BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Atlanta Winner VICTORY LANE COMMENTS "It was just a great day. We've worked our tails off and it was a great finish. I just hope the Cup guys can have one like this tomorrow. Dodge has given us a lot...
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Atlanta Winner
VICTORY LANE COMMENTS
"It was just a great day. We've worked our tails off and it was a great finish. I just hope the Cup guys can have one like this tomorrow. Dodge has given us a lot of time in the wind tunnel. We won the second race last year at Darlington. Nobody else was there (up high today). We went up there yesterday. Goodyear told us what to do, and there is a lot of people involved with this. It goes back to Homestead last year. Skinner sort of ran out of room. He ran up and it was close, but we were at the end of the race and I wasn't going to let up. I knew it wasn't going to wreck him. He's a heck of a racecar driver. You'd have to do something a lot worse than that to take him out. He's pretty sharp behind the wheel. I knew coming down it was going to be between me and him. I thought I had a shot at him, but I thought he'd be tough to get around."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram)
"It worked out pretty much the way I figured. We learned a lot today. We're going to be a lot better when we come back. We learned a lot. It's tough coming to a new track. This isn't what the Mopar team wants. I was hoping for at least a top five, but at least Dodge won. My hat's off to Bobby. He was on a rail today. Whatever he had, that's great. I'm going to see if I can't follow in his footsteps and get this No. 1 Mopar Dodge back up there again."
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram)
"Our truck was killer fast in Happy Hour. I was just going to follow Bobby to the front, but he jumped on the high side and I followed him up to about seventh or eighth. He kept on going and I got loose. We pitted and the caution came out while we were in the pits. That stinks, and there's nothing you can do about that. We were good, but we weren't good enough to get our lap back. Bobby was so strong, and there was no way I was going to pass the leaders, but finally we got a Lucky Dog out of it. Even then it was so late in the run, and it was a single-file start and I had to start at the very back. It was almost like having nothing. We passed three trucks in one lap on the green-white-checkered, and that just showed how strong our truck was. The boss can flat out drive. He's not back in the truck series because he can't drive. He's back because he wants to be. He gave me a great truck. One guy finished first and one guy finished ninth, but if we had been just a little bit better we would have got the Lucky Dog earlier, and I promise we would have finished third or fourth with this truck."
JOHNNY ALLEN (Crew chief No. 62 Orleans Racing Ram)
"It was a legitimate penalty. The jackman slipped and was over the wall too early. It was a deal that cost us pretty big. There at the end the 12 truck got out of shape and hit the wall. Then he came down and collected us. It is just hard racing. You hate to see it happen. If we hadn't had the penalty, we probably wouldn't have been in that position. We would probably have been further up to the front. We had a good run. We've got potential. We just need to get it all together in one place. We ran strong in both of the races we've been in; we just haven't been able to get the package together. We need a little bit of luck. Time is important when you have a new driver and crew chief, but we had a head start because Orleans Racing had a good core base. We built on that. Steve is an easy driver to work with. He gives good input. Once we get into the races, we have moved in the direction he wants to go, and it hasn't backfired. He knows the feel he wants, and so far we've been lucky enough to hit it right."
STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram)
"We worked from 27th to a top five and then had to go to the back again when we got the penalty for a crew member being over the wall too early. That was a shame. I think we must have passed the most trucks all day. The Orleans Dodge was handling well. We had a great truck all day. We got run into by the 12 truck there at the end. I guess we put ourselves in a position to get wrecked. I saw Skinner get sideways on the backstretch toward the end. These guys race hard. It was a green-white-checkered finish. These guys are racing for the win, and that is what makes NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing so entertaining for the fans. They stand on their feet in the stands the last five laps just like we do in the trucks."