Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 1997) Driver quotes--NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season-opening Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway. BRIAN SOCKWELL No.
Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 1997)
Driver quotes--NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season-opening Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
BRIAN SOCKWELL No. 54 Cleaver-Brooks/C&C Boilers Pontiac
"I learned to be patient and run to the last 20 laps and try to go the front and that's what I did. I ran about 15 or 16 Dash races last year with this car. We knew it was in between a full-size car and a Legends car and I was already familiar with quite a few of the tracks. I wasn't ready to run here last year. I had never raced anywhere that you hold it wide open all the way around. I can't hardly imagine going 185 mph here but I'd look forward to trying it sometime in the future."
MIKE SWAIM JR. No. 28 Falcon Racing LLC Pontiac
"We had a really good day but it's a little disappointing -- leading five laps to go and losing the race. We didn't have any drafting help today but we did the best we could. I took the green and never lifted. We got bound up on the inside and we couldn't get back up on the outside. It's a shame. We had a car capable of winning. It was just circumstance. We were all pretty even. A car can be a couple of miles an hour slower than you and go by you. This kind of racing is fun, but it can also be frustrating."
ANDY HOUSTON No. 30 Ricker Trucking Pontiac
"We started last and they said we were running 10th when we went out. We had a good running car, we just kept working our way back all day. We gambled on fuel and had a plan to go the rest of the way but miscalculated and pitted a lap too early, so they put us to the end of the longest line with 30 laps to go.We were still able to come back, and then that happened. I just hate it for the guys that work on the car. A car missed a gear on the restart about four or five cars in front of me and it just bottlenecked everything real bad."
DANNY BAGWELL No. 10 Four Tech Racing Ford
"On the restart I was down on the inside, I was a couple of laps down. I was all the way down on the apron. Then someone on the outside lane missed a gear or got in the wall and the 35 car came across the track all the way from the outside to the inside and tagged me in the door. I don't know what happened behind me but I don't think I had any more contact."
WIL HOBGOOD No. 65 Wynn's Oil Co. Pontiac
"I must have run over something. I was on the banking and suddenly it just took a hard left. I knocked the front end out and broke the oil cooler. I don't know if I could have won without help, but it was going good."
ROBERT HUFFMAN No. 37 White House Pontiac
"My car was good but as soon as some other cars got around me, it was just hard for me to pass. I really thought I was going in the right direction at the end, behind Swaim. He'd been fast all day but I guess something was happening to his car."
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