Milwaukee GM qualifying notes

JACK SPRAGUE, No. 24 NETZERO PLATINUM SILVERADO, captured his and Chevrolet Silverado's third pole position of the 2001 season today and the 16th of his career, breaking a three-way tie for most poles in the series' history. He now leads Mike ...

JACK SPRAGUE, No. 24 NETZERO PLATINUM SILVERADO, captured his and Chevrolet Silverado's third pole position of the 2001 season today and the 16th of his career, breaking a three-way tie for most poles in the series' history. He now leads Mike Skinner and Joe Ruttman who each have 15.

SPRAGUE: "I love this track. I loved it when it was wore out and slippery as all get out and they repaved it. It's been a good place for us. The Silverado was a little tighter than I would have liked it in qualifying. We just have to try to get to the end of the race and try to win another one."

HAS YOUR SEASON TURNED AROUND?

"I don't know. The truck's been fast, and it's been fast all year. St. Louis Ted (Musgrave) had me covered. At Martinsville I didn't feel like we had a shot at winning. Everywhere else we felt we had a legitimate shot. Last week we had an awesome truck and we had trouble. This is an awesome race team and three-quarters of the way through last year and through the winter Hendrick Motorsports added another team. Now, instead of 10 guys we have 30 guys. They all work on everything. When you have so many people involved and until you have everyone in place it seems like we are having a little bit of trouble. Dennis (Connor, crew chief) and I are clicking better than we ever had. The truck is fast. I think we will be fine. I think they pretty much know where the buck stops. Dennis does a whole lot to run this deal. There's a lot of pressure to do what he does all week and go to the track and be crew chief. It's aging him fast."

RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO (sixth, first rookie): "The truck was tight. Jack's on the pole. He's been fast ever since we got here. I have to work harder as a driver. We seemed to be tight everywhere we go and we can't quite fix it. We have to try something different to fix the problem we have. At the beginning of the year we didn't have this problem. You look at Homestead, we didn't have the problems we are having now. I don't think it's the new tire; though it's probably part of it. I think we have to try some more with the setup to try to fix the problem. My hat's off to Jack and the guys. I'm happy for them. Jack has been doing this a long time. He and Dennis have a lot of years of doing this. When you are in the same boat and you have the same guys and the same trucks off the shelf, the problem is between myself and my crew chief. It's not between the vehicles or the motors because they're making it work and we're getting the same exact stuff. Jack's third in points, we're fourth in points. That's cool. We are sitting right with them, which says we are doing our job somewhere or another. We need to pick up and get back."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO (seventh. Travis is a "local" driver, hailing from Janesville, Wis.): IT'S YOUR ^ÌHOME TRACK' BUT HAVE YOU EVER DRIVEN HERE BEFORE? "Not at all. This is the first time I have been on this track. It's definitely all new to me. It's nice to be back home with all my friends and family, but it's a new race track like just about every one has been this year." ON THE QUALIFYING RUN: "That's the fastest we went since we have been here. We are pleased with that. We made a bunch of changes after practice, before qualifying. We got it going in the right direction. We have to sneak back up to our changes a little bit. It was tight all morning. I couldn't get it to turn too good. In qualifying we were a little too loose. We will make some changes and we should be pretty good for happy hour."

LANCE NORICK, NO. 90 AVENTIS BEHRING CHOICE SILVERADO (eighth): "John Monsam came on full-time Monday at the shop. After last week we had a good meeting at the shop with the guys. We were pumped up with the way the Silverado ran last week. We had a seventh place finish here last year. Ever since we got here this morning the truck felt really good. We made minor changes. We will have about 200 people here who are part of ^ÌVictory Lane Kids' (local children with hemophilia and their families). Maybe we can put it in the top five and give everybody a good show."

COY GIBBS, NO. 20 MBNA SILVERADO (10th): "We were faster than that in practice. I tightened it up too much. It will be all right. I'd rather be in the top five, especially here where it's so hard to pass. Last year here I wrecked on my own in turn one; destroyed it. It's not been friendly to me."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 FASTTRACK DRIVEWAY SEALER SILVERADO (12th): "We're not where we want to be. We were a lot better in practice. We made changes, at the end of the first lap we had an electrical fire. Our second lap was our best lap, even though the Silverado was filling up with smoke. It was definitely an exciting second lap. We will see how we are in happy hour. We have been fighting a tight truck all day, but in qualifying we were real loose. We will know where to build from here and try to find somewhere in between." WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK? In the first half of the race I felt real sick. I wasn't hot or physically exhausted, but I felt really sick in my stomach. I drank a little bit of water, but that made it worse. In the last half we made changes on the truck. We were a little ways off. We squeaked by with a 10th. But, I had a root canal two days ago and my face is twice the size now. I have a big old knot in my chin. It's real, real sore. The helmet doesn't help it any."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 ACXIOM/COMPUTER ASSOCIATES SILVERADO (winner in Memphis last week, qualified 16th here): "It's terrible. As bad as you can imagine. The Silverado is tight in the center of the corner. It's pushing. We're missing something right in the center of the corner. We're still working. I think we will race pretty good. If we fix the part in the center we will race great."

RANDY TOLSMA, NO. 61 TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO (21st): "We just struggled. Miwaukee has always been a very good race track for me. I have had the outside pole for the last two years, I think. We can't find what we need here. We are still looking. The positive side is that by race time we will have certainly improved ourselves. The Silverado was loose on entry, loose on exit and tight in the center. It wasn't a comfortable truck anywhere. We will make a lot of changes, try to improve it. That's all we can do."

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Joe Ruttman
Teams Hendrick Motorsports