TONY RAINES, NO. 74 BACE MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: (top rookie) ON THIS WEEKEND'S PERFORMANCE "It was actually good and bad. We had a pretty good car in qualifying, but something happened to the car on the second lap and we didn't ...
TONY RAINES, NO. 74 BACE MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: (top rookie)
ON THIS WEEKEND'S PERFORMANCE
"It was actually good and bad. We had a pretty good car in qualifying, but something happened to the car on the second lap and we didn't actually get up to speed. I think we would have been about 15th to 18th, so we got the last provisional, which might have been a blessing. We missed that first big wreck and that obviously is a key why we had a good finish. But, we were up in that lead pack throughout the whole race. On that last fuel stop we got hung up in the pits. Something happened and we ended up spending a lot more time in there than we should have.
"We lost the draft and finished 16th, so I was a little disappointed about not being able to possibly get a better finish at the end. But, all things considered, the way the last two weeks have went - a lead lap finish and the car is in one piece - that is what this team needed."
HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO GET THROUGH THE WRECK ON LAP FIVE?
"We started 43rd, which was obviously the key. But going into one, I saw the smoke and I've never stood on the brakes that hard in my life. I think I was almost stopped when I got to it. The spotter said, 'Stay high, stay high.' But, when I got to where all the cars had wrecked and the oil and all that on the track, I had the wheels turned to the right and the car just went straight down into the pile of cars. I finally got smart enough to let off the brake and it quit sliding, I steered right through it, came out and thought, 'Well, that was worth about 20 spots, so that's the move of the season for us.' But, everybody seems to think we're going to have a big wreck here and you either need to be first or last because anywhere in between is bad news."
WAS THE YELLOW LINE RULE ADDRESSED AT THE DRIVERS MEETING THIS MORNING?
"Whenever I was coming down the straightaway I made sure I got as close to the yellow line as I could so nobody would pass me. I'm sure that is what everybody did all day. The rule is if you get pushed down there, they may penalize the pusher. If you push somebody down there you could get in trouble. If you go down there to try and pass somebody, as long as you correct it, you'd be OK. But, I was just trying to finish today, so I was watching all them guys beating and banging and I was moving up every time there was a crash, so it didn't factor into my day."