FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES BUD SHOOTOUT February 7, 1999 Daytona International Speedway RUSTY WALLACE -2- Miller Lite Taurus -- "It was a tough day. I missed the driver's introduction, that put me in the back...
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES BUD SHOOTOUT February 7, 1999 Daytona International Speedway
RUSTY WALLACE -2- Miller Lite Taurus -- "It was a tough day. I missed the driver's introduction, that put me in the back and had to try and work my way to the front. I got up to about fourth and got freight-trained by. A car lost a bunch of oil, I couldn't see out the windshield at all in the car, but that's no excuse. We just shouldn't have missed the driver's introduction."
WHEN DID THE OIL HIT YOUR WINDSHIELD? "It was about eight laps before the end of the race, but hey, you don't want to complain about it because that same situation could happen to you and you need a break. Kenny (Schrader) didn't know that was happening. He's just driving his guts out. I think the one thing he didn't know was that he was toting everybody down behind him pretty hard."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE DRIVER'S INTRODUCTION? "It was my own fault, so I can't be mad. I screwed up. That was probably something I'll never have happen to me again. I'm glad it happened during a non-points event, I tell you that. I've gotta really pay attention to the starting times and stuff like that because it changes every race and you've gotta be up on it."
WAS IT FRUSTRATING NOT TO BE ABLE TO HOOK UP WITH JEREMY. BOBBY LABONTE WAS BETWEEN YOU TWO DOWN THE STRETCH. "It was frustrating, but I guess the most frustrating part was that when I got in a position where I could get up there I couldn't see anything. When I couldn't see anything I couldn't do anything with it."
MARK MARTIN -6- Valvoline Taurus -- "That's all that was was homework. Jimmy Fennig, Jack Roush -- horsepower and a great Ford Taurus. These guys have worked really hard on this race car. We gained three-fourths of what we need to gain, we've got a little bit more to go but the pit crew got me out in front there and that's what it took. I couldn't have won that race if they hadn't put me out in front, but we were at least fast enough to stay there. We've got a little more work to do if we want to go out and win these things and really take them, but today was our day. I'm just thankful to Budweiser. It's a pleasure to be a part of this thing and I hope we're in it again next year."
THE CAR WAS OBVIOUSLY GOOD. "I tell you what, that's a lot more race car than I had a year ago. It came through the pack well. We do have a little more work to do, we're not completely there yet, but we're in a position now where we know if everything goes our way on Sunday, that we can have a shot at the Daytona 500 and that means a lot to these guys because they've worked for it."
DALE JARRETT -88- Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus -- "Somebody was losing oil, it filled up my windshield and I couldn't see so it wasn't the race to take a lot of chances in."
HOW WAS YOUR RACE OTHERWISE? "We had a decent car. We made a good pit stop and got ourselves in a position there, but once I got to fifth and got to where I thought I could do something the windshield started getting so bad I couldn't see. I couldn't even follow the guys in front of me. That's the way it is."
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR THE TWINS? "We'll see."
RICK MAST -98- Yarborough/Burdette Motorsports Thunderbird -- "Boy it feels good to run good again. We just didn't have our car matching our engine. This car is a Thunderbird and we didn't get to test it. We only got a few laps to practice with the car and it wasn't any good yesterday evening. We threw some stuff at it this morning and it helped it, but out of 10/tenths, it was probably a three or four-tenths car. The handling was off that much. The whole time I was leading it was all I could do just to hold onto the race car. Then after we changed tires I had to ease out of the gas exiting two and exiting four. Other than that, the car was really stout. It feels good to run good again."
JEREMY MAYFIELD -12- Mobil 1 Taurus -- "We were pretty good. We got on new tires and it seemed like the car was sliding around after we got a few laps on them. We tried some stuff on this car we'll have to try on the 500 car. We'll do some more stuff (for the 125's), and take what we learned now and figure out what we have to do to go another 25. Our pits stop was awesome. That's what got us back up there. Our pits stops are really getting good. The car got a little tight-loose and just started sliding around. Other than that it was pretty good."
KENNY IRWIN -28- Texaco Havoline Taurus -- "We had lot of fun which I guess is what this race is supposed to be all about. We just had a car that was one of our first Tauruses that we built last year, and aerodynamically it's not very good. The guys had a great pit stop. We got pit practice for the 125's. It was good for me to be out there with everybody and we did good. I mean, we didn't run very good, but we did good as a team. It was a lot of fun when we had the pit stop. It was pretty hairy. You can see by our back bumper that sometimes I wasn't going quite fast enough getting into the pits. But we got slowed down. We got the pit stop and the guys did great, and I guess that's what this race is all about. We had fun. Actually we tried a shock set-up for this race, and we are pretty close. Aerodynamically we're not very good, but I think we've got a good shock and spring package."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT DRAFTING? "Yeah, you need to have a good car to draft with everybody else. Our 500 car was a lot better in the wind tunnel so we're sure it is going to be a lot better than this car."
ANYBODY SNOOKERING YOU OUT THERE? "I'm sure every one of them tried to. I think about half of them did, and the other half tried."