Goody's 500 Monday Quotebook MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 20, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers after Monday's Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway: BOBBY HAMILTON No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet "When you're sitting inside it...
Goody's 500 Monday Quotebook
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 20, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers after Monday's Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
BOBBY HAMILTON No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet
"When you're sitting inside it like I was, you're just sort of tooling along doing your own deal. I didn't realize the last part of the race how much we had stretched out over the 24 and some of them guys. You've got to have a good car here. Nobody is better than Rusty Wallace at this place. His car was off today, and he wasn't as good as we were. You can say you're good here, but you've got to have the equipment and I had a good car today. I knew at the start of the race when I passed them guys on the outside that we had a horse. Most of the time when you have a car that will go good on the outside here, it will go good in the corners.
"I saved the car all day. I lost the rhythm when I got past the 43. I said I should have been pulling away from them and I wasn't. I caught myself driving a little hard because I looked at the scoreboard and didn't have a lot of laps left. I slowed down a little bit and got my rhythm back.
"I tell you what I'm happy about. These guys at the shop have had to struggle the past year. We struggled at the start of this season. They built this car from the ground up. A week and a half ago, it was just a bare chassis. The guys at the end shop worked real hard and got two real good torque motors. We qualified and got the pole. Larry said the race motor was better than the one we qualified with and it was. It was just one of those days where everybody put in 100 percent and it paid off.
"I never run good here until I drove the 43 car. They built a car specifically for this race track. It goes right back to having good equipment.
"Gary DeHart was on the radio with me today. He's like me, he doesn't say anything. If somebody was scanning us today, they were bored. We didn't talk much. I never talk much. If you don't fix it in practice, you ain't going to fix it during the race most of the time. DeHart keeps everybody calm. Even when we were running good, people have a tendency to get excited. He just keeps everybody real calm. It doesn't pay to get excited. It hurts me. I do stupid stuff, so I make it a point to stay calm no matter what the situation is.
"By far, this is the best car I've ever had here. I think it's the best car anybody's ever had here. I can't remember a race like this.
LARRY McCLURE Team Manager, No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet
"I want to thank all the people that stood with us. We've been going through a dry spell here and it's been pretty tough, but the whole team did what they had to do today. The engines, the car, the driver, I'm really elated. I've got an uncle in Florida who's pretty ill. His name is Russell Lester and his brother is our front tire carrier. I'd like to wish him well. This win is for him."
TED MUSGRAVE No. 16 PRIMESTAR Ford
"When the car works good it's really fun. When you've got a handful out there then it's a long day, but the car drove really, really good all day. Hats off to the guys in the pits. We had some really good pit stops to keep me up there because track position meant a lot. We were really good, but we weren't as good as that 4 car or the 43 car. I don't know what kind of changes I could do to catch them, but we'll go back home and think about it.
"The team has been really good all year, we've just been having a little trouble. Like at Texas, it was nobody's fault. We got in a wreck there. We've been good we just haven't had a chance to show it and today we stayed out of trouble and got some really good pit stops that made a difference."
DALE JARRETT No. 88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Ford
"Thanks to Todd and the guys. They did a terrific job. They made a good call of coming in on the one caution. We were back pretty far and we caught them pitting after that and we were able to stay out. The car was awful good. It got a little loose there at the end, but it's definitely a gain over what we've done here lately. It was going to take some kind of miracle to make something out of that (pitting on the back). We got a good break and that's what we needed. Sometimes you have to have those.
"He (Hamilton) was awesome and was great all day. I want to congratulate Bobby Hamilton and that whole crew. They did a terrific job."
DALE EARNHARDT No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet
"We got four tires on that last pit stop, adjusted some air pressure and took off. Lapped cars were terrible today. If you get on the outside of somebody and they don't want you to, you don't get by them. You're going as hard as you can go. We needed that top-five. We needed it bad. My qualifying effort, I've got to get on top of it. These boys are working their guts out at the shop. They're going all they can go. Talladega is one thing, but Texas and the short tracks, I've got to get on the ball and figure out what's going on and get qualified better. If you start up front, you can finish up front a lot easier. We had a good finish. The guys worked hard. I can't say enough about the effort everybody put in. That four car was awesome today.
RANDY LAJOIE No. 50 Budweiser Chevrolet
"It was absolutely an awesome run. That's where we should have been qualifying. I tried way too hard qualifying and got into the curb. We had our work cut out for us, and this Budweiser team worked hard all day long. They needed a good run, and I needed a good run, and we got one. I can't say enough about Hendrick Motorsports and Budweiser. Any time you have a good run it means a lot, but to come here to Martinsville and start 36th and come out of here with a top-five is really cool. When you look at the other two Hendrick cars, you always wonder why the Budweiser car is always a little bit off. I don't know why. We've been good for three races now. We could have had a top-10 at Texas. We're 50 percent top 10 and one top-five, so I'll take it. I'm just filling in for these guys.
RUSTY WALLACE No. 2 Miller Lite Ford
"We missed the setup today. That's pretty disappointing because we usually run a lot better than we did today. The 4 car just blew everybody off all day long. That new car they had really worked great and I commend them for it. I didn't have enough swaybar in my car today, it was just way too soft. I tried to run the same stuff I normally run with the old body and it had a lot more downforce than this Taurus does with the five inches. I probably should have run a little softer air springs and a little more swaybar, but next time I'll come back and we'll do it.
"We can smile. We keep gaining points every week and that's the good thing. I guess if we don't win any races for awhile that's okay as long as we get us a couple before the year is out. But that big one at the end is the one I want, that big ol' brass trophy."
JEREMY MAYFIELD No. 12 Mobil 1 Taurus
"We ran out of brakes probably with about halfway to go and that made it tough on us. We just did the best we could. The guys did a good job in the pits and that's pretty much what did it. The pit stops kept us up there all day. This is what we needed. We hoped for a top-five and wanted no less than a top-10 and that's what we did."
ERNIE IRVAN No. 36 Skittles Pontiac
"We had great pit stops. Track position was the key. It all started when we qualified on the front straightaway. That enabled us to be able to race all day. At the beginning we had a top-five car and it kind of showed, and then after that we had a top-10, top-12 car. We adjusted on it and adjusted on it and finally went too far. You can't win races running like it was at the end. This team is capable of running in the top-10 every week. They showed that on the pit stops. We've just had a little bit of bad luck all year with some flats. This is how we've run all year except for the flats, which puts us a couple of laps down."
MARK MARTIN No. 6 Valvoline Ford
"I made a rookie mistake today. I was behind and I was trying to catch up and get onto pit road real fast and I didn't know pit road was closed. I was committed to coming on pit road and I was too late when I saw it was closed because I was trying to catch up. We had gotten behind on that set of tires and I was racing hard. I made a rookie mistake. I don't make many like that, so I feel really bad about it because my guys had me one of the best race cars I've ever driven up here. We had the brakes, we had the pit stops, we had the pit crew and a good pit stall. We were a top-five car. Congratulations to Hamilton and Ted, they did it."
JOHN ANDRETTI No. 43 STP Pontiac
"I think Nancy will hide the razor blades, the knives and the guns, that's for sure. It's disappointing, but what's great about being with this team is that you take the good with the bad. We've had a lot of things happen to us this year that are totally out of our control. This was probably the most thing in our control and in my wildest dreams I never expected to run out of fuel. I know they didn't intentionally try to run me out of fuel. I know they like Bobby, but I don't think they love Bobby. That would be love if they did that."
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