CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PIONEER KEYSTONE NATIONALS MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 1998 PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28 KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier, behind his dad Warren, ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PIONEER KEYSTONE NATIONALS MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 1998
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 2 qualifier, behind his dad Warren, 6.950/197.67.
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 9 qualifier after today's final session, 6.969/196.50.
"We're really pleased with the way we qualified, I think we're on track. I thought the track was fairly good, but the air conditions weren't the best here. I don't think the track was good enough to see any 6.80 runs, but I think it will be pretty fair tomorrow. It's supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow."
WHAT DO THE FANS THINK ABOUT YOUR RUNNING THE NIGHT SESSIONS WITH YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON? "The fans love it, and they ask me to do it. I will continue to run them when we have night sessions the rest of the year. Hundreds and hundreds of fans come by and tell us. They think it's the neatest thing because it relates to a street car. You never see that anymore and they think it's great because it demonstrates that our class still has some 'street' left in it. I think that's what they like about it, more than anything. The headlights are totally stock. The Safety Safari says they don't like them because they blind them. They told me to get them off the high beams and put them on low beams. I probably could, I never thought about it, but I'm not going to do it. I'm going to leave them the way they are. The auxiliary battery (which powers the lights) weighs 10 pounds. We've got 80 pounds of ballast in this Camaro anyhow, so 10 pounds doesn't mean anything. I just leave it in there all the time."
TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MATCO TOOLS/KENDALL CAMARO Z28, failed to qualify (No. 22, 7.008/195.99)
"I think that's all the motor has. We're either missing the setup in the motor or in the car. I plan on taking the motor back to Jimmy Oliver and Tom Robertson (Finish Line Engines), dyno it and see where it's at. That way I can eliminate that problem. It just seemed like the car never really accelerated like it has in the past." (NOTE: This engine was rebuilt after Seattle, it was run in Brainerd and it broke a roller lifter in the first round.) "That's probably just bad luck. I don't think there's anything different with the car, the only thing that's different is the motor."
WILL YOU BE AT TOPEKA? "I'm still not sure about going to Topeka. I'm going to sit down and talk with my crew and my wife (Carolyn). Budgetwise we will see how much money is still left in the racing account, and we will go as long as we can. I would definitely like to get my Winnebago Camaro out there racing, but I have to think of my family."
ON THE NBA LOCKOUT: "I've been able to continue racing because of the lockout. Usually this would be my last race anyway. Last year I went back to training camp and got ready for the season. But, with the lockout I have extended time."
DO YOU SEE AN END TO THE LOCKOUT? "It doesn't look good right now. It could go on until December. This could give me the extra time to race the rest of the season. I would like to sit down and discuss it with my crew and family."
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ENOUGH IN THE BUDGET TO CONTINUE RACING? "This motor being broken again means I'll have to go back into the budget to pay to fix it. We'll just eliminate this variable first and go on to the next one. I'd like to keep racing. I'd LOVE to keep racing. This is what I want to do eventually when I finish playing basketball. This will give me more experience on the track as a driver. Overall it's been a great season for us. Even if this is the last race I think we have done pretty well with the Winnebago Camaro. We surprised a lot of people and hopefully this is a good start to a long, long future."