Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Sears DieHard 200 Quotebook WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 5, 1997) Quotes from the top-10 drivers following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sears DieHard 200 at The Milwaukee ...
Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations
Sears DieHard 200 Quotebook
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 5, 1997) Quotes from the top-10 drivers following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sears DieHard 200 at The Milwaukee Mile:
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet
"I don't deserve all the credit. The guys on the crew and the guys in the shop all worked their butts off to build this new Chevy in just seven- eight-nine-10 days, they build this truck. It ran real good through the middle (of the corners) and that was the secret. You know, we tear up a truck (at Nazareth) and these guys build another one even better. This team never gives up."
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet
"Milwaukee always brings out good racing. We saved everything we could for that run at the end. We were hoping the yellow would come. We just couldn't get through traffic quick enough. I had to pump the brakes about the last 80 laps. The pedal kept going way down. The crew worked hard at halftime making changes and we went on."
RICH BICKLE No. 17 Sears DieHard Chevrolet
"Well, that was a pretty wild run on seven cylinders! I lost a plug wire with about 60 laps to go and I had to drive that thing for all it was worth! That's championship luck, right there, to have this happen, run on seven cylinders and still be good enough to run with these guys and pass Jack (Sprague) at the end. He got out in the loose stuff and I got by. That was the hardest I have ever driven in my life."
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 Quaker State Chevrolet
(Sprague, disappointed to fall from the lead with two laps remaining to fourth at the end, left the track immediately following the race without comment.)
RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX Chevrolet
"We had a problem with the brakes before the start. I didn't have any brake pedal and I had to bring it in the pits and bleed the brakes. Then we found we had something loose on the left front and fixed that. But I still had to start at the back. If we only didn't have to give up track position and go to the back..."
MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureOne Filters Chevrolet
"It felt good to run up front and see the leaders. We finished sixth and the goal was a top- 10. I got greedy and wanted a top-5 but we got into (Tony) Raines off turn four. The Purolator/Ken Schrader Racing team did a great job and we're just getting familiar with each other this weekend. This team will be able to get me in a position to win, but it was mentally rewarding to run up front.
TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Dodge
"We had very soft power on the restarts. We were a little better in the first half of the race, and a little tight in the second half. That was a tough race because I had to race hard every lap. I got hung on the outside on the last restart but I managed to keep my position. What helped most was our pit stop. Our crew made up four positions on our green flag stop."
JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Engine Company Dodge
"Well, it wasn't pretty but we're happy with our finish. We had a great green flag pit stop, which really helped us keep our position. In some parts of the race we were good and in some we were bad. But, we weren't junk, either. The team made a great effort today because our set-up was better than it's been in a while, and it showed today."
JOE RUTTMAN No. 80 LCI International Ford
"We won't use the same set-up next year. I would say we were off, but not as bad as it looked on the race track. You learn every time, but it was a dear lesson. I elected to start it the way we did, and I didn't dream we'd go that long without a caution. It really got us in trouble before the guys could adjust on the truck."
BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford
"It was running good today, but unfortunately in the first half they got us for speeding on pit road. We took our medicine there. All in all it was a trying day, but we'll be back."