Dodge Racing final practice notes

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The speeds are a little bit higher. I feel real good about the car. I can control what I can control. Stuff around me I can't control. We've just got to be real smart with it. This car can...

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The speeds are a little bit higher. I feel real good about the car. I can control what I can control. Stuff around me I can't control. We've just got to be real smart with it. This car can win the Daytona 500. We've got to have some luck and keep the fenders on it."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The car is driving really good. Our whole deal is that we haven't been overly fast since we've been here, but the car is driving real good. We changed left front shocks two or three times, and that's about all we did right there. I think John (Andretti) is really good. Buckshot looks good in the draft. I go out and run four or five laps at a time. I wasn't really concerned about running with anybody."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I wish we could have run the race yesterday. We were really good then. We had a different engine in it. It's not quite as good as it was yesterday. It could be a little bit better. It's driving pretty good. Everybody is kind of stalled out. It's kind of hard to tell who's got what. The weather was different today. It was real windy, and that affects the handling. I went back out and got in the draft. I don't think anybody can really go anywhere really quick. Maybe I'm expecting too much. I've got the boss fooled anyway."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I think we've got it pretty good. We started off Happy Hour quite a bit too tight. I feel like we got it pretty right there at the end. We're as good as we know how to get it. I really haven't had a chance to work with Ward in the draft. It gets all jumbled up out there. The handling goes away quicker when it's hotter, but it'll still go away if it's cooler tomorrow. It'll be a little easier to get your car going better when it's cool. I think Ward and Sterling both have great shots to win. They're experienced here in the draft and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see either one of them win."

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We can't get the car to pull up. It'll pull up about six or seven feet from the car in front of you and it just hits a brick wall and stops. I'm not sure why. We changed cowls. We changed gears. We changed shocks. We fought a little bit of it since we got here, and we can't quite figure out what it is. We've tried a lot of different stuff, and it just won't pull up. We'll keep digging. We'll go back and look at some notes tonight and see if we can figure out why and see if we can get it better for tomorrow. Anything can happen, but we certainly hoped it would draft up a lot better. It pulls up from a long way off good, but once we get up about six feet from another car, it checks up and I'm not sure why. We've got something in the cowl, or something around the nose there. We're not sure what it is yet. We'll get it figured out tonight. We didn't come this far to give up on it now."

-Team Mopar-

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