FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400 POST QUALIFYING NOTES COURTESY - MOTORSPORTS MANAGEMENT GROUP ANDY HOUSTON - ...
FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400 POST QUALIFYING NOTES COURTESY - MOTORSPORTS MANAGEMENT GROUP
ANDY HOUSTON - #60 CAT RENTAL STORES CHEVROLET - QUALIFIED 3RD, 146.254 MILES PER HOUR (36.922 SECONDS) "I feel like I left a little bit out there on the track because I overdrove the truck into Turn 1. (Joe) Ruttman cut a pretty good lap and I knew that I was going to have to hang it out there to beat him. I was going for the pole and I overshot Turn 1 a little bit. That kind of messed me up on getting turned and getting back in the gas. I feel that cost us a little time. I don't know if that was enough, but it didn't help. We still have a great starting spot and the CAT Rental Chevrolet has been fast since we backed it off the truck. We tested really well down here and if anything, we're stronger on the long runs. That should help us in the race tomorrow."
JIMMY HENSLEY - #16 TEAM RENSI CHEVROLET - QUALIFIED 7TH, 145.282 MILES PER HOUR (37.169 SECONDS)
"That was a pretty good time considering where we started from today. The guys worked really hard and we just plugged along making gains every time we tried something. We made everything we did count. Everybody is new to this deal. They don't quite know what I want yet, what I want the truck to feel like. It's going to take some time for us to develop that, but you can see the results already. This is going to be a very good team once we start working together better. I'm very pleased with the results so far."
TERRY COOK - #88 TTC TRANSMISSIONS CHEVROLET - QUALIFIED 13TH, 144.119 MILES PER HOUR (37.469 SECONDS)
"We wanted to cut a better lap than that, but considering we didn't even make a lap in qualifying last week at Daytona, we'll take it. My truck was just way too loose, especially down in Turns 3-4. I think we'll get it straightened out and be a lot better in the race. The guys proved they could bring us from the back to the front last week and we expect to do it again tomorrow."
MIKE WALLACE - #2 TEAM ASE FORD - QUALIFIED 10TH, 144.942 MILES PER HOUR (37.282 SECONDS)
"We expected to qualify better than that. I know we can run better and I'm sure we'll roll to the front once they drop the green flag. We're the defending champions of this race, so there's no question this Team ASE bunch knows what it takes to Victory Lane. We're coming off a big win at Daytona and I think we can make it two wins in a row here and to start the season."
LONNIE RUSH - #27 HASTINGS FILTERS FORD - QUALIFIED 15TH, 143.320 MILES PER HOUR (37.578 SECONDS)
"We're gaining on it. We got a late start to practice this morning and we've been chasing it ever since. I'm satisfied with 15th. We started 31st last week at Daytona and worked our way into ninth when we got swept up in the big wreck. I'm sure we would have had a Top-10 if we didn't get crashed. Hopefully, we'll be able to race to the front tomorrow and manage to miss out on the bad luck we had last week."