FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES THE WINSTON OPEN, May 22, 1999 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C. JIMMY SPENCER -23- Team Winston Light Taurus -- "They (Tony Stewart) have a lot of horsepower in that car. A lot...
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES THE WINSTON OPEN, May 22, 1999 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
JIMMY SPENCER -23- Team Winston Light Taurus -- "They (Tony Stewart) have a lot of horsepower in that car. A lot of them have a lot of horsepower, unfortunately, the 23 doesn't. My guys worked hard, we tested over here with it and picked up two-tenths of a second. The car handled excellent all night, it handled great. It stayed on the bottom, I passed on the outside, his car was better though. I'm not gonna roll over and play dead because my guys have done everything they can, but I don't think our motor department has. I may get in hot water for it, but I don't care." HOW ABOUT YOUR RACE? "Second best. What good is it? It would be great and I'd be happy as heck if it was the 600, but it isn't. This is win only. I've been in those races before and I'm a sore loser. I don't like to lose. I'm not making excuses. I'm not saying our car was perfect, but our car was as good as we could get it. It drove good all night long. When a driver backs off about three car lengths earlier than you and you pick your throttle up a little bit quicker than him, if you're right on his bumper going down the straightaway and watch him just pull away, it's sort of like racing a V-8 versus a V-6, I guess."
JOHNNY BENSON -26- Cheerios Taurus -- "It's a top five, but there are a lot of the other guys in the next race. We need to get better. I wouldn't say we were junk by any means, we had some good cars in our race, but I still think we need to get a little better for the 600. We made some changes and they were good. We came and tested this car and we were terrible, but the guys worked really hard on changing some things and it's better. We need to get even better though."
DALE JARRETT -88- Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus -- "Where I sat it felt like I got hit. We had been racing a couple of laps there and I got a good run off of four. He had already hit me one time going down the straightaway, so I guess I should have realized then that he may not have been seeing good in the night time here. I just got hit going into the corner and it got turned around."
RICKY RUDD -10- Tide Taurus -- "There was really nowhere to go. I guess it all gets back to my foul up when I was qualifying the other day. I should have been up front somewhere in the top seven or eight. That's the thing about the Winston race like that, it was early on and I'm not quite sure why everybody was racing so hard. That just gets you a position for that second race and I guess they were just racing a little too hard. The tires probably hadn't even gotten a chance to get heated up and there was really nowhere to go."
JEFF BURTON -99- Exide Batteries Taurus -- "It was double-wide and the 88 was on the outside and got loose. I slowed down and was waiting because he was against the wall and finally I just had to turn left to try to miss him. When I turned left it came around on me and I spun in front of Rudd. The wreck started in front of me and just in an effort to miss it, I ended up spinning my car and then Rudd had nowhere to go. It was just racing."
RUSTY WALLACE -2- Miller Lite Taurus -- "Everybody was really loose out there. The track started out real loose for some reason. I know we were all sliding around on that restart. I couldn't tell if Mark got loose or the 40 car got loose, but everybody just banged into each other and it was a chain reaction. The 6 got loose, the 40 got loose and then I slammed on the brakes. I thought I had it cleared and they came across the race track and I got into the side of Mark and the 40 car. It looked like the 18 car got loose too, so everybody was just sideways and maybe that's what caused everybody to check up, I don't know." COULD IT BE EVERYBODY SET THEIR CAR UP TOO LOOSE? "I'd say that could happen, but everybody was loose. I know I was barely touching the gas pedal and in practice this afternoon I was perfect. The tire temps were great, the car felt super. Maybe in another 15 laps the car might have come in, but it's only a 30-lap race so we had to get going quick."
MARK MARTIN -6- Eagle One/Valvoline Taurus -- "There were a lot of things that contributed to that starting with the double-file restart and having everybody packed up like that. Then the 18 didn't really get off to a great start and that packed some guys up on the outside that were standing on the gas. The race track really didn't get cleaned up that well and what I saw was Ernie lost it in the dirty stuff up there. The 18 and I were on the bottom and we even slipped too, but we still had it under control. Ernie lost control and came down across the race track and got me in the right rear, but it was just a series of tough situations for all of us. There wasn't a whole lot of room and everybody kind of packed up; The inside row didn't take off as fast as it could have; and the race track being slick. We all just had a big wreck."
JEREMY MAYFIELD -12- Mobil 1 Taurus -- "We're pretty happy with it. This team had a lot of stuff thrown at us this weekend and we just kind of never let them see us sweat. We just kept working hard and doing our deal and running hard all night. We missed the setup a little bit, but I think everybody did. I'm happy and proud of all the guys." DID THE DAMAGE YOU RECEIVED HURT A LOT? "It affected us a lot. I think that was our turning point. We hit the left-rear and messed it up a little bit and it seemed like after that the car didn't really want to run, but, all in all, I'm still happy with it."
BILL ELLIOTT -94- McDonald's Taurus -- HOW MUCH DID THE ACCIDENT AFFECT YOUR RACE? "It knocked the toe-in out on it pretty bad, but the car still wasn't that bad. It hurt it just enough, but that's The Winston isn't it."
DARRELL WALTRIP -66- Big Kmart/Route 66 Taurus -- "Mission accomplished. We loaded it in the trailer."