Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus, will not practice today due to his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series commitment in Las Vegas. As a result, Dave Blaney will be behind the wheel for both practice sessions. Crew chief...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus, will not practice today due to his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series commitment in Las Vegas. As a result, Dave Blaney will be behind the wheel for both practice sessions. Crew chief Bob Osborne talked about what the team will try to accomplish today.
BOB OSBORNE, Crew Chief - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus
WHAT WILL YOU TRY TO ACCOMPLISH TODAY? "We're gonna have Dave Blaney in the car today. With his experience it will be good to take some laps and let him get a feel for the car and then compare it relative to the rest of the field in race trim. Then we'll get a better idea of whether or not what we came up with yesterday is gonna be competitive enough for the race tomorrow."
SO YESTERDAY YOU PRIMARILY DID RACE RUNS? "We did all race runs yesterday. We did a mad panic dash right there at the end of practice, but it really wasn't a very great effort. We were really loose in that practice session when we went to qualify him, but 99 percent of the practice was race trim. We're gonna start today with that setup we came up with Carl yesterday and let Dave feel it out. Then we'll go from there."
DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT ADJUSTING THE CAR WITH DAVE AND THEN HAVING CARL NOT LIKE IT? "We're going to use common sense basically. If the car is competitive time-wise and Dave wants some changes to the setup, we'll make those changes and see if it makes the car faster or not. Based on those changes and what it does to the balance of the race car and what Dave says will decide what we'll do Sunday morning."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE JOB CARL HAS DONE? "Barring our wreck at Bristol and my mistake last weekend, we would have been in the top 10 every race. He's an incredible driver. He's very smart and very talented."
ARE YOU SURPRISED? "No, I'm not really. He's been in the Roush system, so I've spoken to him several times before he came up to the Cup series, and you can tell by speaking with him that he knows what he's doing. It's a privilege to be able to work with him."
Eddie Wood has been coming to Dover ever since 1972 when David Pearson won the Delaware 500. The Wood Brothers went to victory lane their first three times at Dover and finished first or second 10 of their first 15 time. In addition, they started in the top 10 the first 22 times they came to the speedway. Wood spoke about what the racing was like at that time and how it's changed.
EDDIE WOOD, Car Owner - No. 21 Keep It Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus
"We didn't come up here for the first couple races, but once we got here we found it just suited what we had. I remember we knocked the fender off of the car early in the race and still won, but back then the track was asphalt. It was still the same type of racing here - they've always had good races here. One thing that used to happen that doesn't happen now is that you could get a lap lead on everybody here. They would have long greens and, if you were good, you would lap people, especially if you had a decent pit stop - you could build up a pretty good lead. I remember one race here with Neil Bonnett, we had a three or four lap lead on second place, which was Cale (Yarborough) at the time. We broke. He broke, and then (Junie) Donlavey won the race. It was 500 miles too, so at the end of the day people would have problems. If you didn't, you would get a pretty good lead on people, but those things don't happen anymore."