Nadeau on Loudon qualifying

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I don't think (restrictor plates are) the answer we need. You don't feel like you're racing Winston Cup cars. Even though the speeds aren't that far off, they're so much...

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I don't think (restrictor plates are) the answer we need. You don't feel like you're racing Winston Cup cars. Even though the speeds aren't that far off, they're so much slower and you've got to really make up all of your times in the turns. You're rolling through the turns a lot faster than you ever have, but you're a lot slower on the straightaways. It's not my call. I'm just going to do what NASCAR does and try not to complain too much. "They need to bring these walls in. That's probably the biggest aspect here at New Hampshire. This is a great place. I've won here three times in the Barber-Dodge car. I've run Busch cars, and I've always liked this place. I've never really had any problems here. Lately, with the two deaths here, it's been tough on everybody. It's not only this track. There are a few other tracks where the walls are so far away. The racing line is on the bottom. You know you can't really make any passes. Why have the walls so far away? Maybe that's what they need to do. They need to bring these walls in a little closer so we're not going so far away and making that impact. "We don't have a cockpit. We're basically just strapped in a roll cage where the Indy car drivers are surrounded by carbon fiber. They're tight fitted in the race cars. There's not much movement in the body itself, and I think when those cars hit at 200 mph, the cars bust apart. That's where all the absorbent is. The tires fall off, wings are falling off. It doesn't take much of a hard hit on a driver. Here on a Winston Cup car, they're heavy duty race cars. When you hit, the car is not going to have much damage. Your body takes a lot of abuse itself. I know a lot of people, Scott Pruett and Jeff Burton, have worked on some things we can do better in a Winston Cup car itself. There's hasn't been anything updated in the last 30 years in the car itself. There's some things we can do to make it a little bit safer in there. "The bad finishes have been blown motors or mechanical problems or wrecks. I think every race track we've gone to, we've raced real good. There are just some things we need to work better on. This is our first year together. I think we're doing a fine job and we'll get better as we go on. "Hopefully we'll be somewhere in the top 15 or top 20 in qualifying. I think we'll be all right. The guys have done a good job. We've just got to get a good lap. This is the same car we finished fourth with here earlier this year, so we've got a good race car. "The practice (Friday) meant a lot. NASCAR did an excellent job. Everybody here at New Hampshire did an excellent job so we could get some practice yesterday. I think everybody wanted to get out just to see what it felt like. It's funny some of the comments you heard from drivers that these things go like Late Models. I've never driven Late Models, but I got my first taste of Late Models yesterday. I don't think it's too bad. I'm glad they did something. I'm glad they finally listened to us. I'm not saying they don't listen to us. It's just that it's been tough on everybody because of what's happened here at New Hampshire. They had to do something. The restrictor plate was the answer for this weekend. I don't if it's going to be the rest of the year or where it's going to be at or if it's the final answer. I think it's pretty fun. I don't think the fans are going to notice anything. I don't think they're going to notice we're running restrictor plates. I think the racing is going to be just as good with or without them. I don't think it'll be better. I don't think it'll be worse. The speeds are slower. We probably won't have to make as many pit stops as we used to because we're not wearing any tires out. I haven't looked at the fuel mileage, but you can probably go 300 laps on these tires. "This is the way it should be at every Winston Cup race, come in and throw a curve ball, do an hour practice and go race. That's what makes it exciting. That's what brings the best teams out and the best drivers out. When you get all this practice and testing and this and that, it kind of wears on the team and everybody else. I can't wait until they make these one-day shows. That's going to be a lot of fun. I think it would be neat. The speedways probably wouldn't make as much money or the hotels, but I think it would be a lot of fun. Maybe we could come in one day and practice and qualify and race the next day. I think that would be my call if they would do it. "We haven't done anything. I think basically the Hendrick camp just worked on motors and restrictor plates and tried to get the best power we could out of them. Then we fell back on some notes from Busch teams. To be honest, the Busch cars were probably a second faster than what we were running here. The engines guys worked hard as soon as they got the word they were on it day and night. Randy Dorton has been around many years. He's got a lot of experience and has won a lot of races, a lot of restrictor plate races. I'm glad to have him in my corner. "If you've got the right people and learn from stuff you do in the past. It was a curve ball here, but it wasn't. All these guys are race drivers, no matter what we get in. If we got in a school bus or go-kart, we're going to be competitive and do the best we can. That's what we did this weekend. NASCAR told us we were going to run restrictor plates, and some guys grumbled, but we're all here and most of us made the race. We'll do the best we can on Sunday. "In some ways you would think the guys that tested would have the advantage, but even if we didn't get any practice, we weren't that far off. I think we'll still be in good shape."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Pruett , Michael Ho