Pomona: Chevy Friday qualifying notes

Krisher's Chevy Cavalier Leads Winternationals Field POMONA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2002 - Ron Krisher stepped to the front of the Pro Stock pack today driving the Eagle One Chevy Cavalier to the No. 1 qualifying spot during the second day of time...

Krisher's Chevy Cavalier Leads Winternationals Field

POMONA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2002 - Ron Krisher stepped to the front of the Pro Stock pack today driving the Eagle One Chevy Cavalier to the No. 1 qualifying spot during the second day of time trials at the 42nd annual NHRA Winternationals. Krisher's Cavalier set both ends of the track record with a run of 6.815 seconds at 202.94 mph.

"This Eagle One Chevy Cavalier definitely is on track," said Krisher. "But most of all, the people on this team got it together. The guys in the shop are doing a tremendous job for us. Jimmy (Oliver) and Rocky (Roberts) are just awesome at what they get done. I won't take anything away from Boon back at the shop either. Plus, we have a great trackside team - we all make this work together.

"That was a difficult lane to get down. There was a big bald spot there so we anticipate we should be able to run a little bit better tomorrow morning in the left lane if the weather cooperates. We could see a 6.78 or 6.79, but we're going to have to do better than 1.02 (seconds) at 60 feet."

The 53-year-old Krisher, who makes his home in Warren, Ohio, was the No. 3 qualifier for this event in 2001. The three-time national-event winner finished eighth in the NHRA points standings last year.

"As soon as we returned from the NHRA Finals last year we had a new combination to try with new heads, intake manifold and camshaft. We put that combination in the same motor we used here last November and it was 18 horsepower better than what we went home with. My guys lay awake nights thinking of ways to come up with more power, and when they do we have a good team to get it down the track.

"We have a new Cavalier sitting at the shop and next week I get fitted for it. If everything goes as planned we should have it on the track at Gainesville."

Jim Yates qualified in the No. 2 spot in a Grand Am, Bruce Allen is third and Kurt Johnson is qualified fourth in a Chevy Cavalier. Mike Edwards has the Young Life Chevy Cavalier in the No. 6 position, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is 15th and Tom Hammonds is 17th.

"That's a big improvement for us," said Edwards. "We changed engines and it felt like that picked it up. We have two more runs tomorrow and I think the morning session will be the best of the day. If we make the right adjustments we should be able to stay in the top half of the field. That's the gameplan. We have to win the battle in qualifying before we can start thinking about raceday"

Qualifying highlights of the K & N Filters NHRA Winternationals can be seen on ESPN on Saturday, February 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and again at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. Final eliminations will be broadcast on Sunday, February 10 starting at 5 p.m.

Kurt Johnson (ACDelco Chevy Cavalier) - "I salvaged the run more than anything. It was .009-seconds in the first 60 feet, but then it started shaking the right tire and the driver pulled second gear too early. After the gear change it chattered again in second and I pulled third too early. We were .023-second slower from 330 fet to the finish line because of the problem that started in low gear. If I had driven the car harder in first gear, it probably would have shaken even harder and ran 6.94 instead of 6.84. We know the car will run 6.83, so we're pleased with the consistency. The left lane seems to be a little smoother and a little quicker initially, but we ran 6.83 in the right lane yesterday and we think we can improve on that tomorrow. We've got a better handle on the clutch and gearing after two runs, and I think we should be able to make a pretty good run in the morning. I think we can run a 6.80 there. If we don't, someone will."

Tom Hammonds (Winnebago Chevy Cavalier) "We're not very pleased with where we are at all. We really haven't made a good run since we've been here. We tested well but we haven't got the job done here. The first two runs that we've made here the car has shot drastically to the left and we have to correct that before we can make a good run. You can't give up anything with these guys out here, especially this year with some of the new faces that are racing in the class. We have to get our act together and get it together quickly. The bump keeps dropping here but that's expected. We just have to rise to the challenge and get this Winnebago Chevy Cavalier in the field."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen , Tom Hammonds , Mike Edwards