CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1999 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1999
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS
LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, defending series and event champion, was eliminated in the first round by points leader MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10; 7.667/175.55 for Kopp, 7.602/177.74 for Osborne.
KOPP: "I think our engine is down on power. We run the first half of the track fine, but we're down 2 mph at one-eighth of a mile. We should have run as competitively here as we did in Richmond and Atlanta, but we were like six spots down further and those six spots translate to four hundredths (of a second), and the four hundredths translates to 2 mph, especially as tight as the field is here. We will take it all back to (Bill 'Grumpy') Jenkins on Monday and let him look at it and see if we have a problem. I will be shocked if we don't find something wrong. I hate to say that I'd like to find something wrong with my stuff, but that's the way it is. We will just regroup and be ready for Joliet."
RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10 and winner of two titles this year, was also out in the first round, losing to MIKE COUGHLIN, JEG'S MAIL ORDER CHEVY S-10, with an e.t. of 7.643/175.41 to Coughlin's 7.631/176.10. Reaction times: .493 for Daniels, .428 for Coughlin.
DANIELS: "We went from hero to zero in a week. The driver took a nap and we burned a piston. That's why it slowed down." ON THIS COMPETITIVE CLASS: "It makes you think you need to go Pro Stock; I don't think the 500 cu. in. (Pro Stock Trucks use 358 cu.in. V8 engines) deal would be any harder. I believe this class is going to be tougher because it's easier to make a decent run with these trucks because of the less power. Everybody's got good power now." WHAT NOW? "We will go home and repair everything and try to get ready for Chicago. That was our best engine right now, so we will try to get it back in shape and we're working on a new one too, and hopefully we will have three the next time we come out."
JERRY HAAS, TEXAS HARLEY-DAVIDSON CHEVY S-10, was defeated by TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, 7.778/176.07 for Haas, 7.633/176.19 for Freeman.
HAAS: "We switched lanes. Maybe we should have stayed in the right lane. We thought the left lanae was going to be better. I put it into the second gear and it just shook like crazy, it took my hand off the shifter twice. We're dealing with more power in this engine, it's a different ballgame to get down the track. We have to work on our second gear to see what we can do with this motor combination. This S-10 accelerates so hard.