Al Hofmann (Jim Dunn's Mooneyes/Red Line Oil Pontiac Firebird) "That was a very good run for the Mooneyes Pontiac Firebird. We didn't hurt any parts, but it did run away from the clutch a little. We'll change that and should be able to run a...
Al Hofmann (Jim Dunn's Mooneyes/Red Line Oil Pontiac Firebird) "That was a very good run for the Mooneyes Pontiac Firebird. We didn't hurt any parts, but it did run away from the clutch a little. We'll change that and should be able to run a 4.88 tonight. When it pulled the motor down, it didn't have enough clutch to pull it all the way to the drive shaft and she slipped. I thought the motor was going to get away but it didn't. We're not making enough power yet with the different fuel pumps we're putting on the car, but we're getting closer each race. We were slower because we had put such a big fuel pump on. The other pump was split this morning so we had to put a bigger one on. It's a little rich on the top but it's not hurting anything. It e.t.s and right now that's all that counts. The mph will come once we get a better feel for the first half, get happy with the clutch and then the mph will come." No. 5 qualifier - 4.918ET/299.73MPH
Del Worsham (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) "When do you feel lucky after losing a good run and shutting off at 900 feet? When you take a look at the motor after the run and wonder why the blower is still on it, and why the body was still attached to the chassis. We're going to have to study the remains a little bit more to know exactly what happened first, but the bottom line is we broke a valve and chewed up some pistons, ruined a cylinder head, and basically wasted a motor. From what I've seen, the Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird should have blown up big time, but it held together and all we lost was a run. So we're lucky. It was running pretty good, we had the clutch tune up right. I mean, basically all but one or two cars ahead of us smoked the tires and we were headed straight down the track when it came apart. It wouldn't have been anything overly spectacular, but it would have run a nice easy 4.98 or so. Why we broke the motor is the key question. At first glance it just looks like a part failed somewhere, and since just about everything in this motor was new, it was probably a new part straight out of the box. We'll put another motor in and get back out there tonight." No. 16 qualifier
Frank Pedregon (Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird) "I had seen all those cars ahead of us go up in smoke, and I was ready. I think sometimes you get into a different focus zone , and this time I was tuned in to listening to the motor and when I heard it start to rev up, I got off it. To me, it seemed like it happened in regular time, but on the computer I guess I caught it within a hundredth of a second. That's pretty cool that your brain can work that fast when you're really zoned in. Now we need to get with Del and Chuck and come up with the clutch setup that will get us up and rolling. Once we've got it a couple hundred feet, this new Firebird body takes over and we go right down the track. The blue Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac is ready to run in the fours." No. 18 qualifier
Tim Wilkerson (Sioux City Kenworth Pontiac Firebird) - "We just need to figure out why the engine's so weak but we'll get there. The run was okay but it shuttered. It's definitely nothing good to look at right now. The body's hurt pretty bad but I'm still hoping we can make it back tomorrow." No. 13 qualifier