Jack Sprague Puts Chevy Trucks Silverado Third in the Starting Field JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3RD: ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "Our Chevy Trucks Silverado is just awesome. I thought maybe we got another pole but then ...
Jack Sprague Puts Chevy Trucks Silverado Third in the Starting Field
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3RD:
ON QUALIFYING EFFORT: "Our Chevy Trucks Silverado is just awesome. I thought maybe we got another pole but then along comes Bobby Hamilton and beats us by .02 seconds, but that was an awesome lap he laid down so congratulations to him and his team. Same to Todd Bodine and his team.
"We have been good since we unloaded and had a great test up here a few weeks ago so I am pretty excited about tomorrow's race. The Xpress team always runs good here at Martinsville so it gave me a lot of confidence last year in what we could do and we have as good or better truck this year. I am just ready to go race.
ON DRIVING WITH INJURED HEEL STILL IN CAST: "My foot feels really good. I am just staying on the crutches the amount of time the doctor told me to so we are positive it has healed completely through. I don't anticipate any problems tomorrow.
ON RECENT PENALTY HANDED DOWN TO SHANE HMIEL: "Shane is a good friend of mine and I really like him as a person and as a driver but he shouldn't have said what he said and I told him so. As far as the gesture that was caught on live TV, it happens all the time on the track, I have done it. In fact, I am not sure there isn't a driver you can ask who hasn't done it. When I was in Cup there was a guy in an orange car that did it to me every lap. The bottom line is we have to be more aware of what we do when cameras are on, including in-car cameras. I bet Shane won't do that again, or else won't have an in car camera. But that is between him and NASCAR and I am sure when it is all said and done and worked out, it will blow over and we can't just focus on the racing and the fact he is a good racer.
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVROLET RODEWAY INN/ECONO LODGE ALL STAR SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 5th:
"I am pretty happy about making the race and got such a good lap in so we can start closer to the front. Randy (Goss, crew chief), and everyone on the Morgan Dollar crew have worked really hard to give me a great truck.
"We were a little freer than I would have liked to have been but in race trim because of the impound rules and then the way this qualifying deal is setup with the points, this is good deal and I think we are going to race really well tomorrow."
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 9TH:
"We were a bit tighter in that qualifying run than we were all morning in practice. It's not the starting position we were looking for, but we will be fine for the race. We've started good and finished good here and we have started bad and won the race, so I am not real concerned about starting position at this place. It's a long race and there will be numerous opportunities to go to the front. Our truck is really good on a long run and our times are not falling off, and that is what you need mostly here at Martinsville."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 WINFUEL CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 10TH:
"I was hoping we would ran up front here last year and Ritchie Wauters and the guys at Billy Ballew Motorsports have given me a great race truck. I want to thank my sponsor WINFUEL for coming on board for this truck race. I love racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and I am going to do all I can to get into victory lane tomorrow."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 11TH:
"Our GM Goodwrench Silverado is awesome. Little free during qualifying but we are going to race good. The truck has good balance. Under the impound rules, you have to try and get close to decent for qualifying but know you are going to race really well. I think we will be good tomorrow. I am just looking forward to the green flag dropping. I am glad the bossman made it (Kevin Harvick) cause we will have a ball racing one another tomorrow."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 92 YARD-MAN CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH:
"It is a relief to know we are in the race with the points situation affecting qualifying. We will be good in the race tomorrow and it will be a ball to race against Hornaday. It has been a great few weeks for us and we just need to keep our momentum rolling."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 26TH:
"I am pretty disappointed with our qualifying effort today. Just too loose and I couldn't hold on the track where I needed to hold it. But I have the right truck in my Chevy Silverado and I have Dave McCarty (Crew Chief) and an awesome team behind me so we will be patient, make some adjustments during the race tomorrow and work our way to the front."