Wet grounds postponed qualifying at Pocono Raceway on Friday. The field for Sunday's Pocono 500 was set on points. Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus, and Jeff Burton, driver...
Wet grounds postponed qualifying at Pocono Raceway on Friday. The field for Sunday's Pocono 500 was set on points. Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus, and Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 Citgo Taurus, will all start in the top 11.
RUSTY WALLACE-2-Miller Lite Taurus (starts fifth)
"We came up here to test, got about a half a day in and the rain came. I got a pretty good idea of what my car felt like in race form. I didn't get much of an idea for qualifying. Right now, the way my qualifying has been going all year long, starting fifth because of points is fine. But, your mind starts thinking all kinds of things about the car: What's it going to do? What am I going to do? So, all I can tell you is that my mind is all over the place thinking about the race right now. On the other hand, I feel pretty settled about what I'm going to do, how I'm going to start my practice session tomorrow, in the morning. Other than that, I don't like rain. I don't like rain unless it comes around at the right time. One thing I do like about the rain is we're so scheduled in NASCAR, everything is by the minute, it's very, very hectic, and when you get rain it just throws the schedule out the window and gives you some down time to relax a little bit."
KURT BUSCH-97-Rubbermaid Taurus (starts eighth)
"We'll start eighth. I mean, this probably could've been a day where we almost had a shot at the pole, you never know. So we'll see how race-trim practice sorts itself out and we'll have a good race car."
ON A DAY LIKE THIS WHEN THERE'S A LOT OF SITTING AROUND AND WAITING, IS THAT HARDER TO DO WHEN YOU'RE RUNNING WELL? WOULD YOU RATHER BE OUT ON THE TRACK? "Today was a tough day for us, just to sit around and do things. We knew we had a great car when we showed up. It's a brand-new car, did real well in the wind tunnel, and that's what the engineers have been working on. That's how races have been won as of late, is engineering."
DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND? "It'll be a great race car, yeah. It's something where last year, I think, we finished eighth and 12th here. It's something where it's track you can tune-up for for Indianapolis, but, yet, they're handing out points here, and I know that we can capitalize on it tomorrow."
JACK ROUSH IS WALKING AROUND HERE TODAY. HE WAS AT DOVER LAST WEEK. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO SEE HIM UP AND AROUND? "It's a wonderful victory. It's a wonderful world that we live in, and how it wasn't his turn and how he's been given a second chance, so to speak. To survive something like that, it's a lesson that we can all learn from, the willpower that he has to be back at the race track so soon. He's a great team leader. He's a great morale booster, to have him around. And he'll let you know when you're doing something wrong, so it's great to have Jack back."
JEFF BURTON-99-Citgo Taurus (starts 11th)
ANY POSITIVES OUT OF THIS? "I had the day off. I've been pretty busy lately so a day off is pretty nice. Things happen. Sometimes it rains, sometimes we have track problems, sometimes stuff happens. They did everything they could do. They dug holes and did everything else, it just wasn't to be."
JACK ROUSH IS BACK AT THE TRACK THIS WEEK AFTER BEING AT DOVER LAST WEEK. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO SEE HIM AT THE TRACK ON A REGULAR BASIS? "It means a lot. We're all here because of him, we came to work here because of him, and when he's not here, it's not the same. We're tickled to death to have him back, like you say, back on a regular basis, that's the main thing. We're excited about it."
IS THE TALK ALL RACE-RELATED WITH HIM NOW, OR DO YOU TALK ABOUT SOME OTHER THINGS? "Our conversations really haven't been any different, in all honesty. I try not to only talk about racing all the time. He's a guy that wants to compete, wants to win. I don't see any difference in him in that. I think he might be a little more mellow right now, but the urge to win is still there."
IS HE PROUD OF WHAT HE SEES OUT OF THE FOUR TEAMS? "He's proud of what he sees for the most part, he's not proud of everything he sees. Certainly, four cars in the top 11 in points is what he wants to see, but the car that's 11th, which is us, he's saying, 'Hey, everybody else is doing better than you. What are you doing?' So, he'll always apply that pressure, and he should. That's what we want him to do. I want to work for a guy who wants to win and wants everybody to do well. It's perfect."