JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE MEETING? "I thought the meeting was great. It was a chance to just evaluate where we're at with rules and maybe take a different approach. Our current rules (in ...
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE MEETING?
"I thought the meeting was great. It was a chance to just evaluate where we're at with rules and maybe take a different approach. Our current rules (in restrictor plate races) were put in place because we basically didn't like some of the other ones. This was a way to try to produce great racing for the people in the stands, but at times, we felt like the packs were just a little bit too tight. Sure, we want great racing. We want the fans to see great racing. But at times, these rules were jeopardizing equipment and injury, so it was just time to evaluate.
"As far as the meeting goes, do we have a direction? I think we've got a small direction. Is it going to be the right direction? Well, we don't know. But no matter what, as drivers and owners, we have to feel pretty grateful that [NASCAR president] Mike Helton came up here and sat and talked to us to try to get a direction from our point of view. When it comes right down to it, they are going to be the ones to set the rules. But, you've got to respect the organization for trying to get our side of the story - from where we sit in the cars and what we see. As drivers, we're certainly conscious of what the fans want to see. We just need to find some kind of happy medium.
"Having this meeting - to be able to assemble everybody and talk about it - goes a very long ways, especially with the drivers and the owners. I think there was progress.
"Scheduling the meeting in the first place was extreme progress. Being able to talk about it was progress. I can't see anything that we talked about today as a negative in any way."
NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THE MEETING?
"They're talking about doing what we did at the Talladega test (Aug. 27-28) - going to a 55-degree [rear] spoiler, taking the wicker bill off the roof and the rear spoiler and using a three and a half inch nose valance. Then, we'll adjust on it when we get to Daytona (for testing in January)."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT?
"Oh Lord, yes. It's going to make for better racing."