For the first time this year, a Ford (Terry Cook) is sitting on the pole, followed by another Ford (Greg Biffle) at Nazareth Speedway's Chevy Silverado 200. The first Chevy Silverados are in third and fourth, driven by Jack Sprague and rookie ...
For the first time this year, a Ford (Terry Cook) is sitting on the pole, followed by another Ford (Greg Biffle) at Nazareth Speedway's Chevy Silverado 200. The first Chevy Silverados are in third and fourth, driven by Jack Sprague and rookie Travis Kvapil.
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 24 NETZERO PLATINUM SILVERADO (third): "It was a pretty good day. The turning point was qualifying. That was the worst we'd run all day. The guys did a great job. The NetZero Platinum Silverado was fast again. The first lap was pretty slippery, the second lap I made it through the dogleg wide open. I thought 'here we go, I'm going to lay one down here', 'cause even when I ran the .70 earlier I wasn't wide open through there. And I got into three and got loose and got up in the second lane. The second lap ended up being faster and I was all messed up in one of the turns. It just got out from under me and I couldn't get it back. That's the way it goes."
YOU HAD PROBLEMS EARLY IN THE YEAR, ARE YOU COMING BACK?
"The biggest thing I think is we've got to finish. We broke two weeks ago again. And I got myself in trouble last week. This is a tough race track. It's hard to pass. We've got a great truck. We've got a truck that I think is capable of winning, along with a few other trucks. The biggest thing that I have to do is to beat the 2 and the 18 and keep (them) close to me. That's the biggest thing going into this race. I have to finish; I can't break on them." DO YOU RACE THE TRACK OR THE COMPETITION?
"I race to the front, track or competition."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, No. 60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO (fourth, first rookie): "I've never been to a place like this. It's pretty neat. It kind of adds a lot of driver element to it. It's pretty much a one-lane race track. There won't be a whole lot of side-by-side racing. It's a real fun track."
IN YOUR ROOKIE YEAR YOU FINDING IT TOUGH TO RACE THE VETERANS?
"Everybody in the truck series race each other real clean; they give each other room, if they got position on them. There's not a driver out here that I'm afraid to run side by side with. I hope they feel the same way with me. We've got a real good group of guys; they all respect each other real well, and I think that's going to carry all the way to the end of the year."
ON ROOKIE CHASE AND QUALIFYING AND FINISHING WELL:
"For the whole Cat Rental Silverado team everything's rolling real good; everyone is communicating real well. The team's on a roll right now; we've got a bunch of top fives put together in the last seven of eight races. Starting position is really important in Nazareth. It was really good for us to get a good qualifying position. That's what we worked on all day yesterday -- getting two good laps. Track position is definitely key. We got our Silverado starting up front and hopefully we can just stay up there through the day on Sunday."
LANCE NORICK, NO. 90 AVENTIS BEHRING CHOICE SILVERADO (Crashed in practice today. Team pulled out the backup truck in time to run some practice laps and make it to the qualifying round and qualify ninth):
AFTER THE CRASH:
"I don't know. We went out once this morning. We were second on the board. We made a slight adjustment, went out again. I just got real loose, backed it into the fence. It's too bad; these guys have worked hard. They already have the backup truck out; we'll have it ready for qualifying, and see what we can do."
WHERE DID IT HAPPEN?
"I don't even know. I think it's turn 2. I'm confused about the turns on this track. We haven't been loose all weekend there, and then it just snapped loose. I'm sure some of the Busch North rubber is on the track, So, the track is a little bit slicker this morning than it was yesterday. I'm sure that was probably part of the problem."
"There are only a few teams here in the truck series that can wreck, 45 minutes to a hour into the practice and get their truck out, make three or four laps in practice and then go out and qualify in the top 10. My guys did that. They worked their butts off and the Silverado worked pretty good. It wasn't near as good as the truck we had that I wrecked. But we'll have a good truck tomorrow. I think we will be running up front all day."
RICKY HENDRICK, NO. 17 GMAC SILVERADO (sixth):
ON TAKING NO. 1 ON QUALIFYING LAP:
"We knew it wasn't going to hold. We figured it was going to be a good lap. I walked into the trailer and said 'we'll end up somewhere about fifth.' It wasn't a big surprise. There were a couple of spots out there that crept up on us that weren't there in practice. We slowed down a little bit; we need a little more forward bite. We'll take the Team GMAC Silverado up front in Happy Hour and see what we can do in the race."
HOW ABOUT THE FORDS QUALIFYING 1-2?
"It's the first one (pole for the year). On one side you don't like it, but on the other side I guess it's about time. I'm happy for Terry Cook (polesitter) and those guys who have been struggling. I'm happy for him. But I hoped that's all he gets is the pole."
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 ACXIOM/COMPUTER ASSOCIATES SILVERADO (seventh; defending race winner):
"The truck's pretty good. We made a lot of gains this weekend. We made some gains on the new chassis we brought here. We learned a lot on test day. We're starting seventh and I think we've got a pretty good race truck under us."
DOES THE TRACK GET ANY LESS CHALLENGING THE MORE YOU RUN ON IT?
"You get a little more comfortable as a driver and you learn not to overdrive places. That probably helps more than anything. Probably just learning to control yourself is the best thing you can do to help yourself. That's the biggest thing we need for tomorrow is not to overdrive, stay consistent on laps, and people will come back to you."
CAN YOU COUNT THE CORNERS?
"No, no one on this team is on the same track right now. I say turn 2 and they're looking the other way whenever I tell them that."
COY GIBBS, NO. 20 MBNA SILVERADO (12th): "I think if we had finished our second lap we would have a fifth or sixth place. I spun out going into the dogleg. I went in there a little too hard. I didn't thrash it, just knocked the rear bumper off it. We'll be all right."