Kroger 225 Postrace Quotebook LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 29, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers follwong the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 225 at Louisville Motor Speedway: TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "This is a hell of team we've...
Kroger 225 Postrace Quotebook LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 29, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers follwong the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 225 at Louisville Motor Speedway:
TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "This is a hell of team we've got here, and I'm pretty fortunate to be driving this vehicle, and I couldn't be happier. Winning the race is what we are aiming to do. I want to thank all the fans for coming out. I hope they enjoyed the show. I know I did, of course. There was a lot of good racing out there, and a lot of good driving. And I know we were pretty lucky."
YOU ARE 185 POINTS BEHIND RON HORNADAY. DO YOU START THINKING CHAMPIONSHIP NOW? "Well, we've been thinking that all along. We're a long shot, but that's what we need to do to make that happen at the end of the season. Win races, and hopefully they struggle a little bit. We seem to be getting stronger as the season goes on. If we can keep this up these last seven or eight races, who knows what will happen."
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE BEFORE YOU THOUGHT MAYBE YOU HAD A SHOT AT THIS? "It was probably about 60, 65 into the first half. My truck was staying. The guys in front of me that were having a problem, either getting loose or tight, and our truck was just staying right there on the money. I knew at that point we had a pretty good truck if we could just stay out of trouble, and take advantage of every opportunity to pass and make it stick. If a guy gets loose, and you don't pass him, he could hold you up forever. And if the guy behind you gets a little impatient and gets into you, you end up getting turned around. It's definitely a bullring short track."
KURT ROEHRIG Owner, No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "It was nice to win. We ran good here last year, and the guys just did a super job on the truck all weekend, little tweaks on it. Tony just did a fantastic job. Bliss was holding us up a little bit, and Tony wanted to pass him clean. He didn't want to hold up another Ford driver. Then he got by him, and boy, it's great to be here."
MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford "We just got tight at the end there, and I couldn't hold it down on the bottom. We were better on longer runs. I just slipped up, and he got me."
ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 Addington Racing Chevrolet "All in all, it was a pretty good day for us. Track position is so important here at these short tracks, we kept it up front all day. Just a little too tight there at the end. I didn't have anything for Tony Raines at the end. I missed a shift on that last restart and Tony got by me. But I couldn't hold him off. I couldn't do anything with Tony or Mike. We really want to aim at the Cintas Rookie of the Year deal and today we finished ahead of Greg Biffle. It isn't going to be easy beating him, so we're happy about that third place ahead of him."
STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford "The Royal Crown guys just did a great job. The Royal Crown Ford was good all day. We just never could get in track position. We had a good truck, and we could run as quick as anybody, but we just couldn't get up there and make a run on them and work on them. We'll take it. It's another top five. We'll build on it, and go on in two weeks at Richmond, and see if we can improve on it a little bit."
TERRY COOK No. 88 PBA Tour Chevrolet "Man am I happy to finish here in Louisville. We blew up our transmission about halfway through this deal. We lost fourth gear. I had no clutch. I was stuck in gear and couldn't shift even on the restarts. You can see by the dings and dents and tire marks on my truck, that there was plenty of close calls out there but it was hard racing out there today. I don't think anybody did anything intentionally, it was just good old fashioned short track racing."
TONY ROPER No. 55 Icehouse Beer Ford "It was good, really good for us. We weren't really good in the first half. We just held on. We were loose, bad loose. We made an adjustment at the half time, and it started getting better and better, and we were able to get by the lapped trucks easier. We still didn't have anything for the top-five. We did the best we could. I'm happy for Icehouse. Hey a Ford won, and a Ford finished second, and I know I was sixth with a Ford. Maybe the Fords are catching up on the short tracks a little bit."
JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Dodge "We dodged people, we got hit by trucks and we hit other trucks. But that's short track racing. We made it to seventh and we are happy with that. It is another top 10 for the team and we are consistently moving up in the point chase. I am ready to go to Richmond."
GREG BIFFLE No. 50 W.W. Grainger Racing Ford "It was pretty good all day. I was just riding it out waiting for the end. I had a little pressure from behind, but I didn't feel like going any quicker. I didn't want to use my tires up. We were running with lapped traffic, and I just said, I'm going to run here and let them look at my rear bumper, and maybe they will use their tires up. Then the last ten or 15 laps I was going to go for it. I think I had something for the 60 (Andy Houston). I know I did. I really think I could have gotten the 60, but I never got my opportunity."
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet "It really wasn't bad ... I just couldn't pass. When I'd get in the clear, I was as fast as the leader. It looked like we were going to finish in the top five but the No. 55 would have none of that. The No. 75 got me and the No. 55 got me and I spun twice and finished ninth. We've got our goal of getting another championship and you've got to get those top fives and top 10s. We got another top 10 and we gained some points in the championship."
SCOT WALTERS No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet "It was a tough day. It was a tough day for all of us. The track wasn't very good to us ... I mean it was the same for all of us. Right there at the end, I got turned around. Then when I was trying to get my lap back, I was running with the leaders and couldn't quite get past them so they called me off and let them go. So I ended up running 12th."
BUTCH MILLER No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge "We broke a shock in the DANA Dodge toward the end of the race and that really made us loose. We had a decent truck until the No. 10 turned me around on the front stretch. But this is a short track. The track was really coming apart, but NASCAR tried to help by sweeping the track."
RANDY RENFROW No. 78 MCI Dodge "We were good the second half of the race. The MCI Dodge just wouldn't turn the first half of the race. NASCAR made a good call by sweeping the track each chance they had. That helped keep the track clean. There was oil on the track during one of the restarts and that really caused a mess. I think the truck was good, but there were just too many cautions."
LANCE NORICK No. 90 NHL Dodge "This is short track racing! I really had fun today. I know that the NHL Dodge doesn't look like it. We got torn up, but we had fun. I would get on the brakes to avoid hitting the guy in front of me, but then the truck behind me would run into the back end. I don't know there just didn't seem to be a lot of patience out there today. We know that we had a good truck, but it just didn't look it when we took the checkers."
JOE RUTTMAN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "We got the old Ford working pretty good. The first half it was real bad, but we got it better the second half. I kind of committed when the 66 (Tom Hubert) spun. I went low, and he come low. We got the radiator and the oil cooler, and that was kind of the end of our day. We were getting a little bit closer in the second half. It's a shame because we lost really big time in the points. It would have been a good time to make some hay while the hay was good, but we lost a bunch. Hopefully our bad luck is not going to keep haunting us. We're just going to have to go on, and hopefully we'll get some good luck along the way."
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