Brendan Gaughan in the no 62 Napa Auto Parts Dodge was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® Rookie at New Hampshire. Gaughan will start fourth in the New England 200, The only rookie to qualify inside the top-10. This is the fourth time in 2002...
Brendan Gaughan in the no 62 Napa Auto Parts Dodge was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at New Hampshire. Gaughan will start fourth in the New England 200, The only rookie to qualify inside the top-10. This is the fourth time in 2002 that Gaughan has been top qualifying Raybestos® Rookie.
"It looks like we're going to have a good starting spot. I think we left a little. We thought we could do a 29.90 or 29.80. Everybody seems to have slowed down but we didn't. We went the same speed. We're still a little too loose. These Dodges are fun to driver right now. We know we have a great motor program and they have a lot of power. We've got to get our balance right. The toughest places for these Dodges have been these miles (one-mile tracks). I don't know much about it. They say the miles are the ones where they're struggling the most. I can feel the balance is a little weird but we got it balanced. It's a little loose which is fine one way and if we stick in the top-five I'd be happy."
HOW HARD IS IT GOING TO BE TO PASS DURING THE RACE ON SATURDAY?
"I've never raced here so I don't know but I know that in practice this place is wider than you think. I actually blew it a couple times and went real high in (turn) two and somebody said that was the old groove. I guess the old groove might still be there. I think this place is probably going to be pretty wide and not be half bad. I think this might be a pretty decent place to race."
DID YOU GUYS PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON QUALIFYING BECAUSE PASSING MIGHT BE DIFFICULT IN THE RACE?
"I can't say it put more emphasis. We've come with the same theory almost all year. The NAPA team wants to qualify somewhere in the top-10. We weren't really looking -more- -2-
for poles. We're happy being near the front and then we're a better race team than we are a qualifying team. If we get better as we normally do, then we could be something to watch Saturday."
JASON SMALL, NO. 07 SUNBELT RENTALS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH.
"We got the truck where it was real solid this morning in practice and we really worked on race setup. We've been giving up a lot of the qualifying stuff. We didn't really change much and the track changed or something. We were just extremely loose and we had been real snug and nice and perfect for me earlier today. We'll go through it and make a couple changes. We've got 30 minutes to get it right and then we have 200 laps to be there at the end. That's what we're looking for."
BILL LESTER, NO. 8 DODGE MOTORSPORTS DODGE, QUALIFIED 20TH.
"The truck went from real good in practice to real free in this qualifying effort. We just don't know why. We did some minor changes and we thought if anything they were going to pick us up. This thing was turning itself in the corners and I was doing all I could to keep it from swapping ends. We're baffled."
DANA WHITE, NO. 86 COVERALL CARPORTS/PORT-A-FENCE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 30TH.
"I don't know if I got my tires cleaned off, but it was horrible. It was terrible. I could never get the truck to set in the corner and I felt like I must have picked up a lot of rubber on the way out. I never had control of the truck. I never could get back in the gas and I crawled through the turns. We lost a good, solid half-second off of practice."