Las Vegas Pre-Race Quotes

Sam's Town 250 Pre-race Quotebook Selected quotes before Sunday's Sam's Town 250 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "The Lord keeps you humble. When you start counting your chickens before they hatch, ...

Sam's Town 250 Pre-race Quotebook

Selected quotes before Sunday's Sam's Town 250 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "The Lord keeps you humble. When you start counting your chickens before they hatch, He kind of knocks you down with a broken axle or a brake line coming loose. You go out there and think you're on top of the world and somebody knocks you down one level just to let you know there's life out there."

JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet "(Ron Hornaday) knows what he's up against and I know what I'm up against. I guess the only good thing is that neither of us can just ride around, so it's going to be one dandy race. We have no choice. We can't do anything else but win and hope Ron can't run second. We have a good record here, so that's good confidence-wise. But Ron has been running good on the speedways,too, so I don't know what's going to happen."

JOE RUTTMAN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "Obviously it's a very fast track and your truck has to be making a lot of horsepower. We've had good runs here in the past. We probably didn't have the fastest truck last year, but we had great fuel mileage and good strategy and we pulled out the win. In both of our races we've been one of the best two or three trucks."

JAY SAUTERJAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet "Las Vegas is for all the marbles no matter where you are sitting in points. There are some teamsthat have point battles going on, and they are probably going to be conservative, but we're here towin. That's what it's all about for the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team. Whatever happens, and wherever the points fall, they fall. Right now, it's more important to end the season on a winning note, and to carry that momentum into next year."

TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "There's not much I don't like about Las Vegas. The race track was designed extremely well, the facility as a whole is very fan-friendly, and did I mention I like blackjack? There's some pretty decent money to be had if you win at Las Vegas, and I'm talking winning at the racetrack. It would be nice if I could add to the money won at the blackjack table, but I wouldn't bet on it pun intended."

STACY COMPTON No. 86 RC Cola Ford "We have a good shot at the fifth position. We need to stay up front and hopefully get a chance to win this thing when it comes down to the wire. We're ready, let the chips fall where they may."

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Engine Dodge "Last year we struggled with the set-up. This year I am hoping to finish up strong at Vegas and try to win in the Cummins Dodge. We've had a great year and we want to finish up strong. A good run at Las Vegas will help us in the points and prepare us for 1999 and Homestead."

RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX Int'l Chevrolet. On last year's tough loss at Las Vegas (running out of fuel with a big lead two laps from the end): "I can honestly say that was the toughest loss of my career -- not to mention it was on my birthday. This year we hope to be as competitive and to keep that RE/MAX balloon out in front all day."

GREG BIFFLEGREG BIFFLE No. 50 Grainger Racing Ford "We have to be concerned about ourselves. "Sure, it s impossible not to keep an eye on how(Andy Houston) is doing. But what we really need to do is go through our usual preparation,execute in practice and make sure we get a good race set-up underneath the Grainger Ford. If we go out, run around and stay out of trouble, we'll win the Cintas award. I would much rather be in our position than in the No. 60's. But Andy and I have had a great race this year. The award would mean a lot to us. That's what we're really after here. It would be a great way to top off the year. Grainger is excited about, they really would like to see us win it. So we're digging."

MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford "I've had both Jack and Ron come up to me and ask, 'what are you going to do for me if I need that spot? I've told them I want to win just as bad as you do. You'll have to spin me out or put me in the wall to get past. I'm not going to pull over."

ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 Addington Racing Chevrolet "Our Addington Race Team is going to Las Vegas to win the Sam's Town 250. We want to close the season with a strong run, and let points will fall where they may. We'd like to reach all our goals, but regardless, it's been a great rookie season for our entire team in the Craftsman Truck Series. Who knows? We might be able to double our pleasure in Las Vegas this weekend."

MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureONE Filters Chevrolet "This track matches the city that houses it. The facilities here are unlike any of the tracks we compete at. This track is a 1.5 mile, minimally banked D-shaped track with a dog leg in the front straightaway. Lucky for us, she can be forgiving."

BUTCH MILLER No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge "I figured the second half would see us improve, and in a lot of respects, we have, but we just can't seem to get a break. I mean, things have broken, that just aren't supposed to break, and whatever could have gone wrong has. I figure Las Vegas is just the place to turn our luck around and cash in with a good strong finish, maybe even a win."

SCOT WALTERS No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet "It's going to be a fight (for 20th in the standings). We have to have a good finish without any problems or Boris will catch us. If we can get a solid finish it's possible we could catch Cook and move up another spot. But we'll just have to see. We've come a long way this year. When the season started there were many unknowns. But the Red Man team has always come up strong, so this should be no different. We'll just go out here on Sunday and do the very best we can and hope for the best."

MIKE STEFANIK No. 66 Carlin Burners & Controls Ford "It's been no secret that I would like to move up the NASCAR ladder, and I look at the Craftsman Truck Series as the next rung."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston
Teams Carlin