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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9, 1997) Quotes following the Carquest 420K Presented By Las Vegas Events at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
JOE RUTTMAN No. 80 LCI International Ford
"I'm just flabbergasted. I don't know what to say really. It's just fantastic. I don't know what else to say. The guys just did a beautiful job. Everyone just order up LCI so we can get the sponsorship back. Fuel has done it before for us. Truthfully I didn't realize we had won. We were trying to dig for second in the points. That's what we were thinking about." (RUTTMAN DIDN'T GO DIRECTLY TO VICTORY LANE.) DID YOU NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO WHERE THEY SAID PIT ROAD WAS IN THE DRIVERS' MEETING? "No, I don't pay any attention. You never count your chickens before they're hatched. When you get this old, I don't want to get too excited because you never know what could happen. This is super for the whole Roush crew. Five wins! I'm still not sure that I won. I want to congratulate the guys with the green machine. They were just too much for us in the championship run. We thought we could have something for them, but they just were more consistent than we were. "It was a little bit of a gift. No question about it. Rick was quicker than we were. But you know you've got to do everything right, and apparently they didn't get enough gas in the thing, and that's where really concentrated on. We had plenty of power. The chassis was off. Rick was just a little better in the chassis department than we were. It's just a shame that a guy can run that far and lose it. I mean I'm not going to give him any of the money, but I feel sorry for him." WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU HAD WON? "Believe it or not, when I come down pit road I was asking the guys 'did we get second in the points?' because that's a lot of money, and I knew we were really, really tight with Rich (Bickle). While I was asking the guys if we got second in the points they were, and they were going, 'hey, go around to the front'. Well all the first five guys go around to the front, and I had no idea. They said something with about ten laps to go that maybe the six didn't get enough fuel on the pit stop, but you have no idea how much gas a guy got in or how much gas he didn't on another team. Truthfully, when I come down pit road I had no idea. I figured I got second, and I was digging for second in the points because it represents a lot of money, and you know at my age I can take any amount of money I can get."
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 Quaker State Chevrolet
"What a day -- what a year! We finished second and got the championship. We came here to win the race and just came up a little short. The team has been working together all year and they really worked really hard. I'm just a small part of the equation."
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet
"Awesome, isn't it? This NAPA team never quits. We ran great and had to stop on a green flag pit stop and then the yellow came out and put us down a lap. They just never said die. They kept pumping me up and going forward and we got our lap back to third. We'll take it any time."
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet
"The team came through again today. They gave me the right calls, excellent pit work and got us where we needed to be at the end. We definitely think this will give us the momentum going into next year. It's only eight weeks away from the start of a new season and we're in good shape."
MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford
"Something happened to the motor. I think we burned a spark plug wire off right after half-time. We haven't had motor problems all year. The end of the year, I guess that's the time to have them. But our truck was really strong to stay in the top five or six. I didn't really care (where I finished). I wanted to win this one so hard. When we were leading, I knew we had this one in the bag. It really hurts your feelings. It's not the fault of anybody. It was just one of those things."
RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX International Chevrolet
"It was a heartbreaker. I mean, we just ran out of fuel. They told me to back off. We had a six and a half second lead on Ruttman. I slowed down to about a five second lead and unfortunately we didn't get all the fuel on that last stop. It's just one of those deals. I've lost a lot of stuff in my life but this hasn't sunk in about how bad I'm going to feel in a couple days."
MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureOne Chevrolet
"We had a very good run today. The PureOne Chevrolet was a little tight and the first caution flag hurt us. But we had a great truck and the crew guys worked hard all day. This was our fourth straight top-10 finish so we are obviously looking forward to 1998."
CHUCK BOWN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford
"We were terrible loose when the race started, and it just wouldn't get better. We worked on it on the quick gas stop, and on a caution real late in the first half when we made another major change. And then the truck come on and run great, but it was too late. We were a lap down. Couldn't get cautions to work with me in the second half to get my lap back. Had an awful good truck. It's a shame to finish ninth."
RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar RV Park & Motel Ford
"It was a great run for us. We had the new super truck here, and it did what it was supposed to do. I just want to thank (owners) the whole Mitchell family for putting something like this under me the whole year. To finish with a top ten, we can go on from there."
TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge
"We didn't have a spectacular race today but we got through it. We didn't come here with enough equipment to win. It was discouraging today because we have struggled all year with engines and today was no exception. Next fall when we come to Las Vegas we'll do much better as a team because we'll have the experience we need."
STACY COMPTON No. 86 Valvoline Ford
"These guys gave me a good truck. We had a good truck all day. We got caught there on that one caution and got behind the eight ball. But we had a good truck. We came from 23rd up to 10th, 12th, 13th there right before that caution came out. We just got caught with our pants down in the pits. We had a good truck today. I think our speedway program has come a long way. We're looking forward to next year. We've got a good truck week in and week out. We're there week in and week out. It's just a matter of time. Next year you'll see this Impact Motorsports Ford up front."
KENNY IRWIN No. 98 Raybestos/Ford Credit Ford
"The motor blew up with about 20 to go. That was about it. We had a good season, we won some races, and we were competitive today."
BILL ELLIOTT No. 94 Team ASE Ford
"You know Jimmy Smith asked me if I would like to drive his truck here again this year, and I thought yeah, I'll try it again. I really had a good time. The guys really put a good effort together, Barry (Dodson), Mike (Beam), and all the guys. The truck ran great, and we were in a good position. I knew at the start of the second half it started to get a little flat there, and it finally decided it was going to quit running so I just quit. Last night I had a piece of metal go through the radiator, and then today we had this problem, but we'll go to Atlanta and have a good day. We're looking forward to coming back here next March."
BARRY BODINE No. 7 Mattei Bodine Motorsports Ford
"We got a good restart, and were coming up through lapped trucks, and started running with the lead lap trucks. We were coming off of four, and before I knew it, and before my spotter knew it, cars and trucks were every where. I couldn't stop. We were going that fast, and just couldn't stop. I ran into the guy in front of me. Broke an oil line somewhere. We had oil all over the wind shield. We've been running good. We ran good when we unloaded. We were running good out there. We had a real consistent truck, could run it any where. We'll get them next year. Just getting experience. It was just a racing incident. I have plenty more years left in my racing career, and its going to happen plenty more times I'm sure. You can't let it get to you. You just have to go onto the next race."
BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford
"We've had engine problems all weekend long. The guys tried to patch it together all weekend. At the start of the race we were down a cylinder, and they tried to fix it and they couldn't. I just want to forget about the whole motor program. We'll just look forward to next year."
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1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Unofficial Race Results Carquest Auto Parts 420K Las Vegas Motor Speedway Race No. 26/November 9
Pos Truck Name Sponsor Make Lap Pts Money Status 1 80 Joe Ruttman LCI International Frd 175 175 83,000 Running 2 24 Jack Sprague Quaker State/GMAC Chv 175 170 53,625 Running 3 16 Ron Hornaday NAPA Brakes Chv 175 165 39,775 Running 4 3 Jay Sauter GM Goodwrench Serv Chv 175 160 26,925 Running 5 2 Mike Bliss Team ASE Racing Frd 175 155 25,125 Running 6 6 Rick Carelli RE/MAX International Chv 175 150 18,700 Running 7 52 Mike Wallace Purlator PureOne/Pep Chv 175 146 16,700 Running 8 75 Kevin Harvick Spears Manufacturing Chv 175 142 15,600 Running 9 99 Chuck Bown Exide Batteries Frd 174 138 15,600 Running 10 14 Rick Crawford Circle Bar Motel/RV Frd 174 134 16,550 Running 11 19 Tony Raines Pennzoil Dge 173 130 14,750 Running 12 86 Stacy Compton Valvoline Instnt Oil Frd 173 127 14,400 Running 13 29 Bob Keselowski Mopar Performance Dge 172 124 14,300 Running 14 90 Lance Norick NHL Dge 172 121 13,200 Running 15 43 Jimmy Hensley Cummins Engine Co Dge 172 118 14,350 Running 16 17 Rich Bickle Sears DieHard Chv 171 115 13,800 Running 17 63 Rick Johnson Precision Gear Chv 171 112 13,450 Running 18 50 Ken Schrader Power Team Frd 171 109 12,600 Running 19 71 Butch Gilliland Doran Ent Chv 170 106 13,250 Running 20 32 Curtis Markham Active Truck Team Chv 169 103 12,525 Engine 21 92 Doug George Rotary Lift Chv 169 100 13,300 Running 22 9 Ron Esau Rhino Linings USA Chv 169 97 12,950 Running 23 77 Kenny Bouchard Doran Enterprises Chv 167 94 12,850 Fuel 24 20 Brendan Gaughan Orleans Hotel/Casino Chv 165 91 12,000 Running 25 98 Kenny Irwin Raybestos Frd 162 88 13,000 Engine 26 35 Ron Barfield Ortho Lawn & Garden Chv 161 85 11,800 Engine 27 31 Tony Roper Taylor Vertex/Concor Frd 148 82 12,700 Running 28 21 Butch Miller Orleans Hotel/Casino Chv 146 79 12,600 Running 29 97 Wayne Anderson Porter-Cable Power Frd 137 76 11,500 Engine 30 61 Randy Tolsma IWX /Dole Chv 134 73 11,225 Suspension 31 94 Bill Elliott Team ASE Racing Frd 113 70 11,225 Engine 32 55 Dave Rezendes Icehouse Beer Frd 96 67 12,975 Handling 33 68 Frank Kimmel Lub-Tek Shock Oil Chv 91 64 11,975 Engine 34 7 Barry Bodine Mattei/Bodine Mtspts Frd 74 61 11,225 Accident 35 10 Lonnie Rush A & G Coal Company Chv 73 58 11,225 Accident 36 93 Mike Skinner Llumar Windows Films Chv 24 55 11,225 Ignition 37 44 Boris Said Federated Auto Parts Frd 19 52 12,225 Engine 38 66 Bryan Reffner Carlin Burner/Cntrls Frd 10 49 12,225 Engine 39 06 Troy Beebe Farris Concrete Chv 2 46 11,225 Ignition
Avg. Speed: 125.849 mph (race record) Margin of Victory: 1.512 seconds Time of Race: two hours, five minutes, nine seconds Lead Changes: 10 among four drivers Caution Flags: five caution flags for 26 laps Contingency Awards: Busch Pole Award: Jack Sprague, 24 Quaker State Chevrolet, 33.476 seconds, 161.310 mph(record) AE Clevite Engine Builder: Tom Ghent, 80 LCI International Ford Cintas Rookie of the Race: Rick Crawford, 10th, 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford Featherlite Trailers Long Haul: Joe Ruttman, 80 LCI International Ford Gatorade Front Runner: Mike Bliss, 2 Team ASE Ford MCI Fast Pace: Bliss, Lap 10, 34.620 seconds, 155.979 mph Plasti-Kote winning Finish: Randy Goss, 80 LCI International Ford Raybestos Top Stopper: Ruttman Ventvisor Brand Super Deflector: Bliss