Texas post-race quotes

Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Pronto Auto 400 Quotebook FORT WORTH, Tex. (June 6, 1997) Driver quotes from the Pronto Auto Parts 400K at Texas Motor Speedway: Note: Computer problems encountered by ...

Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations

Pronto Auto 400 Quotebook

FORT WORTH, Tex. (June 6, 1997) Driver quotes from the Pronto Auto Parts 400K at Texas Motor Speedway:

Note: Computer problems encountered by Chevrolet's media relations representative prevented transmission of Chevrolet driver quotes. We apologize for the inconvenience.

KENNY IRWIN JR. No. 98 Raybestos/Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease Ford

"We just had a good truck all night. Mike Bliss had just as good a truck as us. When I seen him get a flat up there between (Turns) 3 and 4, I knew if we didn't screw anything up we were going to have a good night."

DID THAT CONCERN YOU -- BLISS GETTING A FLAT?

"I just figured he ran over something. I tried not to think about it. I just didn't. We've had our bad luck, and I figured this was his. It was just a good night for us.

THIS IS YOUR SECOND WIN. WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE NEXT FEW RACES?

"We had a good test at Bristol. If we can just run competitively, if we can just run in the top -5 we have a chance to win the race. I believe when it comes to the last 30 or 40 laps, I'll just give it all that I've got. I believe we're going to be tough all year. It's really unbelievable that when I first came in this deal that by now we would have won two races. I've just got a really good deal with Raybestos and Ford.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE POINTS CHASE?

"Honestly until tonight, I didn't even think anything about points. I was more concerned about rookie points than championship points. I think it would be neat if we could just win two more races this would be a great year for us, and we'll worry about the championship next year."

BRAD DAUGHERTY Owner, No. 98 Raybestos/Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease Ford

"We had a great game plan coming out of the truck. We stuck to our plan. We wanted to run second or third most of the day and sort the truck out. We didn't narrow our truck up like everybody else did so we didn't draft well with other people. We wanted to stay away from Bliss a little bit, and run about ten car lengths back. Some things went good for us toward the end of the race, and we got the lead and we knew we could check out so we did."

BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford

"Yeah, if (Irwin's) a rookie I'm a double rookie. He's been racing ovals all his life, tracks like Winchester which looks like the hardest track in the world to me. Last week we had a great battle. We ran really close and it was a lot of fun. This was the same thing. We race really good together. He just had a little too much for me tonight. There at the end I was just settling for second."

TALK ABOUT THE ADJUSTMENT TO THIS CIRCUIT.

"Going from road racing to oval racing is a big transition. This is the most competitive series I've ever run. You know it is like going from golf to tennis. It's like starting over. But the good thing on my side, I've got a really good team. Jay Smith everybody gave me a really good truck, and I've got Ernie Irvan as a coach. I say it over and over, but that is the secret to my success right now. It's Ernie."

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford

"We're a lot more excited than the way we sound right now, but you can see the smile. Great motor, great crew and crew chief."

CHUCK BOWN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford

"Considering the way we performed through qualifying and practice, and the way we started out this morning, and starting back in 20th position, we're pretty thrilled to have climbed our way back up to the front. I just want to thank the guys (his crew). They worked hard. We didn't show them anything until race time. I felt pretty good the last few minutes of practice. I thought we stumbled on something I thought was going to work. I just want to thank these guys for working so hard and believing in me because it wasn't the first time we've been in this predicament. We keep coming back. We figure it out eventually."

MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford

"We were given the pole and we gave the win away. The right front went down. That's just the way God intended it. Our win's just right around the corner. It was a good truck as tore up as it was. At the end there I was way better than Chuck and those. It just wasn't worth jeopardizing somebody else and us. We raced hard all day, and it just wasn't worth trying something stupid for first place."

BOB KESELOWSKI No. 29 Mopar Dodge

"I was pleasantly surprised with this race. We all had some reservations about racing here but everyone did all right. The No. 29 truck came out without a scratch. It looks like we'll just wipe it down and load it up. I think the biggest help for me was testing here. Since then we have made almost no changes to our truck."

JOE RUTTMAN No. 80 LCI International Ford

"All in all, based on how we practiced I'll take it and run. I think when we come back we'll be better. I don't know if we can run with the leaders, but we'll be better. It was a real learning experience. I think we'll take it and pat ourselves on the back."

IT WAS A TOP TEN.

"That's what it is going to take. We fell out of the point race, and we need to grind back a little closer. If we can get our speed back it will help us. We just need to go home and find what we need."

KEN BOUCHARD No. 42 Touch 1 Dodge

"I was busting it the best I could all the way around the race track. The Dodge Touch 1 team did a great job of preparing this truck. This track is not the easiest place to break out a truck for the first time, and to be able to bring it home in one piece is wonderful. I have to say that no one knows how to build a Dodge engine better than Maurice Petty. Maurice and his boys did a great job with the engine in this truck. I had great power in the corners."

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Dodge

"The truck series stood tall tonight and I'm proud to be associated with them tonight. We all got in there and did a good job of racing pretty clean. We went in here tonight with a lot of safety concerns because of the Winston Cup race. But the truck series got an A plus tonight. And we'll take our 12th-place finish, it's respectable. "

RICHARD PETTY Owner, No. 43 Cummins Dodge and No. 42 Touch 1 Dodge

"I feel good about coming to this race track with two trucks and finishing so well and they're all in one piece. The two trucks ran a great race and they ran the whole race. The trucks and the Cup cars are two different deals."

MICHAEL DOKKEN No. 18 Dana Dodge

"I went out with steering problems because I hit the wall. I had just passed the No. 20 truck, which was a lap down, on the outside and he cut down and cut me off. It would have been different if the No. 20 truck was on the lead lap, but he had no chance of getting his lap back. I feel like I was robbed me of a top 10 finish, which would have been one of my best this year."

TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge

"We think we dropped a cylinder. I had no warning or indication that the engine was about to go. The truck was handling very well. Speedways are sometimes easier to drive on because you have more time to make smooth laps. We had a good truck and we are getting better and better. Dodge is continually developing the trucks so watch out in the next two races."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Mike Bliss , Maurice Petty