RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep It Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "I'm really pleased with this new Coca-Cola C2 Taurus. The guys did a really good job. This is the car that qualified on the pole at Talladega. We got a fender knocked off...
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep It Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
"I'm really pleased with this new Coca-Cola C2 Taurus. The guys did a really good job. This is the car that qualified on the pole at Talladega. We got a fender knocked off of it and were a little bit concerned that it maybe wouldn't come back and be as good as it was before, but went out two different times in practice - not very much - and the guys just worked on it to get it ready to go for a lap. I was real happy with it. We made a few mistakes on it at Talladega. We had a fast car, but it didn't drive particularly well in the race and they worked on that a little bit while they were at the wind tunnel the other week, so I think we'll have something that's gonna race pretty good."
IS THIS THE SAME CAR FROM DAYTONA?
"I'm not really sure. This might be a different car. We ran this one at Talladega for sure and sat on the pole there."
BUT THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN STRONG ALL YEAR.
"Our speedway program has been, especially in qualifying, has been pretty strong. Our other program is something we've definitely been searching around a lot this year. We're not very pleased. Nobody has really been happy with some of the results that we've been able to get. It's sort of a constant battle every week. Every week we have a different race car, something different and sooner or later we're blindly gonna stumble onto something that works here before the year is out I feel confident."
WHO HAS THE NEW ENGINE THIS WEEK?
"I was watching television, but I think they said Jeff Burton has the motor this week. I'm not really sure. I usually find out when we get ready to get in the race car and start the race somebody tips me off on who has got what. Usually you guys know before I do. I can't honestly tell you, but just by listening to the commentators they say Burton has one this week. I think he's the only car that has one. That's what they're saying. I've heard by Chicago that all the Fords will have them, so we're kind of optimistic and looking forward to that if that's the case. I think it's kind of supply and demand. As the pieces come in and they get motors built, they spit 'em out the door. There's definitely a pecking order or a priority over there and it's usually points related on who gets what. Obviously, we're probably the worst car in the points and we're not even a Roush car so we don't usually get first choice. We did run one in Charlotte. We were one of the guys that raced one in the 600 and I think it was more of a durability run than anything, but from what I've seen the motor should be pretty good. We're looking forward to getting a chance to run it week in and week out."