CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, wins his second of...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MOPAR PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, wins his second of three events of the 12-race 1998 Pro Stock Truck series today, defeating JOHN LINGENFELTER, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVY S-10 (7.707/175.30 TO 7.883/150.46) in the Pro Stock Truck final for the second consecutive time in three events.
KOPP: ON BEING IN THE POINTS LEAD: "We can't get too confident right now. We still have nine races to go, and as long we maintain our momentum we'll be good. Our goal is to win the championship for the Chevy S-10." ON NOT HAVING THE ADVANTAGE HERE THAT YOU HAD IN THE FIRST TWO RACES (No. 3 qualifier): "It was a little more difficult. I have been racing a long while. You have to learn that being on top is not the only way to win. I've won from 30th place or 40th place, and we won from third place here. I'd sacrifice the pole any day to win." THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ON A SLICK TRACK: "We got a surprise the first two passes when I went towards the wall in the first pass in the right lane. In the second pass the truck really shook. The computer tells you everything but what the truck wants. We went out in the third pass and we were close. We should have had the pole, but we were on the safe side." IS THE COMPETITION MORE INTENSE? "We came out with a combination that was absolutely awesome at the first two races. We still have the same combination. I don't think anybody could have run a .70 in the final like we did." ARE YOU GLAD YOU MOVED UP INTO PRO RACING? "I have always wanted to do it but I didn't want to step up to Pro Stock, because it's a full time job. I don't want a full time job running around the countryside. Pro Stock Truck might be out of control in a few years, who knows. I'm going to do it until it gets out of control."
JERRY HAAS, CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVY S-10, was eliminated in the second round by GRANT LEWIS' EASYCARE/GRANT LEWIS INC. CHEVY S-10. Lewis won that round on a holeshot advantage (7.738/174.82 to 7.875/172.50).
HAAS: "When you race somebody you try to be a gentleman, and you expect the other guy to be a gentleman also. He had both lights, he backed out and I went in and he came in. My crew said he cleared the motor twice. I went in, I'm not going to hang someone up. He cleared the motor twice, and took forever and Rick (Stewart, starter) gave us a real quick tree. I race like you're supposed to race, I don't hang anybody up and he (Lewis) was a little late coming in. But I can't get negative about it; I'll just have to beat him next time."
GRANT LEWIS, CHEVY S-10, was eliminated in the semifinals by Larry Kopp, (9.010/111.46 to 7.762/174.64). Lewis raced the Tabasco-sponsored Chevy S-10 in Atlanta on a one-race deal and has since purchased his own Chevy S-10 for Pro Stock Truck competition. He'll campaign this Chevy S-10 the remainder of the '98 Pro Stock Truck season.
LEWIS: "This is a Todd Beavis truck. He built this truck for Bill Henderson then Bill got a Dodge deal in the meantime. He sold it to me. Clint Sallee ran this truck in Atlanta and Houston. We will run the whole series." ON THE SEMIFINAL ROUND AGAINST LARRY KOPP: "We had a pretty good outing. We're happy (going two rounds). I hurt something on the burnout, we let the rpm go too high and maybe broke a spring or bent a valve. I knew it was broken when I backed up. When he left I saw it was green and I shut it down to save further damage and expense. We just need some test time. Just like in Atlanta, we never ran this track until we got here." PRO STOCK
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, claimed the Camaro's first Pro Stock pole position this season, 6.90/199.14. Kurt also won the Pro Stock Challenge today for the second time since its inception in 1985. He defeated Steve Schmidt in the final (6.970/198.00 to 7.001/198.41). Kurt won it in 1994 and it's the third Pro Stock Challenge victory for the Camaro, following Bruce Allen's two in a row in a Chevy Camaro in 1985 and '86.
KURT: "For the run this morning we probably made 8-10 changes to the car from last night. We made the right calls." ON THE TRACK CONDITIONS: "It was 122 (degrees) this morning, 124 for the second run, and this afternoon it was probably 117. We got a little more aggressive on the starting line with rpm." ON YOUR SUCCESS AT THIS TRACK (Kurt also was the first to break the seven-second mark in Pro Stock here in 1994, with a 6.988-second pass): "It's my favorite track. We just seem to do good here. The night we ran a 6.98 that was a lucky hit, but we've had bad days. I'm lucky here, I guess I've been lucky a couple of times. We seem to do well here." DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE AN EDGE?: "There are a lot of fast cars out there. It's rough to get a reaction time out there, the track is greasy, the clutch is soft. A .461 was the best we could get. We're consistent anyway (.466, .479, .461). A .460 was the best in those rounds. I'm as bad as everybody else or as good as everybody else." ON THE THREATENING WEATHER SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW: "I'm not thinking about the weather, I'm just trying to get through one day at a time." ON YOUR NEW CAMARO PRO STOCK BEING BUILT: "We will be testing the new Camaro, it'll be ready in a few weeks, then we'll go into the wind tunnel. The chassis we've been running is three years old. It's like a fine wine, it's just getting good. I hate to uncork it and pour it out." ON THE DAMAGE STEVE SCHMIDT HAD IN THE SEMIFINALS AFTER RUNNING INTO THE SAND AT THE END OF THE TRACK: "I went and told them if you need extra time (it's okay with me), I'm nt going to run without you. They tore the front end off. I told them to take as much time as they needed to. It would have been no good to run by yourself. He taped it back together and came to the line."
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, failed to qualify today.
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 4.864/312.21.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 6, 4.975/305.49. # # #