MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 7, 1999) Quotes from selected drivers Friday following Bud Pole Award Qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Memphis 200: GREG BIFFLE No. 50 Grainger Racing Ford "It was a really good lap. We knew that when we came in from qualifying we could run a little better here and a little better there, but that was a pretty good lap. The truck was just a little bit too free and we made some tire pressure adjustments and then I cut them in half after I watched about half the guys qualify who seemed to look a little free. The track was cooling down a little bit so we made the call to cut it back some. The guys worked really hard today and gave me a great truck. I think we might come up with a win if we can keep our cards straight."
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet "We had a few problems in practice this morning and the guys worked real hard to get things worked out. That's the best we've run here all weekend. We tested here on Thursday and it's always good when you can test at a new race track. You know the track's a little bit different this year. It's a great race track & it's a lot of fun. The truck's pretty good right now. It it stays good on long runs that will be the key. We'll know more after 'happy hour' but I'm sure we'll have something for them tomorrow."
KEVIN HARVICK No. 98 Porter-Cable Power Tools Ford "The Porter-Cable Ford has been good ever since we got here to Memphis. We'll take our time because it gets us right up front where we need to be and we'll go racing tomorrow. Coming out of turns 3 and 4, the truck was a little too tight. But I had to go for it and it worked out okay. We'll see what happens tomorrow."
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet "She was a little loose. I don't know, it wasn't a bad lap, just looser than we were earlier and I couldn't get a hold of it.
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet "I left a little bit on the table but I'll take it. That was the best we've run all day, a five-nine, and I'll take that any day. We tried a lot of different stuff when we tested here yesterday and we ended up right where we started when we unloaded. I think the biggest thing with this new Chevrolet is working with it. The first time we tested with it we put big fenders on it like the old model and now we're cutting 'em back and finding the balance better. I think that testing really will help us because we're getting through the corners better."
BOBBY HAMILTON No. 4 DANA Dodge "I didn't have a lot of time in the truck this morning. Butch and Bobby Jr. did a great job of setting up the truck for me. All we did today was change the right front shock. We only made one mock qualifying run and then worked on the race set-up. In qualifying I just went for it - the Chelsea/DANA Dodge handled great and had one horse of a motor. We are ready to go racing."
MIKE BLISS No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "I screwed up in Turns 3 and 4. We came through one and two really good and then you can overdrive coming into three and that's what I did. I kept telling myself coming down the back straight to not overdrive but I went in too hard and the thing pushed up and I blew a couple of tenths right there. That's all it was. At least I know what it was. Turn three is one tough corner. It's real critical to come through there well. Luckily in practice I've run well through there but I didn't when it counted."
Source: NASCAR Online