RaybestosÂ® Rookie contender post-qualifying quotes for The Pepsi 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, April 12, 2002. Shane Hmiel, No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® Rookie at ...
Raybestos® Rookie contender post-qualifying quotes for The Pepsi 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, April 12, 2002.
Shane Hmiel, No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Nashville. Hmiel won the pole for The Pepsi 300 with a lap of 29.725 Seconds, 161.440 Mph. This is the second time in 2002 Hmiel has been top qualifying rookie. He also took the honor at Rockingham where he qualified second.
"It was good and it shows how good our good our crew is. They make me do a lot better than I really am. I'm not near as good of a race car driver as most of those guys in front of me. My car sure makes me look like that. I'm feeling good. I told myself that I'd like to run a .85 and we ran a .72 and it was unreal. Once they told me that's enough I knew I was in the top one or two so we shut it off and ran only one lap. Who knows? The second could have been better but we've got one car. I've had that before. I set on the outside pole at Rockingham and crashed on the second lap (of qualifying). It's not good to start dead last."
DID YOU REALIZE HOW GOOD THAT LAP WAS?
"It felt fast. We were a little too loose in practice and Gere Kennon (crew chief) tightened it up just enough to where that thing was phenomenal. I actually drove that lap no harder than I had but when the car is that much faster you're okay. They really dialed us in. We're sitting on top of the board right now and that's a pretty good lap. Somebody ran a .68 this morning but we'll see. We'll be in the top-five for sure."
YOU MENTIONED WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU AT ROCKINGHAM EARLIER THIS YEAR. IS THAT WHY YOU JUST TOOK ONE LAP?
"My crew chief knows I have a bad problem. I like to stand in the gas no matter where we're at and I'm liable to drive one into the fence. Our backup car is as good as our primary but we don't want to start dead last. We've done that two times this year and been wrecked out of both of them. We're going to take that and start the race. We have a really good race car and I hope to see you all in victory lane Saturday."
Scott Riggs, No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford, qualified third. Riggs ran the identical lap to teammate Jason Keller: 29.787 seconds, 161.104 Mph.
"I'm happy with all the guys at ppc; they did such a good job on my car. That was pretty good for us. We didn't quite back up what we ran in practice. It got a little tight with me. We're here to race and we're going to go out here and see if we can dial her in. As long as we can hold out in the top-five (starting position) I'll be pretty happy and we'll be able to have a good starting spot and work our way up."
Kerry Earnhardt, No. 12 Janiking Chevrolet, qualified 15th.
"We struggled in practice. I think we were like 24th on the practice sheet. Crew chief Bob Temple and all the guys on the team talked with me a little bit about the way I was entering the corner and it helped me a whole lot. I entered the corner the way they told me they had seen everybody hit the mark going in. I did that and we picked up over three tenths I believe from practice so I was excited. I was hitting the bottom of the track too early before and that time I held it out and about the center I hit the bottom and just drove off the corner real easy."
HOW HARD IS IT TO MAKE A MISTAKE ON YOUR QUALIFYING LAP HERE?
"It's real easy to make a mistake, especially doing something different than what you did in practice all day. We'll come out pretty good, I believe."
Casesy Mears, No.66 Phillips 66 Dodge, qualified 18th.
"I really wasn't real happy with the lap. We ran a 29.8 in practice and we just ran a 30.20 which is about four tenths slower. I'm not real happy with it. We should have been quicker but the car just started sliding around a bunch from practice to now and it was really tight, had a lot of push in it."
DID YOU MAKE A QUALIFYING RUN IN PRACTICE?
"That's how we got our quicker lap. We were definitely running some tape. That's why I can't believe it's that much different now. It's track conditions, I guess."