Darlington qualifying notes

BUSCH BEER SECOND-ROUND QUALIFYING FOR THE TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400 BOBBY HILLIN (No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford) -- Yeah, we made a good comeback in second round. All year long we've been a day late and a dollar short. Our problem is we're not ...

BUSCH BEER SECOND-ROUND QUALIFYING FOR THE TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400

BOBBY HILLIN (No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford) -- Yeah, we made a good comeback in second round. All year long we've been a day late and a dollar short. Our problem is we're not unloading good enough and it's taking us all day to get things figured out. Yesterday I think it took us all day to get the set-up right and it took me all day as a driver to get what I needed to do figured out, with these new tires and everything. This morning we made a lot of changes but with 30 minutes left in practice the car was so bad I couldn't even make one full lap. We went back to basics and went out on old tires and ran a fairly quick lap so we were pretty confident going into qualifying. I was nervous because we were the only ones in the top 38 to run again because the track was slower, but we knew our potential was better than what we showed yesterday. We knew if we could get a clean lap we'd be pretty quick. (With his second-round performance Hillin earned a spot in the "Wild Card" drawing for the Busch Clash of '97 on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.) It's a matter of total, total commitment from everybody on the race team. We've got some new people -- good people -- in new positions. I've got the most experience and it's hard because I want to let them do their jobs but I have to use my experience in Winston Cup racing. It's a matter of us communicating real strong and keeping up with the sport. The good side is we've got great people, great potential and a great motor program. (FOR THE TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400.) We've got some adjusting to do but I feel like now we've got a direction. This is Darlington. It's got a new surface and we've got a new race tire but it's still Darlington and you race the race track here -- you don't race the competitors. We've got to stay on a good pace that's going to keep us on the lead lap all day long and tune the car, tune the car so that at the end of the day we're one of the seven or eight cars on the lead lap trying to fight it out and win the race. At Rockingham and Atlanta we ran strong with this car. It's been fast and a great race car so we feel we'll be competitive.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup