Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 CITGO Taurus, and Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Taurus, were caught up in a multi-car accident during Tuesday's practice session at Daytona International Speedway. Both Burton and Sadler will have to go to back-up cars for Thursday's Gatorade 125 qualifying races.
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus:
"Sprague got in the side of Skinner on the short chute and turned Skinner sideways. That got the track all blocked up and there was nowhere for anybody to go, so everybody plowed into everybody. I tell you one thing, I'm tired of getting wrecked in practice."
HOW IS YOUR BACKUP CAR? "There's quite a bit of work that has to go on with the backup car to get it ready, but not a tremendous amount. The big problem is if you have a problem with this car, then what do you do? I don't know what we would do if that happens. We only have two cars. The 6 only has two cars. We're behind and our shop, in particular, is behind, especially when the 16 car came in. We just couldn't get as much work done, so the thing that we did was the three teams in that shop only built two speedway cars rather than three. If we had to build three, we would be behind on our downforce program because there was such an influx of new work that had to be done, in addition to trying to re-model the shop and do all that, it got us behind. So we don't have a third car. The 6 car doesn't have a third car. The 16 doesn't have a third car. So we've got to get through tomorrow and the 125s and, hopefully, all the rest of practice because we don't have another car. We would figure something out, obviously, but I don't know what that would be."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus:
"The 4 car was blending in and I guess the 0 didn't see him and just absolutely ran in the side of him. I don't know if he misjudged him or what was going on, but it's a shame to wreck a bunch of good cars on the straightaway. I mean, we're supposed to be professionals and using our heads and they're out there running into the side of each other on the straightaway. There's not much common sense going on."
YOU HAD A GOOD CAR TOO. "Yeah. I'm gonna tell you what, that thing was a rocket. We led just about the whole doggone practice. Every lap we were out there we were pretty much in the front. I decided to drift to the back a little bit just to see what my car would do around a lot of turbulence and right at that time the wreck happened with four minutes left to go in practice. I don't know what happened. I just wish people would use their heads more. It's put us in a bad predicament. We're gonna have to try to do the best we can to get around it. There's a long time until Sunday, so we'll see what happens."
DO YOU HAVE A THIRD CAR READY JUST IN CASE SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS? "Yeah, we have a third car. The guys are at the shop right now painting. They'll put it on the trailer tonight around midnight or so and bring it on down, so we do have a third car. That one isn't really as good as the other two, so I really have to be careful the rest of the week if I'm gonna have any chance at the 500."