Phoenix: GM teams race quotes

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 5TH, FINISHED 1ST): TODAY'S WIN IS THE SECOND OF THE SEASON FOR STARR AND THE THIRD OF HIS NCTS CAREER - "Every adjustment Dave (McCarty) and the crew made today made our Spears ...

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 5TH, FINISHED 1ST):

TODAY'S WIN IS THE SECOND OF THE SEASON FOR STARR AND THE THIRD OF HIS NCTS CAREER - "Every adjustment Dave (McCarty) and the crew made today made our Spears Silverado better and better today. We were having a problem, we could get into one but when we got to the center of one and two, it would shove the nose and I had to jerk it loose. They made the right adjustments where it would stick the nose and it was better through the center and the nose didn't shove. It took two or three pit stops to get that done but everyone they made were the right ones. So we were fast enough and were able to take advantage of Ted Musgrave's misfortune because he had the class of the field. He had us covered but had some misfortune and my crew had done an excellent job of getting me in the right place to take advantage of it.

"When I closed up on him so quick, I knew he must be having a problem. You have to run the 150 laps and be there so you can move when you need to. I can't tell you how happy I am to be here in Victory Lane.

"Any time you have Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague behind you, there is pressure but I knew I had a pretty good truck. After that last pit stop, it was handling really well so I could get back in the gas really quick and I get through the corners. I knew I had a battle to the end because I knew that Sprague had gotten by Todd Bodine and was coming but I was just trying to stay focused on my laps and my marks and I had a clear racetrack in front of me and to get everything I could out of my truck I could. I just tried not to worry that Jack was coming but I knew he was coming and I did feel the heat."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 1ST, FINISHED 2ND)

THIS IS SPRAGUE'S 30TH SECOND PLACE FINISH OF HIS NCTS CAREER AND THE FOURTH IN A ROW AT PIR - "We started off a little loose but for the most part our Chevy Trucks Silverado was really good today. Ted (Musgrave) was the class of the field until he had trouble and Todd (Bodine) was pretty strong as well but we were best on the long runs and the way the cautions ran there at the end, it didn't work out in our favor. But I am happy for David (Starr) and even happier that we had a Silverado win the Silverado 150 and actually have four Silverados in the top-four. We just didn't get out of the pits quite like we needed to that last stop but my guys did a great job today.

"I just really wanted to win this race today. I had my buddy Ricky (Hendrick) riding with me today and I wanted this one for him and his family. But this is a good day for us. We came out here and sat on the pole with a new track record and finished second. I had an awesome motor so all in all it was a good day for us.

"Like always, track position is everything. When we got the green with ten to go, it took my truck just a few too many laps to come in and I could stay with David but I couldn't gain enough on him to get by. But we will take this run and head for Darlington."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 11TH, FINISHED 3RD):

"I first have to say the pit crew did us one heck of a job today. We came in 8th on that last stop and went out 6th. That put us in a position to take advantage of the Musgrave and Bodine mishap and I was able to make a pass around Park to settle in the third position. On our very first run we were pretty good but on our second run we had a really bad times. The third run we started to come in but we still weren't that great overall. We just missed it a bit but third is a great finish for the GM Goodwrench Chevy team"

SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 TRIMSPA SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 13th, FINISHED 4TH)

"We had an excellent day in the No. 15 TRIMSPA Chevrolet today. We had to make a few a few air pressure adjustments to get the front to grip a bit better but other than that we had a great race truck. Matt (Crafton) and I have gotten into each other a couple of times this season by accident. I just didn't have enough to take him over. I am happy that Matt and I were able to race each other fair and clean. If we had more laps I might have been able to pass him but there were a lot of cautions and my truck didn't restart as well as I would have liked to. Overall I can't complain taking home a fourth place finish is ok with me. We're heading into Darlington which is one of my favorite tracks and I'm looking forward to it."

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 27TH, FINISHED 9TH):

"We just struggled to get any side grip today. I thought that last set of tires was going to have more grip but we had the same problems. Based on our qualifying position, we made up a lot of positions today, but just didn't have a decent finish. Our crew did a good job getting me a few positions in the pits today, but it was just so hard to pass anyone out there. These trucks are just so competitive; you really have to be on your game nowadays to get a good finish. We're still in the championship fight, so we will just load up and go to Darlington and see what we can do."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 47 CHEVY ACXIOM CELEBRITY ALL STAR SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 6TH, FINISHED 13TH):

"Our Acxiom Silverado was just a tick off today. We fought a tight truck right from the start. The first pit stop helped us a little but as the track got more rubber down and got more slippery, then we were tight and loose. We elected to pit under a yellow when no one else did in hopes to gain track position later in the race plus make some adjustments that would help us move up but we still just weren't quite there.

"But I had a ball being back in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series today and really had a great time working with Randy Goss and everyone at Morgan Dollar Motorsports on the Big and Rick Silverado."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jack Sprague