Bristol qualifying quotes

Loadhandler 200 Quotebook BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 20, 1997) Selected quotes following Busch Pole Qualifying Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday's Loadhandler 200: Ron Hornaday No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet: "You can't ask for more than...

Loadhandler 200 Quotebook

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 20, 1997)

Selected quotes following Busch Pole Qualifying Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday's Loadhandler 200:

Ron Hornaday No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet: "You can't ask for more than that. We haven't touched that truck since we tested with (crew chief) Fred Graves. He's the one who made that truck so good for Jimmy Hensley (in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 1995, when Graves was crew chief for Grier Lackey). We changed a couple shocks this morning and we got it back to where it was. Hat's off to the whole crew -- I'm just the driver. It's my birthday today and I just put the candle on my cake!"

Fred Graves Crew chief, No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet: "That's a weight off my shoulders tonight, that's for sure! We practiced good all day and we were sure hoping for the pole. The track conditions changed a little bit and we were hoping we could call the shots right. Ron did a great job. He came off the corner over here (turn four) sideways on the first lap and most of the guys had gotten even looser on the second lap, so I said He's really gonna have his hands full here!' But he managed to pull it off for us! We're gonna practice a little bit tomorrow and get it good for the long runs and we'll be OK."

Boris Said No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford: "To be second here is amazing to me. That's cool. That's pretty good qualifying. Jay (Smith, crew chief) and them have been giving me good trucks. I was on the phone with Ernie (Irvan, truck owner) last night and he helped me out with some good tips. I just sucked it up and took a rollercoaster ride. It worked out for the best. The whole Federated team just gave me a great truck and when the trucks are that good, it's pretty easy. I honestly didn't think I'd be where I am at this stage of the year. I was hopeful that some time in the year I'd be able to run in the top-5, but I'm completely shocked it's this early!"

Rick Carelli No. 6 RE/MAX Chevrolet: "We ran pretty decent. I got the nose of the truck up a little bit on the first lap. I chattered it a little bit but it stopped and it came right around. The truck's going to be pretty decent tomorrow night and if I could repeat here at Bristol in this RE/MAX Chevy I'll be a happy camper."

Bryan Reffner No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford: "This feels good. It's something we needed as a team. Now we've got to race. Qualifying's one thing, but at Bristol it means a lot. If you can start up toward the front you don't have to fight a lot of people, and that's a good feeling."

Tony Raines No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge: "The truck was a little tighter than I thought it was gonna be and I tried extra hard and I think I just got carried away. I don't know if that was the pole lap or not (second lap). (ON SPINNING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE TO FINISH QUALIFYING.) I probably got lucky (not to hit anything). It started to get away from me and it was NOT going to come back. I said I can't save it, so let's try to make the best of it.' I tried to get it to come around so it would roll backwards. Fortunately we didn't hit anything. The back end got loose. I was chasing it and I was thinking I got it.' Then the next thing I thought was I don't got it.' When I looked back toward the flagstand all I saw was smoke from my tires. I could hear the crowd cheering. (DID HE HURT THE ENGINE WHEN HE SPUN?) It turned about 87 or 88 (8,700 or 8,800 RPMs). It didn't turn too much, but we hurt the set of tires, so we'll get another set to start on. We'll be all right tomorrow. We made the race so we'll work on the race set-up and be OK. "

Kenny Irwin Jr. No. 98 Raybestos/Ford Credit Ford : " I think it was pretty good because I scared myself a little. Usually when we do that we're pretty good."

Ron Barfield No. 55 Tom Gloy Racing Ford : "Pretty good truck. We run real good. I cost us the pole because I run down into three and got way sideways! We had a good lap in one and two, but in three I got it about 90 degrees sideways, but we still run us a 16.1. If it had stuck we'd have been on the pole. Good team, good truck, good owner -- heck of a deal."

Rich Bickle No. 17 Sears DieHard Chevrolet: "Well, it's better than it has been. It was a little tight for qualifying. All we were looking for was a good lap so we could start up close to the front."

Michael Dokken No.18 Dana Dodge: "We had a team meeting about our practice runs because the team lost our rhythm. So before I went out on the track tonight I just thought about what I did before in the first part of the season and ran a good lap."

Tammy Jo Kirk No. 7 Lovable Ford : "We were too tight. Man, we give it away today. We was good. We got a little scared there at the end (of the second practice) and tightened it up because everybody was spinning out. We just put a little bit too much wedge in it."

Blaise Alexander No. 62 Lisa Express/Rescue Chevrolet: "We got a little loose (and spun in turn three on second qualifying lap). The same thing happened in practice. There's some bumps coming off of two and if you get up high and you're not hooked up it just throws the truck sideways. The first lap put us in the field pretty decent. Coming off the corner we were just a little bit loose. I think we can get it fixed and if we get in the race we'll be all right. We've got to replace the lower a-frames and steering link and some sheet metal damage. It's not too bad."

Bob Keselowski No. 29 Mopar Performance Dodge: "We're only two tenths off the pole. That's competitive. The competition has more than tripled in the past two years at this track. The field will be bunched up tomorrow with all the trucks running so closely together."

Andy Genzman No. 25 De's LP Gas Ford: (ON HIS ACCIDENT ON SECOND LAP OF QUALIFYING.) "I'm going over to see of we can put it back together and go out tomorrow. Well, there's a bump coming off of turn four, I think I hit that when I was a little sideways, and it put me even more sideways. There wasn't anything to do but hang on, then (Genzman hit the inside wall near the pit exit).

Jimmy Hensley No. 43 Cummins Engine Company Dodge: "We haven't hit it just right. We'll come back tomorrow and retry our run at qualifying. Tonight we were just junk around the track."

Brian Cunningham No. 57 Cunningham Historics Chevrolet: (ON HIS ACCIDENT ON FIRST LAP OF QUALIFYING.) "My tires weren't warmed up enough on my first lap. We'd been loose going into turns one and three all day long and we thought we had it solved and we thought it'd be a little tighter with the cooler weather. I turned into (turn) three and it just went sideways, I wasn't able to hold it and I backed it into the wall (rear truck bed was pushed back to the rear wheels but Cunningham drove back to the pits). We've got a Talladega ARCA car on the truck and I don't think that'll work out here. We should be all right."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rich Bickle , Boris Said , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Tony Raines , Blaise Alexander , Bryan Reffner , Michael Dokken , Jimmy Hensley , Rick Carelli , Brian Cunningham , Tom Gloy , Ron Barfield , Tammy Jo Kirk
Teams Carlin