Houston NHRA Chevy FC/PS Qualifying Report

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, did not qualify for this event following four frustrating, tire-smoking, cylinder-dropping rounds. He ended up 18th, with an e.t. of 5.189...

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1999

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL QUALIFYING

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, did not qualify for this event following four frustrating, tire-smoking, cylinder-dropping rounds. He ended up 18th, with an e.t. of 5.189 seconds at 267.59 mph. This is Ron's first DNQ since this event in 1997.

CAPPS: "Unfortunately, that was our last run. It shot a spark plug out of the cylilnder head, it also dropped the cylinder on the right bank, which pushed it toward the centerline and I had the wheel cranked as hard as I could to get it as far over as I could. Once it's out of the groove it struck the tires and got them smoking. You are kind of in fate's hand at that point. It's been lifting the front end out there and it's scary because you can't steer the car. We're working on that with the new '99 Camaro body. It's part of the evolution of these cars running 4.70s and 4.80s. We are going to have to run 4.70s out here. When you run that hard with these cars and you get after it with the clutch to make it run that good they're making so much power right now they're lifting the front end right up. It's scary when you are going 240 miles per hour and the front end starts teetering up." WHAT NOW? "We are going to check ito testing in Dallas on Monday or Tuesday." YOU HAVEN'T HAD A DNQ IN TWO YEARS, IS THIS LIKE STARTING OVER? "It is, it is exactly like starting over. This Camaro is completely a different animal right now since we have been running this thing the way we have been running. It's a completely different car to run, it sounds different, everything about it is like starting over. It is making more power now and you can tell by driving it. We do all of this to make better strides."

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 4.950/308.78.

BAZEMORE: "On that last pass it ran a 4.97, which was the second quickest of the session. What makes that impressive is that we had a cylinder out. We have a gremlin in our Kendall Camaro right now, which makes it drop cylinders. We made a fairly big change before the last run to try and fix the problem, but we still dropped a cylinder about a second and a half into the run. We are working really hard to solve it, because it makes it very hard to run consistently. Not only is it difficult to drive when a hole is out, but it hurts parts as well, neither of which is good. It's all part of getting used to the new combination we put in at the last race. On the positive side, even thugh it's nowhere near perfect, this Camaro is still running competitively. I know it's just a matter of time before this team finds our probem and gets it solved. Hopefully we'll hit it tomorrow. It's really not a big deal, because it happens to everyone in this game. We'll work through it. This is a good track, and we'll need to be ready tomorrow. For us to have a good day tomorrow, everyone will have to do their part. We see ourselves as an underdog right now, but tht's good, because it only makes us hungrier."

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 6.934/199.55, set in the final qualifying session.

KURT: "We were pretty happy with that last run. We went to Atlanta and tested on two different occasions and made about 12 runs and ran really good. Then we came here thinking, boy, we're going to fly, and we really stumbled for the first three runs, and finally on the last run we put it together and were the quickest car by three hundredths (of a second). I think we're looking pretty good going into tomorrow. It spun the tires a little bit, but it put the number on the board and this 117-degree race track has been pretty hot lately. We went right down the race track, so we're going to leave her alone and see if we can make four good runs and see if we can stay in that points lead."

MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, made it into the field for the first time this season. He's No. 12 with a 6.969-second pass at 197.86 mph.

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