Danny O'Quinn, Jr., driver of the No. 50 Ford Fusion, is returning home this weekend. A native of Coeburn, Va., O'Quinn grew up watching races at Bristol Motor Speedway and later competed at the .533-mile oval. O'Quinn, currently 22nd in the...
Danny O'Quinn, Jr., driver of the No. 50 Ford Fusion, is returning home this weekend. A native of Coeburn, Va., O'Quinn grew up watching races at Bristol Motor Speedway and later competed at the .533-mile oval. O'Quinn, currently 22nd in the Busch Series point standings, spoke about the start of his rookie season and the significance of competing at Bristol.
DANNY O'QUINN-50-Barr-Nunn Ford Fusion - "This is a new team. We basically have a whole new group of guys for my team, a new crew chief and everything. In a sense, we're all rookies coming into his season, along with me as the driver. It's been a little bit of a struggle getting the year started off, but we've been to every type of race track now. We've been to a road course, a superspeedway, a flat and a banked mile-and-a-half and also a two-mile race track. The first five races were really crucial to get us in the top 30 in points, and we've been able to accomplish all that and keep the cars in one piece. We're getting here to Bristol, where it's somewhere that I've run in the past and it's a short track, which is what I'm used to. Coming into Bristol, I think we can honestly come out of here - if things go right - with a top-10, top-15 finish. Who knows, maybe even better. Realistically, if we can come out of here with a 10th to 15th-place finish, that would be really good for our team right now and just keep building the points week after week."
TALK ABOUT RACING AT BRISTOL, A TRACK BASICALLY IN YOUR BACKYARD. "It's definitely a special privilege. I grew up not too far from here and watched races here and on TV. It's always been a dream of mine to get an opportunity to race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It doesn't sell tickets out every year for no reason. It's the track all the fans want to come to. If there was one race on the schedule this year that we picked out and we want to run our best at or win the race at this year, it was Bristol. I've got a lot of friends and family here that will be able to come to the race this week. We race all over the country and they don't get an opportunity to do that lot, so it's definitely special for a lot of my close relatives. I'm definitely pumped up about this race."
"I actually had this question asked a few times today: Are you that concerned if practice gets rained out today? Looking at all of the race tracks that we go to, I'm less worried about it here than I am anywhere else. Just having that extra seat time here in the Hooters cars, which are a lot like the Busch cars. Really, the biggest difference - the chassis are the same - it's just a little bit more horsepower here. If we don't get that much practice I'm not all the concerned. I think we're going to have a really good race car. The Roush cars typically run well here and I think we have a really good package. Hopefully the experience that I've got in the Late Model and Hooters races here is big for me because I know we've struggled a little bit just getting me seat time on each race track we've been to. Obviously, Las Vegas was one of our better races. We made a little bad pit strategy call there and it got us a lap or two down, but if you looked at how we performed there, it was a lot better than we had run at the other races. We got that open test there so that was big for me, so I think having laps here will make a big difference."