Indy IRP: GM teams race quotes

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 1st 18th): "I don't know what to say, we lost a cylinder on the eighth lap. Our Chevy Trucks Silverado was as close to perfect as I could ever want. Even on seven cylinders we were faster...

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 1st 18th):

"I don't know what to say, we lost a cylinder on the eighth lap. Our Chevy Trucks Silverado was as close to perfect as I could ever want. Even on seven cylinders we were faster than most everyone. Then we started to get tighter and tighter and started dropping back. The guys did all they could to free it up but it didn't help much. Then we lost another cylinder and that was it for the night really. I don't know what to say, that is three races out of the last four we have had motor problems. I know everyone is working hard to get things right but it sure is disappointing to have these kinds of finishes when we get so much support from Chevrolet."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 13th FINISHED 12TH):

"It was just a disappointing night. Our Silverado was pretty good, we probably didn't have anything for the 43 (Johnny Sauter) but we were going to have a good second place finish. We just didn't need that last caution cause the guys that pitted and had better tires caught us and were by us pretty quick. We gave it our best shot, we just came up way too short."

SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 EARL SMALL'S HARLEY DAVIDSON SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 14th FINISHED 6TH):

Good job for the guys to have this as a top 6th. We had a terrible truck from the start and we had some good pit strategies and some excellent stops. It was a fun night overall. To finish 6th and not have our truck beat up it was great. I think the guys did a great job on the Chevy Silverado.

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 47 ACXIOM SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 16th FINISHED 11TH):

"The Acxiom Chevy Silverado was awesome, Randy did an awesome job today, and the guys got me out great in the pits to gain spots. I thought it was a really good day; the truck drove in the center really well. It kind of fought off the corner on long tire runs, but we ran really well. I really would love to do it again. "

At the end: "Basically I was trying to keep the #03 truck behind the #46 and #47 and Dennis maybe ran me down in turn 3. Tough racing, he didn't want to lose a spot to me. Didn't have a mark on it till then, but we will fix her up and take her out for another ride."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 31st) FINISHED 16TH):

"My Spears Chevy Silverado wasn't real good at the beginning of the race, just tight in the center, sort of shoved the nose at the start since we were already in the back. Even though we were already in the back, McCarty and the guys kept trying to fix it on pit stops and it kept getting better and better... We were trying to get close to a top ten, and then we got a lap down, and we thought we were going to get the lucky dog, didn't get it. Then the caution came out and it was less than 10 laps to go and we still didn't get the lucky dog. We gave it our all, just tight off and tight in the center. I think we finished 15th, for starting almost dead last, not bad. We just need to keep working hard, I have a good team.

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 18th FINISHED 7TH):

"We just fought all night long with our GM Goodwrench Silverado. On the short runs, our truck would just not go. After about 50 laps, the truck would finally start rolling. It was pretty good on the longer runs but the truck would push the nose so bad center off on the shorter runs, we couldn't go anywhere. But our guys kept working on it all night. They just didn't give up, I didn't give up and we ended up with another top-10. We keep digging and go after more top-fives but we better get our first win before too long cause it is driving us all crazy."

TRACY HINES, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 26TH FINISHED 9TH):

"This was a great run for our Menards Silverado team tonight. We had the best pit stops we have had all year. It all just came together for us tonight. Track position would have helped us. The bad qualifying hurt us, and got us out of the leaders sequence. I think if we could have got in the top five pack, we could have run with them there. I think my being so familiar with IRP really helped us. You know in the NCTS we don't do a lot of pit stops, so we tend to have long runs and are on our tires forever. You have what you have but with the way my truck was handling and the experience I have here, I was moving around on the track to find where I could help make it turn when it needed to turn. I am just really happy for this whole team that we had a good night at my home track."

DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 03 JOE GIBBS PERFORMANCE SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 7TH, FINISHED 10TH):

"These guys on this Joe Gibbs Silverado never gave up. We had a really tight truck to begin with but they kept working on it. We got a lap down but got the lucky dog pass and got back on the lead lap and we came back through there. I can't say enough for everyone with this team, Steve May, Curtis Markum and all the guys from Joe Gibbs Racing and EJP put a lot of effort in this truck. For our first truck race, I couldn't be happier with our finish. They all put a lot of time and investment in me and I can't say enough for them."

JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 43 CURB RECORDS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 6TH, FINISHED 2ND):

"I knew I was pretty much a sitting duck out there in our Curb Records Silverado with a lot of those guys on fresher tires than me when we had there on lap 192. I think we could have held them off if that hadn't happened but this is still an awesome run for this team, sometimes the best truck or car doesn't win. I can't say enough for Joe Shearer and the guys at Brewco and everyone else that helps with this program. Mike Curb helped us out to build the truck, Carl Wagner giving us the motors and pretty much everyone else who volunteers on this program. It was pretty exciting there at the end, Travis (Kvapil) tried to get in to me for the win but I am a little smarter than that. I been there before and I have had to do that to win races and he didn't hit me near hard enough. I gave him a little tap on the front straight, just enough to slow down my momentum. I tried as hard as I could to fend him off and came home second. This track has always been pretty cool to me. We won our ASA championship here. I really wanted to win this race for a buddy of mine, Scott Frazier who got killed on a snowmobile last winter. He was a pretty cool dude and I wanted to win it for him but we didn't quite get it done. It was still a good night for our Curb Records Silverado and a lot of fun.

PAUL WHITE, NO. 13 STA-MAX/MICROTEL INNS SILVERADO (QUALIFED 24TH,FINISHED 30TH):

"We were fighting a greasy race track all day and the race truck was loose from the beginning. We kept trying to tighten it up and tighten it up before qualifying, but because we didn't have a provisional we had to set the truck up to be fast in qualifying. But because the trucks were impounded following qualifying, it left us pretty far off when the sun went down and the race started. We tried to make some adjustments on the truck during the race, but it just didn't seem to get any better. So we were forced to just ride around and make laps all night. We avoided some wrecks during the night and I had to make some pretty quick decisions on which line to take. At one point I had to avoid the 22 truck and all I could do was grab a gear and go. Overall it was just disappointing to not be able to be more competitive tonight, but next week we head to Nashville and we tested there earlier this season. It seems like a pretty good track and maybe we can get another good run like we had at Gateway."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing