CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 4.864/312.21, his personal career...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1998
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 4.864/312.21, his personal career lowest e.t.
"When the Camaro got to the starting line I knew it had a good chance of running low e.t. It took off to the right side of the lane, got out of the groove, and the front end was dancing around. The front end didn't want to grab. I ran it down the track right next to the guardrail. All the while my face shield was starting to fog up, and I couldn't see where the finish line was. It was an exciting run. I knew the Camaro was on a good run, but I didn't know it was that good. It was my career best. When we checked the computer dataa we saw it had a lot left in it. We will spend tomorrow getting ready for Sunday conditions and see if we can't put this Camaro in the final again here."
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, 5.118/257.38.
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier, 6.906/199.14.
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- Final Qualifying
JERRY HAAS, CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVY S-10, after establishing a national and track record speed of 176.70 mph, set yesterday, ends up No. 2 qualifier, with an e.t. of 7.678 seconds. David Nickens is No. 1.
"We didn't have the left lane. On this track there's probably two hundredths (of a second) difference in the lanes. We're not number one, but it's better than being No. 16. The crew worked their butts off the whole weekend. I drove as hard as I could. We got everything I felt we could get out of the Chevy S-10. Unfortunately, we didn't have the left lane tonight; that's the way life is. I was happy to run as fast as we did in the right lane. The right lane is actually smoother than the left, but the left lane is better at the starting line."
ON RUNNING TOP SPEED: "We've just been working, tweaking and testing. We just have to continue doing that, working hard and testing, and getting this Chevy S-10 to the top and staying on top. We've been working real hard on the suspension, we have good power in John's (Lingenfelter) motors.
We have to get the truck freed up to make it run faster. We're real close. It's a combination. If the truck works good with the track and the engine works good with the truck, then maybe we'll find a sweet spot."
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, national e.t. record holder, polesitter for the first two races of the season and winner of the last race in Atlanta, is No. 3 qualifier, 7.682/176.03.
"We're happy, but we're not happy we didn't get the pole. We wanted it real bad, we thought we could do it on that run, but we were a thousandth (of a second) shy. At least we're proving ourselves. We will be fine. When we get into the heat during the day tomorrow we will be okay."
ON NICKENS' RUN: "I didn't think he'd run a .67. But I can't expect to have the pole at every race. I would like it, but it is not the reality."
ON RUNNING TWO SLOW RUNS YESTERDAY: "We hadn't done any testing and we've never run on a track that was this bad. We didn't know what the track wanted. It needed two runs for the track to tell us what it wanted. On the last run we were closer. We had never run on this track before, and we had no data, neither did anyone else. We ran good speeds, and it shows that we're in good shape as far as power goes, but we fell short a little bit." # # #