NHRA quotes from Chicago
Compiled by Ian
Jeff Burk Photo
Via team and
NHRA press releases, racers told the story in
their own words from the 7th annual NHRA Route
66 Nationals in Chicago.
It ran very well until half-track, and
then at about 800 feet a wind gust blew the
car over toward the centerline. I had to crank
the wheel all the way to the left to keep the
car from heading over to the right. I know it
cost us some e.t. --
Scott Weis on the 4.58-secs pass that earned
him a 3rd-place starting position
Every week we work on our car and try
to make it one of the top cars out here and
we still obviously have some work to do.
-- Larry Dixon after suffering another first-round
exit, this time at the hands of Doug Kalitta
I was out on him until about half track
and unfortunately thats when the wheels
started come up off the ground. At that point,
I should have tugged on the brake handle slightly
and that would have set front end back down.
Instead I lifted. --
T.J. Zizzo on his career-first elimination round,
a first-round wheelie loss to Tony Schumacher
My competitive nature aggravates me when
it comes to a first-round loss. However, the
realist in me always reminds me that Im
happy to just be out here as part of the show.
This is something that only an elite few people
get to do and Im very fortunate to be
part of that fraternity.
-- Bob Vandergriff after going out early against
There is nobody that is kicking himself
more than I am right now. --
Cory McClenathan on his red light loss to D.
Kalitta in round two
I no longer take solace in the fact that
we run our program on a tenth of the budget
the other teams have. I dont care if theyve
got 10 million in their budget. Were going
to dip deep and get our first NHRA Top Fuel
win. -- Howard
Weis, crew chief for son Scott, after their
narrow semi-final loss to D. Kalitta
Unfortunately, the championship race
just got real interesting. --
Schumacher on losing to Bernstein in the semis
and allowing his rivals to close in on his points
Now youre the King of Speed.
-- Kenny Bernstein to
son Brandon, after Brandon reset the official
speed record to 333.41 mph in the semis
It left extremely hard. It was marching
along and it set the front end down and when
it really started to pour it to it, it picked
right back up. It picked it up so fast, it just
kept going. It wasnt going to go down.
There wasnt anything I could do but lift
it and try to get it back toward the center.
It was a wild ride. --
Bernstein on his big wheelstand in the final
round against D. Kalitta
It threw the belt off just before the
finish line and I was just hoping like heck
I wouldnt see Brandon blow by me. Theyd
been running so well I figured he was right
there. -- D. Kalitta
on his first final-round win this season
I knew we were going to have to put up
a big number against Bernstein, but making that
kind of run in the finals is incredible. We
went for it and got it. Thats a tribute
to how good Rahn (Tobler, first-year co-crew
chief on the Mac Tools dragster) and (team owner)
Connie (Kalitta) and everybody on this whole
team is. -- D.
Kalitta again, after winning the final with
a quickest-ever 4.420-secs pass