BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports) "We're very appreciative that NASCAR is trying to make adjustments to get that playing field level for Sunday. We are concerned about how much time we have to establish the...
BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports)
"We're very appreciative that NASCAR is trying to make adjustments to get that playing field level for Sunday. We are concerned about how much time we have to establish the balance of the car. It's the right thing to do. We're going in the right direction, no question about that. Now we're scrambling. We're going to do the best job we can on the Dodge Intrepids.
"Would we like to get more of a rear spoiler advantage to match what some of the other folks got? Sure we would, but we're coming down to race day now, and it's time to put our heads down and just work hard and go at it.
"Bottom line, the other competitors are out there and haven't had to do anything with their vehicles and they've had a week to tune on them. The Fords and the Dodges, with late changes, we've got to scramble at the end. I'd like to have the same spoiler as the Ford, but the hour is here and this is where we're at. There's been some adjustment and now it's time to roll up our sleeves and do the best we can.
"It broke our hearts to see Jimmy Spencer and Hut Stricklin go home. Obviously they're not newcomers to this game. They've very good professionals. They know how to race and run in the Daytona 500, but obviously as the chain of events have occurred during the week, their haulers are on their way home.
"Do we want to make ourselves known in what we request and what we want? Absolutely, but we want to be professional business people and state our facts. NASCAR folks are pretty intelligent people. They know if you're just in there whining or if you've got facts to present. We're going to stick to the facts. We're going to continue to do that indefinitely. We're professional racers and business people and so is NASCAR.
"We found out about the rule change this morning, and all the teams are out there. They're very concerned. They're working hard and trying to make the Dodges the best they can for Sunday.
"A sophomore jinx is when someone does so well the first year that they get cocky. It's one thing to be confident. It's another to be cocky. We're not going to let anybody in the Dodge camp get cocky. In fact, I think it's the other way around. I think we've gained respect from our competitors. I think we can't second-guess anything. No one is going to give us anything. We're going to have to dig and fight for everything we get. That's just going to make us better people.
"We've got an increased amount of engineering and experience behind the whole program. The teams have gotten sharper. We're getting to know our cars. Our lineup just continues to get better. We're just going to keep working to get better and better until we get to the top. It's a 36-race season."