Dodge drivers grab four of top five qualifying spots at Bristol - Ryan Newman wins pole; Ken Schrader, third; Rusty Wallace, fourth; Bill Elliott, fifth. KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid) - Third Fastest "We needed a decent ...
Dodge drivers grab four of top five qualifying spots at Bristol - Ryan Newman wins pole; Ken Schrader, third; Rusty Wallace, fourth; Bill Elliott, fifth.
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid) - Third Fastest
"We needed a decent starting spot a lot more than we needed a pole. I told the team I could have got another .05, but you'd have to work on the car for me to run an .89. I couldn't do that. Scott Eggleston (crew chief) always runs good here, and he said we'd be good when we unloaded. He (Newman) just had a little more of everything. Our stuff felt good.
"He's real young and real brave. He's a real good race car driver. Everybody who went up there and qualified is pretty brave, but they've just got their whole deal together. You can't just be brave. Brave won't get it. Brave will get you into the turn faster, but it won't get you through the turn and elapsed time faster. He's doing his job, and he's doing it real good. There's a lot of other stuff that's right, too.
"Getting Scott Eggleston over there helped a lot. Beth Ann and Tony made a commitment to run the full season. They're getting all their cars alike. They built all new stuff over the winter. This is a rebuilt one from last year. This is the fourth time this year we've run it because we like it. There's some other stuff sitting there, but we liked it. I don't think I screwed 'em up too bad, but they were doing a lot of stuff right to start with.
"If you're leading and that person gets to you, whether you check up a little bit or you're fading or they were coming on stronger, but if they get to you then you've just got to expect something happening. It's not obnoxiously getting run over, but sometimes in the middle of the turns they're ready to go and you're not quite ready yet and they just wiggle you a little bit and that's all it takes, but you've got to expect it.."