Homestead Saturday quotes HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 4, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge Dealers 400K at Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex: RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel...
Homestead Saturday quotes
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 4, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge Dealers 400K at Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex:
RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford
"There's one thing about being behind somebody and one thing about passing them. I was going to do all I could to keep him back there. Jack's truck has a strong gun, and we knew that. Him being the defending champion. Our engine guy really built us a power plant too.
"There was a little excitement coming off of four over there sort of bottle up the trucks ahead of me. I think we were running like eighth or ninth. We passed about four in one corner, and the momentum was going. Then Rick (Carelli) and Andy (Houston) who's doing a great just as a rookie this year, they pitted a little early or beat the pace car into the pits so that knocked them out of the way. I drafted off Rick there at the end and put some distance on Jack there.
"We've been with the Circle Bar Motel and RV Park, this is our sixth year now. Back in '91 I was about lost. We ran some strong Fords in All Pro, and he (owner Tom Mitchell ) brought us back from that, and then the truck series just fit right in with his venue. He owns truck stops in Ozona, Texas, and Ft. Stockton, Texas, so we decided to run the truck series. We started out last year with one truck and one engine and that lasted through the first six races. Then we got another engine, and we got a truck from Bill Elliott . We got our first top-five finish at Texas and boy that just put some more money in the bank when you can run good in Texas in front of your sponsors. We added some more people and equipment this year. It feels good to win. That's where it comes from, hard work. We didn't lay on the beach for two months. We worked hard in the shop.
"I won the Snowball Derby in 1989, one of the biggest short-track races anybody could ever win. Let's see, two years ago I won at Bristol in the All Pro race and that sort of topped winning the Snowball, but the Snowball was close to home, 65 miles from where I live in Mobile, Alabama. I was probably one of the first locals to win that race and that felt pretty good. Sorry about being a little emotional. I'm pretty proud.
"I'm going to let Mike write about me this week instead of me writing something. We came out with a new column. It's running in I think seven different newspapers across the southeast. It's called From the Driver's Seat by Rick Crawford. It's something new. I'm trying to get some public awareness for our team, and I'm trying to find an associate sponsor to go with the Circle Bar Motel and RV Park. Not that we need an associate sponsor, but I think we could do a corporate image well. We've got a strong team, and I think that would just add to a corporate image."
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
"About five to go we had a motor problem and lost a cylinder so I guess it's pretty good to finish second. I can't say enough about this Hendrick Motorsports team, Chevrolet, GMAC, Rotary and AC. We had a great Chevy all weekend but that last segment it got real, real tight and I just couldn't do a thing with it it was quite an experience.
"I tried high, I tried low, I tried on the apron and in the 'marbles' and off the race track once or twice. I could catch him but I couldn't pass him when we got there.
"The first half we were faster than the second half I just couldn't turn it."
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
"We got a better qualifying position this time but the early pit stop for a tire problem put us at the back of the field again. The beauty of this Goodwrench Childress team is they know how to make the right calls and they know pit strategy and they got us right back up front.
"The Chevy was pretty good. We were a little tight all day but we're just glad not to get outa here in a helicopter again. Last year, you know, we had that bad wreck and went out of here in a helicopter but today we brought it home in one piece."
GREG BIFFLE No. 50 W.W. Grainger Racing Ford
"I just don't even know what to say. Roush and Grainger just gave me the greatest opportunity. A year ago I didn't even have a race program put together, and here I am with a fifth- and a fourth-place finish in the Craftsman Truck Series and leading the Cintas Rookie of the Year points chase. Everybody has just been great. The Grainger F-150 just ran awesome today. The guys -- talk about pit stops -- I mean, I think they were the fastest ones on pit road. I don't know who was timing them. They just did an awesome job. (Randy) Goss got me a great truck. Max Jones was spotting and kept me out of trouble. This is the first really big track I've been on. I'm used to 5/8ths-mile tracks. I'm real happy with my finish here. I feel happy and a little bit safer going and more excited about going to California and places like that, Texas."
RON BARFIELD No. 35 Ortho Lawn & Garden Chevrolet
"I'll tell you, this Ortho - New Holland Chevrolet truck ran real good. Charles Hardy has put an excellent team together with Hal Dooley as Crew Chief. You know when you've got a good team and good sponsors, it's fun to drive.
"We took a gamble there on fuel mileage and we thought we could go the distance and it paid off for us. We got a fifth-place finish and we got a good points run. That's good. We're really happy.
STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford
"Well we talked yesterday about it, and we've got a great truck. I'll tell you this Royal Crown Ford ran great all day. We picked up a push in the first half and in the second half. We tried some things in the first half, and the truck got pretty tight. But I tell you these guys did a whale of a job. We come down here early in the week and tried some things. We struggled when we first got here. But these guys put a great truck under me. We wish we could have finished a little bit better, but all in all with it being our first time down here on this new configuration and getting a sixth place finish, we'll sure take it."
BOB KESELOWSKI No. 29 Mopar Dodge
"The Mopar team's really excited -- two top-10s in a row is a great way to start the season. It's great to be the top-finishing Dodge in a Dodge race. We had some push late in the race, but the potential is definitely there. It takes the total package to be the best, and I think that's possible."
DAVE REZENDES No. 55 Icehouse Ford
"It was pretty good coming from 28th. We were real tight in the beginning. We had a lot of tape on the front end, and that kind of ran our water temperatures up a little bit. We ran some where around 240, and that wasn't real good for the motor so little by little we started taking the tape off and started running better. I found a groove out there that worked real good for us. During the second half I think under the hood finally got to us a little bit. But all in all it was a pretty good day.
"I think we've finally found something on these speedways. You know we had a little trouble at Orlando, and the guys are just digging in real hard. Tom Gloy is not the type who wants to run second or anywhere back there, but we learned a lot this weekend, and we're going to take this and go to Phoenix. It should help us on the other race tracks as well, anything over a mile. Everybody is getting along real good, and I think this thing is going to start clicking. We could have had a top-10 at Orlando, but we had a mechanical problem. I think everybody is real happy with the outcome today. I said I'd be happy with a top-10, and real happy with a top-five, so I'm happy."
SCOT WALTERS No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet
"It was a long day. We had a good truck and the Red Man crew did us a good job today. I'm just glad that Clarence Brewer gave me a chance to drive for this team's Chevy. I learned a lot and finally got to run a full race. Crew Chief Terry Shirley and myself and the team will try to figure out what we need on long runs and little short runs. But we're happy. We'll go home and put it on the scales and regroup and get ready for Phoenix.
"I never been to Phoenix but Terry has and he has notes on a set-up for that track from his Winston Cup days so if we can get close when we roll off the trailer. I'm really looking forward to going out west. I've never run those tracks before.
"We just need a little more aerodynamics of something in the traffic to help the truck. But from 33rd to 10th is a good day in anybody's book."
RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX Chevrolet
"Obviously, I ran past the pace truck and got a one-lap penalty. It was unfortunate. I had a real fast truck. It may never happen again. I had the truck to beat. I ran out of gas at Las Vegas and here, this happens. I'll take the blame and we'll just go on to Phoenix. I love Phoenix. I've won there.
"It's hard to win one of these truck races anyway and once have the lead and you give it away like that it's hard to get 'em back. There at the end, I don't know if I could have passed all those trucks if we'd caught a yellow and I coulda caught back up but I would have loved to have the opportunity to try." Source: NASCAR Online