Long Pond II: Ricky Rudd press conference

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Qualified 2nd) DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A POLE RUN? "I knew we had a good chance. We were fast in practice. I knew if we got a good lap in we had a good shot at it. I had a pretty good lap going. I had...

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A POLE RUN? "I knew we had a good chance. We were fast in practice. I knew if we got a good lap in we had a good shot at it. I had a pretty good lap going. I had a little bobble over there in the tunnel turn and that probably cost us maybe a tenth. Bill beat us somewhere around a tenth or a little bit better, so we gave it our best shot and we ran pretty much what we did in practice. We're happy. It would have been nice to be just a little bit happier with a pole, but it wasn't meant to be. Bill put up an awfully fast lap and we just couldn't beat it today

WHY DO SOME DRIVERS SHIFT ONCE AND SOME SHIFT TWICE HERE? "Some of us don't count as well as others (laughing)

WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK CONDITION HERE? "It's nice to have a race track that we can race on. You can run two-wide. The faster cars, if you get pinned up in the back you can go to the front. The faster cars will run up front here and that's the main thing. The guys that work so hard and deserve to run up front, if you get hemmed up you can come to the front and you can pass each other. It's a nice race track."

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