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#47 GREG HARRINGTON (Greg Harrington Racing-Valvoline) (C2 Race Winner) "It was tough out there. There was a lot of traffic. We got lapped early at the back. There was a lot of see-sawing going on. It was very difficult to get a clear lap in. The leaders were up on us in no time, around the sixth or seventh lap, and once that started happening, things got even worse. It was fun - a great experience. It feels euphoric to win the C2 class at Nazareth."

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# 32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Lynx Racing/Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "It's my first time on this track. It's more complex than what it may look, and there is more to it than two turns. It's a different feeling with the change in elevation, but it's very exciting. Turn three is a little intimidating.

"The re-starts were challenging. I'm a little inexperienced on them. We had to keep the momentum going. We changed a few things on the car since we were starting on the front row, and they paid off. I really had to keep checking the mirror behind me and keep my eye on Tagliani. The second to last incident during the race got pretty scary. The car got loose." (Peter Frey)

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# 29 CASE MONTGOMERY (Sandy Dells Racing-Microsoft/Wall Data) "The last restart went really well. We all caught up to traffic in turn two and all of us had a push in traffic. Steve Knapp got so loose, and he almost went sideways but he saved it. Tagliani had to check up' for him and I just kept my foot on it and got around him. At the beginning of the race, I got down on the grass trying to pass Tony Ave, and my right front actually brushed his car.

"This place is wild and fast. The traffic was unbelievable. If you lift out of the throttle just a little, you really lose ground. It's great to be back on the podium, especially on an oval. We don't have a lot of experience on ovals, so this is sweet.

"We took the fin off the car after we heard that the wind might have caught a few of the Indy Lights cars. I went back to the transporter and told George Main that I wanted the fin off. He told me to go look at the car. He already had it off.

"Knapp and Tagliani were doing there own thing. Knapp got a run in turn two. He was moving. He got a run on Tagliani. Alex squeezed him. Steve got really loose. I didn't think I was going to make it. I even had to lift. Alex had to back out because Steve got so loose. Then I got a run on them." (Pam Morey)

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#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO (Phillips Motorsports-Platinum Sound/BG Products) "There was no way Memo Gidley saw me coming. I got a great re-start on the outside and he moved over just a bit but he couldn't have known I was coming through. I ran out of room and we lost any chance for points. The car was handling pretty well, but the point situation hurts the most." (Pam Morey)

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#96 JERET SCHROEDER (PPI/MCI Telecommunications) "I'm very pleased to bring the MCI car home with a top-ten finish. It's the best we've done so far this year. I had a huge push which hurt me getting through traffic, but with the yellow flags, we were able to get a good jump on the other cars. Overall, I'm really pleased with the end result."

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CAL WELLS III (PPI team owner) "It's very exciting. Jeret gave us our first top-ten finish, and Leo Parente placed 15th. Both cars made it to the finish with no problems, and we learned a tremendous amount. We're still thirty percent of where we can be, but I think we showed today that we will get there soon." (Sharon Villanueva)

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#10 MARK TAGUE (World Speed Motorsports-Altec/Liaison Software) "I have to see the tape. Coming through the tri-oval, somebody bumped me. I took a nice shot but I'm okay."

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#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing) "A few other drivers anticipated the start. Someone tried to go to the outside but got pushed out. An oval is a tough battle. Everybody can get by okay if everyone cooperates. That didn't happen this time. Too many lapped cars stacked up. I had nowhere to go. It was just a racing accident."

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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player's Forsythe Racing Team) "I had a very bad start and lost two or three positions. I'm still happy with my first race on an oval, The car ran well overall but I lacked a little power in the straight-aways. I was lucky not to hit anybody. Twice, cars spun in front of me. In turn two, two cars were out of control and I passed between them." (Francois Cartier)

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That's a wrap for round three of the 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship. See you in Milwaukee on May 30 and 31.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Tony Ave , Steve Knapp