NAPA 250 Post-qualifying Quotes MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 25, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers following Friday Bud Pole Qualifying at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Napa 250 at Martinsville Speedway: MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford ...
NAPA 250 Post-qualifying Quotes
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 25, 1998) Quotes from selected drivers following Friday Bud Pole Qualifying at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Napa 250 at Martinsville Speedway:
MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford "It felt a little bit different than when we did our qualifying run. It just didn't have the steam. The first lap was terrible. I knew that. But that's what you expect on stickers. The first lap is going to be terrible. That'll get beat I'm sure. I expected us to run about a .52.
HOW ARE THINGS GOING WITH THE CUP CAR? "Yeah, we're running all right there. Hopefully we'll get a good qualifying run and then go on from there."
RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford "I wish we were in the top-ten or even on the pole. I really thought we had a shot at that. We made some changes before we qualified, and we were better than we were in practice. At least we're headed in the right direction. We'll get this Circle Bar Motel and RV Park Ford up front here. It's a pretty favorite track of mine. We won the 1996 All Pro race here, and maybe we can win again tomorrow."
RICH BICKLE No. 15 Turbine Solutions Ford "I'm pretty happy with the lap, but we had some problems. We left some stuff in the truck that shouldn't have been in there. I went into turn one, and the water jug fell out and come up and hit the dash, and scared the heck out of me. When you've got your mind concentrated on qualifying, you second lap is the quick lap here. I just went into one, and it come up and hit me, and hit the dash and flew around, and I didn't know what it was. I flinched and screwed the lap up."
TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "It was too tight, but it didn't feel bad. Just the times aren't as good as we expected to see. I don't know if it's just hotter maybe. I think in practice you needed four or five laps to get a decent time, so I hope it all works out that way for us."
KEVIN CYWINSKI No. 31 Auto Trim Design Ford "It wasn't too bad. We did a whole lot better than we did in our qualifying run. The driver screwed up a little bit and got the curb on his last lap. Otherwise I think it would have been a whole lot better. These are the kind of tracks I grew up on so I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."
BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford "From the time we unloaded this Ford F-150 we were fast. It just helped to test. When we were here to test Ernie was here, and that helped a lot. This whole Federated crew has just done a good job. Maybe it's our time for a change. We've had a lot of bad luck this season. Hopefully for Ford and Federated I can get a good finish."
GREG BIFFLE No. 50 W.W. Grainger Racing Ford (POLE - 3rd pole in four races, and fourth pole for Roush Racing in as many races) "It was a heck of a lap. I peddled her with all I had, and I didn't know what to expect or I think I could have been a little bit better. I know it sounds stupid, but we were so far off on our practice and the qualifying run that I never thought for a minute I could go that fast. I just didn't know how fast it would go. I can't believe I got a lap like that. They changed everything on that truck."
TONY ROPER No. 55 Icehouse Beer Ford "It pushed the front end. We thought we had it figured out. We ran good laps in practice, and it's right back to where we started. I'm a little bit baffled. I thought we might have enough to get the pole. Obviously not, I guess. We're going to have to do some practicing here, and find out why it did that. It's going to be tougher now that we thought it would be."
RANDY TOLSMA No. 84 Porter-Cable Power Tools Ford "We're pretty happy. For a brand new team (this is Tolsma's first race in the truck for everything to gel and for the Porter-Cable team to work together like this. They've done a fantastic job. This is my first time in a Ford, and there are some differences in the motor combination and such that I'm getting used to as a driver. I know we're good in the race with what we've learned today. The key was qualifying well. Hopefully we will be in the top 20 spots and be on the front. I'm glad to get qualifying out of the way, and I'm looking forward to the race. That's what I enjoy, so I'm happy."
B.A. WILSON No. 85 Llumar Window Films Ford "It was a good lap. We ran about that in practice. Some people slowed down I guess, but we didn't. I've got a lot of laps around this race track, and I really like it. I'm just real pleased to start in the top ten. I've run four late model races here, and won one of them, and ran the truck race here last year, so this will be my sixth race."
STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford "We've been struggling a little bit since we got here. We made some great changes, and I think we'll be okay in the race. I think we've got a good race set-up. But we need to get this Royal Crown Ford up front in qualifying. It makes it a lot easier, but I think we'll be good in the race. We'll get out here in happy hour, make some changes and put the race set-up back under it. I think we'll be in really good shape."
JOE RUTTMAN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "I don't know why it did that. We had been running good in practice, and when we made our qualifying attempts, we didn't run well, but we did much, much better. Unless we had a tire going soft, it's hard to say what really took place. But it's over and done with. Now we'll just have to wait until the race. It the old Ford runs as good as it did in practice, we'll be okay, but it's going to be hard to pass. We felt rather optimistic that we were going to do okay, and we didn't."
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brake Chevrolet "It was loose looser that I'd wanted it to be. I don't know what that lap will do for us. It's tough for us here at Martinsville. You know qualifying's the key here and I guess that I just overdrove it.
MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureOne Chevrolet "The truck handled great. It seemed like it was a little lazy gettin' up off the corner. I'm not sure where we're at. I know that we'll race good and have a chance to win this thing.
BOBBY HAMILTON No. 1 Southern Pride Chevrolet "We had a pretty good lap. We elected to stay with a lot of race set up. We don't have a lot of time to work on this thing so we don't want to get behind. I hope my time will get us on the front straight away and that's what we were shooting for.
KEVIN HARVICK No. 75 Spears MFG Chevrolet "We've been having trouble all day gettin' goin' in the first couple of laps. But we've got a really good race truck so we'll just have to take our time and see how it goes.
SHANE LOCKHART No. 33 Token Racing Chevrolet "Martinsville has always been good to us. We're down here with this Chevrolet truck trying to draw on our late model stock cars experience. The thing is with stock cars you gotta kinda hustle 'em down there into the corners. But this is a group effort and we got Curtis Markham down here working with us, and that really shows what someone who's bee around a race track can really do for you. I hope we're going to make it so we can get on and have a good race.
RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX International Chevrolet "It wasn't that good, really. The truck was just too loose comin' up out of the corners. We thought we adjusted it enough obviously we didn't. So we'll see where we end up and go from there.
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet "We changed all four springs and the rear sway bar just before qualifying and that's the fastest we've run all day so we're pretty happy with it, as long as it gets us in the top fifteen or so we'll be with good trucks to start the race. You know last year we took a provisional and it was pretty hard to come through the pack. We hope to have a little better starting spot this year.
LONNIE RUSH No. 10 Ohio State Chevrolet "We had a pretty good lap for what we've had all weekend. We made wholesale changes to the Ohio State Chevy and then made a shock change and it helped. So we made an little more and that helped a little more but now the track changed so I don't know where we are now. We'll work on it some more during our happy hour.
TERRY COOK No. 88 PBA Tour Chevrolet "We didn't qualify as good as we liked. But we've been really consistent about a 20.80s. We're looking for a little bit more. We're going to work on our shock program in happy hour. I think we'll be all right for tomorrow.
"We're gettin' good traction off the corner we just can't get it into the corner. Once we get that figured out we'll eat'em up during the race.
RANDY RENFROW No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet "We were a little bit tight. I couldn't get any advantage from the middle off 'cause it was so tight in the middle. We've got a good race set up and we're ready to race.
ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 Addington Chevrolet "The truck drove better but we don't have any speed there. It drove really good stayed right down on the curb. The second lap was real good and I was surprised that it was not but a 90. I don't know if oour straigh away speed's down or what or what's lackin'. Boy, qualifying here lately has just been killin' us.
SCOT WALTERS No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet "Driving wise it was almost a perfect lap the Red Man Chevrolet really stuck good down in the corners. I think we can run that pace all day but I don't know where we qualified so we'll see what happens.
JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins-Players Inc. Dodge "We ran a pretty decent lap, but I think that was a bit conservative on my first lap. I normally set it up so I go for it on my second lap, but because I didn't work the first lap enough, we ended up not getting to go for it in the second lap. We will be good in the race and get to pit on the frontstretch. With the new pit stops in the truck series, that is an important benefit."
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