DAVE BLANEY , No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd Can you talk about your race today? "We had a good race. Our first goal was to get back in the top-35 in points, so I had to take care of the car all day. I didn't want...
DAVE BLANEY , No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd
Can you talk about your race today?
"We had a good race. Our first goal was to get back in the top-35 in points, so I had to take care of the car all day. I didn't want to do anything to put it in harm's way. I was way more cautious than I probably wanted to be. I just got with the right group of cars there at the end. I was lucky enough to get behind the 24 (Gordon) and 48 (Johnson), getting pushed by the 99 (Edwards). I was in a good group. I could've easily run 23rd with that car, but here, it's all about the group you're with."
Were you concerned about the durability of your car having to race a qualifying setup?
"The only think I think we had to do was take care of the transmission. I had to be easy going in and out of pits and on restarts. I'm thankful that nothing happened. I came in here yesterday and said that it was going to be a wild race, but it really wasn't. It was hard to get that second lane going. It was a little bit of a strange race, but the cars are pretty good here."
How did the Car of Tomorrow change the racing today?
"It just made it hard to get that second lane going. The middle lane is usually fast, but today, it was really slow. It was hard to get two-wide or three-wide and compete. The top lane took over. The COT package is all right here, but it maybe needs tweaking a little bit."
Do you think the Toyota engines have an advantage at these restrictor-plate races?
"I think our restrictor plate engines are better compared to the field than our open engines are. But, no, I don't think we have an advantage. We're just even. (Brian) Vickers ran good, and so did the 00 (Reutimann). There is no real qualifying trim here. You can go with some lighter oils and play with the gears, and then pray you get in. I thought we could hang up in there, and a few of us did."
How do you think Jacques Villeneuve did in his first NNCS race?
"I saw him a little bit and he was going fine. He was running wherever he should have been, doing a good job. He wasn't making any sudden moves. The experience he got here is invaluable, gaining trust from the other guys. I'm sure he's pretty happy with his day."
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