Saturday, March 14, 1998 FUNNY CAR RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in the second round today by Cruz Pedregon (5.06/257.14 for Capps, 4.88/315.01 for Pedregon). Capps eliminated Gary Densham in the first round (4.979/305.81 to...
Saturday, March 14, 1998
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, was defeated in the second round today by Cruz Pedregon (5.06/257.14 for Capps, 4.88/315.01 for Pedregon). Capps eliminated Gary Densham in the first round (4.979/305.81 to 10.096/73.60).
CAPPS: "We knew we were going to have a tough run. National records are being set and everyone's been fast all weekend. Roland (Leong, crew chief) is good for not only surprising me but surprising everybody and laying down a great number. It left great, we were on a great run. I never saw him (Cruz). Then I got down there about 900 feet and it just quit."
PRUDHOMME: "We still have to look at the computer to determine what went wrong. Right now the other team (Larry Dixon's Miller Lite Top Fuel Dragster) is still in the show and the Camaro guys are helping them. They had a lot of engine damage."
CAPPS, ON THE RECORDS BEING SET HERE: "It's not unusual for this place. Kenny Bernstein, a few years ago, was the first guy to go 300 mph here. When you come to Gainesville records are set. It's a great track, close to sea level and it's one of the top few tracks in the country. It's not surprising."
ON GETTING USED TO THE NEW '98 CAMARO BODY: "I'm still getting used to it, to be honest with you. It's amazing how different things can make the car feel different. It's just a body, and at that it's a Camaro body (as was our last year's car). When people look at these Funny Cars they think all the molds are the same. I've got news for you, it's a completely different car. It's like trading in your '97 Camaro for your '98. You can tell the way the Camaro goes down the track. It feels that much better, it's easier to see, I have more room to see out of each window, and the windshield. This is really the first race in the '98 Camaro. The car also makes the engine sound a little different when it echos inside the cockpit. I had to get used to that a little bit."
Capps has 262 points in the Winston Championship. Whether he holds on to the lead will be determined by Chuck Etchells' results in the semi-final and in the final (if he advances).