Daytona Twin 125s: Johnny Benson Wednesday quotes 2002-02-13

Benson Doesn't Know What To Expect Thursday ...

Benson Doesn't Know What To Expect Thursday

#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson will be just like the race fans that jam into Daytona International Speedway on Thursday to watch the twin 125-mile qualifying races. Neither the race fans nor Benson know what NASCAR's new rules will do to the racing on the 2.5-mile high-banked track.

Benson and the rest of the Winston Cup competitors completed Wednesday's final practice before Thursday's races accident free. All teams now will concentrate on Thursday's sprints that determine the starting position and field for Sunday 's Daytona 500.

Benson On What to Expect Thursday:

"I don't know what to expect tomorrow. I have no idea. I don't know if that is comforting or not. Actually, I think you will probably see a race like you saw Sunday. Outside that I don't think I will be able to tell you anything until after the race."

Benson On Passing:

"I thought going into the week that you would have a good amount of passing but as the practices have gone on the more single file it has been getting. Everybody is trying different things and trying to see if they can get better. We are just going to have to wait until Thursday to see what happens."

Benson On Differences in Drafting Different Makes:

"You can tell a difference drafting different cars but you can't tell a difference between the different makes out on the track. The Fords are a little hard to follow now because with their lower spoiler they don't make as big a hole through the air as the Chevys, Pontiacs and Dodges. Drafting really depends on the car itself and not on the make."

Benson On How Hard He Will Drive Thursday:

"All out. You run as fast as you can. We are racing to win this race then again on Sunday."

-vr/db-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson