JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T) "People have been sandbagging out there all week. Some of the Fords ran half a second faster in qualifying and some of them ran six or seven tenths quicker than we did. I think that NASCAR really...
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"People have been sandbagging out there all week. Some of the Fords ran half a second faster in qualifying and some of them ran six or seven tenths quicker than we did. I think that NASCAR really jumped the gun on the situation unless they help Dodge. You just don't go help one manufacturer that's struggling. Ford and Dodge were struggling. They just helped Ford.
"Now, they think they just helped the Ford in qualifying trim. Where they're really going to run fast is in the draft. They're going to haul the mail down the straightaway. Look at practice this morning. I thought they already had the change on the spoiler they were going so fast (four of five fastest speeds in morning practice were Fords).
"They'll carry a lot more straightaway speed because they have a lot less drag on the car. We're struggling. We're trying as hard as we can, but we're struggling down the straightaway. It sure ain't the motor. The motors are pretty close, although we might be a little bit behind there, too. It's just drag.
"I've got to finish in the top 15 Thursday (in Gatorade 125) or I'm going to the house. My car is running decent, but it's going to be hard to do. They just get along side you and pass you. It's pretty hard to stop that. There's nothing I can do. My hands are tied. It's totally up to the officiating staff here to make a decision. I think it's cruel and unfair for the Dodge teams right now. If they wait until after Thursday to make another change, that might be too late for me.
"I'll drive as hard as I can Thursday, and circumstances might help me make the race or not make the race (Daytona 500). We're hoping circumstances fall in our favor and the Team Target Dodge stays up and finishes in the top 15.
"Chevrolet and Pontiac are in good shape. If they're going to help Ford, they've got to help Dodge, too. We're going to be in for a real long weekend. We might end up going home, and I think that's real unfair. I don't mind going to a prize fight, but I want to have a fighting chance. I'm not going to go to a gunfight with just a knife.
"I think Dodge has done such a superior job of marketing and advertising away from the race track. I think that's (upset) a lot of the other manufacturers. It's got nothing to do with the program here. They're selling a lot of vehicles all over the country. They're getting a lot of help from the Dodge dealers, too. Now they're just trying to slap us in the face and handicap us as much as they can.
"I said I wasn't going to complain. Like I said, I don't mind going to a battle that I feel like I can win. Right now, I'm fighting a battle that I know I can't win."