Flemington Post Race Quotes

Stevens Beil/ Genuine Car Parts 200 Quotebook FLEMINGTON, N.J. (Aug. 8, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Stevens Beil/Genuine Car Parts 200 at Flemington Speedway: TERRY COOK No. 88 PBA Tour ...

Stevens Beil/ Genuine Car Parts 200 Quotebook

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (Aug. 8, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Stevens Beil/Genuine Car Parts 200 at Flemington Speedway:

TERRY COOK No. 88 PBA Tour Chevrolet "It's pretty exciting, you know, getting this first win. We came here last year and we were kinda like the surprise of the day. We didn't think we'd be as quick as we were. We went out and crashed the truck in qualifying and still ran fast enough for the pole. We didn't finish to well and we went home and cried in our beer. "This season, we started off with a new crew chief, Gary Showalter - he was Kenny Irwin's crew chief last year in the Raybestos truck. We've had a good season but our finishes just haven't reflected our performance during the race. "To come back to this track and win this race, I can't put it in words, it's fantastic. "Stacy and I were pretty close there. We were side by side and he had been protecting the outside groove for about five or 10 laps. So I kept trying, working the outside. He was tough to get on the bottom. When I'd go on top he'd go on top, by rights he's the leader and he's protecting his lead. I got underneath him and we were racing hard. I don't think we even touched down there. I went in high and he went in high. I think he got into the marbles and collected the wall. I'd rather have passed him clean and have him follow home in second. That's just good short-track racing. "I looked in the mirror and saw Hornaday back there behind me and I said anybody but Hornaday. I like him but he's the king of the restarts. Tom from Precision Gear helps us with our gearing and we had a real good Jerico transmission for the restarts. We were able to pull away a little bit and knew if I looked in the mirror again, I'd be just a wreck and be all over the track. To be smooth, I didn't look in the mirror the last 30 laps. "I was worried about another restart and I was worried about lapped traffic. I just didn't want to hear that Hornaday was coming up on me thank goodness the crew didn't talk to me on the radio. I can't be happier. I mean this PBA Tour Chevrolet was perfect today. Just awesome.

RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "I couldn't be prouder to have this kid win today. Terry has been struggling. He came here last year and got the pole and came back this year and got the win. I'm happy for him and for Chevrolet. "I love it here. I can't say enough for the crew and Fred Graves. We came here with a new truck and worked pretty hard on it all day. We even changed spindles on it and it was pretty good -- a little loose in the first half. Joe Ruttman and I had a great race together, he's a gentleman. I couldn't hold him off in the first half, so I let him go. He could hold me off in the second half so he let me go. "The points lead changed but as I've said before it's too early to points race. We've got a lot of races left on the schedule and a lot of good close racing left. It's great to come here to Flemington again and go home with a truck in one piece and a second-place finish. When is this good luck going to end here for me? I hope never!"

BRYAN REFFNER No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford "The key to this race was to start up front, stay there and stay out of all the trouble, and that's what we did. We didn't have quite the truck to win, but we were close. For this team this third is good. It's a momentum builder, especially after the last couple of races. It's a good feeling for this team. It just keeps us going. Now when we come back here we will have a decent set-up to build off of. So I'm pretty happy. This is what we needed. We just need to keep going."

JOE RUTTMAN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "It just turned tight on us. The guys just really did a great job on the Exide Ford. But with about 30 laps to go the thing just wouldn't turn. We're going to look at right front. Maybe we just didn't get a good matched set of tires. I understand we moved into second in points so we gained something."

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Dodge "The Cummins Dodge was good all day, but the truck just got loose toward the end of the race. We didn't want to adjust the truck too much, because just the slightest adjustment here at Flemington will make you either too tight or way too loose. The team worked hard today to get everything into this one-day event. Lapped traffic was a little tricky, some would work with you and some would just try to race. Overall, we had a good day and now we can look forward to Nashville Speedway."

JOHN BLEWETT III Relief driver, No. 06 Greenfield Dodge "I stuck around in the pits just in case Billy needed me to substitute for him with his knee or possibly the heat. When Billy needed to get out of the truck due to the heat, I really got a feel for how hot it could get in a race vehicle. With 20 laps to go, I was truly french-fried and the truck was starting to wear out. I don't think I ever drove anything so hot. The truck was fast when Billy turned it over to me and that made it easy to come up through traffic. I'm happy that we could give Greenfield Dodge a good show today as well as a local driver for the fans to get behind."

STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford "I hate it for the Royal Crown Ford. We had as good a truck as we had at Portland. I really wasn't racing that hard yet. We had 50 laps to go. The crew has been doing such a good job in the pits and on the trucks. I felt like we had this one here, but we'll get 'em next time. I've got to see it. I guess it was just good, hard racing on a short track. We had an awesome truck today. I really think we had something to beat. We hadn't run that hard all day. We got into lapped traffic, and they caught me in the lapped traffic. Terry (Cook) just got up inside of me and it was good, hard racing."

WAYNE ANDERSON No. 84 Porter-Cable Power Tools "We were trying to work our way toward the front, and somebody turned Jack Sprague, and I went to go high and he slid up the race track right into me. I don't think I was anybody's fault. It's just a real tight race track here."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman
Teams Carlin