TODD PARROTT , Robert Yates Racing-Crew Chief-38-M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) "Well, we knew we had a good car. We were fortunate enough a few weeks ago, David got his clearance through NASCAR to run down here, and as soon as that...
TODD PARROTT , Robert Yates Racing-Crew Chief-38-M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
"Well, we knew we had a good car. We were fortunate enough a few weeks ago, David got his clearance through NASCAR to run down here, and as soon as that happened we heard about the tire test that was coming down here. We talked with NASCAR about coming down here and doing a tire test. David got some laps in and just kinda learned the race track. I think that was a little bit of a help for us, but like I said, the Robert Yates Racing restrictor-plate program has always been really strong. We won the race down here with Dale last year. The 38 car has been on the pole three times out of the last four races. It's always been strong. We had a goal when we came don here this weekend. I told him we were coming down here for two laps. That's to come down here and to sit on the pole. That put us in the Bud Shootout for 2007. David has never been to Daytona, so now that we're in the Bud Shootout that just gives him more track time at Daytona. That was one of our main goals and we accomplished it."
"Well, when we tested down here a few weeks ago to do the tire test, the speeds were up compared to where the 38 car sat on the pole the first race. The track being smoother, the cars don't move around as much so it seems like the cars are more stable. The tires have more grip. We really didn't think that much about it. I talked to John Darby and his people and he just asked me how David did and all that kind of stuff. We talked about that and we talked about the speed a little bit. I think that when they got in the drafting session yesterday, and when I saw 48.30 pop up on our lap time and then later on in the next practice some guys ran some .20s and I saw it up around 198 mph, I figured it was just a matter of time before somebody came running out of the big red truck with a box full of plates or something. When we got the letter this morning as soon as we walked in the garage that there was meeting at 6:30, I knew exactly what it was going to be."
"No, not really. Like I said, Doug and his people have done extended dyno testing. They know exactly what the smaller plate is going to do. We talked about it this morning, me and Butch Hylton - the 88 crew chief - and Doug and Robert and all of the people from Roush-Yates engines. We sat down and talked about it. We changed a couple of gears yesterday because of the speeds, but we elected to go back to the one we stayed with today. The plate change was going to be the same for everybody across the board, everybody that was in qualifying trim today. In the race tomorrow, there might be some people that elected to maybe go with a little taller gear that may be better tomorrow in the race, but the smaller plate is going to do the same for power for everybody across the board."
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