Memphis: GM teams race quotes

DENNIS SETZER, ...

DENNIS SETZER, #46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO: (Qualified 10th) (Finished 4th):

YOU GUYS HAD SOME PROBLEMS IN "HAPPY HOUR" BUT REBOUNDED PRETTY GOOD TODAY: "Yes, we had a tire problem in the final practice yesterday and we had to set this truck up from our notebook. I am really proud of these Silverado guys. They were great in the pits and really gave me a good truck today even though we lost all of our last practice."

YOU HAVE FINISHED IN THE TOP FIVE IN THE LAST SIX RACES HERE AT MEMPHIS. WHY ARE YOU GUYS SO GOOD HERE? " Well this is a great place to race. It's a fast short track and there really isn't anything bad that I can say about this facility. You can run two even three wide here in places and it's a really great place for the fans. I also want to thank all the engineers at Chevrolet who come along with us each week. Their shock development program is really strong and having guys like Mike Alex at the track each week have really helped all the Chevy teams step it up a notch at a place like this".

JACK SPRAGUE, #16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO: (Qualified 1st ) (Finished 7th):

Note: SPRAGUE WAS LEADING ON LAP 137 WHEN THE CAUTION FLEW, PER RULE STATED IN MORNING DRIVERS MEETING, SPRAGUE WAS PENALIZED A STOP AND GO PENALTY FOR NOT SLOWING IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE TRACK WENT YELLOW. SPRAGUE WAS NOT ADVISED BY RADIO OF THE YELLOW BUT SLOWED DOWN IMMEDIATELY WHEN YELLOW LIGHT ON THE TRACK ILLUMINATED. HOWEVER, SERIES DIRECTOR WAYNE AUTON STATED IN DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING THAT WAS THE ONLY WARNING AND ANY INFRACTION WOULD RESULT IN A PENALTY.

ON PENALTY FOR NOT SLOWING QUICK ENOUGH WHEN CAUTION WAS DISPLAYED WHILE LEADING: "I didn't know the caution came out. My spotter didn't say anything about the yellow. I slammed on the brakes as soon as I saw the yellow light flash on the wall. I don't know what else I could have done. They tell us we are supposed to watch the trucks in front of us, the trucks behind us, the yellow lights on the wall and everything else. If we are supposed to react as soon as the flag and/or light are displayed, they need to put a light on the dash so that as soon as they flip the switch, we see it right there in front of us. It is important to be able to slow immediately when there is trouble on the track, but they have to help us out inside the truck because we are already focused on so many things that are going on around us."

HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT WITH ALL THE YELLOW FLAG LAPS AFTER YOU HAD TO RESTART IN 20TH: "It was very frustrating but it was the way the cards fell. I kept digging and did everything I could to gain back spots.

HOW GOOD WAS YOUR TRUCK: "The Chevy Trucks Silverado was awesome today. I think I really had the truck that could have won the race. We were loose at the start of the race but the guys adjusted it when we pitted and we were good. We were a little tight early in the run but we were going to be good as the race unwound.

DAVID STARR, #75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO: (Qualified 15th) (Finished 10th) :

ON TODAY'S RACE: "We weren't very good at the start of the race but Dave McCarty (crew chief) and the crew did a good job on the first pit stop with the adjustments they made to help me turn better in the center. We were a little loose of the corners too and they fixed that as well. I was trying to get by the 99 truck after that last restart, but I got loose off two and the 6 got back by me and then there at the end, all heck broke loose. We lost a lot of ground back to 10th but that was all we had today. We did the best we could with our Spears Silverado. We will just go on to the next race and try it again."

MATT CRAFTON, #6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO: (Qualified 12th) (Finished 6th ) :

ON YOUR RACE TODAY AT MEMPHIS: "We had a real good day today and a great truck. We have good momentum for the next four or five races we have in a row. The guys made at least a half dozen changes this morning and Wally (Rogers, our crew chief) and the guys did a good job in the pits. We made only one stop for fuel and four tires and no chassis changes. "We got up to maybe fourth and could have been beating on the door for a win but we weren't very good on short runs. We needed long green flag runs because it took a while for the truck to come to me. In the second half of the race we had five and ten lap runs. With all those yellows I knew we were in trouble. We had that last nine lapper and I got up on the wheel gave it everything I had and we picked up a couple more spots."

SHANE HMIEL, #15 SPONDIVITS/ALPHARETTA SILVERADO: (Qualified 6th) (Finished 2nd ):

ON YOUR HIGHEST FINISH TO DATE IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES: "Everybody here know what I went through so I am feel so fortunate to come back like this and finish so well. I feel like I am the best racecar driver I think I have ever been and I am with the best team I have ever driven for. I have good engines, good trucks. Every week we are competitive and it feels good to come to the track every weekend knowing we have a chance to win. We are getting to tracks I have been to but places like Martinsville and Atlanta where you run wide open took a little getting used to but I am getting really comfortable and used to the truck and the team. ON TODAY'S RACE: "Our Silverado was really good today. The crew made no adjustments on our stops. They came over the radio and said we had a caution out and we didn't want to get penalized like Jack did so we let off and lost it there. It's no one persons fault it just happens with these new rule changes."

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