Elledge talks about Talladega rule modifications

TALLADEGA, Ala., (Oct. 14, 2000) - After today's morning practice, Jimmy Elledge, crew chief of the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet, talks about how NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule modifications have affected the Square D Racing Team. The No....

TALLADEGA, Ala., (Oct. 14, 2000) - After today's morning practice, Jimmy Elledge, crew chief of the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet, talks about how NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule modifications have affected the Square D Racing Team. The No. 55 racing team qualified seventh-fastest for Sunday's Winston 500.

Q: How have the rule changes for the Winston 500 affected the race cars?

A: "This weekend has been very interesting," said Elledge. "The race cars are handling well. With the drag and horsepower numbers as high as they are, the drivers have more control over the situation. The setup is not as critical for this race. You can drop back 15 car-lengths and still catch the draft. I like it so far. The speeds are definitely higher in the draft."

Q: Any surprises this weekend?

A: "To be honest with you, every week in NASCAR is a surprise," said Elledge. "I've been in this sport long enough to know not to expect anything. You need to approach every weekend with an open mind. I'm very curious about how the race will unfold tomorrow. It looks like it's going to be a slugfest.

"In the past, the race cars' drag and horsepower numbers were so low that the race cars just stuck together," said Elledge. "You stayed with who you started with. Now, that doesn't matter. You can be 30-car lengths back, and with the hole in the air that the pack is creating, you can get a run from no man's land. Before, if you weren't glued to someone, you couldn't go anywhere."

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