CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES -- PENNZOIL NATIONALS Virginia Motorsports Park -- Richmond, Va. -- Friday, April 24, 1998 FUNNY CAR CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 4.976/306.12, after four ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES -- PENNZOIL NATIONALS Virginia Motorsports Park -- Richmond, Va. -- Friday, April 24, 1998
CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 4 qualifier, 4.976/306.12, after four strong, consistent qualifying passes (5.165, 5.021, 5.021 and 4.976).
ETCHELLS: "Today was a really good day, not just for the e.t.s, but that last run was our quickest since we got here, and the engine looks brand new. In fact, you could look at it and say you could crank more into this thing. We haven't been able to say that for a little while, so that's really encouraging. But our Camaro has gone down the trackevery run here, which shows we've got a pretty good grip on the tuneup. That means it's doing what he (co-crew chief Tim Richards) wants it to do, which is all you look for going into Sunday."
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 5 qualifier, 5.025/285.17, set in the third qualifying session. His final qualifying pass was a 5.10, with Cory Lee next to him in the right lane. Lee smoked the tires and crossed the centerline, barely avoiding contact with Ron.
CAPPS: DID YOU SEE HIM? "You bet I saw him. I thought he was going to hit me. I saw him redlight and take off and then he was out there in front of me. All of a sudden he was coming over to my lane, then moved back away then made a hard move into my lane. I thought he was coming into me. He hadn't been in a car for a while, I know how it feels. The Camaro was running good, so I got out in front of him, but it was a lot closer than I wanted it to be. But we did put out a cylinder again. Roland's (crew chief Leong) is having that problem right now. As soon as he gets that problem fixed, this Camaro will again be running as good as it should. This Camaro body has a lot of downforce. A lot of the other guys are having problems on the other end of the track. This thing is planted well, so I feel pretty good about tomorrow." ON THE BUMPS IN THE LEFT LANE: "I thought it may have picked up a cylinder a little bit, but it was the bumps I was feeling in the left lane. It's going to be interesting tomorrow with the sun beating down on this track. Since this track's inception it's always been a tricky track. The date of the first race was more in the summer. Since then they moved the race up but it's still been a tricky track. We will see who the best crew chief is tomorrow, whoever figures out the best setup. With our wins at Sonoma and St. Louis in hot weather conditions, it makes me feel pretty comfortable for tomorrow. And running the 5.02 with a cylinder out and shutting it down earlier, it shows that even though it may put a cylinder out tomorrow this Camaro will still run pretty good -- I hope."
KURT JOHNSON, AC DELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 3 qualifier, 6.931/198.19, set in Friday night. His times today were 6.98 and 6.96. Each of Kurt's qualifying passes was in the sixes (first round: 6.994).
JOHNSON: "I think we're in pretty good shape. We're having some troubles with the bumps in the race track. The Camaro has been making some pretty good runs on the first third of the track, and then we run into the bumps. We have lane choice in the morning, and we're going to try to stay in the right lane all day. We've got the power to win. We just have to let the clutch out on time and make it through the run, that's the bottom line.
LARRY MORGAN, RAYBESTOS CAMARO Z28, is No. 7 qualifier (6.950/197.49). Morgan also ran solid consistent times this weekend: 7.01, 6.950, 7.00 and 6.96).
CRISTEN POWELL, TEAM REEBOK TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, is back in good form, with a qualifying pass good for No. 4 (4.676/300.90).
LARRY DIXON, MILLER LITE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, failed to qualify: 4.933/297.52.
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