Bristol pre-race quotes

Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Goody's 500 Quotebook BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 1997) The following are quotes from selected drivers after first-round Busch Pole Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Powder...

Report from Motorsport News International

NASCAR Public Relations

Goody's 500 Quotebook

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 1997) The following are quotes from selected drivers after first-round Busch Pole Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

KENNY WALLACE No. 81 Square-D Ford

"It's not the top-25 you're looking for, it's that front row starting spot. We knew we had a shot at it. We're on the front straightaway (pitting) and that's about all we can ald for. This is the wrong Wallace, right? But we're supposed to be here. At first all I wanted to do was get on the front straightaway. I watched all of qualifying and the key to me running that first lap was when Jeff Gordon got loose. I went out and let a pound of the right rear in a hurry, because I was loose in practice. It means a lot to this whole team to get this pole. That's two now. That means Martinsville wasn't a fluke. Now the problem is it's another short track, so now I'm not a short track driver, darn it. But I'm happier than heck."

JEFF GORDON No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet

"I guess I'll have to eat my words. I though it was going to take a 15.40 to win the pole. I got loose, real loose. I'm a little disappointed in that run right now. We ran a .53 and .58 a couple of times in practice, and I really thought we were going to have to run in the .40s for the pole. I just got real loose."

DALE JARRETT No. 88 Ford Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford

"That was a pretty good lap. I just got a little high in three and four, but the car is awesome. This is a brand-new race car. Not many people bring a brand-new race car to Bristol. The guys back in the shop did a nice job building it. It's been nice all day. It was good. I just got into three awful hard and got up higher on the race track that I wanted to, and that probably cost me a little bit. Close just didn't quite get it here. We expected to sit on the pole. It will be awesome in the race. I wanted to sit on the pole. We got a late draw and a little cloud cover. Everything was in our favor, we just got a little high in three and four. Kenny did me a favor. He got me to the inside. If you can't get the pole, you might as well get a good starting position. We look forward to tomorrow night."

DICK TRICKLE No. 90 Heilig-Meyers Ford

"We've got a good car. We unloaded pretty good. We ran pretty good this morning, and we went back and just decided to go with it because everything we did to the car was about a tenth slower. I said a few weeks ago that we should be getting better, and I think it will start to show in these next few weeks."

MARK MARTIN No. 6 Valvoline Ford

"That's actually a real good lap. The last time we pitted on the backstretch and that really cost us a shot at this thing. We had a great car in the race, ut it's awful hard to win from the backstretch pit. A front stretch pit was all I was really after. I'm not going to be a pig. I've got a couple of poles.. We just don't like qualifying in the back, 'cause we've got to race this thing week in and week out. You're a lot better off with a good pit stall and a good starting spot. It's going to race good. It always does. It's been okay for qualifying, just okay. It was awesome last time here in the race, but our qualifying efforts have not been as good as our racing efforts most of the season. This is the same car as last time. Other than pitting on the backstretch, I think we had a racy car, a car that could have been a contender. I know that with a decent pit stall here that we will have a chance anyway. I don't know how it will turn out. If we pitted on the backstretch, I would feel that it almost ruins your chances. You can win from back there, but it's a lot harder."

KEN SCHRADER No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet

"We made some changes before qualifying, and I think we went the right way. That's the best lap we've run. It cooled down and the track got a little faster. I thought that might be good enough for the top-10, but I didn't think it would be good enough for sixth."

STERLING MARLIN No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet

"That's as fast as we've run all day. We might have slowed down just a little bit, but we closed the gap on Jeff Gordon but we didn't close it enough. I though it might hold up for a top-5, but we're starting seventh and we're in the inside line, so that's not too bad."

DAVID GREEN No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet

"Just a fraction more and we would have had a perfect lap. We've been fighting tight all day, and I guess we over-guessed a little bit. The sun being away tightened the track up. We though we guessed enough, but we missed it just a little bit. We're happy with it. We were about 95 percent good on our guess. If we had been a little bit better, we could have moved up a couple of spots but I don't think we had anything for Kenny Wallace. That was a great lap."

DERRIKE COPE No. 36 Skittles Pontiac

"The car has been great since we first started practicing this morning. I could feel it, too, and pretty well knew we'd have a good run, if I didn't mess it up. It's handling real well."

WARD BURTON No. 22 MBNA Pontiac

"It's the first time we've been loose all day. At least it was a little faster than what we were in practice. This is something that I've been able to do is to pick up from practice to qualifying which I haven't been doing lately."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kenny Wallace