Sunday, May 19, 2002 Pikes Peak Int'l Raceway - Fountain, CO Rocky Mountain 200 Presented by Dodge, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series BRIAN ROSE (No. 4 Perry Connection Dodge Ram) NOTE: Rose finished 10th, earning his fourth top-10 of the year --...
Sunday, May 19, 2002
Pikes Peak Int'l Raceway - Fountain, CO
Rocky Mountain 200 Presented by Dodge, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
BRIAN ROSE (No. 4 Perry Connection Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Rose finished 10th, earning his fourth top-10 of the year -- the most by any Dodge driver.
"To win a championship you've just got to run consistently and finish races. We didn't win, and we didn't get anything that we came here for. All in all, it was a pretty rough day fighting this weather. We started pretty tight and were able to free it up and come back. It was good in the middle-run and then the cloud cover came over and it went back to tight.
"We just really were struggling with the handling all day. We were either really tight or really loose. But we had some good stops today. We're just building a little bit more momentum each week and learning some stuff about these trucks that we like. This is a new snout that we're running from last year that Joe ran. This series is just so competitive, it's hard to be successful. You're really just got to have all your ducks in the row to be in victory lane."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram)
"Starting the race there, we were just fair. I think Jason had a little faster Dodge, so I made sure I led some laps. Once he got the lead, he took off on us. We were getting a little tight, so we told 'em to raise the track bar and we did a few things to free it up not knowing the right rear was going flat on us. With that change we took off and got the lead from Mike Bliss and it was really feeling good pulling away from the field. But sure enough, we had a flat tire in the right rear tire again. Something happened, we must have run over some debris and cut it. We had to change the tire, and all we had left were 75-lap tires. So, we had to run the rest of the race with tires from yesterday with 75 laps on them. Well, you're not going to go anywhere that way. The circumstances were unreal. We had a decent truck, but we just can't seem to put it all together right now. It's nothing the guys can do. Flat tires are just out of our control."
CARLOS CONTRERAS (No. 43 Hot Wheels Dodge Ram)
"I was watching the clouds over turns three and four. I cold feel the wind was blowing and it looked like it was going to rain at any minute. I am glad we got the race in today. I didn't want to race here tomorrow. The set-up was too loose at the beginning of the race, but then we pitted and the guys fixed the truck. It was tight or loose all day. But the guys did a great job on pit road. We had good stops all day long and they made the truck better every time I pitted. 13th is my best finish here at Pikes Peak. The last tow years we have wrecked. It feels really good to finish all 200 laps here and bring the truck home in one piece. We got to Dover in two weeks and that is one of my favorite tracks. I can't wait to get to Dover. I love that track and I know we will have a great run there."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Ram)
"This is the first Dodge Ram that Orleans racing has built that could've won. We could've won this damn thing. At the start of this race we were fast. The guys at the first pit stop were just phenomenal. We came in 13th and left like seventh. The guys just ripped-off that pit stop. We came back out and were faster than Crawford, and then we passed Travis. I mean we were fast! But it's a team sport and the driver made an error. In traffic, Crawford got back by me. It was no big deal, I made a smart move and let him go. But I was faster than him on the outside. This thing was a high-groove Dodge. But I tried to get in that high groove and went just a little too high. But the guys got us back out there and we were doing 29.4s and 29.3s with a totally damaged Dodge truck. So, whether it's a good day or bad day, these guys are the best."
ANGIE WILSON (No. 81 TotalRaceBabe.com Dodge Ram)
"It was right before the race when I had something fly into my eye. Well, I scrubbed it and it scratched my eye really bad. They've numbed it now, but during the race it just started getting real blurry. But I played it safe, and when cars came up I got down. I was just trying to stay out there and finish the race, and that's what we did. We had a pretty decent run for everything that went wrong.
"That's just bad luck. I guess not all bad luck happens with the truck and the motor, sometimes I guess it can happen with the driver as well."
RODNEY SAWYERS (No. 68 R&J Racing Dodge Ram)
"We had a pretty good Dodge out there today. But we had a sway bar adjuster come loose. From then on out it was just hang on to the rest of the day. With no sway bar you can't run these things. We made the most of what we had. We had a little fire inside the truck. It was just one of those days that we had to get through."
LANCE HOOPER (No. Diamond Cut Jeans/Blair5.com Dodge Ram)
"We had a real good Dodge Ram today. We changed everything before the race, and it was really strong in the beginning. But we got a bad set of tires and had a long green flag run. So, we got a lap down there. We battled, came in and got a pit stop, but the damage was already done. But we finished. It was good day and we've learned a little bit going into the next race."