POMONA, Calif. (February 2, 2001)- Qualifying for the 41st annual AutoZone Winternationals continued today at Pomona Raceway. In Pro Stock, Bruce Allen in the Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am is No. 1 qualifier with a 6.828ET (track ...
POMONA, Calif. (February 2, 2001)- Qualifying for the 41st annual AutoZone Winternationals continued today at Pomona Raceway. In Pro Stock, Bruce Allen in the Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am is No. 1 qualifier with a 6.828ET (track record)/201.16MPH, followed closely by Warren Johnson in the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Grand Am with a 6.836ET/201.91MPH.
In Funny Car, Jerry Toliver is No. 2 qualifier in the WWF/XFL Pontiac Firebird with a lap of 4.878ET/314.09MPH. Bruce Sarver holds down the No. 3 spot in the e-moola.com Pontiac Firebird with a 4.924ET/304.94MPH.
In Top Fuel, Mike Dunn has the Gwynn/Steinbrenner/Yankee Dragster in the No. 3 qualifying position with a 4.606ET/315.49MPH.
The 41st annual AutoZone Winternationals on Feb. 1-4 at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Calif., is the first of 24 events in the NHRA's 50th anniversary season. Two hours of qualifying highlights of the Winternationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 3, starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. ESPN will televise one hour of final eliminations on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. Eastern, and ESPN2 will repeat eliminations coverage at 11 p.m. Eastern. Visit the Pontiac Racing Web site for complete NHRA and NASCAR Winston Cup Coverage.
Bruce Allen (Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am) - "We've got a new car so there's a learning curve finding out just how aggressive we can be. Today we decided to be a little more aggressive to see if the track could take that in the conditions we're in. Tomorrow we feel like the track will give us two opportunities to go fast and try and post a faster qualifying speed. It's all part of the learning process with a new car." No. 1 qualifier - 6.828ET/201.16MPH
Warren Johnson (GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Grand Am) - "That's about the 35th pass on that car. We've started to get a feel for what it wants in the last ten runs. It's coming around, but there is still a lot left in it. This car runs down the track as straight as a string - it's almost getting boring. I'm going to have to do something to bring back the excitement - maybe a chicane in the middle of the track for the long wheelbase cars." No. 2 qualifier -- 6.836ET/201.91MPH
Jim Yates (Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Grand Am) - "We had a malfunction in the shifter mechanism yesterday and it wouldn't let it come out of first gear. Today we added a little clutch and tried to tip toe down through there and not do anything stupid - just get in the show and make a good decent baseline run. Based on that run it looks like we got a little performance left in it, so we'll just tune it up tomorrow and hopefully go out there and make a little better run, and by tomorrow afternoon hopefully we'll be where we need to be. I'm glad what we were able to pull out given the situation we were in. Another hundredth and we would've been looking pretty strong, maybe No. 3 or No. 4, and I think the car's definitely got that left in it. We're just one run behind everyone else, so we'll go back and make a few changes and see if we can't squeeze an .84 or .85 out of it." No. 7 qualifier - 6.874ET/200.62MPH
Richie Stevens Jr. (Valspar Refinish Pontiac Grand Am) - "Yesterday the car was pretty good, maybe a little heavy on clutch, but we feel good to get a couple of runs in on the car. We still have very few runs compared to a lot of people out here. But we made two good runs and we're No. 9 in the field right now. We should've picked up a little more in that second session just now, but we moved around a little bit out there in the middle of the track and that kind of hurt us a little bit. Hopefully tomorrow we'll be back in the left lane which is the preferred lane here and we'll try and pick up some more." No. 9 qualifier - 6.882ET/200.35MPH
Del Worsham (Checker/Schuck's/Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "We made a change in the staging lanes, and one of these days I'm actually going to remember the fact that when you make a late change like that, it's almost never the right move. No, I take that back. It's never, ever the right move. Sure enough, we ended up a little underpowered and put a cylinder out on the left bank. That caused the tire shake and with the numbers we need to be running out here, there's no use in driving it through on a poor run. We'll be very aggressive tomorrow. Tomorrow we're going to push it and see what we can do." No. 6 qualifier - 4.957ET/306.95MPH
Frank Pedregon (Checker/Schuck's/Kragen Pontiac Firebird) - "If there's one thing I never worry about it's Dave Fletcher giving me a car that will run quick and get to the other end. We made a mistake yesterday and Dave went right to work correcting it. He told me before the run that it should run about like Del's car did yesterday. I guess he was wrong - he missed by a hundredth. We'll work with the red team tomorrow, each pushing our crs in different ways and sharing the data." No. 7 qualifier - 4.958ET/303.23MPH
Al Hofmann (Mooneyes/Red Line Oil Pontiac Firebird) - "We've been pretty consistent - a 5.05 and a 5.06, and today it was on a good run early and dropped a cylinder so it'll run a lot better. Jim (Dunn) has a chance to go back and look at the computer now and make some changes and I think it'll run pretty good. I'm looking for a good mid- to low-4.90 run." No. 12 qualifier-5.059ET/294.75MPH
Jerry Toliver (WWF/XFL Pontiac Firebird) - "We smoked the tires real hard on the top end. When the clutch locked up, it shocked the tires and blew them off. Our early numbers on this WWF Firebird were very good so that's encouraging. We just had too much for the racetrack at that part of it and it just didn't work. If she'd stuck, it would easily have been an eighty-something. Being No. 1 qualifier is fun and it's great, but you've got to have a raceday game and a raceday setup, and we want to get a car that will runs eighties down the track all day long. To us that's the most important thing we can do. Consistency wins races." No. 2 qualifier - 4.878ET/314.09MPH
1Bruce Sarver (e-moola.com Pontiac Firebird) - "We just went up there with the idea of getting this e-moola.com Firebird down the racetrack. We thought it would hold more last night and it was on a good run to the halfway tonight, but we slowed everything down to make sure it got thought there. It definitely has more in it. Richard (Hogan) said it would run a 4.92 and that's what it did. This was the first full pass on the new car. In testing when we ran the 4.83, we took it to 1100 feet and shut it off. Everything was smooth and good. I'm pretty stoked. We left here in November on a good note, we tested well and our team is loaded and motivated to go after the championship." No. 3 qualifier - 4.924ET/304.94MPH
Dale Creasy Jr. (Creasy Family Racing Pontiac Firebird) - "She was going to go - broke a blower belt. But we've been trying to work on this thing for the last year or so with new parts, trying to get things sorted out, and we're getting there. I'm not saying it's anywhere near where it needs to be, but it's getting there. That would've probably been one of the best runs we've made in a year if we made it to the finish line. We never know what's going to happen, but we'll be ready for tomorrow." No. 15 qualifier - 5.290ET/228.85MPH