Richmond Chevrolet Racing Saturday notes

ANDY PETREE (Car owner Andy Petree Racing Monte Carlos) "It's come to my attention that Ken Schrader is not going to fulfill his commitment to drive the 33 car for Oakwood next year. That means there's going to be a good seat open for a good...

ANDY PETREE (Car owner Andy Petree Racing Monte Carlos)

"It's come to my attention that Ken Schrader is not going to fulfill his commitment to drive the 33 car for Oakwood next year. That means there's going to be a good seat open for a good driver. That's what we're doing. We're here looking for a driver. I think we've got a damn good race team. We're going to focus on that. We've got a good sponsor and good people behind us. We're looking to go forward. Any other questions you might have about what Kenny is doing, I don't know. He's just indicated that he's not going to fulfill the commitment he made to me. I guess you'll have to get the rest of that from him. That's basically all I know unless you guys know more than I do.

"I'm getting the same kind of feedback you guys are getting. He's indicated to me that he's not going to fulfill the commitment he made. I was shocked.

"We came to Richmond to race. That's what we're doing right now. We're focusing on the race. Next week I'll start focusing on this problem. We'll try to make it as good as we can make it. Obviously we've got a good race car. We want to finish up on a good note, and I'm sure he wants to do the same thing.

"Oakwood is a quality company with integrity. We've got a firm commitment from them and we've got to put a good driver in front of them here so we can get on with it. We're looking for a good driver to put in that car, and I think it'll be a good situation for a good driver."

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"Our car was loose, but I don't know what happened. I ran over something and cut the right front tire I think. The car was working good, but not as good as I wanted it to. We were just a little bit too loose. I don't know what caused it, but that's the way it goes. We thought we were going to have a pretty good car tonight. We qualified pretty good, and I thought we had a shot at winning, but we'll just have to get 'em next time."

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

"We had lost all but fourth gear on that last long run, and when we came in to pit we lost the clutch."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)

"It was decent. We were a little on the tight side all night, but we had a pretty good race car. We were better on the long runs. I was a bit easy with the tires. I wish we could have been closer to the front racing and we would have pushed it harder. I wish I could have raced Dale Jr. more. That would have been a lot of fun."

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

NOTE: Marlin matched his best finish of the season, a fourth earlier this year in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway.

"We were loose early. We adjusted air pressure and adjusted the track bar and put a little wedge in it. It got better and better. We weren't real good on takeoff, but we were real good on the long runs. I wish it would have gone green all the way. We would have been really good then. The front end was vibrating across the track early. We were real good in the afternoon practice, so we just left it alone and then made a few adjustments on it. This car led a bunch here last year. I couldn't get all the way to the front tonight, but we got pretty close. This team is coming around. If we had Darlington back, we blew up down there and we were going to be in the top seven at least. We had a good run at Bristol and finished seventh, so this is two top 10s in the last three races. We're working on it, chipping away. Maybe we can win one of these last nine races."

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We had an awesome race car. We put two tires on and the car was pretty good. It was a little on the loose side. Everything was going great and we put four tires on and the car went to hell on us. I thought we had a shot at a top-five run, but we just struggled on that last set of tires."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We were OK. We just stayed behind in the pits all night long. We had one set of tires that didn't match up right or something, and we went from a perfect race car to junk. We had a good car and didn't have to adjust on it. We made one air pressure change and put another set of tires on at the end and were pretty good but by then we were too far behind. Robert Larkins is calling the shots, and Steve Gray is really helping out. Mark Prater is doing an excellent job on the shocks. We're clicking again. This is the same car we had here last year and we're taking it to New Hampshire next week. If we can qualify better up there, I think we can get another top 10." Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999. Richmond International Raceway. Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400. Chevrolet notes, quotes. Page 2.

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"It was a hard-fought night. Those Gibbs cars were just unbelievable. They put the whole field down a lap. We came up and were able to get by Jeff Burton and Rusty there for a 12th-place finish. I could've roughed the No. 31 up a little bit there at the end, but I didn't want to ruin a good run. So, we just have to work harder, and we'll be better next time."

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

"We completely missed the setup. That is the absolute bottom line. If I could go out and do it again, I don't know what I would do differently. The car was terribly loose getting into the corner. It was tight in the center of the corner. Then the car would push when I picked up the throttle, and then it would snap itself back loose through the push. It didn't matter how many adjustments we made. We went up and down on the air pressure, took a round of bite out and put it back in. Nothing seemed to make the car much better or much worse. I don't know if the race car changed or if the track changed, but we weren't very good. We thought we had a pretty good car going into the race. We sat on the pole with it. If we could have raced in the daytime, we might have been OK."

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"I'm really tired. We struggled with no brakes all night. We didn't have brakes on the car. We had a real good car, if we had the brakes for it. Fifteen laps after a caution, the brakes would just give out. It would run really good for the first 15 laps. I know it ain't much, but I dedicate my first top-10 run to Budweiser. When you see it in the paper and hear about it on TV about a guy getting a top 10 on the Winston Cup Series, you don't think a whole lot about it. When you actually have to come out here and do something like that, you have a whole new appreciation for it. It's a lot more work and a lot harder than people think. To me, a top 10 is a big deal. Hopefully, if we can consistently get top 10s, eventually we can get top fives and who knows where we can go from there. I'm real proud of my guys. They worked hard all night long to overcome some setbacks. We were able to do that and still get a top 10. I'm as happy as if I'd won the race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ken Schrader , Andy Petree