Daytona Test II: Dodge Jimmy Spencer Thursday notes

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Spencer's Dodge was third fastest in the draft in the afternoon test session behind Mike Wallace and Bill Elliott. "We drafted out there this afternoon with our Budweiser Shootout car....

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Spencer's Dodge was third fastest in the draft in the afternoon test session behind Mike Wallace and Bill Elliott.

"We drafted out there this afternoon with our Budweiser Shootout car. It was pretty good. I was pretty happy with it. The other car is a little faster, but we just decided not to draft with it. We're working on trying to get it to go as fast as we can in qualifying. We're still not as fast as we want to be. I feel like we learned a lot, and we're looking forward to coming back. It's looking now like it's going to be real hard to pass.

"I was following Bill Elliott. It's going to be hard to pull out. We'll probably build a new car and take it to test at Talladega (end of January). They can build a new car in about six or seven days. It's incredible how organized they are.

"I'm a little disappointed with the test, and I think the team is a little disappointed. I think we felt like we had a good package coming in here. Sterling wasn't where he wanted to be, either. You can see it on the guys' faces. They're a little upset. They're not giving up. We've got about 20 hours in the wind tunnel coming up in the next two weeks and then we'll go to Talladega. We won't give up.

"Everybody usually picks up by February. They'll bring back different motors and they'll new things to the wheel bearings. This test really helps. You do a lot of aero stuff, but it gets boring sometimes. You're working on picking up five hundredths, so you've got to stay conscious of what you're trying to do. Chevrolets look like they're the best cars right now without a question. They the Dodges are right there, then Pontiac, then Ford.

"I guess Ford wants to beat everybody by half a second. They're asking for half an inch because they know they're going to get a quarter. That will make them very, very competitive."

-dodge-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jimmy Spencer , Mike Wallace