<pre> 2001 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series -- Round 2 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex Homestead, Fla. Saturday, March 3, 2001 </pre> RICKY HENDRICK, ...
<pre> 2001 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series -- Round 2 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex Homestead, Fla. Saturday, March 3, 2001
RICKY HENDRICK, #17 GMAC/HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CHEVY SILVERADO, was
top Chevy Silverado qualifier today (second, 37.057/145.721), sandwiched
between two Dodges (Scott Riggs and Ted Musgrave).
"We pulled it out for Chevrolet today. The guys did it. They designed this Silverado for this track. We haven't done a long run with it, we just did short runs. It had something that worked before in places like Charlotte; we didn't know how well it would do here. We figured it should do pretty good. We tested here last year in our Busch Series car and ran under the track record. We came back for the Miami 300 and could have won the pole, but I messed up and overdrove it in qualifying. That helped me today, because I didn't overdrive it. I didn't think I had a shot at the pole. I told the team I'd be happy with a top five, and we wound up second. This is pretty much 90 percent of my team from the Busch Series last year. I think we'll be as good here as we were at Daytona (where he finished second.)"
ON STRATEGY FOR RACE:
"...You have to have the whole package. That's what's so neat about racing. You have to have good pit stops. The guys did a great job at Daytona; they practiced over the winter. I think we will be just as good here as we were in Daytona. There's a lot of strategy. The crew can only do as good as the driver. You have to come in strong, stop strong, hit your marks and you have to leave strong. You can't lollygag around. I have the easiest part of the pit-stop deal."
YOU HAVE MORE HORSEPOWER HERE THAN DAYTONA WITH THE SB2 ENGINE?
"It feels about the same. You have a bigger track (at Daytona), you run wider open. This year's motor is pretty much the same. When you have air intakes (last year's engine) it's almost like ram air straight to the air intake. This year you don't have that, but you compensate with a bigger motor. It's pretty equal to the way it was."
LANCE NORICK, #90 AVENTIS BEHRING CHOICE CHEVY SILVERADO (fourth,
ON THE SB 2 ENGINE:
"I knew that once we got away from Daytona and had the SB2 that the Chevrolets were definitely going to be a little better than they were last year. The SB2 program helps. The other guys are good too. I think the same guys will be fast, but I think the reliability for us will be a lot better. I think it shows up here. We got a lot of Chevrolets up front. I think you will see a Chevrolet win tomorrow."
"We bobbled up a little bit in 1-2, but we can't complain. We went just a little quicker than we were in practice, just a half of a tenth from the pole. When you look back you wish you didn't bobble just a little bit and you could be on the pole. I am real happy with the guys; they worked their butts off. I want to do a good job for Aventis Behring and Chevrolet."
JACK SPRAGUE, #24 NETZERO CHEVY SILVERADO (sixth, 37.245/144.986):
"I had a pretty exciting lap. The NetZero Silverado has been awesome all day and we should have really won the pole. I was just a little too loose on my qualifying lap. I have been loose in Turns 3 and 4 in practice and really good in Turns 1 and 2. When I got down in Turn 1 and I was loose, I knew it was going to be exciting at the other end of the track. I was pretty much sideways through 3-4 and I was really loose off Turn 4. It's disappointing not to win the pole. I thought we had a great shot at it."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, #60 CAT RENTAL STORES CHEVY SILVERADO (seventh, second
rookie behind Hendrick, 37.090/145.592):
ON THE SB2 ENGINE:
"It's definitely impressive. It's got a good bit more horsepower. We tested at Darlington and at Las Vegas with it. it's definitely a little bit stronger than the motor we ran in Daytona. I have been real impressed with it. It runs excellent; it runs real strong. All the testing we have done with it and this weekend, we haven't had any problems with it. It's been real reliable, running real strong."
"We always want to do better, but seventh is pretty good. From where we started this morning off the trailer, we are pretty happy. We gained quite a bit in practice and gained quite a bit in Happy Hour. We are looking forward to going into the race tomorrow; we feel fairly confident."
ON CONTINUING TO LEARN TO DRAFT:
"The draft does play a role a little bit here. It's not as bad as Daytona. You still have to be aware when you are tight up behind another truck that the air is not going to be on your nose to help you turn. It's something I will have to work on too."
BRYAN REFFNER, #3 MENARDS CHEVY SILVERADO (eighth, 37.436/144.246):
ON THE SB2 ENGINE:
"With the higher compression it seems to pull off the corner a little better. It seems to decelerate well; you don't have to hit the brakes as hard. That's about it."
ON QUALIFYING EIGHTH:
"We loosened it up a little too much and we got loose. We were hoping for a little better, but it's OK. You can see the front (of the pack) from there."
DENNIS SETZER, #46 ACXIOM CHEVY SILVERADO (ninth, 37.489/144.042):
"The Acxiom/Computer Associates Silverado ran pretty good in qualifying. We're still chasing the chassis a little bit, but I am very impressed with the new SB2 12:1 engine. It's much stronger than last year's 9.5:1. the 12:1 seems to be very good down the straightaways and is very smooth to drive. I think that it will be great in the race. I just hope we can shake our bad luck here at Miami and get a good top-10 finish for the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team."
RICK CARELLI, #66 PHELON MOTORSPORTS CHEVY SILVERADO, RETURNS TO TEAM
SILVERADO AFTER A YEAR AND A RACE WITH FORD.
Carelli, a Chevrolet Silverado racer since 1995, except for a year (2000) and a race (2001 Daytona 500) with Ford, returned this weekend with a brand-new Silverado and an SB2 engine. He qualified 12th right out of the box, 37.640/143.464.
"It feels good to be back with Chevrolet. I'm pleased about where we are from a week ago. These guys were building the Silverado, came here, unloaded it, it's brand new, and we're still trying to find the balance on it. It's like I never left. We were hoping for a top 10 qualifying. I was a little tight in turn 4 and I left two or three tenths. We're 12th. If we had a tenth (of a second) more we would be in the top 10. I felt pretty good in the last practice. We threw enough things at it that we can now make a couple of adjustments and see where we're at."
ON THE SB2 ENGINE:
"They changed the aero package from where I drove the Chevy last (so it's hard to tell). The took the snorkel (vent) tubes away. If they hadn't taken the snorkel tubes away I think that probably would have increased the horsepower 30 to 40. I want to get through this race, have a good show, a good race, get a top 10 and go from there. It wold give us some momentum going into Bakersfield and hopefully we will find some sponsorship and go forward."
-CHEVY SILVERADO RACING