Daytona: Dodge teams first practice quotes

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Snap-On/Team ASE Dodge Ram) -- "What happens now is our trucks are impounded after qualifying. But, when you qualify you're going to be two seconds slower than you race. That's what's so much fun about the Truck...

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Snap-On/Team ASE Dodge Ram) --

"What happens now is our trucks are impounded after qualifying. But, when you qualify you're going to be two seconds slower than you race. That's what's so much fun about the Truck Series. You've got what you got, and when you qualify it doesn't mean a whole lot. It's just lining up and picking positions. But the key is, you didn't see many guys make single-lap runs, simply from the standpoint that they need to get their truck handling good. Our Dodge Ram is handling really good. We got really good push from the No. 99, and it just shot us to the top of the board, and that's the key. But when you're by yourself you're probably three-quarters of a second or a half-second slower than that. But the draft is so neat, it's like when I first started speedway racing. And you've got to really be careful because you can get yourself in situations sometimes when you've got to lift and you've got to wait a lap or two. It's going to be an interesting race. Team ASE right now is pretty good. We'll see what happens tomorrow in qualifying."

What goes through your head when you see guys getting into each other 45 min. into the season?

"I don't agree with what NASCAR did with the one driver there. He's never raced a speedway and they put him in a truck. I don't care what manufacturer it is. That's not right. I don't think that kid is qualified to be in the Truck Series off at Daytona. I'm not saying there's not a driver that's qualified, but I'm saying for him to be at his first race, I don't think that's right. I don't know what caused the accident, but he was involved in it, so he's still part of it. In his defense somebody else did spin out. But, I think a lot of the guys' trucks are really free, and that's what's causing some of this. And it's a little windy. But, I also think that you've got to respect one another. You've got to give a little more room. And that's the key to being at Daytona. When you're running that fast, you've got to have total respect for your fellow competitors. Give them a little more room. We're not racing at Richmond or New Hampshire, where a rub doesn't hurt. A rub here, you will spin out and you will probably go with him."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge Ram) --

"We brought Lone Star, which is probably the most famous truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It happens to be our Texas winner. It's really fast. I can't believe how happy I am in it. We had to take some of the good raciness out of to make it qualify better, because you've got to qualify in race trim. But it's still racing like a champ. We put it to the top of the board for a while early -- some guys got a good suck up lap. But, our Dodge Ram right now is probably one of the top three or four trucks out there. I'm pretty happy.

"What's going to happen is, there's 13 guys battling for six positions, so you're going to have a couple of those 13 guys go in a full qualifying mode and not care about how they race. NASCAR has created this monster and they're going to have to live with it because what's going to happen is some of these guys that aren't quite as good are going to just go in a full-qualifier, which makes guys like us say, 'Okay, we have to be a little better to qualify.' It also means that when they get to the race, they're going to be a little bit more dangerous in the race."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) --

"Well, it's the truck that we brought down testing and got wrecked a little bit and re-bodied it. It just doesn't have the speed, but it has the handling good right now. So, we're just kind of concerned because we can't really lead a pack at all for no more than one straightaway. But from there on if you're in the middle of the pack, you're running second, third, fourth in line, it's pretty decent. So, I don't know what we're going to play with right now. We're going to do a little drag issue tomorrow in practice, to see if we can take a little drag off of it without losing too much downforce. I don't know. We'll just kind of play it out. Every time I've been here it seems like downforce kind of wins. Right now you just kind of get a little jumpy because you're getting passed. Later on we'll see."

"We saw some wrecks down here in testing. That's why we redid this truck differently. It's just that they're pretty out of control. We saw that during testing, and right now with the racetrack being as greasy and slick as it is, we kind of put a little emphasis on it. If it gets a little worse, I'll actually feel a little better because that'll play back into my hands a little bit more. Maybe as time wears on the light will shine towards us a little bit better."

"It's good to get going again. You sit around for a few months and you start questioning things, or you might over engineer things. It's good to get back into the routine of racing, and have everybody get back into that form again -- even myself. It's good to get out and start running, and get back to running these trucks again. Thank goodness I didn't have to change colors or uniforms again."

STEVE PARK (No. 62 The Orleans Dodge Ram) --

"It's just ignorance. I don't know. I've been racing here a long time, and we're out there just getting drafting practice. There's a couple guys I didn't want to draft with, and I obviously chose the wrong person to draft with again. It's just ignorance. The Orleans Dodge Ram is torn up. I'm pretty disappointed. We've got a good Dodge Ram, and we just can't even get to the race. It just frustrates me, and it makes more work for these guys. It's an impound race, which is supposed to make guys work a little bit less, but if I walk down pit road you're going to see people working twice as hard as they did before. I think it's a good rule. It's just that people need to use their heads out there on the race track. What can I say? I'm just very disappointed."


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