Daytona: GM teams first practice quotes

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO: "The fenders are still on our Chevrolet Silverado and it is headed straight which is really important with the limited track time we are getting this week. We did a little bit of drafting so Eric ...

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

"The fenders are still on our Chevrolet Silverado and it is headed straight which is really important with the limited track time we are getting this week. We did a little bit of drafting so Eric (Phillips, crew chief) can learn how much tape we can run on the front during the race. That is really important to get as much tape as possible. Here you really have to be ready to run what you unload with because there really isn't much you can change. We didn't want to take any chances doing too much drafting because you can't take a chance and draft with the wrong people and get in trouble. We tested enough and have a good baseline and know exactly where out truck is so once we get comfortable with where we need the tape to be we will be ready to qualify and start the race."

KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 15 KRAFT FOODS/ALBERTSON CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

Note: After a three-truck incident involving the NO. 15 Silverado, No. 62 and No. 50, the backup truck was pulled out as a result of damage too serious to repair.

"It was unfortunate that we had the incident out there. Ritchie (Wauters, crew chief) and the guys have worked so hard on our Chevrolet Silverado and it was a really good truck. The truck was really fast, and we were happy with how we had tested down here. We had a little problem with the carburetor but got that fixed all that and had just gone back out and were getting back up to speed. I am not really sure exactly what happened, I might have come up a little bit but he had an entire clear lane up above him. He (No. 62) just got in the right rear a little bit and turned me and away we went. We pulled out the backup truck which we did test down here. I won't know until tomorrow how good it is until tomorrow morning."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

"Right now our Chevy Trucks Silverado is probably going to qualify pretty good but we were way too loose in the draft. It would be good to have a solid qualifying run but we need to get the truck to settle down in a pack of trucks. The guys are pretty sure they know what the problem is and will work on it. We will know more in the morning. Having the early morning practice will probably be closer to how track and weather conditions will be when we race. I know by race time, we will be fine."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

Note: After slight contact on the track with the No. 8 truck, the No. 6 team spent the remainder of practice checking the condition of the GM Goodwrench Silverado.

"I didn't have a choice but to check up. Deborah got into me a little but it wasn't her fault. We just had a little bit of damage and the guys have already taken care of that."

Wally Rogers-Crew chief: "I think we are fine. Nothing to serious. We aren't quite ready to show everything we have just yet but as far damage to the truck, it is nothing we can't take care of."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

"I have the right truck but my Chevy Silverado is loose off the corner. The ones that can run fast can stay on the throttle. I've had to let off the throttle a little bit and it is hurting me. My truck isn't sucking up to the pack that well in the draft. Not really pleased with my Silverado right now I think the guys are going to make some changes and we look forward to the practice in the morning to make it better. I'm not real happy with it but we just need to make it better to be competitive in the race."

TRACY HINES, NO. 13 THORSPORT CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

"We have a really good truck. We were at the top of the score sheet for quite awhile, but then late in practice five of those guys went out there and hooked and went to the top of the chart. Our truck sucks up really well. It is very stable by itself as well as in a pack of trucks. I was behind about a nine or ten truck draft, quite a few truck lengths behind them and we caught them without a problem. I think we will qualify in the top ten and race up front all night. I am really excited about this race."

KELLY SUTTON, NO. 02 TEAM COPAXONE CHEVROLET SILVERADO:

"It is great to be back at Daytona. The truck felt great for the first few laps, but starting jumping out of fourth, so we are going to change the trannie. Our times were pretty good for non-drafting times, and we're looking forward to the morning practice."

-gm racing-

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