DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) COMMENT ON ACCIDENT IN MORNING PRACTICE SESSION WITH JEFF GORDON "He just got into me and got in the wall. He got into me. I didn't get into him. It knocked the nose in on our car,...
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)
COMMENT ON ACCIDENT IN MORNING PRACTICE SESSION WITH JEFF GORDON
"He just got into me and got in the wall. He got into me. I didn't get into him. It knocked the nose in on our car, but we'll be OK. We've got to come from a long way back to win Sunday, but I think the car will be good enough to win. We'll tune on it some more this afternoon and get it as ready as we can to go 400 miles faster than anyone else on Sunday."
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)
"Me and Earnhardt got together and I got into the wall. That's all that happened. The guys worked on the car, and we got it back out for a few laps. We'll work on it some more this afternoon and get ready to race."
ROBBIE LOOMIS (Crew chief No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo)
"We got back out in practice this morning with about 10 minutes left. Missing all that practice this morning hurt us more than anything. I think we'll be OK. It happened after about eight laps of practice this morning. One of those Chevrolet drivers got into the back of us. It's just another challenge. It'll make us stronger. We've been pretty happy with the car, but we've got a lot of work left to do. We haven't figured out the balance on the body yet. Hopefully by the end of Happy Hour today we will. We changed the rear end housing this morning, the panhard bar, the ball joints in the front and beat out all the fenders. It's ready to go again now."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We were real good when we first went out this morning. We tried to improve on it and went backwards. We're either going to go back to the way we started or try something totally new. The thing with this track it's very important to get the right front spring and swaybar combination. There's three or four different ones you can go with. We've got one that we started with we know works pretty good. We're not sure it's going to last on long runs, so we're going to try some other things. I know the car can be good. We've just got to try some other things in Happy Hour and take what the 1 car has learned and try to put it all together.
"The 1 car (Dale Earnhardt, Inc. teammate Steve Park) is pretty good. They blew a motor, but I think it will be pretty good in the race.
"I've just been staying in my coach and staying away from those slot machines. I haven't done anything but lose money every time I get near them. This is a place to have fun and party and get crazy, but you can spend some money here, too. We're a longshot to win Sunday, but this is a town where longshots pay off sometimes. The 99 and 6 cars will be hard to beat. They always are here.
"We're good. We've just got to improve a little bit here and there and get the car to stay with us on the long runs. If we can go 60 or 65 laps we'll be in good shape. We've got something that will stick with us right now for about 30 laps. We need to improve on that a little bit and we'll be all right."
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We blew our qualifying motor in practice this morning. We were just trying to get through practice today before we put our race motor in. These guys do a good job making some changes to the qualifying motor to make it live in practice. It just didn't work out for us this time. The race motor is going in there now. We'll shake it down in Happy Hour. You don't want to run too many laps in practice on the race motor, but you still need to run it in Happy Hour to make sure everything is OK. It killed us in the first practice session. We blew up about 10 laps into practice.
"We were trying to make some changes to the car with shocks and springs to get it settled down and make some long runs to see what the tires would look like. We bottomed out in qualifying. When those guys started running fast in qualifying, we decided to lower the car a little bit and try to get a little more speed out of it. We bottomed out real bad and sort of shot ourselves in the foot. We're in pretty solid. We've got a good car and feel pr etty good about the race.
"We've rolled the dice a few times, but we haven't come up with any good numbers just yet. Maybe we're saving all our luck for Sunday. We've had a little bit of fun, but we haven't been making any money. I'm going to get to bed early tonight and save a little bit of money and make some Sunday.
"We've really come on strong the last week or so. We came out here and were real good off the truck. The car has been fast. I'm not a betting man, but I'd say if you've got a spare $10 bill you could throw it on the 1 car for Sunday and not hurt yourself too much. I'm not sure what the odds should be on us winning. This is Las Vegas. Everything is a longshot out here."
RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
NOTE: Craven will make his first start of the season after failing to qualify at Daytona and Rockingham.
"We tested here and that has helped us a lot. We weren't able to test our Monte Carlo at Daytona and that hurt us. We were way off balance at Rockingham. Testing here made a difference, but we've still got a lot of catching up to do. I know we're going to have a strong race car, but we haven't discovered its particular needs yet. It was good in practice this morning, and that was a nice sign. Often times when you remove the tape from the grille, you're not sure what you're going to get, but it was a more drivable car this morning than it was in qualifying. What do we have to lose? We'll just drive it as hard as we can all day and try to establish ourselves here."