Denver Chevrolet Saturday Qualifying Notes

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY,L DENVER, COLO. SATARDAY, JULY 17, 19999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY,L DENVER, COLO. SATARDAY, JULY 17, 19999

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, debuted his new '99 Camaro body in today's first qualifying round, after a rainout on Friday. However, he lost traction halfway, completing the lap in 6.410 seconds at 173.43 mph.

BAZEMORE: ON THE FIRST PASS DOWN THE TRACK WITH THE NEW CAMARO BODY: "Obviously, we are disappointed with the run because we smoked the tires early and the Camaro got kind of out of control. I couldn't get it to recover, I couldn't get it to go straight. We were not going fast enough for the new body to have any effect on the car. The problem today had more to do with our fuel system and our clutch and chassis setup as opposed to anything to do with the new body."

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MATCO TOOLS/KENDALL OIL CAMARO Z28, a local favorite as a former player for the Denver Nuggets, had two unsuccessful passes down the track, with his best lap set this afternoon, 7.506/184.42, which was not good enough to qualify. Hammonds has been sponsored for three years by Winnebago Motor Homes. Tom's good friend Jerry Fjetland, motorsports manager for Winnebago, died last week of prostate cancer.

HAMMONDS: "I think the big thing last night is that we sat in the staging lanes for over three and a half hours. I think the setup we had in the Camaro was probably good for that paraticular time, but we didn't take into considertion that when we ran the car the air had gotten better, the starting line temperature probably dropped 30 degrees. As a team we didn't compensate for that. That's just a total misjudgment on our part. We came back this morning and put a lot more clutch in it and it still wasn't enough. So the only solution is to put more clutch in it and see what happens. I'm just disappointed, I thought we would run faster than we did considering we tested here last Saturday. I will do the rain dance this evening and hopefully we'll have a shower and that will delay us another hour (so the run is later in the evening). Probably, with our luck, it will be sunny all day or raining all day, and we won't get a good shot at it either way."

ON FJETLAND: "I talked to him Saturday night after the last qualifying session in St. Louis, and gave him a synopsis of what had happened that weekend. He didn't sound good to me at all. I was going to test on Sunday in St. Louis, but since he had never seen the new truck and trailer with the new paint job, I just couldn't stay for the test. I thought that if this was going to be the last time that I was going to see him I wanted him to see the brand new truck and trailer withWinnebago's name on the side. I drove about 10 hours the next afternoon to Forest City, Iowa, I parked it right in front of their house. Actually, they were outside sitting on the front porch. He told me later he thought he heard a tank coming down the road and here I came with the big Winnebago/Chevrolet truck and trailer. It was a big kick for him. It turned out it was the last time I saw him. He and I visited alone for about three hours and I thought his spirits were very good when I left. Then I talked to his wife Cindy a couple of days later and it sounded like he was doing pretty well, then he took a turn for the worse in the middle of the week and passed away on Thursday. The funeral was held last Saturday." WHAT WAS THE LAST THING HE SAID TO YOU? "We usually play golf -- he, Roger Martin and another Winnebago employee and I -- in a tournament before Brainerd. He told me he would see me at the golf tournament. He was a close friend of mine, it was not only business with us."

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