Team Chevy Silverado Practice Notes and Quotes California Speedway DENNIS SETZER, NO. 85 CHEVROLET E85 FLEXFUEL SILVERADO NINTH IN FIRST PRACTICE; 10TH IN FINAL PRACTICE: ON DECIDING WHAT TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE: "We unloaded and our...
Team Chevy Silverado Practice Notes and Quotes
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 85 CHEVROLET E85 FLEXFUEL SILVERADO NINTH IN FIRST PRACTICE; 10TH IN FINAL PRACTICE:
ON DECIDING WHAT TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE: "We unloaded and our FlexFuel Silverado was pretty decent. We worked on standard stuff, tried to tune on the truck, and tried some shock stuff, and some things that you can't really work on unless the truck is unloaded decent. We concentrated on mostly race runs, we did run two laps on a set of stickers and thought that that lap was decent and will just build off of that. "
ON COMPARING CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY TO OTHER SPEEDWAYS: "A lot of people want to compare the California Speedway to Michigan International Speedway. The surface is so much better here and the corners are quite a bit tighter than the Michigan track. It still has the D-shape front straightaway, and there are a couple of bumps in Turns One and Two, and a little bump in the tunnel in Three and Four. There is a fine line as you drop off into Turn One, the track allows you to stay really wide and you try to rake to the bottom, if you stay on the gas the least little bit, the truck won't ever break to the bottom, and then you will really lose your lap time. The track is very touchy as to how far you can drive and still get back to the bottom, with the front tires to get grip in that area."
KRAIG KINSER, NO 47 CENTRIX SILVERADO, 33RD IN FIRST PRACTICE; EIGHTH IN ROOKIE PRACTICE; FIFTH IN HAPPY HOUR:
ON FAST LAP RUN AT END OF PRACTICE: "We were doing a qualifying run to see where we were in our CENTRIX Silverado. The main deal today was to get laps. A lot of the rookies are limited on track time here. I was real limited; I had never seen the place until I got out of the car in the infield this morning. We just tried to get as many laps as we could with the limited practice time and the limited tires. I thought we did pretty good. The last hour we made real progress."
ON APPROACH TO PRACTICE AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY TODAY: "I had to figure out where to find a line. That was my biggest worry, just to get the line right. The work from there, throttle points and stuff like that. I picked the line up right away. The next biggest thing for me was to trust the truck in the turns and getting into the turn right. The last practice I really began to get the feel of it."
ON DIFFERENCE OF TRUSTING SPRINT CAR IN A TURN VS. SILVERADO IN ATURN: "There is no safety net up there. The first thing you have is a wall. I know there is nothing there so I didn't know where that edge was. I didn't want to step over that edge the first lap or two and wreck the truck. I got a lot closer to where I need to be."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 KEVIN HARVICK, INC. SILVERADO, SEVENTH IN FIRST PRACTICE; 18TH IN SECOND PRACTICE:
"Last year we practiced in the 20's and had a great truck come race time, so does today's practice session tell you anything? C.Rice and the guys focused on race runs today. Teams try to make practice q-runs and to me I like running through traffic, it makes it more exciting. Our Silverado was good off the truck all day, and I can't ask for much more than that. I'm just really excited to be back in my home state and to spend time with my friends and family and hopefully put on a good show for them tomorrow night."
ON COMPARING A BUSCH SERIES CAR TO A CRAFTSMAN TRUCK AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY: "These trucks have so much drag that you can run them wide open compared to a Busch car. Not saying that running it wide open is always the best thing, but it rolls off the center better, where a Busch car sort of wobbles. Like I've said before, I truly enjoy racing anything and it doesn't matter what Chevrolet I get behind the wheel of when the green flag drops it's time to go racing."
ARIC ALMIROLA, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, 19TH IN FIRST PRACTICE; FOURTH IN ROOKIE PRACTICE; 22ND IN FINAL PRACTICE:
ON LEARNING TO GET AROUND CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY: "It is big, flat and fast and being flat, the corners really suck you in and I have been finding myself overdriving it most of the day. I am just driving in deeper and deeper and deeper and getting tighter and tighter and tighter in our Spears Silverado. I am backing up my corner and Dave (McCarty, crew chief) and the boys are working on making it better for us. I worked really hard on backing up my entry so as not make the truck tighter than it already is because it is a little tight, but the crew is making gains in making it better. The biggest problem is mainly me, trying to get used to the track."
ON DIFFICULTY OF CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY: "It is so wide and it is hard to figure out where you are on the track and where you need to be on the race track. Never being here before, I jumped on the track and started making laps and worked pretty much all of practice getting me comfortable and know where I am supposed to be on the track. Mike McLaughlin is helping me as much as he can. He has been there, done that so it helps my learning curve. We have picked up a second and a half since we have been here today so we are making good progress."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, 14th IN FIRST PRACTICE; 16TH IN FINAL PRACTICE:
"We made good progress from where we first started this morning. Both ThorSport teams are working really well together. Daytona didn't show what we are going to be able to do together I don't think. We have all the same guys together from last year except one and I have Bud Haefele as a full-time crew chief and Kerry (Earnhardt) has his Shane Tesch. I am really happy with my Menards Silverado in the last race runs. It is a little loose but it was during the day and I think you have to be loose here during the day to be good at night. On our qualifying run, I thought we would be a little faster, but its wasn't so oh well, it is just a starting position."
ON WHAT MAKES CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY SO HARD: "It is flat. You have to drive it. It is nothing like Daytona, Texas or Atlanta where you hold it wide open and depend on the motor between the frame rails to guide you around there. You have to drive it here, you have to go down to the corner turning left right, left right the whole time.
"I was talking to Aric Almirola about It; he had never been on anything like this. It is more like a short track. You are driving all the way through the corner and sawing on the wheel. I just call it a big short track, honestly the thing is so flat and you drive it like a short track. If you over drive the entry then it just hurts you on the exit. I really like this place, I think we are going to race really good."
KYLE KRISILOFF, NO 15 DITECH.COM/LAND LIQUIDATORS SILVERADO, 21ST IN FIRST PRACTICE; SECOND IN ROOKIE PRACTICE; 13TH IN FINAL PRACTICE:
"The ditech.com truck is a little tight, but it's something we can improve on. We just ran out of time in practice. We didn't run anything fantastic, but it was a pretty solid effort."
"I took it easy at the start trying to adjust to the track. This place is pretty different than Michigan, even though it is basically the same track. It handles through the corners different and it's very challenging. It's not tough to get up to speed, but to learn that last bit of how to stay fast and consistent is the key. That's what helped us in the rookie session. I was able to use that session to learn."
"I think the ditech.com Chevy will be fine when it comes to race time. A couple of adjustments and we should be good."
MIKE BLISS, NO. 16 XPRESS MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, 8TH IN FIRST PRACTICE; NINTH IN FINAL PRACTICE:
"This is a night race, so we have to think about what happened here last year. I think the track is a bit slicker than last year, but we are running a different set-up from last year and I think we are pretty good. We concentrated only on race runs, we never even did a qualifying run, so I am not going to lose any sleep over what is going to happen tomorrow.
ON HOW TRACK CONDITIONS WILL BE AT NIGHT VS. DAY: The more cars and trucks that get on the track will slick it up, but at night it definitely gains grip. Plus, it hasn't been hot here and the wind is not blowing, so the track will be a bit grippier at night.
ON THE DIFFERENT APPROACH IN TRUCKS VS. CUP OR BUSCH CARS: "The biggest thing is trying to get through the corners as fast as you can, and in the trucks you want to be wide open. In the Busch or the Cup car, you can't be wide open, in the Trucks you can, so you want to get where you can run wide open the whole day, and that makes less to work on."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 13 THORSPORT SILVERADO, 30TH IN FIRST PRACTICE; 11TH IN ROOKIE PRACTICE; 35TH IN FINAL PRACTICE:
"We are struggling a little bit with some handling issues on our Silverado but the truck is strong. The crew is working hard on that so once we get those worked out, I think we will be fine. We worked entirely on race setup, we didn't make a qualifying run, just tried to get the truck comfortable in race setup."