HIDEO FUKUYAMA - No. 66 Kikkoman Taurus (through an interpreter, finished 43rd) WHAT HAPPENED? "Something to do with the differential. Maybe a broken gear. At first, I thought it was driveshaft, but maybe broke a gear." CAN IT BE FIXED, AND...
HIDEO FUKUYAMA - No. 66 Kikkoman Taurus (through an interpreter, finished 43rd)
"Something to do with the differential. Maybe a broken gear. At first, I thought it was driveshaft, but maybe broke a gear."
CAN IT BE FIXED, AND CAN THE CAR GET BACK IN THE RACE?
"Yes. We are planning on getting it fixed and go back in the race."
BEFORE THIS, HOW WAS YOUR FIRST WINSTON CUP RACE ON A ROAD COURSE?
"I was having a hard time because the ball of the shift lever broke off. I have been driving with the rod."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (finished 15th)
"The ball broke off the top of the shifter at the start of the race, and I got several blisters there. (on his hand). That didn't make things easy. That's not an excuse there, it just hurt like hell all day. What really messed things up for us, we had good track position - we were eighth, 11th, something like that - and I had a big pileup right in front of me with Burton and all of them, and I was in it and got fender damage, but I didn't know how bad. The green flag stayed out. So I came down to the entrance of pit road and I put on the brake and it snatched the wheel out of my hand and locked the right front up, so I thought I had a flat, so I dove in. And that's what got us out of sequence and ultimately killed our day."
IT WAS A VERY GOOD RECOVERY, THOUGH.
"Yeah, they made another good call at the end."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Taurus (finished 14th)
"It was okay. We weren't ever great. We were probably always a 10th- or 15th-place car, and just some wrecks and some stuff happened. At times we had good track position, but I never thought them guys could make it as far as they made it on fuel or we would've pitted earlier and had a chance to be up there, too, but it didn't work out that way. But yet I'm satisfied with 14th. That's a lot better than we've ever done here before."
YOU LOST A TIRE EARLY. HOW DID YOU GET BACK IN IT?
"I had a flat. We were running in the top 10 and thought we could've kinda stayed there all day. I thought I had a flat, but I wasn't sure, and I should've ducked in the pits right away and I waited a lap and you can't wait a lap here. The whole thing came off the wheel. I just lost a bunch of time, so that was my mistake."
IT HAPPENED BY PIT ROAD?
"It didn't happen there, it happened the lap before. I should've gone into pit road. It happened through the esses the lap before. I felt it get real loose. I didn't know if it was gravel on the track or if I had flat. So I got a flat and they said, 'Pit,' and I was just by the edge and I went another lap. That's when it came all the way apart. And that's how I cost myself all those positions."
YOU WERE 24TH ON THE LAST RE-START. DID YOU JUST DRIVE HARD?
"Yeah, we all were. Me and Junior and the 48 and the 20 all had new tires and were picking on the guys who didn't have new tires. So it was fun driving up through there out of control. That was pretty fun."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Citgo Taurus (finished 38th)
"We were really fast. We had a great car. I got into Rusty. He had a problem, I don't know what happened. I got into him, and that was my fault. And then they made it three wide in turn seven. I got spun out there and went all the way back, and then drove back to eighth. And then I just screwed up. I just got into 10 a little too deep and it came around on me. I let our team down today, and I hate that more than anything. Guys worked so hard, and I let 'em down."
AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAME BACK, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU RAN TWO RACES TODAY?
"We passed a lot of cars."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagara Taurus (finished 19th)
"We got in an accident on the first lap and it knocked the front-end out of line a little bit, so we just had a hard day's work in front of us there."
AFTER THAT DID YOU AVOID ALL THE BUMPING?
"We got spun out, we got back up, decently, middle pack, and got spun out, so that didn't help us, either."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (finished 22nd)
"It was kind of an up-and-down day. I spun out all by myself at the beginning of the race, put us way back in track position, but I had a great car. Came back to, like, 13th or 14th and the 23 car just ran into the side of us, don't really know where he was going. But that just killed us, and we fell all the way back to 22nd at the end. So, it was an up-and-down day. Same old road course, everybody bumping all into each other. But I'm glad we got through it, the car's in one piece and we'll get ready for Daytona."