Atlanta: Chevy teams race quotes

BOBBY LABONTE, NO, 47 CHEVROLET ALL STAR "NASHVILLE" SILVERADO -- QUALIFIED 19TH, FINISHED 2ND: "We got a good run on run up on the top and got beside him in three and thought I had enough momentum to get by him, but I am learning with the...

BOBBY LABONTE, NO, 47 CHEVROLET ALL STAR "NASHVILLE" SILVERADO -- QUALIFIED 19TH, FINISHED 2ND:

"We got a good run on run up on the top and got beside him in three and thought I had enough momentum to get by him, but I am learning with the trucks when you get up along side someone, you slow down, more than you do in a car.

"Our Chevrolet Silverado was great tonight and considering we had the run through the grass there just past half way, second is great but boy did I want the trophy! We started out loose but Randy (Goss, crew chief) and the guys kept making the right adjustments and we kept working our way toward the front.

"There with about 20 to go, it was no holes barred, I am not sure who was doing what. We were high, low, all over everywhere, it didn't seem to matter. We were running three wide, two wide; you really didn't know what was going to happen there. Everybody was going for it at that point but it sorted out pretty quick who was going to be there at the end. I haven't been in one of these green-white-checkered so I wasn't for sure what was going happen there, I have seen it on TV but tonight was my first time to race one.

"Ron (Hornaday) raced me really clean those last two laps and it was fun. I knew he had me cause I was seeing more of him than I was seeing of what I needed to see to be in front. The only contact between us was on the cool down lap, the congratulatory bump.

"We are going to run the truck, in Martinsville and want to do some more but we don't have all the details worked out yet.

"I am just glad I had a chance to run this Silverado tonight here at Atlanta."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO - QUALIFIED 14th, FINISHED 4th:

"It looks good for the Silverados tonight when you look at the scoreboard and we are one, two, fourth and fifth. We had a good battle going there at the end but we just couldn't quite run with Ron (Hornaday) and Bobby (Labonte). We got by them there one time but we couldn't hold on it. We just couldn't quite get it turned through the corner like we needed to. Out teammate, Bobby finished second there by just a tick but we got a Silverado in victory lane so that is important, just wish it could have been us.

"Our Chevrolet Silverado was loose, loose, loose at the start of the race but Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys kept making adjustments until we got pretty good there at the end. It is a good night for us especially when you consider how bad we ran here at Atlanta last year!"

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING CHEVROLET SILVERADO -- QUALIFIED 10TH, FINISHED 5TH:

"Wow what a race, it was unbelievable. It was a heck of a show and race tonight for the fans. I really thought I had the lead back there when I went under Rick Crawford and suddenly my spotter came over the radio and said the No. 6 (Ron Hornaday) was on my inside. I don't where he came from but Hornaday got underneath me and it was a heck of a battle. Someone got tucked in behind me and got me a little loose. Then they were all around me on the inside and the outside. I was able to recover and got Ted (Musgrave) right there at the end to bring home this Silverado team a top-5 finish.

"I'm just glad I had the right truck tonight in my Chevy Silverado. The truck was pretty awesome. McCarty (Dave, crew chief) and the guys made good calls on pit road and were able to increase our position after pitting. It sure was a fun NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. I knew when I saw that it was going to be a green/white/checkered that it was going to be good. I said I've got one more shot at it I was able to take advantage and gain one spot. I'll tell you what I had a fast hotrod tonight - I just wish I would have brought the Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet home in a little better spot. I thought we could win the race because I knew my Silverado was a little better then fifth but we'll take it. It was a good point's night and a real good start to the season. Bringing home some top-5 finishes, keeping up our points will only benefit us throughout the season. I really want to be in the race for the Championship and these top-5 finishes will keep us up there."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO -- QUALIFIED 23RD, FINISHED 8TH:

"We had the right truck tonight, our Chevy Trucks Silverado was awesome until we had the pit road accident. It looked to me like the left wheel fell off the 66 and he stopped right in front of me as the guys dropped the jack and I took off from the pit box after our pit stop. It is disappointing for everyone on the team because we really did have a great race truck.

"Chris (Showalter, crew chief) and the guys kept making adjustments and got the truck pretty good at the end. We were a little tight but I came out of the pits that last stop 11th I think and got up to eighth. When someone started to get under me, I would lose the handle a little more.

"It was a great effort for this Chevy Trucks Team. We gained some points tonight and ran a lot better than we did last year at Atlanta."

KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 30th, FINISHED 31ST:

"I thought we were going to bring home a decent finish tonight until that late spin. I had a truck pass me on the outside and it took the air off the spoiler and around it went. It just nicked the inside wall, but it was enough to break the fitting on the oil cooler. Not the way you want to end the night, but now we head home and focus on a good run for this Chevy Silverado at Martinsville."

MATT CRAFTON, NO, 88 MENARDS CHEVROLET SILVERADO: QUALIFIED 27TH, FINISHED 14th:

"A long day. We changed the motor, which was part of our problem in qualifying. After we changed the motor, we found out there was something wrong with the carburetor but we didn't have time to change it. During the race it started missing at about the flag stand every lap. It just made for a long day."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Rick Crawford