TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) -- "I don't know, that was pretty bad. I knew something was up when I went down into turn one and it just didn't stick in there anywhere near like it did before. We lost a little bit of time there, so we'll...
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) --
"I don't know, that was pretty bad. I knew something was up when I went down into turn one and it just didn't stick in there anywhere near like it did before. We lost a little bit of time there, so we'll be taking a look at that during the final practice. It's disappointing, but I know with this Mopar team that the truck is going to be pretty good for the race. But, when the motor was so good before, I'm just wondering why it slowed down this time and slowed down so much?. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.
"The track's pretty good here. You'll see a lot of racing, a lot of side-by-side racing on Friday for sure. On the bottom of turns one and two you'll see a lot of inside-outside grooves, which is really good. The trucks put on a pretty good show here. I love coming here. It's a good place to race. It's a track that really puts driving back into the driver's hands."
STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) --
"I'm feeling pretty good about that lap. The Orleans Dodge team struggled just a little bit in practice, but we mostly worked on our race trim. We didn't do a lot of qualifying runs. So, when it came time to qualify we came out 15th or so and just took an educated guess at what we needed. On the first lap I had to kind of feel it out, and we ran a pretty good lap. I just knew that I had a Dodge that I would stick the second lap. I got through turns three and four to take the white flag so well that I had the confidence to drive it down into turns one and two, and I just had a really good lap.
"I love this racetrack. I've raced this track a couple of years now. It's a racer's racetrack is what it is. It requires a lot of emphasis on truck preparation and handling and skill from the driver. It's sort of like getting back to grassroots racing on the mile and half-mile racetracks. It's not like running at Daytona where the driver checks out and just sails around all day."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) --
"Phoenix is a very disciplined racetrack. It's very easy to overdrive the corners. It's very easy for it to lure you into using a lot of throttle off the corners. So, you've really got to be on your toes a lot out here. It's a cool racetrack. Usually it takes some time for a driver to learn the track and hit his marks, but the way these kids are anymore they just come with this stuff engrained in them. But, usually if you haven't run a lot of laps here you'll pay the dividends.
"All year long everybody's been chasing us. Everyone's been chasing us, and our strong suit is when we're out there chasing other people. That's when we've been at our best. So I think (the guys on the race team) are actually relieved that we're behind now. What we had to do before was to sit back and say, 'Well, we've got to finish 10th. Or, we've got to finish 13th.' Now, we're out here and we know we've got to win every race to stay in it."
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram) --
"We're not really fast right now. We're right towards the middle of the pack. But the thing is, we struggled when we first unloaded. The last two races we've unloaded as the fastest thing here, and we've sort of adjusted ourselves out of being the fastest. We unloaded here and struggled, but we're getting better every time out. That was our best lap so far by two-tenths of a second, so I'm positive that we're going to race good. These other guys are putting up big qualifying numbers, but we know that can't run those laps during the race, so we'll be good.
"I like the track. I wish I was doing a little better here. It's so similar to a bunch of the other places we run great at: Milwaukee, Gateway, Loudon. We know we should be running a little better, but we're going to be fine in the race. With one practice session left, we know we've got everything we need to make sure our Dickies Dodge is running up front."