NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 2002 'ONE ENGINE RULE' THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY NASCAR TODAY? "It's going to be a good deal. It's going to save the owners some money to start with, which is good.
NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 2002 'ONE ENGINE RULE' THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY NASCAR TODAY? "It's going to be a good deal. It's going to save the owners some money to start with, which is good. We're having to squeeze sponsorships so hard to get the monies to get everything on a level playing field, so it's going to help us. It'll be a good move."
WHAT OTHER BENEFITS DO YOU SEE WITH THIS? "The place where this is going to help us is in our time. If we have to come in and do a one-day show or a two-day show, it's not going to be a big deal. They're going to be used to it. They're gearing up for something down the road and this is going to help us get to that point."
PEOPLE HAVE OFTEN REFERRED TO HAVING 'TWO RACES DURING THE WEEKEND - QUALIFYING AND THE RACE ITSELF.' DOES THIS RULE CHANGE THAT? "No. It's still the same deal. We've just got a little less motor than what we would have if we were qualifying. It's going to get you closer to what the race speeds are. It's going to slow us down a little bit, but we'll find ways to go faster. We always do. That's our job. It's just another chapter in NASCAR and I'm glad to be part of it."
MARK CRONQUIST, ENGINE BUILDER, JOE GIBBS RACING:
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 2002 'ONE ENGINE RULE' THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY NASCAR TODAY? "It's a good thing for the car owners. It's going to save them a lot of money. And if you think about it - did qualifying motors make the show any better? No, not really. We spend a lot of money on them to basically pick a pit stall. If everybody has to race their qualifier, I don 't think the show is going to change. People are just going to have to be a little bit smarter with what they do to cool them down and stuff like that, so there will be a little bit of a learning curve, but not that big of one. I don't think you're going to see a bunch of motors blow up right off the bat because of the mileage. People need to start working with it now, though. We've been doing here for a while, putting our motors in on Saturday morning and running both practices and we haven't been seeing a problem with them."
DOES THIS SIMPLIFY THINGS FOR YOUR ENGINE DEPARTMENT? "Oh yeah. It will help us out a lot. Now we can order one style of rod, one style of crankshaft, one style of valve. I think it's definitely going to help the car owners, but it depends who you ask. Some people are for it and some people are against. I'm more for it than against it because it's going to save the car owners lots of money and right now, they spend a lot of money and don't get a lot back."