Thanks to NASCAR Online Quotes after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks Challenge at Walt Disney World Speedway: RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "I hate to start a race that way (first lap incident with Chuck Bown).
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Quotes after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks Challenge at Walt Disney World Speedway:
RON HORNADAY No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "I hate to start a race that way (first lap incident with Chuck Bown). It knocked the nose out and we were loose again. Fred (Graves, crew chief) said 'you've tried adjusting front and rear brake and that didn't work so the only thing I can think of is, go up there and brush the wall and bring the fender in.' I did and it seem to tighten it up but we went too far. "It was awesome -- a big win for us, a big win for NAPA and a big win for Chevrolet."
FRED GRAVES Crew Chief, No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet "I had my fingers crossed. We were absolutely concerned about fuel and when that caution came out I said 'save gas save gas, it's going to be real close.' He (Hornaday) was running out when the green came out and there was just enough in the fuel pickup to run those last two laps."
JOE RUTTMAN No. 50 LCI International Ford "I give her all we had. It just wasn't good enough. Now I can make a long distance call to my wife with LCI and tell her how good we did, and that the Ford F-150 was perking pretty good." (on his collision with Mike Wallace): "Two trucks tried to go around a corner at the same time at a high rate of speed. It just doesn't happen I guess. It's kind of a shame. Mike was real fast, and we were running real good too."
RICK CARELLI No. 6 RE/MAX International Chevrolet "Well, we didn't run out of gas although I watched the gauge bounce around a little bit there at the end. I wish we could have run a little more. I think the RE/MAX Chevy had something for them. But we finished third and that's a good way to open up. Last year we ran real well here. I've got a bunch of new guys and a new crew chief, George Church. We made some adjustments at half-time and we were a little tight. We made the right adjustments and the truck got better. It seems like the longer we ran the better it got. "After running out of gas at Las Vegas (in 1997 season finale) we were worried that we'd do it again 'cause there were a lot of guys jumpin' in the pits at the end. Hey, we had enough to do and we did it!"
JACK SPRAGUE No. 24 Quaker State Chevrolet "Man, this was a tough race today. The Hendrick Chevy was tight all day way too tight -- especially on restarts. I just couldn't do anything with it. It just pushed all day."
GREG BIFFLE No. 80 W.W. Grainger Racing Ford "Max Jones (team manager) and Randy Goss just did an awesome job. Those guys were great. They helped me drive the truck right up to fifth spot. They were the key factors to my getting there. They told me what to do, who to race with, let that guy go, and were a tremendous help, both of them."
JAY SAUTER No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet "It was one of those days. It was frustrating. The truck wasn't a frontrunner. We started in 29th but we'll take seventh place and get on down to Miami."
BOB KESELOWSKI No. 29 Mopar Performance Dodge "I knew we had a top-10 truck, but we're going to have to work on the handling. We've just got a few little things to work out, but the engine and chassis felt great. A top-10 is a great way to start the season, and now we've got two months to dwell on that while we work on the other things."
BUTCH MILLER No. 18 DANA Dodge "The neat part is that nobody -- from DANA and the other sponsors to the owners -- nobody gave up on me. If the sponsors are happy, I'm happy, and this was an excellent way to start the season. We've got a great team!"
DOMINIC DOBSON Co-owner, No. 78 MCI Dodge "The biggest thing I learned is that I've got a whole lot more to learn -- there's just a whole lot to this. The key is to be patient and keep calm, and Rich (Bickle) and the team did a great job."
MIKE BLISS No. 2 Team ASE Ford "The fuel pressure light came on and it started missing, so we had to come in and get fuel. We ran 85 laps that last half...but we ran out of fuel. We thought we were better than what we were, and we're not -- so it's up to us to figure out the fuel mileage. It was a tough race. Everybody was running about the same up front in the top-10. I just pedaled my butt off all day, and took advantage of everybody else's misfortune. I thought we were going to win it. Then boom. It wasn't ours."
MIKE WALLACE No. 52 Purolator PureONE Filters Chevrolet "I don't think tough is the word for what happened today. It's heartbreaking, that's what it is. I mean these guys worked so hard as a team and the sponsors worked hard. And I did a good job and I still think I did a good job. I didn't wreck myself. It was just unfortunate but it happened. "The worst part of it was, we were sitting there thinking we were just a minute away from winning a race. Just three or four laps or whatever it was and it didn't happen. We shoulda left here no worse than second today, but we left here with a tore up race truck and that's not the way we wanted to do it, that's for sure."
CHUCK BOWN No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford "At the halfway break we didn't touch the wedge, didn't touch nothing. We didn't want to give it to them. We wanted to make them beat me. But for some reason the second set of tires were tight, and just didn't want to turn. I was hoping that later on it would come to me, and some of the others would get loose, and I could get going, but I didn't get to there. I got bumped by Sprague and caught the wall with the right rear corner. I tried to save it, but it slapped the right front in, which hooked the right front wheel because I had to turn right to try to save it in the first place. We lost the brakes and had to hook them back up, and fix it to where it was steering halfway straight. We went back out and made all the laps we could. We'll go to Homestead and see if we can win one there."
BOBBY HAMILTON No. 40 Southern Pride/DANA Chevrolet "I got a vibration and thought a tire was going down. Then I smelled grease and knew it was the transmission. I couldn't get going on restarts. The shifter was lockin' up and that means the transmission is coming out of it. With the leaders coming up on me, I said 'I don't need to go throwin' grease all around,' so I parked it."