Martinsville Saturday Chevy Notes

Saturday, April 17, 1999. Martinsville Speedway. Goody's Body Pain 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes. KEN SCHRADER (No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I just felt from our practice yesterday that it was going to take a 19.85 to...

Saturday, April 17, 1999. Martinsville Speedway. Goody's Body Pain 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes.

KEN SCHRADER (No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I just felt from our practice yesterday that it was going to take a 19.85 to get the pole. A 19.87 got it, so I was pretty close. You know if you hit your lap and what you can expect other cars to do. I know I had run a 19.93 and I needed to go faster. "There's no telling what we're going to see with this new pit road deal. I wouldn't even start to guess about that. It's going to be interesting. It's going to kill you if you have to pit under green and a yellow comes out, but any race track does that. This one is just going to be a little worse. I was a little surprised we got that No. 12 pit. I wanted an opening, and that's why we took it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it still there. "It'll be the same stuff in the race. It's just a different weekend. We'll see a lot of car wrestling. They just beat and bang. It'll be a good race. There's no reason to think we won't be good. We've been good since we got here. It's been a decent track for us, but I don't like the short tracks. I could do this all the time, and this isn't why I went Winston Cup racing, to go beat around on the half miles, but it's part of it. "We need a break and we need to be faster. We're not fast enough. We're not where we need to be. It's not motors. It's hard to say exactly what it is, but we're working on it and we'll find out."

SAM JOHNS (Crew chief No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We pretty much missed it last week at Bristol. We started out strong and the car faded on us. At Darlington, we just couldn't catch a break. We got caught in a wreck on lap two. We came back out and had a fast race car even after we wrecked. We felt like we were going to have a pretty good day there. We need to get a break and get a good run under out belt. That would probably pump up the whole team. We need to get the ball rolling. We're going to keep digging and keep working on it. We're getting everything put together and trying to get the right breaks. We need to get the right feel for it to start the day with and run the whole race with. This is a good group of guys. "I rate Ken Schrader as a top driver. He doesn't need to be doubting himself. He's a good race car driver. He's got a good feel for a car. He knows what he wants to feel. We've just got to get on the same lines of communication getting that feel to him. I think we can get that Skoal Chevy to victory lane this year. "I don't think anyone knows what to expect with the new pit road. It's going to be pretty interesting. We picked the No. 12 pit. It used to be the old No. 1. Everybody has their opinion of what the new pit road is going to be like, but nobody is going to really know until we get a race under our belts. It's going to be costly if you have to pit under green, but usually you get cautions here where you don't have to worry about pitting under green, but if you do, it's going to be real costly because you have to run so slow for so long in the pits. It's a much further distance than what it used to be when we had two pit roads. "We're going to shoot for having the car quick over the whole span of the race, the start, end of the run. We work at that every week, and that's what we're going to shoot at here this morning and see if we can't get it. "Tony Stewart started out surprising me at the beginning of the year, but it's got to where now he's not surprising me anymore. He's a good little race car driver and he's shown everybody in this garage he has what it takes Saturday, April 17, 1999. Martinsville Speedway. Advance material for Sunday Goody's Body Pain 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes. Page 2.

SAM JOHNS (Crew chief No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo) to run up here. He had a real good car at Bristol. He's had a real good car at a lot of places and can't catch a break. He was fast at Bristol and got caught up in something he didn't have anything to do with. We're going to try to stay out of trouble with the Skoal Chevy on Sunday and have a good fast car and try to stay on the lead lap all day and see if we can be around at the end and try to win it. Luck will be a big part of it. You've got to make your own luck in this business, and we're working hard at making our luck good."

ANDY PETREE (Car owner No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo and No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "Pit road will probably make this a different race Sunday, but you don't know what to expect. You almost have to go through a race to know. There's going to be some unknowns there. I felt like that No. 12 pit would go early, but it didn't. We'll see. Maybe we'll learn that it's better down around the corner. That's what I'm saying. There are a lot of unknowns. After this race, everyone will know which one they want. "We built this (No. 33) car new for short tracks last year and ran it a few times. We ran it at Richmond. It's got a good record. I think we'll run good with it. We expect to run good with it. "I don't mind the short track racing. I enjoy doing it. We expect to bring the car home without major damage after a short track race. We might expect to put a new body on it, but that just goes along with the territory. If we didn't have short tracks, we would have less of that. It would be cheaper not be putting new bodies on. "The two-car team is disappointing right now. We haven't performed with the 55 like we needed to and the 33 is not up to snuff either. I'm a little disappointed at this point, but we're working on it. We've got a lot going on. We're working on a program to try to get better aero and that's working. We're trying to get caught up. We've had some wrecks. We built a lot of cars for the new team. We're struggling a little bit aero-wise to keep all of our cars updated. That along with fixing wrecks and building new cars is a little overwhelming. "I'm a little surprised to see Tony Stewart on the pole here, but he's a good race car driver. He's proven it already time and time again. He was impressive last week at Bristol. Being a rookie, he gets a lot of tests, and that helps him some, too. But that doesn't underscore what he did yesterday. That was pretty impressive. "We've got to have some breaks. We've got to make our own breaks. We've got to have great pit stops. I think we can do that. Anything 17 seconds and under is a great pit stop. Your car has got to handle. The car has got to be just about perfect for us to win. We've got to have great pit stops and have some breaks go our way. We can win. We haven't, but we can. "I'm cautiously optimistic here. I think we'll run good. Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace run well here at Martinsville. It would be an upset if we won. Look at it. Schrader hasn't won in awhile. It would have to be an upset against these guys who are winning every week. "He (crew chief Sam Johns) has been a real bright spot for our team. He's working out great. He's really helped me a lot. I've got somebody in there everyday constantly caring about the car. He's really got a passion for Saturday, April 17, 1999. Martinsville Speedway. Advance material for Sunday Goody's Body Pain 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes. Page 3.

ANDY PETREE (Car owner No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo and No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "it like I do. We really lost when I couldn't be a bigger part of that as far as the race team goes, as far as being in the shop and by the car all the time. I've got to be at other places, doing the business side and the engine stuff. Having Sammy come along and take that over has been a big benefit. It hasn't shown results, but I think it will. Schrader really likes him a lot, too. He's good with people, but his biggest strength is that he's really very passionate about it. He really cares. He's eat up with it, just like me. "I've been involved with Winston Cup racing since '81. I wouldn't say I get burned out, but it's got its moments. When we're not running well, week in and week out, it works on you. It's working on me right now. I still love this sport a lot, and we've got goals we haven't achieved. We're working hard to achieve them. "Some people do it better than others. That's all there is to it. It's not unique in this sport. It's in every sport. Some guys are just better than others. I'm talking about drivers. This is a drivers' series. It always has been. No driver can do what they can do if they don't have the right team behind them. Some drivers excel on short tracks and some excel on superspeedways. You see that trend, but as a rule, the guys who win races can do it on any track. "We haven't won, and I'm getting a little disappointed with that. We're working real hard to win. It's a team effort. The car can't be where it needs to be without the driver being a big part of that. It's a package. Our car is probably not where it needs to be, but it's probably as good as we can make it with what we've got. We're trying to make it better all the time, but the driver is a big part of making it what it needs to be on race day."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace