Martinsville: GM - Sprague, Furr interview

JACK SPRAGUE , NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON POSTING HIS BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT OF THE YEAR YESTERDAY "It was a decent day. I thought we had a shot at the pole. Then, when [Jeff] Gordon ran what he ran, I thought, 'OK, I've got a shot at...

JACK SPRAGUE , NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON POSTING HIS BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT OF THE YEAR YESTERDAY "It was a decent day. I thought we had a shot at the pole. Then, when [Jeff] Gordon ran what he ran, I thought, 'OK, I've got a shot at the outside pole.' But, it's so easy to overdrive here and I made myself not overdrive it and got a little tight. But, that's the best run we've had all year.

"It's decent. We'll just go on and see what happens."

DO YOU LIKE THIS PLACE? "I don't really like this place. I never have. I've raced here like three times in the trucks. I'm not thrilled with it, but I've got a decent car and that makes things better. We're just trying to dig ourselves out of the hole we've gotten ourselves into this year."

ON THE SEASON OVERALL "It's been a lot of frustration. We knew it would be tough, but we didn't know we would struggle as hard as we have. This is a performance business and you've got to perform. Hopefully, we're on the right track. Hopefully, we can get things turned around."

HOW DID THINGS GO WITH TONY FURR YESTERDAY? "It was very strange. I haven't had anybody different than Dennis Connor for eight and a half years, but it went well. We actually went and tested last week with Tony and Dennis and I was really excited about that. I thought the two of them together were awesome. Come Monday, I was informed that that wasn't the case anymore, so it totally caught me off guard and by surprise. But, we'll go on with it and see what we can do."

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO GET OUT OF TOMORROW? "Just a good solid finish. That's what we need is a good solid finish."

TONY FURR , CREW CHIEF, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON COMING OVER TO THE TEAM FROM MORGAN-MCCLURE) "I came over here about two weeks and cam over here to be the shop foremen - to help Dennis (Connor) get the cars straightened out and his people in order, and help him turn the team around. That's what I came over for. I didn't come over to be the crew chief. That's sort of where we were at. Dennis and I have been friends for a long time and I was hoping everything would work out real well to where we could continue to work together. That's what I was hoping for. But, that didn't' pan out. I don't know - it was something out of my control that happened and I don't know what happened. I didn't ask any questions or anything. It was just one of those deals - a business decision, I'm sure.

"Then, they offered me the job. Dennis had already laid a good foundation. He and I had had gotten things really turning in the right direction, so it was a very easy job to take after that."

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ASSET YOU'VE GOT TO WORK WITH AT THIS TEAM? "The biggest asset I've got is Gene Haas and his company, NetZero and Jack. Jack has won a lot of races and championships and stuff, so he is a proven winner. Also, the equipment - they have the Hendrick influence with chassis and technology, so there is quite a bit to work with."

WHAT IS THIS TEAM CAPABLE OF? 'This team is definitely capable of running in the top 15 every week. We've just got to make sure that we do that. We need to set our goals to where they're reachable and that's what we're going to do. And, possibly, rookie of the year."

DO YOU LIKE COMING INTO THIS SITUATION? "This situation is actually very good. The only thing I don't like about the whole deal is my friend Dennis, with whatever happened there. I didn't like for that to happen because I was really looking forward to working with Dennis and around him and the guys. But, as far as the team and Jack and all the equipment we've got - this is the kind of deal that a guy can take and really do good."

-gm racing-

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