CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 1998 PRO STOCK-- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, made it into the final round ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PENNZOIL NATIONALS MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 1998
PRO STOCK-- CAMARO Z28 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, made it into the final round of eliminations today to face his dad Warren in a Camaro versus Firebird matchup. He lost to Warren (6.901/199.20 for Warren, 6.964/198.50), but increased his second-place points advantage in the Winston Championship over Jeg Coughlin to 57 (1214-1157). Kurt advanced into the final round by winning the first three rounds on holeshot advantages. He qualified only 11th, but had consistently good runs all day. First he eliminated John Nobile, then Richie Stevens and finally Jim Yates to reach the final. Kurt is 373 points behind Warren (1587-1214), and although it is mathematically possible for Kurt to take over the lead, it is not probable, with four events remaining.
Kurt has two wins since he switched to the Camaro Z28 (Madison and Reading) and three runner-up finishes (Dallas, Seattle, Memphis) in 1998. Kurt is the only one of three Camaro Z28 drivers this season to reach the finals.
KURT: ON WHAT IT'S LIKE TO RACE YOUR FATHER: "It's been the same way for 35 years, he's going to make me earn it. You don't really think about it (that his father is in the other lane). You're thinking that you're running a 6.90 (-second elapsed time) car that just ran a 6.90 the round before, and I ran a 6.93, so he had three hundredths (of a second) on me. But, you know, it's fun going up against him. It's all a kid could ask for, to race your old man at a national event in the final, heads-up, and you go at it and see who's best that day, and today he was better." WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET THOSE HOLESHOTS? "We were just focused. We qualified 11th, so we knew we wouldn't have lane choice coming in this morning, and the Pro Stock cars didn't like the right lane. It was bumpy down there, and it was a couple of hundredths off, so I had to do everything on the starting line to get the Camaro down the race track. I had some .420s in qualifying and in the last couple of races I've been pretty good as far as reaction time. I've got to thank the crew, they're doing a good job as far as getting the Camaro ready. I'm doing the same thing I was when I first got this car and going .506 (reaction time) at St. Louis (Madison) in the final. Same car, same driver, we've just been tuning on it, and now they're .420s. Things are just coming together."
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