FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, continues to struggle this season and is unqualified after two of four qualifying sessions. He's No. 19, 10.868/83.24. His first run today was disqualified when he crossed...
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, continues to struggle this season and is unqualified after two of four qualifying sessions. He's No. 19, 10.868/83.24. His first run today was disqualified when he crossed the centerline and hit a pylon, damaging the Camaro body.
CAPPS: "In the first run I went out there and it put a cylinder out and the Camaro wanted to go towards the centerline. I just drove it too far. I should have lifted it earlier, but I tried to get it down the track. I turned the steering wheel as far as I could to the right and it still wanted to go to the centerline. It just shows you how much a dropped cylinder will move a car on you. In the second run we tried to run about a mid-4.80 and it blew the tires off. We are going to have to get back to what we know tomorrow. This Camaro left great and got out about 50 feet or so and then it started to rattle the tires. I got ready to pedal it and at that point it had already blown the tires off. I aborted the run because I didn't want the thing in the guardrail. We will be fine."
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 4.950/308.78.
BAZEMORE: "What you hae to keep in mind is that today represented only the seventh and eighth runs we have made on the Kendall Camaro since we made the big changes (incorporating a 5-disc clutch setup and different cylinder heads). Therefore, we're fairly pleased with the 4.95, because everything is relatively new and not thoroughly tested, which was reflected by our dropping a cylinder in the second pass. We're not fully experienced with the new parts, but that will come. We did better than we thought we would in Gainesville (qualifying No. 1), and even here a .95 was a really good run and we still have tomorrow to improve on it. There's an awful lot left in it, and this team is working hard, so I'm pretty confident."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, 6.988/197.83. After struggling with the development of his new chassis and Camaro body, this is his best first-day qualifying spot of the year. He did, however, run a quicker elapsed time (6.985) in Gainesville, Fla., but did not qualify there.
EDWARDS: "We've been testing every day and just been working on it. It's not right yet, but it's getting better. Basically we changed the rear-end housings, just messed with the 4-link rear suspension and moved a lot of the weight. The weight was a big factor. We just keep tinkering with it, moving weight and things like that. The housing was the biggest thing, putting a new rear-end housing underneath it. That was a pretty good run right there. I think we can go faster, I think we can do it tomorrow and stay in (the field). It's going to be close. It's better and that's a positive for everybody." ON THE PURCHASE OF A NEW CHASSIS: "I'm getting a Jerry Bickle chassis, it should be ready, hopefully, by about Columbus. I really have high expectations for that car. I'm going to try to get it into the wind tunnel as soon as we can. We think it will help us a little more. We'll have to get that lined up with GM Motorsports. Hopefully I can make a halfway decent season out of this."
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier behind his dad Warren, 6.934/199.55.