SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd) "It was a great car because of Doug Randolph (crew chief). He's got a great setup for this track. He really likes this place. We came here and tested and he really made me feel comfortable...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"It was a great car because of Doug Randolph (crew chief). He's got a great setup for this track. He really likes this place. We came here and tested and he really made me feel comfortable behind the wheel. He kept me pulled back and withdrawn all day to save those tires. The main reason we finished here was because of pits tops. My guys were on today; we need to race on Mondays more often. Those guys were unbelievable. Every time we came into the pits, we'd go out four or five positions better. Everybody did a good job on the Nesquik Ford Taurus. We just came up a little short there. I was trying not to hurt my tires too bad, and then when Todd (Bodine) got by me, man, those lapped cars were murder today. Like I said, I was a little too loose there at the very end to make a run on them. We needed a long run. We were real good on long runs."
WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW JAMIE AND TODD COMING TOGETHER OFF OF TURN 4? "I didn't want to mash the gas to go by them because I knew one of them was going to slide down in front of me. Those guys are racing hard. They're two good cars also, and we were hoping to get up to them the lap before and maybe get by them and win this thing, but my hat's off to all of the guys on the Nesquik Ford. Awesome pit stops and awesome race car. Like Doug Randolph said to me, this is just some things to come from this thing."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 12th)
"It's OK. We started out so bad, typical stuff. We started out so bad that we had to work all race long to get it where we can run with these guys. By the end, you're so far behind, that's when you're just trying to get top-10s instead of trying to win the race."
DID YOU FEEL YOU WERE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU COULD TAKE A CHANCE WITH PIT STRATEGY? "Not here. If you have a chance to take tires, you better take tires or the same stuff will happen. You're three seconds quicker on new tires, so there's no strategy here. The only strategy is here is lead when the rains comes."
HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING IT CONSERVATIVE THE FIRST FOUR RACES OF THE SEASON? "We wanted to get some top-10s early. That's all we want to do. We finished 13th the last time, we finished 12th here today, and the next time we need to finish better than sixth, where we finished the last race. That's all we want to do. We're trying to improve all of the positions where we go."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 10th)
"We missed the setup. We didn't know what the track was going to do after the Cup race yesterday. It seemed like we got it better as the race went on, but we just missed it a little bit. We'll try it again next time."
IT SEEMED THAT IF YOU COULD STAY OUT OF TROUBLE YOU COULD FINISH IN THE TOP 10 TODAY? "For me to come to Darlington and run like we did today, that's not a good day. Anywhere else it might be OK, but I come to Darlington with high hopes. I just really led the crew in the wrong direction. Maybe we'll be smarter next time."
DO YOU STILL FEEL THAT YOU HAVE THE MOMENTUM TURNING IN YOUR FAVOR? "We're having a bad race and finishing in the top 10. I guess that's OK. A lot of things are going good, we just need to fine tune a little bit."
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Finished 15th)
"It's disappointing because we wanted to run better than we did. We finished all of the laps and that's a plus for the OdoBan car. It was just crazy trying to get around the lappers out there. They say they have a minimum speed and they should pull them off the track. Instead, you lap them three or four times in 15 to 20 laps and that cost us the lead when we had a little bit of a lead. The other guys caught up to us and you're trying to be careful and I give a lot because I'm trying to finish these races, so it costs you a lot of positions when you do that. I guess we're along our game plan of finishing all of the laps, but we have a better car and better people to finish where we did. We just need to keep working at it and stay clean. It just makes it rough when you have guys that are not driving smart out there and racing you when they're laps down and racing you hard when they have less of a car. Anybody can block somebody if you want to take the whole track; I don't care how slow you are. You can't get around unless the guy wants to wreck you and I'm trying not to do that. We'll just go to Bristol and try to have a good run there and Finnish all of the laps there. That's a tough track, too, and we'll try to gain some points wherever we can get them and work on our program."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
"Wes Ward (crew chief) got the car better on the last pt stop. All day it got better, but I got into the wall on the yellow when Bliss crashed. There was still a lot of water and oil on the track. I entered high about five laps into the run, and it was like I was on ice. I hit the wall good, and that put us behind for a while. Once we got to pit, we came out pretty far back and just worked our way up after that.' TALK ABOUT THE RACE YOU HAD WITH THE NO. 5 CAR? "Coming to the finish line, Vickers was blocking we coming down the frontstretch and I got into the back of him and tore up my right-front fender. We're lucky the race ended when it did."
HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO PASS LAPPED TRAFFIC? "It's tough because it's kind of hard to pass here when you lose your tires. It's hard to get a run past the cars; that's what makes it tough. And then some of the cars are so far off the pace that if you didn't guess right you had to practically stop to keep from hitting them. That was tough, too."