Jimmy Spencer Charlotte qualifying notes

JIMMY SPENCER "What a good job Todd did. Todd did a great job at Chicago and sat on the pole and the 26 team, myself, got second and that was pretty neat for Carl. Then we come back here to Charlotte and we've reversed the role. I'm pretty...

JIMMY SPENCER "What a good job Todd did. Todd did a great job at Chicago and sat on the pole and the 26 team, myself, got second and that was pretty neat for Carl. Then we come back here to Charlotte and we've reversed the role. I'm pretty proud of Todd's outside pole and we did it at Travis' home track, so I think that's pretty neat for Carl Haas and Travis Carter's motorsports program."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CONSISTENCY? "We have not been as consistent as we've needed to be. Todd qualifies good and I don't qualify as good. I race better, he didn't race better. Travis is definitely trying to get us to both be a consistent top 10 team. He's trying things and we're trying things. People have to understand that Travis and Carl are throwing everything they can at this program. I'm not gonna get in trouble for it, but we aren't the most heavily financed race team out there and we're doing pretty damn good for what they've done. They've put everything into this organization, I'll say that for them."

"I won a pole at Indianapolis and it was an embarrassment for Indianapolis Motor Speedway not to give us a trophy and recognize it like RJ Reynolds and Humpy Wheeler and his staff has done tonight and that's the bottom line. That is going on my mantle. That is a neat thing and I just can't thank RJ Reynolds enough. They've done a lot for this sport. I was fortunate to drive for them. I miss T. Wayne Robertson a lot and think the world of every one of those guys and I thank them for putting this thing up tonight with Humpy."

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE YATES ENGINES? "I just think Robert Yates and Doug Yates do a fantastic job. I remember years ago when Robert Yates was building them for Bobby Allison and DiGard and Cale Yarborough and all those guys -- Junior Johnson. There are certain engine builders that always seem to excel and Robert has rubbed that off on his son, Doug. They are very precise in building horsepower and making it live and I'm very proud to have their engines in our program. They do a great job."

WHAT ABOUT THIS THREE-YEAR HANDSHAKE. CAN YOU TELL US WHO IT IS? "No. I'm not gonna answer that question because I promised somebody that I wasn't gonna say who I'm driving for. I'm not gonna do that and I'm not gonna break my promise. That doesn't have anything to do with what happened tonight. It's Travis Carter, Carl Haas and every one of my guys out there and that's what I want to elaborate on tonight. I'm not gonna answer anymore questions about that the rest of the weekend until they decide they're gonna announce it."

HOW IS THIS RACE DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE IN MAY? "We had a really good car in May, in the spring. We qualified well and Todd qualified well. I think he ran over some debris and later on in the race I ran over some debris and busted my nose up. We still ended up finishing sixth. I think you approach this race a whole lot different. You do run underneath the lights. This track doesn't change a lot. This track just gets a lot of grip and I thank Todd for coming on the radio and telling his guys to tell Jimmy that the track is in excellent shape. It didn't change today, it just got some more grip. That made a big difference for me and I knew that going into one and two. We had the best turn speed in one and two and it paid off for us. That's where the teammates worked out. We're gonna work on our setups. Todd and I are getting a lot closer with setups. Naturally, we'll try to figure out what we've got to do. The weather is not gonna be really hot on Sunday, so we need to get a car that's balanced. I think if you get a car that's balanced well at Charlotte, you'll run well. Not loose, not pushing, but balanced and you can put the power down and run consistent lap times. That's how you have to win races and that's what Travis Carter and this whole race team has been trying to do this year. Hopefully, we can do that on Sunday -- one of us."

-Ford Racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Carl Haas , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison , Robert Yates , Cale Yarborough