Cicero, IL (August 26, 2000) - It is looking like another potential "Attack of the Killer B's" as Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively at Chicago Motor Speedway. Biffle is looking to protect or extend his lead in the race...
Cicero, IL (August 26, 2000) - It is looking like another potential "Attack of the Killer B's" as Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively at Chicago Motor Speedway. Biffle is looking to protect or extend his lead in the race for the championship, while teammate Kurt Busch dominates the rookie of the year race and sits fourth in points.
#50 Grainger Ford F-150- (Qualified 2nd)-"It was kind of tight. The sun is coming in and out of the clouds and is really making it a guessing game right now. I thought that we could go quicker than that but I'll tell you that is about all that the #50 Grainger Ford F-150 had in it on that lap. I don't think that it will hold up for the pole though. We'll be happy to start in the top five and get a good solid finish. In the second race of the season it was determined that the Dodge front end was about 32% better than ours and that is a tough number to overcome. We have to really work hard to even get close to them on the aero package. One of the things that we think about at this point in the season is breakage. If I finish tenth tomorrow, I'm still in good shape. If we break something and I finish thirty-second, I'm in trouble. We are out there now to concentrate on winning a championship. We don't quite run the motors to the last ounce of horsepower and we are trying to be more conservative in all of the decisions that are made during a race. We are really in a good position to win a championship and I don't want to jeopardize that."
#02 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Ford F-150-(Qualified 5th)-"How did we do? I guess it was all right but a .92 isn't as good as a .81 (current pole time) so we'll have to see where we end up. That is about what we ran in practice so I didn't really expect more than that."
#46 Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford F-150-(Qualified 12th)-"It could have been a lot better. We were better than that in practice. The truck is a little tight. It's really been that way all day and it really tightened up on us in qualifying. We just didn't get the lap we wanted at all."
#99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150-(Qualified 3rd)-"It went alright. We thought that this Exide Ford F-150 had an .80 in it and that's what we ran. We knew that we would have a mediocre qualifying run and I hope that it stands up. The good thing about this truck is that it will run 31.00's all day long and I think that is what it's going to take to win the race. I also think that there will be some attrition out there tomorrow and just keeping the equipment in shape will be a lot of the battle. "
#14 Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150-(Qualified 21st)- "The Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150 got really loose between turns 1 and 2. Once you lose that little bit it makes it really hard to recover and run a good lap. We have some work to do in happy hour and this team works hard at making this right. These guys have been working hard all weekend and just keep going. We'll see what we can do in happy hour and be ready to race in the morning."
ANTHONY LAZARRO/SCOTT PRUETT
#32 Sears/Kenmore/Craftsman Ford F-150- (Qualified 18th)---"I'll tell you what, I'm really having a blast being here this weekend. I think that we went from the lowest lows yesterday to the highest highs. I have never been in on of these trucks before and I haven't driven in about seven weeks as my season has been a little bit lean needles to say. Thanks to Kenmore, Tide, PPI and especially Billy Ballew Racing. They built these trucks and brought them out here for me to drive in Chicago. Like I said, we dented one up a little bit yesterday due to a lack of experience on my part but we're right back here on top of it pretty good today. So far we are in the top twenty in qualifying and I think that if we can stay in the top twenty it will be a goods day. I'd like to call Scott (Pruett) and tell him not to hurry here in the morning. Scott is a really good friend of mine but I think that if I gave him a good kick in the shins he might not be able to drive here tomorrow."