CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES WINSTON FINALS POMONA RACEWAY, POMONA, CALIF. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 5.469/270.67, the best of the...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES WINSTON FINALS POMONA RACEWAY, POMONA, CALIF. NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, is No. 10 qualifier, 5.469/270.67, the best of the three Funny Car Camaros. CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 15, 6.368/157.04. RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 17 (DNQ for the moment), 7.185/114.60.
BAZEMORE: "The track was really marginal last night (Thursday) that only two cars went down it. It came around today, but it was still kind of tricky. We changed our whole tune-up in order to just get qualified today and then go back to what we have been working on that gave us the good performance two weeks ago in Houston. So we just shook the tires, smoked the tires and had to pedal it, but we still got in the show. Many other cars still had problems, I'm not really sure why that is. There are a lot of guys having problems, including a lot of good cars that are back there: (Chuck) Etchells, (Ron) Capps, (Tom) Hoover, (Jim) Epler, so we will be all right. We will have to figure it out tomorrow. It's very important for this team to finish fifth (in points) and we have to stay ahead of Tony Pedregon. That's our goal and our other goal is obviously to win this race."
ETCHELLS: "We used the first two sessions here this weekend to test our clutch setup for 1999. With the extra power we've been making in the past weeks, the heat produced would simply strip the surface off the clutch discs we had been using. However, the results we've had so far have jeopardized our qualifying effort. On Thursday, we simply overpowered the track, but I pedaled it to establish a time. On Friday, it was on a great run, but I felt a strange vibration about 1.4 seconds in, and shut it off. I thought about staying in it, because I knew it was fast, but Icouldn't see out of the windshield because of the shaking. Therefore, we're going back to our original 4-disc system for Saturday to put the Kendall Camaro comfortably in the show."
CAPPS: "In today's run we had a fuel pump that broke or something in the fuel system. The engine is getting real sour real quickly. In yesterday's run, like it did for a lot of other cars, the track got too cold and it shook the tires on us. And today we just basically didn't try to run a big number, we just tried to get down the track. The Camaro left good, and it shook. I pedaled it and it just went sour. So I lifted. It burned off all the spark plugs on it. It could have been uglier. Once again we're kind of behind the 8-ball. We're going to have to go out tomorrow and instead of testing things like we wanted to, we'll have to put the old setup on the car and get qualified and get ready for Sunday."
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 6.914/199.55, set on Thursday.
KURT: "We were too heavy on the clutch yesterday, so we backed off on the pressure today and slipped the clutch so badly we just about melted it. We also tried a different set of carburetors; they must be a little better on the race track than they showed on the dyno. The track's hotter today, so we expcted that it would have less traction; I think the difference was more horsepower than track. I think the conditions tomorrow morning will be about equal to what we saw yesterday, but I doubt that it will be extremely fast. The air and starting line temperature should be a little cooler at11 o'clock, and we'll be in the left lane, which tends to be the better lane at this track. We'll screw some more clutch in it and see what happens."
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 20 (DNQ), 6.989/198.06.