Memphis Chevrolet Sunday Notes #1

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO 28, went out in the first round against Tom Hoover (5.182/235.60 for Hoover, 10.441/64.34 for Capps) when the Camaro shut down shortly after takeoff. No. 1 points leader John Force ...


RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO 28, went out in the first round against Tom Hoover (5.182/235.60 for Hoover, 10.441/64.34 for Capps) when the Camaro shut down shortly after takeoff. No. 1 points leader John Force was eliminated in the second round, gaining points on second-place Capps in the Winston Championship.

CAPPS: "The Camaro left great, then it started shaking the tires. I gave it a quick pedal and it started to take off. I caught it and I thought we were free and clear. All of a sudden my head hit the dash. It turned out that a fuel pump shaft broke. It's unfortunate, it's one of those things. It's just a mechanical part that broke, there's nothing you can do about it. There's still a lot of racing left. I'm not by any means out of it. I'm not even close to throwing in the towel. In the beginning of the year you know things like this are going to happen. We had a tough weekend, with the wheelstand and all. When we win this championship we will look back and really say that we earned it. This team has worked so hard. Going to the GM wind tunnel and working all night to put the new car together, it's a tribute to this whole team right now. We had to switch to a chassis we hadn't run all year long, and ran a 4.94 in the first lap. That's why I say I'd put these guys against any team out here. We have to hold our heads up, go to Topeka and win the race. I cheered for Al Hofmann in that last round against Force."

WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, won the first round against Glenn Mikres, then was ousted in the second round by Tony Pedregon (4.955/311.63 for Pedregon; 5.058/294.56 for Bazemore).

BAZEMORE: "We had to change motors for the second round and the motor just wasn't the same. It was way down on power, we just got outrun. We work real hard to keep the all the same, this one just didn't have any power. We hurt the crank in the first round; it's just one of those things. We dropped a cylinder down track and it detonated quite a bit and hurt the crank."

ON THE SPONSORSHIP HUNT: "In some areas we had a good weekend. We might be a little bit closer to a major sponsorship for next year. That's really exciting. We made good progress there."

"I am really hungry to get our first win with Chevy. We have to go for the throat. Anytime you run any of the top-five cars you can't be afraid to lose, you have to go after it. The guys who advanced certainly went after it, and they showed us who's good."

CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, beat Tim Wilkerson in the first round, then lost to Cruz Pedregon in the second (4.969/305.22 for Cruz; 5.034/292.08 for Etchells.

ETCHELLS: "Today was both a good and bad day for the Kendall Camaro Z28 team. We came to the track this morning knowing we had a tough opponent in Tim Wilkerson and looking at the possibility of not even making it out of the first round. We then went out and had that great 4.93 in the first round, which right now is the low e.t. of eliminations. In getting ready for the second round, the crew had the car all serviced when they discovered that the pulley on the front of the engine that is used to set the timing was broken. That meant we had to change the engine after we were pretty much done with the between-round work, and were really short on time. The team did a hell of a job to get it all put together in time to be able to run Cruz (Pedregon). Our goal was to make the same run that we had against Wilkerson. At the thusand-foot mark we were still neck and neck but we burned the motor up and he took off. Fortunately, we're qualilfied No. 2 in Topeka, so we'll go back over there and see what happens."


KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO, advanced to the finals by defeating John Nobile, Richie Stevens and Jim Yates.

LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, made his best pass of the weekend (6.945/198.55), but was defeated by Jim Yates in the first round (6.936/198.03).

MORGAN: "We didn't qualify well because we found the clutch switch was bad in the Camaro that we didn't catch. It had been haunting us for awhile. We just changed it in the staging lanes before the first round of the race. Had I qualified as well as I ran I would have been better off, but I didn't. This run was probably as good as you could get. I don't believe there's too much left in it. Unfortunately, it was at the wrong time. Yates made a real good run. It just wasn't my day. I would have to say if we had qualified real well, we would have been on the better side of the ladder, and we would have had a better chance of winning. But I'm happy with the way we ran."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Cruz Pedregon , Tim Wilkerson