Texas Ricky Hendrick first Silverado in Silverado 350 qualifying

RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO (third): "It's not bad when you have to compete against something that has 30 pounds less drag than yours (the Dodges). For us to come out and be the top Chevrolet, that's cool, that's really neat. I'm...

RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO (third): "It's not bad when you have to compete against something that has 30 pounds less drag than yours (the Dodges). For us to come out and be the top Chevrolet, that's cool, that's really neat. I'm happy for Chevrolet and GMAC. We've got happy hour and hopefully we'll pick up some more. That's all we got. When you're wide open like at Talladega and you got your brakes pushed back -- if that's all you got, that's all you got. I guess we would have been better off if we had our Daytona truck here."

HOW DO YOU LIKE THE TRACK?
"It's great. It's a lot like Kansas and we had a good time at Kansas. But the Dodges weren't this good at Kansas. I believe we'll be racing (Scott) Riggs (polesitter) and (Ted) Musgrave (second) all night long tomorrow night."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO (seventh): "That was the best we ran all day. We picked up four tenths from what we ran in practice. We were really happy with it. After practice we knew we had to go to work. We changed a bunch of front-end geometry on the Silverado. And I think we're about 90 percent there. We know we went in the right direction so we are just going to keep going with it and hopefully we will have a good truck in the race."

ON THE TRACK:
"The track is great. It's really smooth. There's not a bump out there. It's got a lot of grip. I think it 's going to be good for some easy two-wide races."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 24 NETZERO SILVERADO (ninth): WHY ARE THE CHEVYS STRUGGLING HERE? "I don't have any idea. We're wide open. That's all there is. I don't know." I like it fine, but I have to find some speed. I'm struggling."

BEING ON TOP IN THE STANDINGS WITH FOUR RACES TO GO, IS THIS COMFORTABLE OR STRESSFUL:
"It's not that stressful to me. We won this thing (championship) twice. If we don't win it it's not the end of the world. That's not to say that we're not trying. The trouble that we've had is unbelievable that we're even in this situation. We've lost at least six races we should have won, from blowing motors or dragging oil lines off or whatnot. We kind of put ourselves here. In one sense it was uncontrollable but we put ourselves here with the trouble we had. We couldn't control it or it was just due to the rules change and we got blindsided by something we never even took into consideration. To be in this situation with the trouble we had is certainly a year you could write a book about. If we win it, great. It's certainly been a hard-fought one. If we don't we still had a great year."

BILLY BIGLEY, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (10th): "It was about as perfect as we have ever had a Silverado. I run wide open for two laps and it was right on the bottom of the race track, nice and free. It didn't do anything irregular. We made three or four little changes right before qualifying. They woke it up. It just made a huge difference. this track is like -- I don't know, I don't want to jinx myself -- but it's like ultra-smooth. It's perfect. You can't ask for any nicer race track. I know once the second groove gets worn in, there will be two-by-two racing around here."

LANCE NORICK, N0. 90 AVENTIS BEHRING CHOICE SILVERADO (11th): "We went out second. I think our Silverado is going to be a lot better than is showing on the board. The guys worked their butts off. The Chevrolets are a little down here on the board, but I think we will have an awesome race truck. I think it would have been nicer if we could have gone out about now (6:45 p.m.); it's about 15 degrees cooler. We ran what we did in practice, a little bit quicker. That's about all we can expect for going out second."

ON THIS TRACK;
"The track is awesome. The new surface is really smooth, it has a lot of grip. It's going to be a good race track. It's going to be a good, exciting race tomorrow, I'm sure."

HOW MANY GROOVES?
"Right now there's one. But I'm sure the second groove will come in. This place has so much grip right now that I'm sure the second groove has a lot of grip too it;'s just a matter of getting up there and getting it cleaned off."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 ACXIOM/COMPUTER ASSOCIATES SILVERADO: "Our Silverado is handling good. It just seems like we're lacking a little something. We don't know exactly what. We're still searching for something on the Acxiom Chevrolet. It looks like the Dodges have a little advantage here. I don't know what the deal is. I don't know if it's aero or engine. I think maybe they had an advantage all along, it just showed up at different times. Maybe it really shows up on a track like this that's so good. It's a wide open track, no lifting anywhere for anyone. So maybe it shows up when those guys have so much power."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 XESIGHTING SYSTEM SILVERADO (20th): "We're not happy with it. We have been real loose. It's been a pile of junk all week. We got loose in qualifying on the second lap. I had to completely lift and that wasn't good. The track has a lot of grip. Well see how it is in the race. We'll see if it has two grooves more than they had last time we raced here."

COY GIBBS, NO. 20 MBNA SILVERADO (27th): "We broke the motor in the middle of 3 and 4. We are struggling. We'll put our backup (motor) in and hopefully get 10-15 laps in happy hour. I feel pretty good about it. We ended up ninth in first practice. We wouldn't have been on the pole, but we would have had a good run at it. We're looking forward to next year already."

-Silverado Racing

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