CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK Saturday, March 21, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, who established track and national...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK Saturday, March 21, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, who established track and national records with his 7.635 e.t. and top speed of 174.82 in qualifying, was eliminated in the semifinals by Randy Daniels, Daniels Racing Chevy S-10, when he red-lighted. Daniels's S-10 suffered an engine problem in that run which could not be repaired. Daniels did not have a spare engine, so he was forced to run the damaged engine in the final against David Nickens's Dodge. Daniels left first at the light (.474 R/T to Nickens' .509) but the engine gave way about 800-900 feet and he lost (8.121/140.07) to Nickens' 7.747/170.81.
KOPP: "I had a clutch problem, it pulled me through the lights." WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU HAD RED-LIGHTED? "You don't want to know, I can't say it in words. I just felt so bad for everybody that helped me to do something stupid like that. I felt bad for Chevrolet and everyone else. But there are 11 more races and I will be in some finals and hopefully win a couple of them. It's a bummer. We came out here with both ends of the record, we were No. 1 qualifier. We fell just two rounds short of winning everything we could possibly have won this weekend."
DANIELS: "We have been wounded all day. We nursed it this far. We were hurting. We went a .71 in the second round. We would have liked to have done that again, but it finished the piston off that time (against Larry Kopp). We really felt that we might possibly squeeze it out if we got a good light, but it didn't work out. I'm happy to be a part of this new series. I think it's going to be a dynamite little class." ON THE NEXT EVENT: "I'm excited about it, I can't wait. We will have a spare engine anyway possible for Atlanta."
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