Chevy Las Vegas Race Notes and Quotes

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I hope it's a fluke. The motors have been real good, real reliable and now we've blown two in two days. It's a shame. It's disappointing. We've had a pretty good car the whole time we've been...

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"I hope it's a fluke. The motors have been real good, real reliable and now we've blown two in two days. It's a shame. It's disappointing. We've had a pretty good car the whole time we've been here. We've just been struggling mechanical wise. We took such a hit in the points. I guess Las Vegas is a place where you need a lot of luck, but we sure haven't had any out here this week. The motor just broke. We might have started off with a little bit of a problem, but I'm not sure what happened. We got to the 100-lap mark and it just wouldn't go. We'll come back next week at Atlanta and try to move back up in the points."


DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"Tenth place ain't too bad. We got to lead a little bit and got to run hard in some situations and saw how are car ran on long runs. We made some changes, and we've got an idea where we need to be. We'll get some new tires if they start back and some air pressures we want, and we think the car will be pretty good. We had to sacrifice a little speed at the start of the run to get the car to come around at the end. Jeff Burton and Mark Martin are definitely the guys to learn from on this track. We've got a tight situation in the center of the corners, especially off turn four. If we get that fixed, we'll have a pretty good car.

"If we go home now, we'll probably be OK. If they restart it, we might not finish quite as well, but we'll learn some things about pit stops and stuff here. We're off on the setup and we get a little tight 25 laps into the run and the car won't turn. We're getting it. That last run wasn't bad. We were keeping up with the 33 and 3 and 88 and those guys. I felt like we made an improving to be able to do that.

"I don't think we had the 99 and 6 worried at all. They were backing off. They got in front of me and were half-throttling it down the straightaway. You could tell. I'd catch 'em. I'd run 'em down on the straightaways. There was no other way. They had to be backing off for me to do that. That's smart. They've got a car capable of kicking everybody's butt and they conserve it. They don't use it up, and that's how they win all these races."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"If we can make the right adjustments on the car, we can win it. We were real loose getting into the corner and made some changes that hurt it. We were tight to start with, so I think we just really needed to change tires. Now if we go back where we were chassis, we'll be OK. Your car really needs to be good on long runs. We need some more downforce on the nose. If we get another chance, we can win this thing. We'll adjust the car and get better. The Fords have better engines off the corners -- torque. Now, they've got the best aerodynamics. We've got a lot of drag and no downforce on the nose. I'm pretty happy with my progress from 33rd to where I am, but we need to get a little closer to the front. Really, we need to lead a lap. I'd like to lead a lot of laps, but as long as we lead the last one, that's all that matters."

RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlos)

"If the race starts back and we make the right adjustments, we might scare 'em a little bit, but I don't know if we've got anything for those two Fords and two Pontiacs. The 6 and 99 are real strong and the 20 and 18 are strong. Dale and Dale Jr. have run some good laps. After a few laps, we're in a different class. I wish I could say what's wrong. I'd probably like to see it where we had a little more room for adjustment on the front end of our car. Even if we didn't use it, have it where we had enough adjustment like these other cars have got. Our car (Monte Carlo) is pretty locked in. They do not gain downforce and yaw. I'd just like to see where we could gain some downforce and yaw. Yaw is when the car turns. Straight ahead is the yaw. It doesn't have any. It loses it on the front end, and the Pontiac and Ford gain downforce on the front end when they turn into yaw. That's the difference. I think we're pretty even with them in the back. We just need a little help on the front. NASCAR can see it. All you've got to do is look at the last finishes and look at the race today. We haven't had a good body since this place has been here. We might have a little fun with them though if they get this one started back today."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"The car just won't handle. I told myself I wasn't going to run those soft springs anymore. It just won't drive right after about 10 laps, loose, push, more push, then loose. It just ain't balanced. We gambled one time and took two tires, and that hurt us a little bit. We ran good for a little while, but we were better on four new tires. We'll see what happens if we get started back."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

"We got the car a lot better. It's still not good enough, but it's a lot better. We got a lap down, and that's killing us. I'm not sure if I want the rain to stop or not. Really, I'd like to get out there. I think we can make up some spots. They had the pace car running about 10 mph faster, so I don't know what the ruling is on that. I'll guarantee you if it's under caution and you're getting ready to get passed by the pace car, you go as fast as you possibly can so you don't get penalized down a lap. You're half a lap down when you're at the tail of the field here, so we're just trying to make some big adjustments. It needed some. We've struggled pretty bad here before. I've actually run worse than this and finished better than where I am right now. It's frustrating. We know we're better than this, but we're going to keep our heads up and keep working hard. We'll get better, but it might take a little time. It's hard to blame much on the weather. Everybody else is out there racing, too, and it's the same weather for them."

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"Our car is balanced real good, but you've got to be careful how hard you run it early. We'll put four more tires on and go again if they start back. I think we can get up to sixth. Those boys up front are running pretty fast. They run away from us. You just drive it in until you scare yourself, then hit the brakes, then hit the gas again. We've run good since we've come out here. You've got to drive the car pretty hard to make it go. It doesn't matter if we go back out or not. I just want to get home tonight."

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We tried some things in Saturday morning's practice. I'm not real good with rear swaybars on cars, and we spent a lot of effort trying to make a rear bar work. We finished fourth here last year and had a rear bar on the car. We were bound and determined to make it work. It would run good for a few laps and then the car would start doing all sorts of things. I spent all day sawing on the steering wheel. It's real unfortunate for the Lowe's Chevy. We felt like we had a pretty good body on the car and felt like this would be a good race track for us. We struggled. We've struggled all week. It seems like we've struggled all year so far. We weren't a great car today. We were running in the lead lap and were in pretty good shape. We needed to make some adjustments to the car, and I ran out of gas coming off turn two. It cost us a lap and here we are. You can't lose a lap. I guess we would be seven or eight spots closer to the front if we hadn't lost a lap. Our car wasn't good enough to get a lap back. You just have to ride it out and do the best job you can and get as many points as you can and go to Atlanta and turn it around."

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