FRIDAY AFTERNOON DAYTONA ARCA 200 PRACTICE NOTES BLAISE ALEXANDER (No. 26 Lisa Express Chevrolet) -- We did a little bit better. We got to do some drafting. The best news for us was getting rid of our fender-rubbing. Tomorrow, we'll do more ...
FRIDAY AFTERNOON DAYTONA ARCA 200 PRACTICE NOTES
BLAISE ALEXANDER (No. 26 Lisa Express Chevrolet) -- We did a little bit better. We got to do some drafting. The best news for us was getting rid of our fender-rubbing. Tomorrow, we'll do more drafting and we'll have a better idea of what to expect. So far, it's running pretty good in the draft. DALE KREIDER -- (Kreider, who had entered the QMI Oil Treatment Chevrolet Lumina, bought the #88 Chevrolet Monte Carlo originally entered by Ridling Motorsports for driver Pete Orr. Krieder, of St. Petersburg, Fla., planned to buy the car following Sunday's Daytona ARCA 200, but the opportunity to get the car came about when Orr's team opted to withdraw from the ARCA 200 to concentrate on the Goody's Headache Powder 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Feb. 17. Kreider qualified 32nd on Thursday at a speed of 176.963 mph. Friday, he practiced at 184 mph in his new car, renumbered No. 15 with duct tape. Kreider said he will requalify Saturday in his new car, which will be sponsored by Farmer's Choice Fertilizer, QMI Oil Treatment and Quality Inn on the Beach.) "It feels like it has a lower center of gravity. It feels completely different from my car, and drives much differently. It drives through traffic much better. I definitely feel a lot better about my chances."
JEFF PURVIS (No. 1 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet) -- I did some drafting with the No. 52 car, and that helped me pick up some. Sunday, I think you'll see my car, the No. 3, the No. 16, No. 52 and the No. 75. It looks like the 3 car is pretty strong. I'd like to get in line with them and pull away -- that's what I'd like to see.
DARRELL LANIGAN (No. 29 Lanigan Racing Ford) -- We made a few changes on the car, and did some drafting, too. It helps to get teamed up with the right car, to get the right combination in drafting. I know we're all looking for a win, but for the first race, we'll all be happy with a top 10. Nobody comes here to lose. This is my first time here, my first time on asphalt. It's a lot different from the dirt track late models I've raced up until now!
MIKE SKINNER (No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet) -- We ran a few laps in practice on used tires, checking our fuel mileage. We feel pretty good about our changes. I just hope we can get hooked up and running with the fast cars. Those two Fords (Steele and Schacht) fare pretty quick. I'd rather be hooked up with my Chevrolet teammates, but I've known those guys a long time and we work together well. I'm going to try to stay in the lead draft, and at the end of the race we'll see what happens.
JEFF McCLURE (No. 50 HamBeans/Healthsource/UAW Ford) -- I was running 47.80, 47.90 in practice yesterday. I tried to get too much for qualifying. It was my fault. I tried to get up on the front row, put on too much tape and killed the cowl pressure. Actually, my car runs slower in the draft -- it runs better by myself. Skinner seems to be going that way, too.
ROB SMITH (No. 19 Rob Smith Racing Ford) -- We had a motor go sour on us yesterday, right before qualifying. We didn't want to risk anything, so we opted to sit it out and change the motor. We're looking pretty good right now (he ran third fastest, 188.371, in Friday practice). If we can run that strong Sunday, we ought to come up through the pack pretty quick. I ran this race last year and finished 23rd. There was a big wreck on the front stretch. I got through the crash, but cut a tire coming through it, and that tore up my fender. I'm excited about today's practice. That was good news to get.
KEVIN RAY (No. 2 Pro Motion Chevrolet) -- New carburetor. That's all we changed on the car, and we really improved (he picked up nearly three miles per hour in Friday's practice from Thursday qualifying). I'm really surprised we'd pick up that much speed just from changing the carburetor. I'm really happy, and excited about our opportunity for Sunday.