U.S. NATIONALS INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK INDIANAPOLIS, IND. MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in the second round by John Force, 4.967/312.82 for Force, 5.011/299.50 for Capps. Force...
U.S. NATIONALS INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK INDIANAPOLIS, IND. MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in the second round by John Force, 4.967/312.82 for Force, 5.011/299.50 for Capps. Force then advanced to the final, dropping Capps out of the points lead.
CAPPS: "I just went up there and we expected to run a low .90 or .92. We left the starting line and his car jumped right out there and mine started vibrating. I assumed the cylinder went out. I saw his gold car pop out there on the right. He's had problems all weekend, smoking the tires, I thought I was driving around him. But, when he is running 312 mph there's no way you are going to catch him. My light (reaction time) was good. I was staging like in qualifying, trying to tickle the second light to get the best e.t. we could. I barely touched the light. We were trying to be smart all weekend and get lane choice. (The problem, according to the crew, was a clutch timer malfunction due to an air system leak.) The cloud cover came in and the track tightened up. That made me a little nervous, and that gave Force a little bit of an advantage. I knew we'd run good, I knew he'd run better than he had been, but I didn't think he'd have much more for us."
WAS THIS A HUGE LETDOWN? "Yes. Someone once told me, to beat the best you have to play the best. It's a true statement."
ON COMING IN HERE WITH THE POINTS LEAD: "I learned a lot about myself this weekend of what the media attention is like when you lead. I'm not sure that I was ready for it. This weekend has been phenomenal. The worst case scenario is that even if Force wins, I will still be right there (in points)."
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, lost to Del Worsham in the second round, 5.034/301.30 for Worsham, 5.109/297.02 for Bazemore.BAZEMORE: "The first round was excellent (against Tony Pedregon), and we thought we had a good chance to repeat and go all day. The Camaro was perfect. It ran a 4.96. It fell off in the second round to a 5.10 and Worsham ran a 5.0, and we got beat. It's plenty frustrating. But it still can be considered a positive weekend. We made some good progress with our Camaro Z28 and we're looking forward to going to Reading and turning it on there. We had a good chance to win and we didn't get the job done, it's that simple. It's always frustrating and disappointing when that happens. The positive side is that we learned some things about the Z28 and we have some good things that happened on the sponsorship front today. Some more possibillities have opened up for us and to be honest that's where my priority is right now -- to get the necessary sponsorship to save this team."
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, was defeated by Randy Anderson in the second round, 4.991/307.69 for Anderson, 7.295/144.25 for Etchells. Etchells lost power right at the start.
ETCHELLS: "That was tough. I have a great crew, but we had a miscue today in the staging lanes, and it ended up costing us a chance at the win. We have a throttle stop on our engine, which we use during the burnout. Right after I back up, when we've raised the body, a crewmember leans in and changes the position of a pin on the linkage to allow our Camaro to run wide open. Unfortunately, today the pin was put in the wrong slot, and that restricted us to only running at half throttle. It's a huge disappointment, because we were looking to make the most of the points situation today. On the positive side, we had a fast car again today. This Kendall Camaro Z28 racing team will have to just put this behind us, regroup, and come back even stronger in Reading."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, was eliminated by Mike Edwards in the second round, 7.071/193.92 for Edwards, 7.084/195.31 for Kurt.
KURT: "Today was the straw that broke the camel's back. I'm going to go out next week and test until we get this new chassis really working right. When we first tested this car, it went right down the track, but under the conditions we had today with bald spots on the starting line, we can't put any clutch in it without spinning the tires. This car seems to be much more sensitive to track conditions than my old car.
"Edwards put almost four hundredths on me in the first 60 feet, and there's no reason we shouldn't be as quick. All I saw was his white fender out in front of me. If we could get the car to stop spinning the tires on the starting line, we'd be right in the hunt."
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, went out in the first round against Mark Osborne, 7.082/194.80 for Osborne, 7.082/194.04 for Morgan. It couldn't have been any closer, with identical e.t.'s, similar speeds and reaction times of .517 for Morgan, .514 for Osborne.