Homestead Race Quotes

ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 CAT Rental Store Chevrolet "We weren't real good to begin with, we were just OK. Sometimes I'd hit the line right and we'd go real good through the corners, and sometimes the truck would get sideways and I would be...

ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 CAT Rental Store Chevrolet "We weren't real good to begin with, we were just OK. Sometimes I'd hit the line right and we'd go real good through the corners, and sometimes the truck would get sideways and I would be spinning my wheels and backing up. On my last pit stop they made some adjustments. They put four tires on it and hit it dead on the handle. We were really coming. We came out of the pits and we were half a straightaway back behind Jack and Greg, and we were coming. We had cut off nine-tenths of a second in just eight laps, and when we saw that caution come out, I didn't really figure those guys would pit. We decided to stay out and get the track position and try and win this thing, and I was in full agreement. I thought we hadn't run long on those tires, and it seemed the longer we ran, the better off we were. So we stayed off and those guys pitted, and we pretty much ran off and hid after that."

MIKE WALLACE No. 2 Team ASE Ford "Congratulations to Andy and his crew. They did a real good job. They were just better than us. I was real concerned we were going to be racing for third or fourth, but everybody ran a good, clean race. I think it was a good race at the end. We won last week, we finished second this week. We're points racing this early in the year. We didn't lead today like we needed to, but all in all we had a good day."

JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet "That was a great run for us. It just got tight and it stayed cloudy, and we weren't expecting that. We led again for the fifth straight year, and we kept our streak intact of never winning here, also."

JOE RUTTMAN No. 18 Dana Dodge "We were close, but we didn't hit it just right with the Dana Dodge."

GREG BIFFLE No. 50 Grainger Ford "It was really difficult to pass and my truck was really tight and I couldn't get it to turn across the bottom. What really hurt us was the last caution for debris on the race track. It put Andy Houston back into sequence and basically that's how he won the race. He made a mistake in the pits and only took two tires and that caution put him back in the tire sequence. We had a great truck and the guys did an awesome job in the pits -- we came out of the pits first every time. We were on a different sequence than everyone else and if it weren't for that caution, we probably wouldn't have put that last set of right side tires on. They were brand new sticker tires and had not been purged or scuffed in, but that was our mistake, we should have stayed out on the race track. Things like this happen a lot and all you can hope for is that it is you that needs the caution."

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford "It was a good run for the Milwaukee Electric Tool/Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150. This is what we needed; a good solid qualifying effort and to run hard and clean all day. The guys did a great job on the pit stops; these guys have been busy building trucks and not practicing pit stops. So as good as they were today, they will only get better with time and I'm really proud of them. They kept us on the lead lap all day and the motor ran great. I've even got to give my hats off to Dr. Scholl's today as I was wearing some of their padding on my ribs and it held up great. This is really what the team needed and we'll be in Phoenix with our 12-gauge shotgun loaded for that one."

TERRY COOK No. 88 Transmission Technology Corp. Chevrolet "I'm just happy to have a top-10 finish on the lead lap. The truck was pretty good all day, a little tight and we struggled on the last pit stop when we put on left-side tires and we probably should have stayed out for track position. Nevertheless, I'm happy with a top-10 finishing position.

KURT BUSCH No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "We stayed out of trouble today, and that's what we came here to do. After Daytona's big (second place) finish, we wanted to come here and place a top-10, and whoa! We got it! We had an unlucky break out there today. We just couldn't catch a caution when we needed to. But overall this is exactly what we wanted to happen -- just make some laps. I wanted to make every lap though, but hey I think we did just fine. After two races, the Exide team is doing pretty good. We're setting our goals and meeting them. We just had another awesome weekend here. It's another feather in the cap for Roush Racing. We're really looking at the big picture now by trying to stay out of trouble and make some friends out there."

MARTY HOUSTON No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet "We thought early in the race we could keep that streak of first time winners (at Homestead-Miami Speedway) alive, but the Spears Chevy was just a little bit tight. Right in the middle of the corners, we got beat. Really, the first run was the worst and we got a lap down. We never did recover from it. But we got a little damage at Daytona and we wanted to come here and get a top-10, bring the truck home in one piece and all in all we did. So we're pretty happy. That should have maybe boosted us up to the top-10 in points, so we're kind of looking at the big picture. We're pretty satisfied with that."

-nascar.com-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston