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Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300 post-race quotes HAMPTON, Ga. (March 8, 1997) Driver quotes from the top finishers in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division ...

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Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300 post-race quotes

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 8, 1997) Driver quotes from the top finishers in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division running of the Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300 from Atlanta MotorSpeedway:

Winner - Mark Martin (No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford):

"Things worked out in our favor today. We had a good car, and Michael Waltrip sure enough had a good car. We knew it all day. He finally got up to us and he was running us hard. He had a good shot at it. I was on my toes. We're going for it (the record - he is 3 short of being the all time NASCAR Busch Series winner). I hope we can keep it going. We had a great race car today, but Michael Waltrip was giving me a workout. His car was good for 30 laps, and darn if a caution didn't come out right in his favor. With 30 to go, there he was. He had the car to beat. I was in front and was gonna protect that first place, but he was going to give me a run for the money, then he had a flat or something."

2nd - Elton Sawyer (No. 38 Barbasol Ford):

"Yeah, it was a real good day. There was nothing wrong. The only thing wrong was Mark (Martin). He's about the best. He's just fantastic. I was a little loose. We adjusted, but it never was quite right. We had a good race car." 3rd - Bobby Labonte (No. 44 Shell Oil Pontiac):

"We were a little off today. It was just one of those days. I guess if you're gonna be able to beat him (Mark Martin) you're gonna have to put a hex on him. There wasn't much else I could do or could have done. I was pretty much wide-open all day. He's just remarkable."

5th - Joe Nemechek (No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet):

"I've got to give the team a lot of credit. The car got set on the ground last Wednesday before we came here to qualify. We built the car quick. It qualified good and raced good right off the trailer. I think we've got a good car for some races down the road. We got messed up. We were better at the beginning of the race. I don't know if the sun came out or something happened to us. I thought we were going to be a lot closer than we were today, but Mark was pretty awesome. We just missed our setup a little bit. We learned some stuff, and hopefully the next time we come here, we'll give Mark a run for his money. But he's tough. How many times has he won here? He's pretty awesome at Atlanta and Charlotte. He's awesome just about everywhere he goes. We've got our work cut out to Beat him. I'm just happy to have this Chevrolet Monte Carlo up front, and we'll come back and try to get em next time. The track changed all day long with the sun and the clouds, and we chased our setup all day long. We were off at the end, and Mark just got away from us."

6th - Todd Bodine (No. 36 Stanley Pontiac):

"We didn't do well in practice yesterday, so, we didn't know how the car would perform after changes made this morning. We fell back early in the race, but, after two excellent pit stops, we were able to make progress. Our sixth-place finish put us first in driver points. We're really happy."

15th - Michael Waltrip (#21 Band-Aid Ford):

"I have no idea what happened. The tire wasn't flat. The right rear fender was flapping, but that wasn't enough to cause anything, I don't think. I could catch him (Mark Martin) because I was faster than he was. Now, passing him might have been something else. At least, I would have liked the chance to find out how it would have come out. Now, we'll never know."

16th - Randy LaJoie (#74 Fina Chevrolet):

"A mistake was made. You can't make mistakes and win races and win championships. More than one lugnut (was loose). It was vibrating like hell. It wasn't good. We've got a lot of racing left. We ran second in the points all last season until the last five races. It doesn't pay until the end. I'm looking forward to racing at Las Vegas next week. I think it's a great race track, and it'll be a great show."

23rd - Dale Jarrett (#32 White Rain Ford):

"We were messed up from the start. We lost an engine early in yesterday's final practice and didn't get a chance to try everything out. That hurt us the most on our shock package, we sure didn't have the shocks we needed."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Joe Nemechek , Elton Sawyer , Mark Martin