CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PARTS AMERICA NATIONALS -- RAIN DATE NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA (Kansas) SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 1998 FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28 RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, and CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES PARTS AMERICA NATIONALS -- RAIN DATE NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA (Kansas) SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 1998
FUNNY CAR -- CAMARO Z28
RON CAPPS, COPENHAGEN CAMARO Z28, and CHUCK ETCHELLS, KENDALL/MA MA ROSA'S PIZZA/SUPERWINCH CAMARO Z28, advanced into the semifinals and will face each other for an all-Camaro semifinal round.
WHIT BAZEMORE, TEAM WINSTON CAMARO Z28, was eliminated in the second round by Capps (5.099/294.31 for Capps; 5.180/303.33 for Bazemore).
BAZEMORE: "We shook real hard and I had to pedal it and we just got beat by 25 thousandths (of a second). I think we did everything we could do. It wasn't my fastest ever pedaling job and had it been we probably would have won. When it shakes so violently it knocks you out, you can't see, you pretty much lose track of where you are for an instant. So it makes it difficult. It took me two tenths of a second to pedal it, usually it's one-tenth. You have to think that maybe 25 hundredths could have been made up in one tenth. The positive side is that John Force got beat and Ron (Capps) and Chevrolet have a chance of carving away Force's points lead. That's good for Team Chevrolet. I felt really confident going up there. I thought we had their number, that my driving was up to par and that my Camaro was going to be up to par, but we were not perfect enough."
YOU GOT CLOSE TO THE WALL, WERE YOU CONCERNED?: "I wasn't concerned. I was a little concerned that I was out of the groove and I would spin the tires. It had the front end up and I couldn't get it back, finally I did downtrack. It developed a push like a stock car, where you just turn the wheel and it doesn't do anything. You turn it more and it still doesn't do anything, but it was going straight, so it was o.k."
DOES THIS RAIN DELAY AFFECT YOU? "I don't mind it, it's a long day certainly, but we are out there ready to win the race. I took a couple of naps during the day, signed autographs, watched t.v. When you take a couple of 10-15-minute naps you stay fresh all day. My lights were good tonight, everything was good, it doesn't bother me. It just reminds me of how I used to race about 10 years ago: drive 10 hours, get the car out, race, drive 10 hours home, non-stop. This is nothing compared to those days. There's more mental pressure now and obviously the stakes are higher."
WAS THE RIGHT LANE A PROBLEM: "No."