CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MATCO TOOLS SUPERNATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 Two Funny Cars advanced to the semifinals: RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, and WHIT ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MATCO TOOLS SUPERNATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
Two Funny Cars advanced to the semifinals: RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, and WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28. Ron and Whit will face each other in the semis.
Ron defeated Al Hofmann in the first round, and in the second round, Capps performed a mini-wheelie on his way to victory against Jack Wyatt, who broke on the line. Whit eliminated Chuck Beal and Glenn Mikres.
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, went out in the first around against Glenn Mikres.
Note: The semifinals are on hold due to rain.
CAPPS: "One of the problems Roland (Leong, crew chief) has been having all weekend was the motor wasn't that stout at the hit of the throttle. It usually goes to 8100-8200 rpm at the hit. At that time it went back up where it usually does when it runs good. With the track as good as this one is, and the Camaro being so good, and with the cloud cover, it told us we need to put more weight in the front of the car for the next run. It just felt like Memphis all over again except that in Memphis I didn't think in a million years it would do that. I had it fresh in my mind here. I lifted quicker here than I did in Memphis, that's why it didn't go as high. I didn't want to go back into orbit like John Glenn did. We're just lucky it didn't break anything in the front end. It came down a lot easier than it did in Memphis. Otherwise we would have had to bring out the other chassis and put that together."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is having a tough time regaining second in the points, after losing to Steve Schmidt in the second round (7.032//196.50 for Schmidt, 7.712/139.96 for Kurt), and Jeg Coughlin Jr. advancing to the semifinals.
KURT: "The Camaro left on Schmidt by four hundredths and it did a wheelstand and I couldn't correct it because the front end was in the air. It moved over to the left in the marbles, and the car started porpoising really bad and I ran it up against the high side limiter trying to get in control and when I got into fourth gear it went out of control. I don't know if there was something wrong with that lane, Richie Stevens was out of control right ahead of us. We should have swapped lanes but it was a hard decision to make because everyone was running (o.k.) in the left lane before. It just got out of the groove next to the wall. We didn't like the left lane all weekend because it's got some bumps in third gear and our car hated it."