RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) NOTE: Wallace was the fastest driver in happy hour practice today, and was the third fastest in the first practice this morning. He will make his 40th career start at Michigan Int'l Speedway ...
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Wallace was the fastest driver in happy hour practice today, and was the third fastest in the first practice this morning. He will make his 40th career start at Michigan Int'l Speedway tomorrow. Wallace ranks second in wins (five), top-fives (15) and laps led (847) among active drivers at this track. Wallace's average finish at Michigan (12.8) ranks fifth among all active drivers.
"Well, Michigan is a great place to win, no doubt about that. But, with the losing streak that I've got going on right now I don't give a crap where I win to tell you the truth. Whether it's at Roger's (Penske) track, or whoever's track, I just want to win. I'm tired of being out of victory lane. It's embarrassing. But, we were quickest in happy hour today, we were third quick in the second practice session and our Dodge is running strong. We've got a hell of an engine in this car, and I know we can win at this racetrack. We sure can."
"We've been so close all year long. I don't think I've went this long in my life without a race victory. We've been so close so many times, but we'll get it. I know we'll get it. I'm determined as hell to get it, and we'll see if we can't pull it off this weekend."
"There's a lot of things you've got to figure out and adapt to nowadays. There's a lot of weird things going on in NASCAR right now. The setups in the cars are stranger than I've ever seen in my life. Heck, we're out on the racetrack this weekend and cars have six inches of clearance between the top of the tires and the fender, and the tires are running up and hitting the fenders. But you've got to adjust to all of the strange happenings going on in NASCAR right now -- strategy racing, hard tires, imbalanced cars, all of this stuff. It's different than anything I've ever been accustomed to in my whole career, and I've got to adjust to it. We're getting there pretty quick."
"Strategy racing will be the key at Michigan again. Whoever gets their car up front and wins the fuel mileage race will be in good shape. We did a lot of fuel mileage testing in happy hour today, so we feel like we're up in the game there. You've got to run at least 50 laps to get in the fuel windows. It'll defintiely be strategy racing again. I'm not so sure that the fastest car will win. I think the car that gets out front is probably going to be able to stay there awhile."
"We brought out car No. 51 this weekend. It's the car we had here in the spring, and it's one of our better high-downforce cars. It's a really good hot-rod, and I'm really happy with it."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Fittipaldi will start seventh in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400, marking the best qualifying effort of his nine-race Winston Cup Series career. Fittidpaldi made his fourth career WC start in the spring race at Michigan this year, where he finished running 35th.
"We feel pretty good about tomorrow. Things went very well in the first session. I'm pretty happy with everything, especially since we were running on old tires. In happy hour we had a couple of mechanical problems. I only did about eight or 10 laps. We need to get these glitches out of the way, and I think we're going to be good tomorrow."
"I definitely think things are a little less difficult now that we're coming back here for the second time. We have another car that has a little bit more overall grip because of downforce. We've also made some small improvements in our power plant, so that was reflected in qualifying yesterday."