Krisher's Chevy Cavalier on pole at Indy - Chevy Camaro rockets Ron Capps to $100,000 Jackpot! INDIANAPOLIS, September 1, 2002 - Ron Krisher won his first U.S. Nationals race day pole position today by driving the Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier to...
Krisher's Chevy Cavalier on pole at Indy - Chevy Camaro rockets Ron Capps to $100,000 Jackpot!
INDIANAPOLIS, September 1, 2002 - Ron Krisher won his first U.S. Nationals race day pole position today by driving the Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier to a track-record elapsed time and speed of 6.819 seconds at 201.31 mph. It is the second consecutive race that Krisher will start the Pro Stock eliminator from the No. 1 qualifying position. He held that same spot two weeks ago at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
This event marks the seventh time this season that Krisher's Chevrolet will start race day from the No. 1 spot, and the 12th time in his career that Krisher has achieved this performance pinnacle. His Chevrolet dominated qualifying during the first quarter of the season capturing the No. 1 position at the first five races in a row.
Krisher was runner-up at the U.S. Nationals in 2000 and is looking for his first victory since winning the Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas on April 7. He is currently fifth in the Pro Stock standings just 213 points behind first-place Greg Anderson.
Mark Whisnant ended up qualified in the No. 2 spot in a Cavalier, Greg Anderson was third, Jeg Coughlin is ninth, Mike Edwards is 10th and Kurt Johnson is 13th.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps drove his nitro-powered Chevy Camaro to a $100,000 jackpot by winning the 21st Big Bud Shootout. It is the third time Capps has won the annual all-star race for Funny Cars. His other victories were in 1997 and '98. In five Big Bud Shootouts, Capps has now won a total of $310,000.
Ron Capps (Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro) - "This is exactly what this team needed. We have been struggling so much and we were really hoping to turn things around here. This is definitely a good start. To win the Big Bud Shootout is awesome. You take the elite eight of the Funny Car class and put them up against each other for money and you're sure to see some exciting racing. And then to win is just the icing on top of the cake. This gives us some confidence heading into tomorrow's eliminations which is what we needed. I learned a long time ago from Prudhomme that you don't give up on people you believe in. I never have and never will and I believe in this team. I am so proud of this team. They worked so hard and deserve this win. Now if we can go out tomorrow, do the same thing and double up on the money, that would be a pretty nice weekend."
Ron Krisher (Eagle One Chevy Cavalier) - "I'm not sure how much testing helped us last week because we changed everything on this Chevy Cavalier once we got here. What it did do was give us a tune up for the air and obviously the motor is running pretty good so that part of it was an advantage. We changed a lot of the things on the car because we suspected the track would be different. We still haven't figured out this right lane in the heat. But we will get it figured out. We've got a lot of power on the back half of the track. The clutch has been right and the ratios have been wrong. We probably need a little less counter weight than what we had but we'll get it figured out.
"It feels great to be No. 1. We want to win this race really bad. It's hard to describe what it would mean to me to win this race. In 2000 Jeg beat me on a hole shot by two-thousandths of a second and it's stuck with me up to this point. And last year we had transmission problems. I've kind of got a vengeance for this race track and I want to do something about it. I don't want it to beat me again. We intend to try and make this race our race of the year. Plus we can pick up some major points. Everyone thinks it's a four man race right now but we're here to try and show it's a five-man race to the championship."
Kurt Johnson (ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier) -"Testing here last week helped us get set up for that left lane on Friday night, and that pretty much got us and kept us in the show. The right lane is not as good as the left and that is our only dilemma right now. We made some suspension changes this morning that we didn't get a chance to test last week because we ran out of time, and the ACDelco Cavalier definitely responded. I'm pretty pleased overall. We ran into a little bit of trouble last night but we got it all straightened out and we're good now. Being qualified at Indy is special but 13th isn't my ultimate place to be right now. I'd rather be in the top half of the field with lane choice. We face Allen Johnson and we're in that right lane tomorrow so we're just going to have to get set up for it and try and do some damage."
Mark Whisnant (Whisnant Racing Chevy Cavalier) - "Testing last week gave us good track data. What we were doing during testing was breaking in tires and trying some different clutch combinations. We weren't really trying to find a race tune up or run low e.t. But the data that we acquired on the conditions of the track were real valuable to us. We have a really consistent clutch program, plus we've been able to read the track and adapt well in good conditions. We know we can hit it on the good conditioned tracks, but what we're doing right now is trying to adapt to the mediocre conditions at this track. We had a good combination a few races back in hot weather so I think we'll be able to find it again. Lane choice is very critical right now. We feel like the left lane is about two-hundredths better than the right lane, so today we worked on a race day set up for this Chevy Cavalier. We're hoping to keep lane choice all day tomorrow. Last year Greg Anderson kept lane choice the whole day. He wasn't real stellar at the starting line, but he kept lane choice and that's what won him the race. We're hoping to carbon copy that."
Jeg Coughlin (Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier) - "We came in here pretty well prepared. We elected to stay home last week and work on our engine program instead of coming here to test. It took us a couple of runs to get our tune up but I think now we're heading into the right direction. We're trying to get the harmony of the engine down and couple that with changing weather conditions. It's a crew chiefs race at this point. We feel the conditions tomorrow will be about the same if not the exact same as today. I think we've got a good starting point and we'll be strong tomorrow. Lane choice isn't too big of a factor - especially since we're ninth and we don't have choice. I think the left is the preferred lane. Depending on who you ask they are either even or a hundredth of a second difference. We haven't really seen it though."
Greg Anderson (Vegas General Construction Chevy Cavalier) - "We put a brand new engine in this morning that we built ourselves at our shop and it had a tune up problem. So we're putting our race engine back in and we'll just have to play with our engine at a test track somewhere to get the fuel curve straightened out. We're okay though. It was the first lap on it so we'll be allright. We feel good about the weekend. We didn't feel too good before last night but we feel like this Chevy Cavalier is back on track and heading in the right direction. We finally know what this place likes."