Reaction to NASCAR's announcement that the Taurus would receive a quarter-inch spoiler reduction beginning with Tuesday's practice session. ROBERT YATES, Car Owner --28 and 88 Ford Tauruses -- "We've worked extremely hard. We didn't sit back...
Reaction to NASCAR's announcement that the Taurus would receive a quarter-inch spoiler reduction beginning with Tuesday's practice session.
ROBERT YATES, Car Owner --28 and 88 Ford Tauruses -- "We've worked extremely hard. We didn't sit back or sand bag. My good 'ol buddy Rick Hendrick can get his towel out and cry about it all he wants to, but the bottom line is that physics is hurting us. Thank goodness NASCAR is making some adjustments for that. There are a lot of good Ford teams and a lot of other teams that are good, but you can't erase too much of a handicap."
WILL THIS END ALL OF THE TALK ABOUT RULES FOR THE REST OF SPEEDWEEKS? "All of the testing showed that we needed a half-inch and now we have that. What I'd like to do is tell all the Ford fans to come on down and see the race because we've got a shot at winning it. We'll work hard between now and Sunday and I think it's gonna be a great race."
SO YOU FEEL THIS GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO WIN? "We're pumped up. We're gonna work as hard as we've always worked, but we now have a better shot at it. I've been around and won this thing a few times in my life, but never have I remembered winning it from an underdog standpoint. We've always had good equipment when we won this race. We would have had to been awfully lucky to win it with where we were. The way it was before we were out of the picture, but now I think we're in the picture."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus -- "That should help because we've known all along that the biggest problem area we have is too much drag. I hope this does the trick and I applaud NASCAR for realizing that we had a need and for taking the initiative to make a change. This should give us a chance in the Daytona 500."
GREG SPECHT, North American Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology -- "Besides being an obvious step in the right direction, we feel this should allow us to be more competitive in the race. I think the key now is to see what kind of effect this will have on Thursday. I'm really pleased about the fact that NASCAR decided to make this change before the 125s because it's another opportunity to see how competitive all the cars are in race conditions."