BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd) "We were about a fifth-place car all day long and just came in with the group and put tires on and ended up third. The 7 was obviously the best car, the 17 was second best and I was...
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We were about a fifth-place car all day long and just came in with the group and put tires on and ended up third. The 7 was obviously the best car, the 17 was second best and I was third. We got Michael just on the tires. That's the way it goes."
MATT KENSETH-17-Express Personnel Services Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) -
"We had a great car today on long runs. It wouldn't take off super-good on restarts and short runs, so we tried to tighten it up and get some air in the tires and do something to get it to run like we needed to at the end. I knew we were in trouble when we had 15 laps to go. I thought we had a chance because we were the first one in line with four new tires, so I thought if I got by the leaders first, I thought maybe we would have a shot. But, Greg (Biffle) got by them first and I couldn't catch them."
IT SEEMED LIKE TIRES ARE FALLING OFF QUICKER HERE. IS THAT THE CASE?
"Yeah, the older the track gets the more they will fall off and that's a really great thing I think. It seems like all of the complaints that you hear are about people staying out and not getting tires. Today it showed that you needed four tires on your car. I think that's a good thing. In a way it makes it easier to call the race and it usually makes the fastest car win. Michael Waltrip probably had the fastest car today, but you had to have new tires, and I thought that was a great thing. In practice you saw it drop off and in the race it's dropping off, too. It's maybe a little bit more than it was in the spring, but not much. It usually drops off a second and a half or so."
YOU MADE SEVEN LAPS IN YOUR CUP CAR TODAY. ARE YOU CONFIDENT OR IS THERE A PROBLEM?
"We ran quite a bit in the first practice and I was real happy with my car; I was real happy with the times. We have almost the same setup we had in the Busch car. They both felt similar and we did a lot of practice with the Busch car. Atlanta, historically, has been hard on engines, especially ours it seems like. I was trying to keep some miles off it. I was really happy with my balance. I took off in Happy Hour and ran seven laps. It wasn't the fastest on the sheet, but it was really, really neutral and it drove exactly what I wanted. I just quit and figured that would be a good place to start tomorrow. It might not be right on the money when we start tomorrow, but I know it has a decent baseline in it."
WAS THE MOTOR PROBLEM IN THE RACE TODAY A LACK OF HORSEPOWER?
"We didn't any problems. Everything was running OK, I jut couldn't run with the best guys. I'd get beat on new tires two or three car lengths down the straightaway it felt like to me. I just said it was something we need to go back and work on. I thought we had a great car and I don't know how we could have made it much better in the corners, especially on the long run. I needed to get down the straightaway and whether that's drag or horsepower or what it is, we just need to figure it out and get it a little better next time."