Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Winston Open Quotebook CONCORD, N.C. (May 17, 1997) The following are selected driver quotes after The Winston Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway. RICKY CRAVEN No. 25 ...
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NASCAR Public Relations
Winston Open Quotebook
CONCORD, N.C. (May 17, 1997) The following are selected driver quotes after The Winston Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RICKY CRAVEN No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet
"It's hard to believe I'm out of breath after 50 laps, but the car was great. The car changed three or four times during the race. We needed to win this one to get in The Winston. I want to thank Rick and Linda Hendrick, and especially Papa Joe. There's nowhere I'd rather be than with the 25 team. I don't plan on going anywhere the rest of my career. These guys gave me a chance and stuck with me. I feel like this will help us get the momentum we need. I think we've got as good a chance as anyone in The Winston. There's some strategy to this. We need to change a little bit, but one advantage we have is that we just ran 50 laps.
"I'm proud to be standing here in victory lane for the Winston Open, but The Winston is the one we really want to win. I had to save what I had. I knew there was a chance it would go 50 laps under green, and I didn't want to run out of tires. Steve Grissom came on so hard. It looked like he had been saving his stuff, and then he faded.
"Chad and Lake worked pretty hard there the first 20 laps. I had to let em go. I started to pick up a push in the Budweiser Chevrolet, but it came back to me. Ray Evernham has been preaching patience to me, and so has Andy Graves. It's taken a little while to settle in, but I feel like this is exactly what I needed and the team needed."
STEVE GRISSOM No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet
"Ricky was just a little bit better that we were in the middle of the race track. I couldn't get up there. We had a pretty good run and got to him, and I kind of abused the right front. I dropped back off and let her cool there for another good run at him, but I was just too rough on that right front. We were on the right front pretty hard all the way. It's a deal you fight here all the time. You practice in the daytime and race at night. The track changes, and it's a guessing game. We just didn't guess quite good enough. From the time they dropped the green until the end of the race, the track stayed consistent. I wish we could have had a pit stop and got four new tires, but it wasn't a bad weekend for us. It's a brand new car. We wanted to win, but you've got to stop and look at it.
The most important thing is we've got a good car we can bring down here next week. We've learned a lot, and that'll help."
CHAD LITTLE No. 97 John Deere Pontiac
"It got real tight, terrible. It scrubs all your speed off. There was not much I could do. We anticipated it to be a little more slippery out there. But, we will be better for next week. This run can't hurt us at all. We have a better base for the Coca-Cola 600 next week."
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