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Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Colorado 250 Quotebook ERIE, Colo. (July 19, 1997) The following are quotes following the Colorado 250 Presented By Snap-On at Colorado National Speedway, round 14 of the ...

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Colorado 250 Quotebook

ERIE, Colo. (July 19, 1997) The following are quotes following the Colorado 250 Presented By Snap-On at Colorado National Speedway, round 14 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:

RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet

"I wasn't even thinking about three-in-a-row or anything but winning. The crew was on the radio all day telling me to keep cool and watch the tires. I was really worried on that last restart. I'm glad it wasn't with less than 10 laps because they would've lined up right behind me. I knew that once I'd cleared Ruttman they would really have to use their tires up trying to catch me. I'm really glad to get this race for the guys, and I hope we get four, five and six straight!"

MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford

"It was a good day for the ASE Ford. We were fast all day. We just could not get the breaks in traffic. I've gotta say our fellow drivers were not courteous today, like I was courteous last week. I guess it's just all for one. I mean it's no team sport out there, but at least when you see someone strong, you've gotta let them go. All in all it's not bad."

Next week?

"I'm geared up. I'm tired of the short stuff. I'm ready to go fast."

STACY COMPTON No. 86 Valvoline Instant Oil Change Ford

Scored his best finish so far in the series, third.

"I'll tell you what, these guys (nodding to his crew) did a great job. They paced me the whole race. We had a good truck all weekend. We felt like we had a better truck than we qualified, but I guess they say it makes it better if you come from the back. We got hung up behind the 26 truck (Jerry Robertson) at the start when he had some problems. David Hodson, Troy Selberg and these guys at Impact Motorsports got this Ford F-150 Valvoline Instant Oil Change truck up front where it needs to be. We're hoping this is a sign of good things to run."


"Well, I've never been on a road course, but I'd never been here either, so I'm looking forward to it. Each week I'm looking forward to it more and more and more. I think it's a sign of good things for this team. I'm getting my feet on the ground, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year. I think it is going to be a lot of fun."

JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet

"We just used her up. The truck went tight in the second half. It had been loose in the first half. We just had to ride it out and get what we could. We'll take what we got. The guys worked hard and we got the fourth. We're working on an upswing and it's getting better each week."

RICH BICKLE No. 17 Sears DieHard Chevrolet

"I tried to save the tires 'til the end. About a third of the way to go, the truck just began giving up on me on both parts. But we got another top-5. I guess that's what we came here for. I really thought we'd come here and win. We definitely missed on the setup for the race. It was all right for 100 hot laps, but not 125!"

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar RV Park & Motel Ford

Led his first race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and finished sixth.

"I enjoyed it. It's the crew that gives a driver what he's got. We should have run better than this last week. If we had we'd be ahead in the (Cintas) rookie points by now. But having a stable finish today brings the team back. We go to Topeka and try to be a Michael Schumacher or Willie Shoemaker, one or the other."


"We had a great truck coming from 21st spot up to fourth. We must have lost a valve spring when we were racing with Jimmy Hensley. All we could do then was ride around. The restarts killed us."

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Engine Co. Dodge

"We were loose right off the bat. We made a little adjustment at the halfway break and it helped a lot, but we burned the tires up and kept getting loose. The rear end just wanted to come around. But we still got a top-10 so I am pleased with that."

TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge

"I earned my money today. We went a lap down because the truck was so loose, then I got a break with a yellow flag and raced Ron (Hornaday) to get my lap back. I over-worked the radials early in the first half and when you do that you can't recover. The second half of the race was totally different. You can never give up until the checkered waves and that attitude paid off today."

KENNY IRWIN No. 98 Raybestos Ford

"This is a tough little track. We kind of struggled during the first half, but I felt like we were as good as anybody during the second half. I wanted to run more laps, and that's what we needed, maybe 10 or 15 more laps, and we could have goten a couple more places. But that's as good as we were going to do today, so we've got to be happy with it I guess."

What about Topeka?

"I'm concerned bout Topeka. I'm not as concerned about Topeka as what I am these short tracks. We'll just have to wait and see. They've got a test day. I think we'll be all right."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Jimmy Hensley , Jerry Robertson