BUSCH: Dover post-race quotes

Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Goodwrench/Delco Quotebook DOVER, Del. (May 31, 1997) Quotes from the top-5 finishers following the GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway.

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DOVER, Del. (May 31, 1997) Quotes from the top-5 finishers following the GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway.

BOBBY LABONTE No. 44 Shell Pontiac

"Our Pontiac was really strong today. I really thought I could pull away from Jeff (Burton), but we were always in traffic. We've got a good race car for tomorrow, and hopefully, it will be as good and consistent as this one was today. Five-hundred laps is a long way, and we're just going to look forward to it and get a good night's sleep and try that one tomorrow. Jeff has been really tough this year, and he's been tough every year. Through the middle segment there he and Randy (LaJoie) had a good battle there, and towards the end we were able to hold him off. It was a tough show."

JEFF BURTON No. 9 Track Gear Ford

"We never could quite figure it out. One minute we were real tight and the next minute we were real loose. We were good all day, but to win you've got to be real good. We made some changes, and I got it too tight at the end. I really believed the pit crew would get me out first, and I made some changes to try to tighten it up and get away from everybody, but it was still too loose. Then in traffic behind Bobby I was too tight."

RANDY LAJOIE No. 74 FINA Chevrolet

"I guess those Cup guys beat the Busch guys on that last pit stop. The Cup guys probably did it in 19 or 20 seconds. I don't think the pit stop hurt us. I came out of the pits and I saw 'em and I could have run 'em down, but the last set of tires was way too loose. We tried to tighten up the car, but it was as loose as it had been all day. I had all I could do to hang on. I was better when I was running behind Jeff Burton because we were just a tick loose. When he was behind me, it would tighten his car up. Whoever was the chasee was in the best position. All-in-all it was a good day for us. We led some laps, and hopefully it'll get our program going. It was a great day though tough at Dover. "We took over the points lead and got that Gatorade half-way money. Thanks to Gatorade and what they do for us. They keep us nice and calm. I drank a bunch of it today. Half-way only pays 10 grand. The big check comes at the end of the year. We've got 15 races to go, and we're going to try to win some more and stay out front.."

KEVIN LEPAGE No. 88 HYPE Chevrolet

"We're back to where we were at the end of last season. We were off at the beginning of the year, but things turned around at charlotte last week. The driver screwed up today. We were out there running third, just riding. We had a vibration on the second stop and we threw a wheel weight off the wheel. We decided to ride it out. We were going to pit after the leaders. I saw the 9 car jump in and I decided to pit with him. My call. The crew was upset. I couldn't get slowed down enough and we had to go back up on the track. That cost us track position. It's a top-five. We've got a week off, and we'll really get ready for South Boston and the last half of the season. We want to win some races. Second was great at Charlotte, but it's still not like the victory at Homestead. Maybe we can get a win here pretty quick. We're going to a couple of tracks that I really like. We'll see what happens."

STEVE PARK No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet

"These guys did a great job today. It takes a lot to get used to Dover. It's high-banked like Bristol. The driver really didn't get the job done on Friday in qualifying. I knew as we turned some laps that I'd get used to the place. I knew the car was driving good. I knew if we had an opportunity to get up near the front we could run with the leaders. After our first pit stop we were running them down. We were running some pretty quick laps, but we couldn't catch 'em near the end. We've got to be a little faster in the pits if we're going to win races. We cant' seem to put together two good pit stops. That's what the key is here in these Busch races. The Cup guys bring their crews and that keeps 'em out front all day. I'm happy. The first half of the year has been great. We thought we could be better today."

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Drivers Jeff Burton