark Osborne in the first round. That allowed us to gain some points on the people in front of us. We'll leave here happy, and look to build on it next week in Houston."
Lost in round two