Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations
Colorado 250 Quotebook
ERIE, Colo. (July 18, 1997) The following are quotes from drivers following Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Colorado 250 Presented By Snap-On at Colorado National Speedway:
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet
"I guess we gotta be happy with this NAPA Chevrolet but the driver was trying too hard again. On the first lap I jumped on the gas too soon. Then I tried to make a good lap on the second lap and I drove it kind of cautiously and never got back on the gas soon enough. There is more left in this Chevy for the race."
MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureOne Chevrolet
"I really didn't know what the speed was, but the thing felt good. It (race track) changed a lot since practice. It tightened up quite a bit. The slickness is gone. We loosened the truck up and it felt good. I was a little conservative on the first lap but it was pretty decent. At Louisville (Link-Belt 225) we qualified badly. Track position was everything at Louisville and we never could get it. But we worked hard and got a top-10 finish out of it."
RICH BICKLE No. 17 Sears DieHard Chevrolet
"The first lap I missed completely. I slid around quite a bit. The second lap hit pretty good."
TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge
"I'm pleased with my position. We've got to work on our race setup, which is very different than our qualifying setup. We're a little loose going into the turns, but we'll take care of it. Colorado is always a nice place to go racing and I won an ASA race here in 1992. I'd like to get a top-3 or top-5 finish to get these rookie points going again (Raines is tied for third in the Cintas Rookie of the Year standings). On these short tracks handling is always the key to having a good finish."
BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford
"The Federated guys gave me a great truck. All day long we've been getting better and better and better and better. So in qualifying we just sucked up, and we stuck like glue, so it was really good."
On qualifying at a track he had never seen.
"We feel really good about that because this place is a little bit strange. I'm running really low, so I'm kind of running the road course track where the other guys are running a little higher on the banking. I'm going to stick close to home and run there."
MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford
"It felt pretty good out there. I thought it would be a little better than that, but it's all right."
RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford
"Not too bad after having a totaled-out truck after last week (Link-Belt 225). We brought the same truck here. The crew worked their buns off getting it fixed. I think we'll be in pretty good shape for Saturday."
BUTCH MILLER No. 20 The Orleans Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
"It pushed like a dump truck. It was a lot different than it was during practice 'cause that was in the sun. It tightened up a bit and I think we gave some away.."
JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Engine Co. Dodge
"We were really struggling during the whole practice session today. We changed almost everything and fortunately every change was in the right direction. We got in and out of the corner real well, so I don't know how we could've been any faster. It's a little track in Colorado but I like racing here. Last year I finished third and the team was on the pole."
RANDY NELSON No. 82 Core Motorsports Ford
"We were just trying to be smooth and consistent, and mostly concentrating on tomorrow. It's our first time (racing a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series machine) so we're definitely new at it. The trucks are a lot of fun. It's a great series. We are really looking forward to running these five races and next year."
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