STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The GM cars broke away from us and Geoff Bodine ran into me. After we got out of the two-deep deal and got down to single file I ran wide open for 40 laps. I never lifted, and it was all...
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The GM cars broke away from us and Geoff Bodine ran into me. After we got out of the two-deep deal and got down to single file I ran wide open for 40 laps. I never lifted, and it was all we could do. I couldn't even run up and hit Ricky in the back end. My car wouldn't go down the straightaway. It's got too much spoiler on it. That lead pack got to racing each other and we caught them at the end. We need some help on that spoiler. We've got more drag than anybody here. I don't understand it. The best cars were in the first race. If it gets 100 degrees and we don't have any cautions we might be able to do something with them Sunday. What are the odds of that happening? On fresh tires, they just kill us.
"I learned Dodge ain't the car to have with all that spoiler. We've got so much drag on our cars you can't go. Those GM cars have got us covered right now the way the rules are. I would like to see 'em run about 195 mph and lay back the spoilers to about 40 degrees and make the cars get loose. You'd have to roll out of the gas and we could pass. They're so disabled now, it's just follow the leader. Lay the blade back, cut a little bit off of it, give us a bigger plate and let us eat.
"I ran all I could run today. That was it. I ran wide open behind Ricky for 40 laps and even with help behind me to push me I couldn't even get a run on him to try to pass him. The only way anybody is going to pass is get the cars handling good so you can drive by 'em."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We actually had put enough right rear spring in it where the car would pivot a little bit loose about mid way. That disappeared and just pushed the nose. I can't free the rear up any more to fix the nose and make the nose turn. When it goes, it goes quick. It's just an air push. Obviously the air push was a lot worse when you had people in front of you, but even when I had clean air, I still got a horrible air push. I don't know if we can fix it or not. We're going to keep trying. If we're going to run up front, we've got to figure out a way to get the push out of it.
"Once the 48 got black flagged, I had to hold up to let him get down, but we've got a fast car. It'll run with them. I've just got to get it handling a little better.
"I wouldn't go that far (that Sunday's Daytona 500 will go clean and green). You don't ever know. The atmosphere of that out there is subject for something to happen.
"I think because two of the packs got separated was the reason there was no passing much. I actually did some passing of my own on the outside when the car was handling decent. Every time we come down here, it's a different beast and a different environment a different nature what the cars are doing. We'll still put on a heck of a show come Sunday."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was OK. Our car was tight. Because we broke a motor on Saturday, we got one less day of practice. We tried to go off the 44 and 43 and the stuff just didn't go like it needed to. Hopefully, I told the 44 and 43 some stuff and it'll help them in the second 125. It really wasn't bad. It was a pretty good race and a pretty clean race for everybody. I told the 43 and 44 to tape and some fender stuff and some stuff to adjust aero wise. The cars are getting tight, but it's more of an aero tight than chassis tight. I think we were all used to running that old aero package. You got used to those shocks and springs, so it's a different aero package. I think we're pretty good on speed. In the first race, the only car that was ahead of us on speed, I think, that will get in the race is the 55 car. As long as these guys in the second race do what the guys in the first race did, we shouldn't have any problems. We felt like we were pretty comfortable at 27th."
HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It's going to be real close. We're going to have to wait and see how things shake out. We had a good race car and something happened there at the mid point of the race. It felt like all of a sudden someone stood our spoiler up about 20 degrees. It just quit running. I couldn't even hang on to the draft. Here in all the practice sessions, that hadn't been a problem. Somewhere along the line, we've lost about a second. We've just got to go back and find it."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)
"We've got to be a little bit better for the Daytona 500. We realize that, but it gave us a gauge of where we need to be. We need to be better, and we're going to work harder and continue to see what happens. This is back like the way it was a couple of years ago, but the Dodge didn't run under this configuration. We're going through a pretty big learning curve right here. I like the way we've spread out a little bit now versus last year. Everybody was right on top of each other then. We need to tweak this a little bit to make it a little better. It looks to me like it came down to handling. That and a little more speed and we'll be in good shape."