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Ricky Hendrick, ...

Ricky Hendrick, #17 Gmac/Hendrick Motorsports Chevy Silverado (finished 2nd -- top finishing rookie and Chevrolet driver):
"I've got to thank the guys here. They have been giving me great trucks. And we've been dong a pretty good job as a team together. The chemistry has been great. I can't say enough about Lance McGrew, my crew chief. Ever since he stepped on board, everything's been clicking. It's been one great team."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FINISH 2ND TO JOE RUTTMAN IN YOUR FIRST FULL-TIME RACE WITH THIS TEAM?
"Big. You know right now, I don't think it's really set in yet. The guys did a great job, and we're looking forward to going to Miami in second place in points. You know, it was every man for himself the last lap."

DO YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT AT RUTTMAN?
"We did. I was hoping Riggs would stay behind me off of (turn) 4 and we could have the momentum and come down on him and do it. A move that (Jeff) Gordon taught me one day. But it didn't work. It was every man for himself the last lap. Riggs made his move on turn 3, I made my move on turn 4, and luckily held on to second."

CAN YOU COMPARE THE TRUCKS TO THE ARCA CARS?
"It's chaos out there in the trucks. We raced the ARCA race. It's real smooth. These things, everybody's spinning everybody. You're getting blown all over the place. Handling is a lot more important in the trucks than it is in a Cup car or an ARCA car; just because they push so much air. It was a great experience. They're two totally different machines. I was never really comfortable. I was ready, the first 10 laps, to get out of that race. I mean the tucks are all over the place. Everybody's everywhere. And in the ARCA race we were running first and then with 12 laps to go and I messed that up. Came here and finished second. The guys did a great job."

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE ARCA RACE?
"Two things I know for sure I learned. One was not spinning the tires on the re-starts -- which I guarantee I would have done today. And in ARCA, I never lifted once. In trucks, your brakes are warm after the first lap. Just coming to the pits, you've got to make sure your brakes are pumped up"

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU GROWN IN THE LAST 12 DAYS AS A RACEDRIVER?
"A lot. This is a whole different ballgame. This is chess on a racetrack, is all this is. You get out there and roll the dice to see what you've got."

TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST LAPS OF THE RACE:
"To be honest with you, right before that last caution came out, I didn't want to see. We were kind of strung out, and I was hoping to slow down a little on that last lap and get momentum with Riggs, and try to go by him off turn 4 'cause I'd have momentum. We were just waiting and waiting and waiting for that to happen, but it was just every man for himself that last lap. Riggs actually made his move on me going into turn 3. Riggs got by me and I put my air back on his spoiler and luckily slowed him down to get second (place) back."

RICK HENDRICK:
ON SON RICKY'S SECOND-PLACE FINISH IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE:
"It feels good to have him finish. I'm proud of him; he did a great job. It was an exciting race. With the trucks you can't get away from each other. Boy, you learn in a hurry how important it is to be in the right position. I saw him early in the race kind of get a good run and hungry to get into the lead. He would take the lead and a lap later he would be shuffled back to 10th. You can tell him all day that he'll fall to the back of the line, but as a racer you always want to be in the front. He drove a smart race; stayed out of trouble. Between the ARCA and this he has a Masters Degree. It's hard to believe he's never seen Daytona before and end up ninth in the ARCA race and second in the truck race. I was so nervous I was going to get on the button and tell him what to do. I was trying to help him, but what do I know? I've never raced here. As big as the button was on the radio, I couldn't get my finger on the button; my hand was shaking so fast. I don't do a very good job being father and owner watching my son race."

RANDY TOLSMA, #61 TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS CHEVY SILVERADO (fifth):
"Everything went very well; every Silverado seemed to work together well."

ON HAVING DAVID DONOHUE AS A DRAFTING PARTNER:
"I knew he was going to stick behind me. I knew I had some options when I went out there with him. He followed me up to the front and we were one-two. It was great to have the two Silverados up there without any sponsorship. It can't do anything but help and have people writing about you. Now I'm looking forward to going to Homestead. I won the pole there and dominated some races. Then it's to Bakersfield. I won there and dominated the race there. There are only good things to come for this Team Rensi Chevrolet Silverado and David has done a great job as a rookie."

LANCE NORICK, #90 AVENTIS BEARING CHEVY SILVERADO (fourth):
"The whole time me and Coy Gibbs ran together; just staying out of trouble basically. If I went high, he'd go high, and that's pretty much how we did it. With 20 laps to go it was time to go to the front and Coy and I worked together. You have to have friends out there to keep these things up front."

WHEN THOSE THREE GUYS GOT AWAY, DID YOU HAVE YOUR HANDS FULL JUST HANGING ON TO FOURTH?
"When those guys got away like that, about the worse thing that happened was that I was out there by myself. I kind of dragged the brakes a little bit and kind of backed-up to those guys. So when they caught me they actually pushed me; it was like a check-match out there."

JACK SPRAGUE, #24 NETZERO CHEVY SILVERADO (12th):
"At the beginning of the race the thing was a rocket, the guys did a great job. It went better than I thought it would. I hit the wall when the 2 truck got a little sideways. That bent it up pretty good. The fender was pulled out, but it was still pretty fast. And then the 50 car ran me into the fence in turn 4, and that pretty much wadded it up pretty good. It bent the A-frames and suspension."

ON THE TRUCK'S PERFORMANCE WITH THE ONE-HALF INCH ADDITION TO REAR SPOILER:
"It worked out pretty well. I couldn't tell whether it did do anything good or bad, it wasn't handling that good last night. It was handling today and it seemed not to bother us. I didn't think it hurt a thing."

DAVID DONOHUE, #16 TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS (28th):
"This was the most fun I've had behind the wheel in a lot of years. I'm sure it was the fastest tucked up behind Randy's (Tolsma) Silverado. Unfortunately, Willy T. (Ribbs) was under us at one point and he pushed up the truck. I had to check up and got into the wall. It was either get into the wall or the wall and Randy, and I chose the wall. It made our pit stop a little long ad altered the handling and put us back. I was pretty confident we could get back up front. It's a good strong truck, but we had to be patient to get back up front. Unfortunately, we never got a shot."

WHAT FINALLY HAPPENED?
"We were making our way to the front and there was a big driveline vibration. At first I thought a tire equalized, but it was definitely in the driveline. I was really surprised at how good it was going after I hit the wall so hard. We tried to pull out the fender and check the clearances. The tire was rubbing on the fender a little bit. It was pushed back in when we parked it. We had a big push at that point. It was really strong before that."

ON DRAFTING WITH TOLSMA:
"We planned to run together if we could. I ran the best with Randy, so it was in my best interest to run with Randy. The pit stop really separated us and he got back out quick. I had a tough time getting to the pit box. I had a lot of bad choices today. It was either getting in crooked or running over one of Randy's crew guys." HOW

DID YOU LIKE RACING YOUR FIRST TRUCK RACE?
"It's great. I was having a lot of fun. I'm disappointed for two reasons. One is the finish and not being able to have the world see what the team is capable of. The first couple of laps were real tense, but after that I was really comfortable and having a good time."

BRIAN REFFNER, #3 MENARDS CHEVY SILVERADO (eighth):
"We just didn't get the finish we wanted. I was really happy. We had a fast truck and just didn't have the guys we needed to take with us to get to the front. We were strong all day; that's the important part."

ANY MOMENTS OUT THERE?
"There was one at the early wreck, it happened pretty close in front of me."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, #60 CAT RENTAL STORES CHEVY SILVERADO (25th):
"Our goals for today were just to run in the top-10 all day and be there at the end and give them a run for it at the end. We got caught up. It's typical for Daytona, getting involved in someone else's accident, so we ended up 20 laps down or so trying to repair the truck."

WHAT HAPPENED?
"All I really know is I saw the leaders up front going back and forth, getting out of shape, checking up. I had my hand up waving everyone off. Everyone behind me did a good job not running me over, and someone got into the 31 truck. He came down the track and got in my nose. There was nothing either one of us could do. We were both trying to avoid the big wreck, I guess." ON FIRST TRUCK RACE: "I was glad when the guys did get the truck fixed and got me back out there. I gained a lot of experience running 80 laps, that's for sure. We were still fast enough to be mixing it up right up front in the top-10 trucks. That was the best thing, to go out there and get some laps for me and pick up as many points as we can.

-GM Racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Coy Gibbs
Teams Hendrick Motorsports