Nashville Post Race Quotes

Federated Auto Parts 250 Quotebook NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 1997) The following are quotes from selected drivers after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA. JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Dodge ...

Federated Auto Parts 250 Quotebook NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 1997) The following are quotes from selected drivers after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA.

JIMMY HENSLEY No. 43 Cummins Dodge "It wasn't like we practiced three hours in that truck yesterday. We got two laps in, that's when we qualified. To start where we did with that competition -- I was 38/100 off the pole and had to take a provisional, that tells you the parity of the series. You know, to start back there (30th) and be able to get up through them, I made up some spots with the pit crew. They got me in and out of the pits with good stops. That helped, and once we got up on them we took off."

TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "It was the same as usual. We had a good truck under long greens. Jimmy (Hensley) was good. He was good on long greens too. So were we. We made a change on that last pit stop. We broke some valve springs I guess. We could motor off the corner, but it was losing power down the straights. We needed long greens. We didn't need those last two cautions. I think maybe we could have caught him, but he is a hell of a racer, and I'm really happy for him. He did an awesome job, and he deserves the win."

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford "How about that? When you've got that Robert Yates horsepower, and Roland Wlodyka setting up your truck and all this Circle Bar Motel and RV Park Ford crew. The only problem we had today is that I have a little short track left in me from the All American 400 here at Nashville. We waited a little too long to put on tires, and always the freshest tires win. I just can't understand that. We just didn't have enough left to get my work done."

GREG BIFFLE No. 50 W.W. Grainger Racing Ford "The thing just ran great all day. We were just kind of out riding. We knew it was a 250 lap race. The tire sequence rolled through, and we were pretty tight with lefts sides on, which we thought we'd be. We made a track bar adjustment, and then it cycled around and we put rights on toward the end of the race. The last eight laps we were able to get clear to fourth. I thought we might get second. But we ended up fourth, and that is a top-five for us and that is good. The old truck is beat up a little bit, but the guys do such a great job of fixing the stuff."

MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolater PureONE Filters Chevrolet "It was a pretty good day, a tough race for us. We got spun out there, Mike Bliss helped us a bunch by not putting us a lap down...he gave us a break there. We came back to fifth and then to third. I got a shock because I didn't realize the #14 truck was on the lead a lap, I thought he was a lapped truck, and I checked up and let him go. I messed myself up but those guys all ran well. At least it was a decent finish for us."

ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 Addington Chevrolet "Man it was hot out there. I think we had an alternator going out or something. I had to turn everything off. I had all my blowers off ... man, that thing just about cooked me. I had a pretty good strategy and we stuck to our plan. It just didn't pay off 'cause we were banking on that last half staying green. We got the new tires and had the track position we wanted. We had a couple of cautions and those guys got little better tires so it was just hang on for me. The ol' Chevrolet ran pretty good for us and we got to lead some laps and stayed up front the biggest part of the day so it was good for us. We'll just get ready to go to Topeka and see what we can do."

RANDY TOLSMA No. 61 IWX Freight Chevrolet "We wanted to put that Chevrolet in the top five there at the end but just didn't quite pull it off. We had a great run earlier in the day we were really loose. That's what's neat about the Craftsman series and where its gone. Our pits stops came in key points and got our tires at just the right time. If it had been like before with the halftime break we might have been a lap down...but we were able to hang in there and work on the truck. It was just a good day and I'm proud of the guys. We've had a monkey on our back the lst few weeks and I glad we got it off today."

STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford "It was another top-ten. But ... I'm usually pretty good at picking holes, and every time I went to the outside I lost five or six spots. I followed Hornaday three different times, and lost a ton of spots. How many times does that happen. He wasn't having a very good day either. Once again this Royal Crown crew got us spots in the pits. It wasn't a bad day. We just never could put our finger on it. There were some guys out there that were a little bit wild, and I think rookie mistakes sometimes are made, but when they happen week in and week out maybe NASCAR will have to talk to them. We didn't have a bad truck, but we just never could get track position. We'd come in in the top ten, and we'd gain spots, and we just never could get in sequence. We'll take it. We gained on a few people in points and lost to a few. We'll just work a little harder next week, and see if we can improve on what we've done."

MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford "We really had a problem with lapped trucks. If they would have let us go by, and then raced each other. That cost us. We went from third to 12th. We had an awesome truck to start, and we put on right side tires. There was one set of tires that was terrible. It was loose, and we never got the handle back on the thing. We just couldn't get it. We just really have to try to improve on the second half of these races. We're good on the start, be the second halfs we've been terrible. I don't know. I'm just so disappointed about the end. We had to put on left side tires with four to go. I wish it had been 20 to go. Left side tires were the thing today. Right sides weren't."

BRYAN REFFNER No. 66 Carlin Burners Ford "We spun out and nobody clobbered us. I was really glad everybody was on their toes for that. We were a little loose, and I tried to squeeze Rick (Crawford) a little bit to keep my position, and we just got together. It was a shame, but nobody hit us, and we were able to finish with the truck in one piece so that was a big plus for a screw-up like that. We were just happy to be able to keep on going. Most of the race we were off a little bit on the set-up. At least we have something to build off of."

JOE RUTTMAN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "The boys did a heck of a job, and at the end we were awful close to where we needed to be, much closer than we've ever been at Nashville as far as the chassis was concerned. I wanted to race with Hensley a little at the end to see where we stood with him. That way it would give us an idea when we come back again if our truck was as good as we thought. Sometimes you kid yourself. It would have been interesting to run with him if we had run good the whole race. The team changed the fuel pump and the fuel line. It started running at the end, so it was one of maybe three things. You don't have time to figure it out. We just changed everything."

TAMMY JO KIRK No. 51 Auto Value Ford "We dropped a cylinder there. It was something either in the ignition or we broke a valve spring. We were running real good there for a while. Then the motor just let us down. It just kept getting worse and worse. Then it got real bad, and we had to pull in. We had a good truck, and we still had another set of tires to go. I think we would have been good at the end."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Bliss , Robert Yates
Teams Carlin