Dodge teams react to spoiler reduction

TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepid R/Ts) "It's certainly not going to hurt anything. I don't know what it's going to do for us speedwise, but hopefully it'll make us get our car balanced better. We're...

TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepid R/Ts)

"It's certainly not going to hurt anything. I don't know what it's going to do for us speedwise, but hopefully it'll make us get our car balanced better. We're just way too tight right now. We've got a couple of hours worth of practice to work on it. It came a little too late for three or four of the Dodges. It didn't seem like the Fords had what they needed yesterday. They look like they're a little better than we are right now, but we'll see Sunday for sure."

BILL DAVIS (Car owner Bill Davis Racing Dodge Intrepid R/Ts)

"It's too little too late. We're still way far behind. What's a quarter of an inch? It's a help, but it's not what we needed. That's what I predicted would happen. Thursday's the day here. One car owner taking half of the provisionals and time slots. That's tough. We missed it by one provisional slot and one time slot. I'm not making excuses. We didn't bring a car down here fast enough to make the race. Shame on us. We had one car that was good and haven't been able to duplicate it. That's our fault. It just doesn't look like we can do it Sunday. I didn't see any Dodges that could run yesterday. We can't make progress up through the field."

ANDY GRAVES (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepid R/Ts)

When you've got someone hitting you from behind, it doesn't matter what size blade you've got on. That quarter inch off isn't going to hurt us, but I still have a hard time understanding how two cars with the same templates having half an inch spoiler difference. They're not running very good now, either, so I'm afraid that quarter inch isn't going to help us a ton. We probably need more. We probably need another quarter off the blade and about 10 more horsepower. I wouldn't bet on the Dodges on Sunday the way things are right now."

DOUG RANDOLPH (Crew chief No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)

It (rule change) didn't come a day too late. It came a month too late. That wreck we were in yesterday wasn't because of our spoiler measure. The biggest problem is we came down here with this rule plan and didn't have parity that everybody had hoped for. NASCAR's reacted to it. It's probably a little too late for us, but they're at least trying to get it close. All of us are upset. If everybody is OK with going home, then something is wrong. All of our guys are upset. We can overcome it. It's just like our engine blew the first lap of the Daytona 500. We've just got to look at it as one race and go on. There's no reason we can't finish in the top 10 in points. We've just got to turn the wick up. There's no room for error now."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Bill Davis Racing