Topeka Pre Race Quotes

Lund Look 275K Pre-race Quotebook TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 21, 1998) The following are quotes from selected drivers previewing Sunday's Lund Look 275K at Heartland Park Topeka. RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "Topeka is not like...

Lund Look 275K Pre-race Quotebook

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 21, 1998) The following are quotes from selected drivers previewing Sunday's Lund Look 275K at Heartland Park Topeka.

RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "Topeka is not like your typical road course. It consists mainly of left hand turns. It can be tough to pass, so qualifying up front will be important. Fuel mileage always seems to play into the outcome of the race too. With the addition of pit stops this year, it should make the race more interesting."

JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet "We've run real well at Topeka and done just about everything except win. Last year I slipped out of the groove in turn six just before the finish and that cost us. In the past, this No. 24 Team GMAC outfit has won on superspeedways and short tracks - and come Sunday I'd like to add 'road course' to that list."

TONY RAINES No. 19 Pennzoil Ford "You really have to prepare yourself just as much mentally for Topeka as you do physically. However, you're not preparing for the challenges of a road course, you're preparing for the heat. Every time I've raced at Topeka, it's been incredibly hot. Last year was so bad, I had to lift myself off the seat and drive because I was getting burned. This year I've got a cool hat and we've added some air ducts behind the seat, so hopefully my concentration can remain on winning."

JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet "The strategy for this week is like every other one. We're going to go out there to win. We're using the same truck at Topeka that we used at Watkins Glen, where we finished second. Our main focus is to make sure that we have enough fuel to go the distance this year. Although it is a road course, one of the things that makes Topeka unique is that it is like a short track. So, you have to approach it like a short track. Most of the turns are left hand turns. It's tight, it's small, and it's narrow."

STACY COMPTON No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford "I like this course. Heartland Park has more left hand turns than most road courses, so I'm comfortable here. Our trucks are set up to go left."

RON BARFIELD No. 35 Ortho Lawn & Garden Chevrolet "It's going to be exciting. I don't have a lot of road racing experience. I hope it's a lot like Watkins Glen. We qualified seventh there, which was great for me having not that much experience. It's a lot of turn left and turn right, and it was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it."

ANDY HOUSTON No. 60 Addington Chevrolet "I've never raced at Topeka before. I'm looking forward to it. Of course, it's only my second road course race ever. We learned a lot at Watkins Glen. I've heard Topeka is a really neat course, with predominantly left hand turns. I think that will help us. I've also heard it's really hot so we'll have to take measures to make sure the truck stays cool."

MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet "Heartland Park Topeka is one of my favorite road course tracks. It is a very fast and maneuverable road course. To race there, a truck needs a tremendous amount of motor because the start of the track is a drag strip."

BUTCH MILLER No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge "We've had a top-10 finish at Topeka and Sears Point and finished 11th at Watkins Glen. Since I am not one of the guys charging in the front of the pack all race long, people tend to forget I'm there. It gives you a great opportunity to sneak up on them. When they all least expect it, Lady Luck is going to smile on us and we are going to take this DANA Dodge to the winner's circle. Could be that will be the case at Topeka."

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel and RV Park Ford "Coming off last weekend's effort, we're looking forward to going back to a place where we led last year. In fact, we had a good chance to win that race, but we lost on the game of fuel mileage and wound up eighth."

SCOT WALTERS No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet "I think we will be better than we were at the Glen. When the Red Man team arrived at Watkins Glen two months ago I had some reservations about this road racing. But after the race had run, I felt great and more important than that I keep getting faster and more comfortable on the track. Now this time around, we can come right in to this track, and know a little better what we need to do to get the truck to handle."

TERRY COOK No. 88 PBA Chevrolet "A lot of people said 'Terry Who?' at Flemington. They thought it was kind of a fluke, although we did drive away from the field and have a very strong truck. We felt a lot of pressure to back it up in Nashville. I think there's a lot of pressure to back up a good win such as a Jeremy Mayfield (this year at Pocono). He's kind of struggled since he had his first win. You want to back it up with something so that it doesn't look like a fluke. So far we haven't been able to do that but we're sure going to give it a try this weekend."

LANCE NORICK No. 90 NHL Dodge "To say this has been a disappointing season for us is an understatement. We have only scored two top-twenty finishes despite running in the top 10 in several races and leading twice. Little things keep biting us -- we can't seem to shake the bad luck. We'll just keep digging and will get the payoff. Topeka could be just the place for us to turn this season around."

DOMINIC DOBSON No. 78 MCI Dodge "This Heartland Park course is unique because of the surface variations in the transitions from corners to straightaways. A lot of factors determine the amount of grip you can get when moving from concrete to pavement and vice-versa. Both the weather and the activity level at the track can vary the grip. It's something you can't determine until you get time on the track."

Source: NASCAR Online

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