Phoenix Chevrolet Racing Sunday Notes

WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "This will build up the whole team's confidence. There are a lot of unknowns right now for everybody, but when I get a good race car I run good, and the Bud team gave me a good car ...

WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"This will build up the whole team's confidence. There are a lot of unknowns right now for everybody, but when I get a good race car I run good, and the Bud team gave me a good car today. We were best in class. I knew the Pontiacs were going to be really strong. They were all weekend. We just drove as hard as we could and got what we could. We should have been a couple of spots better. That last set of tires really cost us a little bit. I don't care if you're on a one-mile track or a two-mile track, downforce is downforce and that makes your tires stick better. I'm moving over to a car that's got a little more downforce, I hope, next year, so I'm not going to complain too much. We were about a tenth off today, and I don't know what we could have done about that. The last set of tires probably cost us a couple of spots, but that's about as good as we were. I've run good here a lot, but stupid things have happened. It seems like this year we've had three bad weeks before we can have three good weeks. This is the first one we've had since we had three bad weeks, so hopefully we can keep it going. We're still trying to win. I don't know how many people are betting on us, but we sure haven't given up on ourselves. We had a good test in Atlanta. I have no idea what's going to happen at Homestead, but Homestead is a good, flat race track. I think we can still win one."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

"I passed Dale Earnhardt for 10th on the last lap, and that made my day because I hadn't done much before that. I hope we're getting a whole lot with that new Chevy Monte Carlo. That's all I've got to say. We're testing it Monday and Tuesday at Homestead, so we'll know more about it then. I was good at the beginning today, but it kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter all day. I thought we were going to get loose actually. I think the clouds messed us up. We started off the race really good. I thought we were going to have a shot at it, but the car went away from me on the long run. We kept getting tighter and tighter. It sounded like some guys started loose and got better. We just couldn't get it freed up. We tried everything in the world to get it freed up and it just didn't happen. At least I got to battle with somebody there at the end, and who better to battle with than Dale Earnhardt on the last lap. It got us a top 10. I thought we practiced at a time we would have been starting the race, but it is a little bit different when they get a little more rubber on the race track after the Busch race. It just goes to show you that Busch race doesn't show you a whole lot."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"They can holler and say what they want to, but you can see it at every race track we go to like this. They (Pontiacs and Fords) kick our (Chevrolet) butt. It's down force. Who won the race? Going away? We pushed and shoved and were loose all day. I wish I had a Pontiac for the downforce anyway. We're getting a new car next year, but that didn't help us any today. Tony Stewart's got a good car and he's a good driver. I just don't know why they keep penalizing Chevrolet. They taken away from 'em ever since we brought out that Monte Carlo. It must be take away from Chevrolet day."

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D-Aerosmith Monte Carlo)

"I was disappointed with the run. I thought we had a better car than that. I guess we finished 18th. It just wasn't what we wanted, yet we're still looking at that goal of staying in the top 25 in the points. I'm truly disappointed."

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"NASCAR said I was speeding off of pit road. I was right there with Kenny Irwin and thought we were just racing. We've had some problems with pit road speeds lately and need to work on them. Even team manager David Smith said it looked to him like I was speeding. So, I'll take the lumps that NASCAR gives me. The Lowe's Chevrolet wasn't any better or worse on long or short runs. We experienced some handling problems during the race that were pretty consistent. It's not like the changes we made would make the car worse or anything, though. We are going to start approaching Phoenix like we do Darlington. We'll throw out any old notes and information we have and just start fresh. I can get around Phoenix and have done well here in the past. I won the first-ever Craftsman Truck race here and got my first outside pole. I like this place, and we are not giving up. We just had a not-so-perfect day."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"Somebody's shrapnel was laying on the track. It laid there for a lap or two. I tried to miss it, but somebody kicked it up and I ran over it and it knocked the line off the rear end. We'll put another gear in it and go back out. We were a little tight, but the car was OK before that. We were getting it freed up. I think we could have run in the top 10."

TONY GLOVER (Crew chief No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"If you can win a race or run in the top-five with a Chevrolet with the way the rules are right now, you've had a heck of a day. On these slick race tracks, they just stomp your brains out."

LARRY McCLURE (Team owner No. 4 Kodak Max Film Monte Carlo)

"We need to level things out with the Pontiacs and the Fords. They've got an advantage now. Look at the stats. Look at the results. Every week it's like that. I don't understand why you can go to Daytona and Talladega and (each make) run the same spoiler. We broke a valve spring toward the end. That's the second one this year, but it's pretty frustrating. Just look at it. Gordon and Earnhardt haven't forgotten how to drive. Bobby Hamilton hasn't forgotten how to drive. The 25 was the best Chevy today and it was ninth. They probably pulled more gear than we did. It's just a tough deal."

PAUL ANDREWS (Crew chief No. 1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo)

"I think it's obvious how much more downforce the Pontiacs have and how much more advantage they have on tracks like this. I'm sure in the wind tunnel it probably shows different, but more spoiler is more spoiler and that's more downforce. I don't care how you look at it. At a place like this, slower speeds and more spoilers equal more downforce. There's no two ways about it. The Pontiac that won the race could run faster than anybody anytime he wanted to. When the time was right, he was in the clear. The only way that can happen is downforce."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , David Smith