Daytona 500: Dodge, Petty team comments on spoiler

Comment On Driver John Andretti In The No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Having The Only Intrepid In The Top 10 In Tuesday's Cup Practice ROBIN PEMBERTON (Vice President, General Manager Petty Enterprises) "We got good draft going, but we're still behind...

Comment On Driver John Andretti In The No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Having The Only Intrepid In The Top 10 In Tuesday's Cup Practice

ROBIN PEMBERTON (Vice President, General Manager Petty Enterprises)

"We got good draft going, but we're still behind and it's hard to keep up when it's like that. Every move is a defensive move. There's no offense right now. John was just catching the pack. He just got up there in front of some guys and rode with the pack. That was in the first couple laps of practice. We need a quarter inch off the spoiler at least, a quarter inch to three eighths to put us in line with everybody else. All we want to do is be like everybody else. If they're going to use the wind tunnel results to make their judgments, then they need to fix us like they fixed the Fords. There's no reason that the Ford is a half inch difference than the Dodge. It's basically the same template and we're not asking for a lot. We're just asking for a little for starters. We can hold on in the draft, but there's no offense. You're strictly on the defense. You're relying on a lot of luck to get a good finish. We need some luck right now to get two of our cars in the race (Daytona 500)."

BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports)

"Where do we go from here relative to rules changes for Dodge? Bottom line, we're continuing to address those issues and will solicit equality with the changes that were recently made for our competitors. When we first came down to Daytona, Fords and Dodges each had 6.5-inch rear spoilers. The Ford now has a six-inch rear spoiler, and we still have 6.5. We believe we should be treated equally and fairly and also have a six-inch spoiler. If you look at the results on the track, now that the adjustments have been made, we're getting pushed further and further to the rear as our competitors are coming to the top of the speed charts. It's simply a matter of wishing for a level playing field. We'll continue to be very vocal with NASCAR. We'll keep addressing that and hope to bring us to parity prior to the 125s so all the Dodge teams will have a chance to make it into the big race. We're running out of time. That clock keeps ticking real fast. Day after tomorrow are the two major qualifying races. Over half of the Dodge field needs to get in with those races or it's likely they're going to be packing up and going home. Even if we got a more level playing field after the 125s, it might be too late for those folks. They might be sitting home watching the race on the couch. The wind tunnel numbers support our position very strongly, and I'll leave it at that. I'd say we're cautiously optimistic. There are no promises, but like every good businessman, we've presented a very strong case, and we've got to go from there."

-dodge-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti