Pontiac Racing Darlington II Saturday notes

NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER GOOD STARTING SPOT TO WORK WITH...IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU CAN TRY TO IMPROVE ON TOMORROW TO IMPROVE YOUR RACE RESULTS? "It's really the whole big picture. But to...

NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER GOOD STARTING SPOT TO WORK WITH...IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU CAN TRY TO IMPROVE ON TOMORROW TO IMPROVE YOUR RACE RESULTS?

"It's really the whole big picture. But to take the one thing that is really most important right now, it would be our pit stops. We have assembled a really good pit stop. But it seems like when it comes down to just having a solid stop running in the top 10, we have a problem with that. We leave lug nuts loose, we drop the car early - we make a lot of mental mistakes. I'm bringing in a sports psychologist to help them with that. I can't help them anymore. I'm doing all I can do with that, but I've got to take it to a new level. Somebody has got to help me with that, so I'm bringing a guy in to help us.

"That is the biggest thing we need to fix right now. If we can get out of the pits the way we come in or gain a spot or two - we've got the capability of getting in and out of the pits fast. It's just a matter of being consistent and not making any mistakes. I'd rather do a 17 second stop, than a 14 {second stop] and have to come back in. We've done that a lot this year and it's hurt us. It's helped us, but it's hurt us."

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON RUNNING BETTER THIS YEAR

"As far as our finishes go, we've gone downhill. We got in a slump. But we've had finishes that didn't show how good the run was - which, at the end of the day when they pay you and award you points, don't make no damn difference. But as far as myself and the guys on the team, it makes a huge difference. You come out of Bristol 22nd, but everybody knows we weren't 22nd. Last year we had a lot of races where we wound up 18th and were a strong 28th place car. Attrition was our friend and we wound up 18th. You go home and it's like, 'Oh boy.' When you go home 22nd, but you know you really weren't, it's a little better feeling."

ON TRYING TO IMPROVE THE TEAM'S PIT STOPS

"Pit stops can obviously hurt or kill anyone's day. We've had three runs that I can think of right off the bat where pit road wasn't real friendly to us. Our pit crew - and I hate saying anything about the pit crew because I don't even know how to do that job and I know it's hard - but, our pit crew has been 95 percent right and solid, but those couple of mistakes were costly ones for us. But we don't have a pit crew where you need to bring everyone in and start moving everybody around and replacing them because they're good and they're solid and they're 95 percent there."

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A PIT ROAD MISTAKE DURING THE RACE?

"I don't say too much about it on the radio because when I run into the damn wall, I don't hear a lot of stuff from them. It isn't like mistakes happen every week, you know? If I ran into the wall every week I know that I would hear about it. If they screwed up every week I would say something about it. But, they don't."

-GM Racing

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