Daytona driver quotes 97-02-13

NASCAR Public Relations Driver Quotes before the Gatorade Twin 125's February 13, 1997 Daytona Beach, Florida CHEVROLET STERLING MARLIN No. 4 Kodak Film Monte Carlo "It always seems like they can beat us in qualifying a ...

NASCAR Public Relations

Driver Quotes before the Gatorade Twin 125's February 13, 1997

Daytona Beach, Florida

CHEVROLET

STERLING MARLIN No. 4 Kodak Film Monte Carlo

"It always seems like they can beat us in qualifying a little bit. They beat us a lot down here, but when we get ready to race, it seems like we get a lot better. I guess the other guys got the shock combination worked out better to qualify. Its hard to explain. You don't have enough tape in that recorder for me to explain."

TERRY LABONTE No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo

"Its a little different than its been down here in the past, and we just haven't hit on what we need. We've got to get our car back to the way it was a year ago. Pit stops and track position will be very important. If you can go up to the front and stay there, then you'll have a good finish. We've (three Hendrick Monte Carlos) talked about trying to hook up. Its so hard to try to sit down and have a little plan like that because you don't know what's going to take place out there."

MIKE SKINNER No. 31 Lowe's Monte Carlo

"Its a good feeling starting out front, but we've got to get the car where it races good. I don't have a lot of experience drafting and how the car is supposed to feel. We've got it set up for 500 miles. I wake up pinching myself everyday, but I've done that the last two years. There's nothing new there. More than prove ourselves, I think we need to gain some respect. Were gaining on that."

STEVE GRISSOM No. 41 Kodiak Monte Carlo

"Its a race and were here to race. We still have in our mind that were in the 500 and we don't need to do anything stupid. Its practice under race conditions for 125 miles. You can learn a lot from that race that will carry over into the Daytona 500. When you get out on the race track and the green flag falls, its kind of each man for himself."

JEFF GORDON No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo

"We've talked a little bit, and wed like to hook up, but you cant make plans and expect us to live and die by it. Its difficult to pass. You get side-by-side and you just stop. Its harder than its ever been to get enough momentum to go by and pass the guy. You can get the momentum to get up beside him just a little bit, but that doesn't mean you're going to go by him. Earnhardt is strong and Rusty is running well. If those guys get together, they might take off. Its so tight. Everybody is real competitive this year. There's no telling what's going to happen. I think we can progress to the front, but you can never tell."

DAVE MARCIS No. 71 Realtree Monte Carlo)

"Richard Childress has sent us a brand new engine to put in the car to make sure we finish the race. I feel like I'm better in the race. I feel like the Fords have more sheer speed, and the bulk of the Fords are in the first race. I feel good about being in the second race."

RICKY CRAVEN No. 25 Budweiser Monte Carlo

"It would be nice if the three Hendrick Chevrolets could hook up and go to the front, but its very difficult to do something like that. Its all for one and one for all, and I can respect that. A win would satisfy me on Thursday, but I can live with a top five. That would give us a good start in the Daytona 500. A top five is real important."

FORD

RUSTY WALLACE No. 2 Miller Lite Thunderbird

"I think everybody cried wolf way too fast. There is no problem with the draft. Once we got a lot of air moving around out there, then they got going and there was a lot of passing. In the Busch Clash, when you're single file, you don't see much of that. Were not going to have a problem. I would like to win the 125. I'm starting on the front row. I've got a good car and a good motor, and I think I can win the race. Well see how it goes."

JACK ROUSH Owner Roush Racing Thunderbirds

"Our drafting was fabulous today. The cars were handling real well and it seems to be running OK. We couldn't be happier. We were out for one little session and the track was cold and the air was a little cool. We looked at the engine and it looked good and we checked the tire temperatures and are happy with that."

JEFF BURTON No. 99 Exide Batteries Thunderbird

I'm certainly concerned that we are starting 17th. I'm concerned that thats the best we could run. I'm more concerned about that than I am where we can get right in the race. You could start third and end up 25th if you don't play your cards right. If you play your cards right and you drive a smart race, you can start from 22nd and get up there and run pretty good. I'm not as concerned about where were starting as I am about why were starting back that far."

ERNIE IRVAN No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Thunderbird

"The car is drafting real good. It definitely got better today. I fell like I can shuffle around and do whatever I need to do. Its just as wild as you've ever seen out there in practice. The safest place we've got is the garage."

DALE JARRETT No.. 88 Ford Quality/Ford Credit Thunderbird

"Everything seems to be all right, but you cant tell in these practices. You've got to get into a race condition and see what happens then. Cars were passing, but you've got people pulling out of the pits, and that slows people down. Its really hard to tell right now what were going to have. We've got a good race car, but its still going to be difficult to pass, even more so than it has been. But thats because the competition is so equal."

LARRY PEARSON No. 15 Bud Moore Engineering Thunderbird

"Its OK, its comfortable. The only bad things is that we are starting in the rear., but we've got about 50 laps to try to get up there. It all depends on who you run with. I could get behind Mark Martin and pull up on him good, but I would get behind Ernie and couldn't pull up on him good. Well just have to play our cards and hope I get in the right line and go with the right person.

BILL ELLIOTT No. 94 McDonald's Thunderbird

The car seems to be pretty good, but you're only as good as the guy behind you. If he helps you, you're good. If he don't, you ain't good. Its typical Daytona."

GEOFF BODINE No. 7 QVC Thunderbird

Were running good. When we didn't any practice Monday, so I didn't sleep too good Monday night. Plus, (son) Barry drove at New Smyrna (Speedway), so that kind of had me on edge, too. I was anxious to finally get there in race trim, and it turns out our setup is pretty good. Well keep making adjustments and try a few more things, and hopefully, well keep going faster." PONTIAC

DERRIKE COPE No. 36 Skittles Grand Prix

"As I have said all along I think were guardedly optimistic. Its a different ballgame when everybody's out there racing side by side. I feel good about where the race car is at right now. Right now we are in a tweaking mode, working on some fine-tuning, shock absorbers, and things in order to increase speed drive ability in the car. I'm looking forward to a good, consistent, patient day tomorrow."

BOBBY LABONTE No. 18 Interstate Batteries Grand Prix

"We did a fuel mileage check and a fuel consumption check during practice this morning, and we did a little drafting in the process between all that. We really didn't get to stay out as long as we wanted to, but all in all, I guess things went OK. There were a lot of people going two-wide, three-wide, you couldn't pass. You might can pass, but you cant get away. They pull beside and it kills your momentum. I haven't really seen a lot of things that will help you out. There's just a big cluster of cars out there."

BOBBY HAMILTON No. 43 STP Grand Prix

"Its hard to tell what kind of shape were in. The Pontiac drives excellent. Were hoping when everything gets mixed up, tires get old, that well get a lot better. Thats been our strong point before. But if there's a lot of cautions and people can put new tires on, we could be dead in the water. We need it to go green the whole way."

CHAD LITTLE No. 97 John Deere Grand Prix

"I think were OK. We changed motors so we had a fresh motor for the last practice session for the Twins. Our Pontiac is driving real well and its very comfortable. It seems to be hanging in there now. If you have help you can pass. Its not quite as easy as last year."

JOHNNY BENSON No. 30 Pennzoil Grand Prix

"We haven't been running too bad. We've been trying a lot of different things trying to make it better. Hopefully, were headed in the right direction. I think when drivers get impatient thats going to help us. I'm going to try and stay patient and stay in line. I'm going to let those guys make their moves and hopefully, well go by with the group that doesn't try it. Its going to be interesting to see."

MORGAN SHEPHERD No. 1 Delco-Remy Grand Prix

"I'm looking forward to it now. Its been a struggle down here. We ended up 46th in qualifying. Were having to start way in the back, but in practice this morning the Pontiac was running good. We were able to run with the best of them."

KYLE PETTY No. 44 Hot Wheels Grand Prix

Petty was involved in a mishap during practice.

"You'll have to see Ernie. I don't have a side to talk about."

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