JEFF PURVIS --51-- Phoenix Racing Taurus (Qualified 11th) "I hope that's fast enough to make the race. It looks like it's gonna be. James Finch and Marc Reno and all the guys got a late start on getting to work on it because we didn't know we...
JEFF PURVIS --51-- Phoenix Racing Taurus (Qualified 11th)
"I hope that's fast enough to make the race. It looks like it's gonna be. James Finch and Marc Reno and all the guys got a late start on getting to work on it because we didn't know we were gonna be coming down here to run this race. But to come down here and run only three or four laps total, that's pretty good. That's a good run."
HOW HARD IS IT TO PREPARE FOR A RACE LIKE THIS WITHOUT A LOT OF TIME TO PREPARE?
"I've been racing all year long, so it's not that difficult. It's just another speedway race, which I love speedway racing, so it's not that hard on me. It's hard for these guys. It's harder for them. We had to call and get a motor at the last minute and we had to do everything at the last minute. We weren't prepared, but it looks like they've got everything prepared pretty well."
ANDY HOUSTON --96-- McDonald's Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"That's about what we expected with the McDonald's Ford. We were hoping for a little more. We felt like we could be a little better than that. That's about what we ran last night. We had really good clean runs last night, so we knew we were pretty good. I didn't know what the heat was gonna do, if it was gonna slow these cars down a lot or not, but the way our year has been the last few weeks, we'll take that. I feel like that will get us solidly in the show and we'll just race 'em tomorrow night."
A BIG WEEK FOR YOU.
"Yeah, my wife gave birth to our second son Monday afternoon and they're doing well at home. I can't wait to get back home and see 'em."
YOU RACED WELL HERE IN THE 500.
"Yeah, we did. That's one of the high points to PPI Motorsports is their speedway program. They've really got a good restrictor plate program. There's a big engineering staff there, so they're really good on getting these cars slick and getting them fast. We'll have a good car tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully, everybody will drive as smart as they did at Talladega and we'll have another good race like we did down there. Who knows, with this kind of racing here anybody can win so we'll have just as good a shot as the next guy."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"The lap we ran yesterday was with help, so we didn't really know what we were gonna run. We made a gear change and that probably wasn't the right way to go, but if you're not gonna get the pole, it doesn't make a whole lot of difference. We'll just see what we can do with 'em tomorrow night."
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE RACING HERE AT NIGHT VS. FEBRUARY?
"Not a lot of difference. The temperature is probably not a lot different. I think you see the track better at night. It's a little more predictable with what you're gonna have, so I enjoy racing here at night."
YOU REALLY SEE BETTER?
"Yeah, it's just the way the track is lit. The reflection is minimal and the lighting is in the right place so you just see the track and things happening a lot better."
IS IT STILL A KICK TO RACE AT NIGHT?
"Oh sure, yeah. It's a kick for us and it's definitely better for the fans than having to sit out here in 95 degree heat and watch us go for 400 miles. It's a lot better."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR LAP? "We just didn't get a lot of speed out of the car yesterday. The main thing is getting it to where it drives good tomorrow night and that's what we've got to go to work on and make sure that happens. The car drives good, it just didn't get the speed that we wanted. Again, we'll work on it and get it drafting good. That will be the main thing."
KURT BUSCH --97-- Sharpie/Rubbermaid Taurus (Qualified 28th)
"We knew it would be a consistent car. This is the car that we ran at Talladega and the guys have been working hard. I tried my darndest out there, it just wouldn't go any further to the floorboard. It's gonna be a good race car. That's what we're excited about and we know we can run up front with this Sharpe/Rubbermaid car."
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM PREVIOUS RESTRICTOR PLATE RACES?
"Stay in line for about a good 200 laps or so and if there's some more leftover and you've positioned yourself well, then you can make that move towards the end of the race. We were fortunate at Talledega to catch the lead draft, stay behind Tony Stewart at the end and ended up third. I don't think I could have won the race. If I pulled out of line it would have been a different scenario than third place, so that's what I've learned -- just to be patient and stay in line when you're supposed to."
RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Qualified 12th)
"We were expecting a little more, but we'll have a good start. Here at Daytona, as long as you qualify respectably you put yourself in a good position early on and that's what we needed to do. That should sort out top 15 and then I think we'll be in a situation where we can get with the right crowd and stay up front all night long."
ROBERT PRESSLEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Qualified 35th)
"I don't know. That's as fast as we can run right now. I just don't know what it is. Some of the guys are slowing down a little bit right now, but I think everybody is in the same boat. We've just struggled with our restrictor plate program and somehow we have to overcome it."
JEREMY MAYFIELD --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus (Qualified 43rd)
"It's the same as usual. We came down here with a new body and stuff and it really wasn't that good in the wind tunnel. We kind of knew that, but it's all we had to bring and it's showing up right now because we're not running good."
WHAT ABOUT THE RACE?
"Hopefully we can make it in the race. With our points situation, we're down a little bit, so if we can get in the race and run all day, hopefully, it will draft good."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus (Qualified 21st)
"That's about like we ran in practice. There were no surprises one way or the other -- good or bad. That's about what we figured we'd run. It doesn't make any difference where you qualify. It's kind of hard to get excited about qualifying here because it really doesn't make a difference. You could start dead last and win the race or you can start on the pole and finish last. It really has no bearing on the race. It would have been nice to come here and be in the top 10, but it looks like that might put us around 15th or 20th."
TODD BODINE --66-- Route 66/Kmart Taurus (Qualified 31st)
"That's a little bit slower than what we thought we were gonna run. It's not very fast by any means, but that's all we had. The guys have done a great job trying to work on it and make it faster, but with this restrictor plate racing it's hard to get the right combination."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Qualified 24th)
"That's a decent lap. We lost about 100 RPM from last night's practice session, which is pretty normal. I was hoping for the best and hoping for more than that, but that'll start us probably midfield or a little better than that and I think we'll be fine."
CAN ANYONE STAY UP FRONT ALL NIGHT LONG TOMORROW?
"Not really. Early in the race you'll see some guys hang there in the front, but then as everyone get impatient they'll start to get mowed down."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 15th)
"I'm real happy. Typically when I come here we really struggle with the DEWALT car. We've got our new AT&T paint scheme this week and we're real happy with our effort this weekend. That should get us in the top 25 and that's a whole lot better than we've been doing. Robbie (Reiser) and all the guys have done a great job of trying to tune our cars up a little bit. We've got a little more power this time and a little slicker car aerodynamically, so we're happy with that and we'll see how it races tomorrow."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus (Qualified 30th)
"We just threw the first lap away trying to get momentum going. We just threw the first lap away to get a better second one. That's about what we ran last night. We wanted to pick up and thought we could pick up a tenth or a couple of tenths -- we normally do. Frank and all these guys do a good job at the plate races of figuring a way to pick up and we didn't pick up, but that's okay."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE LAP THOUGH?
"Well, we're not thrilled with it, but if you're in this race you have a chance to win. That's the way I feel about it. The only I think qualifying does is take a lot of time up. I think if they just put us all in a hat and drew it (the starting grid), you would have just as good a chance of winning. For me, that's a decent starting spot. We'll just go see what we can get done tomorrow night."
YOU LED THE LAST 40 LAPS LAST YEAR. WITH THE NEW RULES CAN YOU SEE A SIMILAR SCENARIO?
"No, nothing will happen like it did last year. Maybe we'll get the same winner, I hope so, but nobody is gonna lead the last 40 laps. Nobody will lead for 40 laps probably. It's really gonna be ultra-competitive and, hopefully, everybody can really be smart and use their head. That includes me, and, hopefully, nothing bad will happen."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 41st)
"That's about what we figured. We tested two cars last week at Talladega and this was the slowest one in qualifying trim, but it drove so awesome and raced really well here in the Twin 125. We had a shot to win, we think, until we wrecked with Stewart so we think we're gonna run good tomorrow night. We had to give up a little to get a little. We'd rather finish good than qualify good, so that's kind of what we expected with that car. It doesn't matter where you start here, unless you're on the pole. I've seen people start on the pole here and be running 20th after two laps, so it doesn't matter where you start it's where you finish."
JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Kmart Taurus (Qualified 27th) -- "It's better than when we were here in February. The boys worked hard on this car and we still didn't get the speed out of it we needed to in qualifying. I don't know. We're naturally gonna have to build some new speedway cars for next year. We have not run well at Daytona or Talladega -- as good as we want to. When that draft comes into effect, I really love that drafting, so, hopefully, we get this thing handling like we had here in February and we can be in the top 10 at the end of the day."