"This is Daytona, and not to take anything away from Chase, myself or Travis, this is Daytona, this is 98 percent vehicle and two percent driver. The teams earn this." "This is big. This is the very first venture for ppc Racing to be in ...
"This is Daytona, and not to take anything away from Chase, myself or Travis, this is Daytona, this is 98 percent vehicle and two percent driver. The teams earn this."
"This is big. This is the very first venture for ppc Racing to be in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and to start it off way back at the back in the fence because we have no provisionals, we have no points and to come here and sit on the pole, this is big. This is Daytona. As I said earlier, this is 98 percent vehicle and two percent driver in my personal belief. We've made five laps total today and two of them were in qualifying. The truck was that good that we rolled off the trailer and went out three times and only made one lap each. We threw a little oil in it, one tire looked a little low so we put a little air in it, we wiped it down and put it in line to qualify. It was that good."
"That's one reason we hired Fred Wanke (crew chief). This was a new team. This was a team that won a lot of Busch Series races, it won a Busch Series championship, but it never raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Fred Wanke's track record, as you said, he already has a pole here and I think that year he probably should have had a race win and we're going to try to get him his race win Friday night. That was the biggest reason for bringing Fred on board, to take a new team in the truck series and shorten that learning curve up. From what I saw tonight, the learning curve got shortened up real quick."
"Actually I am. We tested at Talladega about a week ago, and after that test I knew that we would be good here. We went to Talladega and actually had some problems with the truck and went to the shop, and the guys have been working at the shop 30 days, night and day. I know these other teams have as well, but the guys that Greg Pollex and Keith Barnwell have assembled at ppc Racing are second to none. I knew when we left Talladega after that test we were going to have something for them down here, but you never know what you have until you get here. The first lap on the track was pretty darn good, and I knew at that point that we were going to have a good shot at the pole at least."
"I guess I'm not stunned. Obviously, I was down here January testing and I thought the Toyota's needed some help, but I've been around racing a long time, and to not take anything away form Ford, Chevy or the Dodges, I've seen Toyota come in to basically anything they do and they do it correctly. There was no doubt in my mind that they were going to come here and be a force to be reckoned with. I thought honestly that they wouldn't run as good as they are and Travis' lap did surprise me there at the end, and in fact, made me sweat it out, but it wasn't a shock, I wouldn't say."
"I really do. The Daytona race last year kinda summed up my entire 2003 season. We took the white flag and I was running second, I was leading in turn one, and by the time we got to the finish I was running ninth. That was kind of the way my season went last year. I'm looking for a lot better things this year. One of the reason Power Stroke Diesel/International Truck and Engine Corporation switched teams was we wanted to go to a team that could win a champion ship and we believe that ppc can definitely do it. Again, they proved to me and everybody at International Truck and Engine Corporation tonight that they can do it. This is the first step in many to get to that point, but this gives me a lot more confidence going into Friday's night race than I ever have. You get a guy like Fred Wanke calling the shots up on the pit box, it takes a lot of pressure off of me."
"Maybe not in trucks, but all you have to do is spend a day there and you see the people there that Greg and Keith have assembled, and these people are racers. It doesn't matter if you race go-karts, bicycles, Craftsman trucks or NEXTEL Cup cars, if the team knows how to race they're going to be successful at whatever they do. We looked at the program and we knew that they were successful where they were. We really didn't think it was that big of a leap. When you have Robert Yates engines under the hood and Fred Wanke as your crew chief, you have Huctherson-Pagan chassis and you've got all of the resources at ppc, we really didn't think it was that big of a jump."
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