Daytona Bud Shootout Quotes

Bud Shootout Drawing Quotebook DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 1998) Quotes from the special drawing to select the starting lineup for the Bud Shootout At Daytona Qualifier and Bud Shootout At Daytona, scheduled Sunday at Daytona ...

Bud Shootout Drawing Quotebook

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 1998) Quotes from the special drawing to select the starting lineup for the Bud Shootout At Daytona Qualifier and Bud Shootout At Daytona, scheduled Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

STERLING MARLIN No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet -- drew the pole for the Bud Shootout At Daytona Qualifier

"I've been in about a half-dozen drawings for the Busch Clash (forerunner of Bud Shootout) and never got it (the pole). I've finally won something, now I have to work for it to get into the Bud Shootout. Team SABCO has worked hard all winter and we had a real quick car down here during testing. We'll give it our best to win and get in the Bud Shootout. I think our chances are real good to win the qualifying race. We have Earnhardt starting behind us and he's pretty good here -- hopefully we can hold onto it and win the thing."

MARK MARTIN No. 6 Valvoline Ford -- starts 1st

"Man, I've been in this race about 10 years, and I'm sure the best I've ever started is third from the back. I've probably got the slowest car I've ever had here, and now I'm going to start right up front. I'm sure I'm going to make it interesting the first few laps. I'm excited about the new format. The Bud Shootout is real exciting -- it's a good way to start the season off. I couldn't be happier about it. I've probably taken it for granted a lot of these years, but believe me, I appreciate the opportunity Bud has given us to race for a lot of money and start the season off with something as exciting as this. I commend them for the new rules and new format. We don't know what we have for Sunday's race, but we'll do our best to keep the Valvoline car up front."

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac -- starts 9th

"This is my fourth year, and like Mark Martin said, you kind of take it for granted. But the Anheuser-Busch people put a lot of money and effort into this, and we really appreciate it. I have an average start of about third in this race, and an average finish of about third from the end. Now I'm kind of in the middle, so maybe this will be different. We're excited. This will be my first time in the Bud Shootout where we have the thing from last year -- program, car-wise, engine. Hopefully, we will be a lot better this year. We have always struggled a bit for this race but got better for the Daytona 500. Maybe we'll start off better this year."

DALE JARRETT No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford -- starts 16th

"We'll find out exactly how this new Taurus will do from the beginning. I can probably speak for all the drivers up here, but the anticipation of this race from the fans out there is tremendous. They're ready to get this season started. It should be a good show with the new format. All my Ford counterparts have new race cars to run, so it's going to be exciting finding out exactly what we have."

KEN SCHRADER No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet -- starts 2nd

"I'm definitely excited to be back in the Bud Shootout. I was in the Busch Clash for a number of years. Any time you're not in it, that Sunday is a terrible day to be at the race track and watch all those guys out there, because it's a whole lot of a fun race. We've got Bud on the Skoal car this year because it's the inaugural Shootout. The Skoal car is running real good. We're just glad we're back in the Shootout and we're looking forward to the whole season."

ERNIE IRVAN No. 36 Skittles Pontiac -- starts 15th

"The Bud Shootout is anybody's race. There's a lot of good cars that are in it. We've seen from the Busch Clash that it doesn't matter where you start, it matters where you finish. With the pit stop in the middle of the race, it doesn't matter where you start. I'm excited about being in it with the new Pontiac. Our car tested well. Hopefully we can speed it up and be up front at the end of the day."

GEOFF BODINE No. 7 Mattei Motorsports Ford -- starts 8th

"I've won a lot of Busch money, so it's time to win some Budweiser money, I guess. We don't have sponsorship on the car right now, so you're going to see a white car in the Bud Shootout. We call it the "White Tornado." There's significance to that. I used to run a white Modified and a white Late Model for Emanuel Zervakis, and we won a lot of races. Hopefully, it will come through here. I would like to thank Bill France for 50 great years. Without 50 great years, we wouldn't have the Bud Shootout."

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet -- starts 10th

"It's really exciting for me to be here. This is my first time. I've sat over in the back grandstands and watched this race for so many years now, and I've seen some good moves sometimes going into turn three that were real exciting. It's going to be fun to be a part of it this year. Last year was exciting for me to get two poles in Winston Cup, and it seems to keep getting harder and harder. I'm excited to be here, and hopefully we'll have our BellSouth Chevy up front."

MIKE SKINNER No. 31 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet -- starts 3rd

"We appreciate the Frances giving us the opportunity to race in a series as elite as Winston Cup. I think it's everybody's dream in this room to race in this series, and it's certainly mine. For my first full year in Winston Cup (which was 1997, NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year season), it's something to be part of this group. Like Joe (Nemechek) said, I've sat back there (in the backstretch grandstands, the area where the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and NASCAR Goody's Dash Series cars are staged before entering the speedway) and watched this race so many times. I always pulled for No. 3 (teammate Dale Earnhardt). To start third, it's going to be good. I hope my teammate gets in this race, and I hope he finishes second, behind No. 31."

KENNY WALLACE No. 81 Square D Ford -- starts 12th

"Since 1989, when I was racing in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, I'd sit in the backstretch and I'd really be jealous that I wasn't in this race. It's an elite group, I'm excited to be here and my team's pumped up to be in it. It's a good start for '98."

JEFF GORDON No. 24 Dupont Refinishes Chevrolet -- starts 5th as defending champion

"I think that you have myself and Earnhardt to blame for the new format. We were battling for who could finish last in (the first segment of) last year's race, to get to that front row (for the second segment, in which the running order was inverted). I know I was working my way forward -- slowly, not making much progress. All of a sudden I saw this black car moving backwards, and I said I better keep my eye on him. So I kept my eye on him (Earnhardt), and we were having a lot of fun in the back. It paid off in the second half. I'm glad about the new format. I think it's going to work out great, and it's going to be exciting. The Bud Shootout is going to be one of the best races you're going to see all year. Everybody's excited to get the season started, and it's a good way to get us some practice for the (Gatorade) 125s. It's an exciting year for NASCAR Winston Cup racing, celebrating the 50th Anniversary."

BILL ELLIOTT No. 94 McDonald's Ford -- starts 7th

"I'm just glad to be back in this race. I missed it last year for the first time in 15 years, so I'm kind of an old hat at this. It seems I've been here enough, I ought to know what to do. All the guys worked hard over the winter, so I've got to take my hat off to the guys at the shop, we've really worked hard on the Taurus, trying to get it ready for this season. A lot of things have changed, and I think the Bud Shootout will give us a good place to start. I drove for Anheuser-Busch, and I really enjoyed that relationship and appreciate all they've done for the sport."

RUSTY WALLACE No. 2 Miller Lite Ford -- starts 13th

"Thank God for the pit stop -- maybe that will do something for me. I really appreciate being in this race -- it's a fun race and I finished second in it last year and had a great time. This should be a great one.. We've got a brand-new paint scheme for this race. It's going to be a cool deal -- but I've got a long way to go."

JOHNNY BENSON No. 26 Cheerios Ford -- starts 11th

"We're really excited to be here again this year. Everything is new, the name Bud Shootout and new team and a new sponsor. Its our second year in this race and we're excited about Sunday and we'll see what happens."

JOHN ANDRETTI No. 25 Bud Shootout At Daytona Chevrolet -- starts 14th

"I'm not going to say much because Budweiser was kind enough to give me a car for this race. I've always wanted a Budweiser uniform and I think I have worked harder than anyone to get a job with Budweiser. Now I have a job and I will probably be delivering beer to Kenny's(Schrader) house."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 MBNA America Pontiac -- starts 4th

"Todd and I were talking, we knew fourth and sixth were left and we decided I should take the bottom one. We're really looking forward to this year and I would like to thank Budweiser for everything they do for this race. I have a lot of confidence in myself and we're ready for the Bud Shootout, the Gatorade 125s and the Daytona 500."

TODD BODINE No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac -- starts 6th

"I stunned myself and everybody else by winning the pole at Watkins Glen. We have our brand new sponsor Tabasco to appear in the brand new Bud Shootout."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Mark Martin