FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE FUNNY CAR, is No. 1 qualifier after three rounds, 4.933/304.19, set on Saturday. RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 8, 5.283/231.12, set in Saturday's first session. CAPPS...
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
JIM EPLER, EASY CARE CORVETTE FUNNY CAR, is No. 1 qualifier after three rounds, 4.933/304.19, set on Saturday.
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, is No. 8, 5.283/231.12, set in Saturday's first session.
CAPPS (following Friday night's second qualifying run, after which he was still not qualified): "I was having problems that we knew we had and we've had since Phoenix. It's been trying to twist the frame and carry the front end quite a ways down the track. What we have done is move the motor on the chassis trying to get some of the static weight forward on the Camaro. We can't bolt more weight on the front end. Now the car is making more horsepower with the five-disc clutch. In talking to Murph McKinney (chassis builder), he came to the conclusion we should move the motor forward. Hopefully that will take care of it. Now that the motor is different, and the Camaro is staying planted, we can take more weight out of the weight box if we need to. They're running so much faster than last year or the year before, you have to stay with the technology and compensate and give the car what it wants. The track was cool, but there's no excuse, because obviously Cruz and Epler got down the track. We're not trying anything fancy. Moving the motor forward is causing us to change the clutch a tad to compensate for the weight distribution to be changed. And so it's going to take a few runs to get that down."
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, is No. 13 qualifier, 5.406/261.27
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, is No. 1 qualifier, 6.840/201.94, set in Saturday's first sessioin. His e.t. is the quickest run in NHRA history. Now he needs only to back it up to claim the national record. This is also the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA history, with e.t.'s ranging from Kurt's 6.840 seconds to Robert Patrick's 6.925.
MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, established his career quickest and fastest run, 6.876/199.97, in Friday night's session, good for No. 6 after the second session (He ran 6.930/199.79 in Saturday's first session).
EDWARDS (following Friday night's qualifying): "We are really happy with that. I just missed (getting into) the 200 mph club. Maybe we can do it tomorrow, it depends on the weather. The weather has been awesome here. We slipped the clutch a little bit too much, I think that might have helped. The clutch is really touchy; the motor is making so much power, the air is so good, it's a real fine line."
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL QUALIFYING
JERRY HAAS, TEXAS HARLEY DAVIDSON CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier, with a national elapsed time record of 7.505 seconds at a track record speed of178.50 mph. He demolished Jeter's Friday night record run with this pass in the final round of qualifying.
HAAS: "It feels pretty great. We're just really happy. Again, I want to especially thank Larry Kopp and Susan. They call that (Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins) motor 'Old Buster.' He's a pretty good old engine, to run number one and set the national record. I called my wife (Elaine) and she was crying on the phone. We're going out there and see what we can do and see if 'Old Buster' can go any faster. My crew, they're doing a fantastic job. They're all pumped up, they know we have something to do battle with. It's up to me to drive it, to carry the banner for all of us. I want to give special thanks to Don Smith (fellow S-10 competitor and owner of Texas Harley-Davidson) for making it possible for me to race this Chevy S-10, along with Chevrolet. We really appreciate being part of Team Chevrolet and the longtime dealings we've had with them. I'm just elated." DID YOU EXPECT TO GO THAT QUICK? "I thought If I could shift it right -- last night if I had shifted it when I should have it could have run quicker. I concentrated real heavy when I pulled up to stage (final qualifying) on making sure I got my shifts right. I told myself I've got to get the shifts right. When it started spinning (the tires) I said 'Oh My God.' I pulled back into second and away we went. The tires trembled real hard and me and Old Buster were on for a ride." ON THE TRACK CONDITIONS: "I don't think the track was really as good as it was last night. Brad (Jeter) had an awesome run (last night). When he ran .524 I thought, Wow, he's fast. But I knew if we could make a good run it was a possibility. I don't know if we will go home with the record, time will tell, but it's nice to have it at this moment."
LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, is No. 6 qualifier, 7.552/177.25.
KOPP: We're just not making good runs. The last qualifying session we had a carburetor linkage problem, we didn't make a good run. The first qualifying run we didn't have enough clutch in it, ran through the clutch. The second qualifying run we thought was pretty decent, so we made some changes for the third qualifying run, then we ran into the clutch linkage problem. Sooner or later we will get them all figured out and be back up there."