CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 1999 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- ELIMINATIONS WHIT BAZEMORE ADVANCES, RON CAPPS OUSTED BY JOHN FORCE WHIT BAZEMORE, ...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NATIONALS WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 1999
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 -- ELIMINATIONS
WHIT BAZEMORE ADVANCES, RON CAPPS OUSTED BY JOHN FORCE
WHIT BAZEMORE, KENDALL OIL/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, defeated Larry Huff in the first round (5.427/262.95 for Whit, 14.968/64.07 for Huff) to advance to the second round, where he'll face Frank Pedregon.
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, defending Funny Car champion here, was ousted by John Force in the first round, 5.742/218.51 for Capps, 4.843/287.96 for Force.
CAPPS: "We put ourselves in jeopardy qualifying where we did (No. 14). This is Dale's (Armstrong) first race with the Camaro. It's just a matter of trying to get acclimated to the car. It's like when Roland (Leong, former crew chief) came on in '97 and turned things around for us. It took him awhile to get used to the car and get things turned around like he did. Having Dale Armstrong, who is arguably one of the top crew chiefs on the grounds, tuning this car is very exciting for everybody, including me as a driver. You can't put too much pressure on because he's just taken the car over. Things are only going to get better and we will be a big threat at these races coming up. To be honest with you, we are doing a lot of testing for next year." ON RUNNING AGAINST FORCE: "You know you are going to have a tough race when the air is cool, which gives John Force a great chance to run really close to the national record. I tried to just do my job and cut the Christmas Tree down as good as I could and try to leave the best I can and see what happens. Dale has been fighting this clutch all weekend. It shook again real bad and Force drove right around me and I had a great seat for his 4.84 run. It shook so bad it shook my foot right off the throttle loop. When I could finally get my foot back on the throttle pedal I got back on the throttle, but by that time Force was pulling away pretty good. There was no need to stand on the throttle and take a chance of getting on fire again. We don't need to burn up anymore Camaro bodies."
NOTE: These are the only two Camaros competing regularly in the Funny Car category.
PRO STOCK -- CAMARO Z28
Both Chevy Camaros advanced to the second round: KURT JOHNSON, ACDELCO CAMARO Z28, by defeating Jim Yates with his 6.905/199.11 lap to Yates' 8.847/107.03, and MIKE EDWARDS, DEWCO PERFORMANCE CAMARO Z28, the master of reaction times, eliminated Richie Stevens. No. 16 qualifier Edwards defeated No. 1 Stevens on a holeshot advantage with his .443 reaction time to Stevens' .465. Stevens' 6.921/197.77 topped Edwards' 6.929/197.42 pass.
NOTE: THE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY 11 A.M. (FOR THE PRO CATEGORIES) DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES.