BILL DAVIS (Car Owner Bill Davis Racing Dodge Intrepid R/Ts with 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and Hut Stricklin.) COMMENT ON CUP TEAMS "We'd like to run Scott Wimmer (Davis' current NASCAR Busch Grand National driver) in some Winston...
BILL DAVIS (Car Owner Bill Davis Racing Dodge Intrepid R/Ts with 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and Hut Stricklin.)
COMMENT ON CUP TEAMS
"We'd like to run Scott Wimmer (Davis' current NASCAR Busch Grand National driver) in some Winston Cup races this year. We'd like to get a feel for him in a Cup car. They're going to run Busch through Chicago at least. A lot of guys that were good Busch racers come over her to Cup and are great. It doesn't make any sense to me. I thought you had to win Busch races before you come over here, but I guess you don't. A lot of guys win Busch and come to Cup and aren't terribly successful. I don't understand all of that. Scott was in a Cup car once at Atlanta (2000 season finale) and did an incredible job. He actually led the race. We ran him out of gas and he lost a lap. Other than that, he should have finished in the top 15. We'd just like to see what he can do in a Cup car. It isn't worked out yet. I think we'll know for sure this week. We'll let everybody know at Daytona exactly what we're doing.
"There's no big news with the 22 team. It's business as usual. Who knows what it's going to take to get back on track. We'd like to get back on track at Daytona. We'll have a good, fast car. We had one at Talladega and didn't finish the deal. It's all about chemistry and people. Equipment hasn't changed. The bodies are the same. The chassis are the same. We're the same, and it's the same people. It's just the chemistry thing. You've got to have that going. You've got to be playing with confidence. It's just like you hear football and baseball players talking about playing with confidence. It's exactly what it's all about.
"I don't know where all that came from about the 23 team. Hut's the man in the 23."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Elliott clocked the second fastest lap in Saturday morning's first practice.
"Practice doesn't mean a lot. Right now we're just trying to get our stuff ready for the race. That (practice) sheet is just an illusion. We'll work harder on the setup in the second practice. This is the best package I've had here in awhile. If I can keep it between the ditches we'll be all right. We'll have a little problem here and a little problem there, but it's nobody's fault. We've just got to get our stuff together and make it be right at the right time. Ray's doing a good job getting good stuff, and it seems like our people are coming together well. We've just got to keep plugging away at it."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Andretti clocked the fourth fastest lap in Saturday morning's first practice.
"I think we've got two or three pretty important corners here. It seems like if you get one right you give up on the other two. You've got to find a decent compromise. We've got one thing that's working for one of the corners and it's not working in the other two. I think it's impossible to get it perfect for all three corners. The track has got a lot of grip right now and we're closer to all three corners than we were when we started. I'm just worried about the balance of the car right now. The grip is going to go away. If we get the balance right it'll stay the same and we'll be OK. I'm only worried about beating the guy that's going to win, and hopefully I won't have to beat him. I think I can win every week, but sometimes it's a pretty far cry from where we start. I don't qualify good here, and this is about the best I've ever qualified. We'll see what happens in the race. If we can get these guys to keep their bumpers to themselves, we'll be OK."