Sonoma Chevrolet Friday Qualifying Notes

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES AUTOLITE NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SEARS POINT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SONOMA, CALIF. FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- AFTER SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES AUTOLITE NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SEARS POINT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SONOMA, CALIF. FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 1999

FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- AFTER SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, was No. 1 in the first round with a 5.003-second pass, then ran quicker in the second run, a 5.002 at 304.94 mph. He ended up in second position, however, behind John Force's 5.000-second lap.

BAZEMORE: "Unless it's the last session and you're not in and you have to pedal it 20 times, qualifying is not about driving, it's about the crew, the setup and getting the most out of the car for the given conditions. I have to say that this Kendall Camaro team did an outstanding job on both runs. We're coming off two runner-up finishes, and the new Camaro body is working really well for us, and everything looks good."

RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, lit the tires in the first run, then qualified No. 8 in the second session with a 5.176-second pass at 284.09 mph.

CAPPS: "The motor kind of hovered at a high rpm in the middle of the track, which usually means you didn't get a good load on the engine, but that's what we really tried to do. We had a problem in the first round with clutch management, we figured we needed to just get into the show because we didn't need to stress tomorrow. It's very important to get in the show on Friday, whether it's in the first or second round. Then you can work on the Sunday race setup, as both qualifying runs are in the day on Saturday. That's where we really excelled last year, working on setup on Saturday and coming out Sunday and being consistent. It was a very lazy run, the clutch locked up very late in the run. It locked up about 4.5 seconds, that's way too late. We will just get after it tomorrow. The track will be hot and tricky and it will give indications on what Sunday will be like." ON THE NEW CAMARO BODY: "I'm very happy with this new Camaro body. It's very interesting to feel how different the bodies are. You really don't think a body with much more downforce could feel that much different in the middle of the track. In that run in the middle of the track if I moved the wheel an inch, it moved that much on the track. I never got to do that the last couple of years. I felt that a little bit with the '98 body after it went through the wind tunnel. When the cylinder went out I could correct it. In this last run it was very critical. 'Snake' came over before the run, as he will some time when we get to tricky tracks, and made sure to remind me to keep it in the very center of the track. It just started to make a move to the right about 400 feet, I moved it just a little bit and it popped it back to the middle of the track."

PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28

MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO SALES CAMARO Z28, surprised himself in the first session by posting the lowest e.t. of the round, 6.960 seconds at 199.40 mph, placing him on the pole. He did not lower his e.t. in the second session (6.965/198.41), and dropped to fourth. Racing his Rick Jones chassis this weekend, Edwards, who did not qualify in Seattle last week, is pleased with his performance.

EDWARDS: "I'm shocked. I think something must've flown in the lights down there (joking that a piece of debris may have set off the finish lights early). We went to Woodburn (Ore.) testing for two days and just made a lot of changes (to the RJ chassis). The track was really bad up there, we kept making changes. We weren't really running very good numbers, but the Camaro kept getting nicer to drive, kept getting better as far as the data we were receiving on it. We left it like it was, put our good engine in and went out there and made a really nice run. Hopefully we can improve on it. We ran pretty good, but the rest of the pack didn't make good runs at all. That made us look better. We're still happy."

Both KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, and TOM HAMMONDS, WINNEBAGO/MATCO TOOLS/KENDALL OIL CAMARO Z28, are not in the field. Hammonds is No. 19, 7.037/194.77, KURT is No. 25, 7.996/127.34.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA