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CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SUNDAY, JULY 19, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 SEMIFINALS NOTE WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, was defeated by RON ...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS MILE-HIGH NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SUNDAY, JULY 19, 1998

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28

SEMIFINALS NOTE

WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, was defeated by RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, in the semifinals, 5.518/273.55 to 12.194/81.72. Whit was forced to start the race without warming up his Team Winston Camaro, thereby spinning the tires at the start, then shutting it down.

Capps will face Tony Pedregon in the final.

BAZEMORE: "We were told to be in the staging lanes at 3:30 p.m., because the NHRA was running Funny Car before Top Fuel, which means they were switching the order. At 3:20 we decided that we didn't have ample time to warm up the Camaro in the pits because we had to be up there at 3:30 p.m. We got down there, we're the second Funny Car in line, Capps is already there. I'm in the process of putting on my helmet. The staging lane official comes up and says get dressed. I had my helmet on and he comes running up and says wait, wait, wait, they're going to run Top Fuel now. I asked why and I was told that the word came down from the tower that this was going to be the case. The problem is that we had a mechanical problem we didn't realize. In our rebuild after the last round we didn't put our car back together as good as we should have, which is our fault. But we ended up running at 3:44 p.m. So that's a good 20, almost 30 minutes from when we decided to not start the car. Had we started the car our problem would have been very obvious and it could have been fixed. Had they told us that they were going to continue to run Top Fuel in front of Funny Car before we staged, we would have been able to warm up and find our problem, which then could have been repaired very quickly." WHY DID THEY DECIDE TO SWITCH THE ORDER THE SECOND TIME? "Apparently because two of our Funny Car competitors were not there in time."

"We might have made the wrong decision in trying to accommodate what they wanted. Next time we're going to do our normal thing and if we're late and they run the race without us, so be it." ON THE START OF THE RACE: "As as soon as we fired it, I knew there was a problem, and we took a pretty good risk in standing on the gas."

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