Ford Racing Dover II race notes

KURT BUSCH --97-- Sharpie/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 41st) -- "We can't fix what's broke, the engine failed once again. It's just a struggle. I hate it for all the Sharpie/Rubbermaid fans and everybody that comes out every week. We drove our...

KURT BUSCH --97-- Sharpie/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 41st) -- "We can't fix what's broke, the engine failed once again. It's just a struggle. I hate it for all the Sharpie/Rubbermaid fans and everybody that comes out every week. We drove our way from 43rd up to 20th and I was just riding around waiting for things to pan out and for pit stops to occur. It just seems like I'm always winning the race to the helicopter and to the airport. We just haven't been able to finish what we started."

ANDY HOUSTON --96-- McDonald's Taurus (Finished 40th) -- "It just got away from me. We've fought all weekend with this thing trying to get it turn up off the corner and I never was able to get it to turn. We got it loose. I mean, on that last pit stop they adjusted on it and got the car freed up, but it still wouldn't turn. I told them about three laps before that I was doing all I could just to hang onto it and, finally, it just got away from me getting into the corner. This was a race car that the 32 team didn't want and they gave it to us. I guess they thought we might like it, but it wasn't real good at all."

ROBERT PRESSLEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 37th) -- "We just could not go on the last couple sets of tires. I got up there in the loose stuff and it was over. There's so much trash up there (in turn two) high and that's where the groove is, so it's just a fine line. Unfortunately, I got up there in it and it was over."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 11th) -- "I was tight all day long. The car pushed the front end most of the day. In practice it was a little tight and I really thought it would loosen up in the race, but I was just too tight. I probably had about an eighth-place car. Track position was everything in the world. If I could get in front, I could stay in front. If I got behind, it seemed like I stayed behind. It was real tough for me to pass cars out there today because I had a pretty pushy front end. Other than that, we finished 11th. We didn't gain any points, but didn't lose any either."

IN THE INCIDENT WITH RUDD WERE YOU JUST BATTLING TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP? "That's right. He was about to get us a lap down and he ran into me on the back straightaway. I just stood on the gas and we got into each other in four and he spun out. His memory is pretty short, I'll tell you that."

WHAT ABOUT HIM CALLING YOU RUBBER HEAD? "I called a guy a conehead a long time ago. I guess maybe somebody else needs a name. I've got a lot of respect for him (Rudd), but I didn't have any respect for him at Bristol when he got into me."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "I don't know. We got damage there messing with Rubberhead Wallace. He hit us and bent our fender in. He took the race away from us."

RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 26th) -- "We had our problems today. We still would have been top 10, but we just had some real bad luck on pit sequence. We got caught in the pits and lost two laps and then had a tire that just shook me to death. You run 350 laps in the top 10 and then the last 50 laps we just disappeared. That's really frustrating."

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 14th) -- "Our car wasn't the best in the world. We were real bad there for a bit, and then we got it better. The guys worked on it and made it better and that's what it's all about. We did the best job we could."

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 12th) --
WHAT HAPPENED WITH TONY? "We'll work that out one day. I consider this just a bad day, but we ran well. In light of what happened about two weeks ago, everything is alright. We're okay. We'll race again next week and things aren't so bad. It's just kind of a different way -- not that I'm not mad about what happened but you've got to kind of put things in perspective. Who knows? Sure it hurt us in the points and I'm real disappointed in what Tony did there, but, again, we'll race another day."

YOU SAVED THE CAR AND DIDN'T HIT ANYTHING. "I don't know that I did anything. The way it was, it just got turned around and I tried to hold it straight. I can't say I did anything to save it, but that was the fortunate part of it."

YOU LED WITH 50 TO. DID THE CAR JUST GO AWAY ON YOU? "Yeah. We didn't make any adjustments and the set of tires we put on didn't have any grip. I couldn't get it turned in the center to get off the corner and they were just eating me alive there. I was faster than Tony. We had come up on a car and I was giving a little room and he got up to me and didn't wait long, so the car wasn't quite as good but I think I could have held on to finish fifth or so there. It was just unfortunate."

DO YOU FEEL YOU HELD YOUR LINE COMING OUT OF TWO? "Yeah. I wasn't up that high to start with. He had to get his left sides (tires) down below the line if he was gonna get underneath me anyway, and apparently he did that. Coming off of there, I mean, it's just natural, you're gonna come down a little bit to get off of there. If he would have been up to the door that's one thing, but he hit me in the bumper. That's not too good."

JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Kmart Taurus (Finished 13th) -- "We had problems all day long. We just never got the handle on it. It was a poor day all around. We finished, but it wasn't a top-10 so that really stinks. We were in the top 10 there towards the end and then the caution came out when the 88 car spun out. That wasn't too good because that cost us a top 10 there at the end. But we just kept adjusting on it and never got it right. We got it a lot better than it was, but, oh well, that's Dover I guess."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus (Finished 21st) -- "Today was tough for us, but we did run better than we did here last time -- a lot better. I told my guys after the race to hold their heads up because we did improve. It's just a shame because for the most part our lap times were as good as the leaders and, wouldn't you know it, our longest run of the day was our worst handling situation. I don't know what happened, but we decided to come in under green and the gamble bit us. That's been our run of luck all season. We'll take our finish because we did perform better overall and head to Kansas City."

MICHAEL MCSWAIN, Crew Chief --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus -- "What are you gonna say? The proof is in the tape. Everybody saw it. I guess Rusty's feelings were hurt because he was getting lapped and he was having a bad day. He decided to take it out on us. What are you gonna do? We came back and finished third. We gained a few points on Gordon, not many but a few, and we'll just go to Kansas and try to gain some more."

WHAT ABOUT THE GARAGE INCIDENT BETWEEN RICKY AND RUSTY? "It was just a couple of guys discussing the situation. One was happy with what he did and one didn't like the way he did it and they were discussing it. What are you gonna do? Go to Kansas."

ROBERT YATES, Car Owner --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus -- "I wish this would have been the Dover 300 or whenever it was we were running first and second. I'm real proud of our guys. I mean, they worked hard and probably had the best cars we've had at Dover in a while. Still, the 8 car was tough. I think he might have dialed himself out one or two runs there, but it's pretty hard to run with that guy. He's been getting really dialed in for this place, but we've come a long ways with both of our cars here. We'd like to race here again tomorrow, but the outcome wasn't really representative of how we actually ran all day."

WHAT ABOUT RICKY'S COMPETITIVE SPIRIT? "You can't expect a guy not to have any emotion. If there wasn't any emotion, there probably wouldn't be anybody in the grandstands so you've got to let your natural emotions show. You've got to have some restraint because if you're gonna keep racing you've got to earn and learn respect. Otherwise, you start that 'I'll wreck you, you wreck me kind of a deal' and that sort of builds and builds. That's when the big red trailer should step in and do something about it, but I don't mind racing those guys hard and pushing and shoving a little bit. Dover is pretty tough, especially when somebody picks your rear wheels off the ground. We've got to make our car faster off the corner. Rusty's car wouldn't go through the middle, but he could pick the throttle up hard. He wasn't in the race from where we were all day long and that's sort of bad when somebody takes you out like that. We weren't running for first and second. He wasn't hardly in the top 10 all day and then he takes out one of the best cars here. We love racing these guys and we're gonna keep on loving racing them."

-Ford Racing-

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