Musgrave wins pole for Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville. BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) - Qualified Second "I just ignore it (weather conditions). What can I do about it? This is the best race track we go to that weather...
Musgrave wins pole for Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville.
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) - Qualified Second
"I just ignore it (weather conditions). What can I do about it? This is the best race track we go to that weather doesn't do anything to. If it were to rain all night and wash all the rubber off, it would look like you were swatting bees for about 15 laps. After that it's right back to the way it was, so if every race track were like that you wouldn't hear complaints out of anybody. This is a pretty unique place. It's about the same setup every time you come here. Maybe you need a bigger or smaller sway bar or maybe new technology on shocks, but you can about bind your springs up like Rusty Wallace has been doing the last 38 years. That's the way this place is, real consistent.
"Coming from the Cup series, we didn't have any points. If we'd needed a provisional, we'd have had a problem. Now that we've got this race behind us, we can go off this year's points and the 18 truck is the same way. That took a load off of us as a driver and an owner. Martinsville has been good to me. I didn't real care for the place, but I've always done well here, so I like coming here. All the people within the company have a lot of confidence everywhere we go right now. We feel like we can be a top five truck everywhere we go. We're not trying to get greedy. If we can't win, we're not going to do anything stupid to knock ourselves out of the top five."
BILL LESTER (No. 8 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram)
"That's the first time we got to go out on stickers. The truck was a little bit tight in the middle early on and it was a little free on exit. We were a little bit too free off in qualifying, but if we can get it to plant in the rear we'll be even faster. We're hoping it'll stand up for the top 15."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge Ram)
"The tires just didn't want to heat up. This will be a lot better than where we started laswt year with it. We'll be all right and race our way to the front. We're just going to try to keep these guys from stealing our thunder."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Racing Dodge Ram)
"I hit the curb on the second lap. We were going to be pretty good, but I just hit the curb coming out of the second turn. I think we'll be pretty good in the race. We usually qualify better than that here, but we'll just have to take what we got and get ready to race."
TINA GORDON (No. 31 Microtel Inn Dodge Ram)
"I wish I could have been a little bit faster, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens. It was more me than it was the truck. I just kind of changed my line a little bit. I was really struggling during practice, and I was watching the Winston Cup guys. I noticed they were getting on their brakes hard going straight down the straightaway. Then they were releasing as they were diving down into the turn. In practice, I was staying on my brakes, so I wish I had seen what they were doing before and I could have gone out there and practiced it."
ROBERT PRESSLEY (Harris Trucking Dodge Ram)
"That was all right. We just got a little bit loose. We were real good in practice and we broke an A frame. We tried to fix it back and had to change a little bit. We got it a little too free, but at least we got the truck where it's driving good again."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) - Immediately after lap
"That's as fast as we'd run all day, and I thought I could run about a .78, so I bettered that a little bit. It won't be good enough for the pole, but I had to be so conservative because we don't have any points until the next race. We just wanted to get this out of the way. The next time we race we'll go by this year's points. We're pretty good in that department. I hope we will be when we leave here."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) - Immediately after lap
"That should be a top five, but it won't be the pole. Somebody will run in the .60s in qualifying trim. We just never got a handle on qualifying. We were working on race stuff and then at the end we scuffed in some tires. The guys did a great job. We changed a bunch of stuff and got close, but it wasn't quite right. Still, it'll be a good starting spot for the Mopar team. We haven't had a lot of good luck in the past at Martinsville. We get caught up in a wreck We're just gearing up for the race. If we don't get the pole it's because we've been concentrating more on our race setup."