Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Food City 250 quotebook BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers after the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway: JIMMY SPENCER No. 20 Zippo ...
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NASCAR Public Relations
Food City 250 quotebook
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers after the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
JIMMY SPENCER No. 20 Zippo Chevrolet
"Our car wasn't as good as it needed to be. We were lucky the cautions kept coming. I can't say enough about my guys. I've got a hell of a crew. They give a lot to me. I've won some Busch races in the past. I always wanted to win at Daytona, and I've always wanted to win at Bristol. We talked about it before the race. We knew the tires were awesome. We knew we could go between 135 and 150 laps. We planned to pit on the halfway mark and go the rest of the way. We used to do that with the modified cars. I've got two guys on this Busch team that have been working for me for a long time, and I can't thank them enough. Last week at Michigan, I raced Steve Park the way I would want to be raced. I can't say enough about him. He's a great driver. He raced me the way I raced him, and that's all you can ask out of a competitor. You're going to see a lot of Steve Park."
STEVE PARK No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet
"I'm glad we were able to come here to Bristol and put the car up front. My hat's off to my whole ACDelco crew. They did a great job. We had a bad pit stop and that just shows what kind of team they are. We got back out front and had a hell of a race going there with Jimmy Spencer. Any time you come to Bristol, you see racing side by side like that. It seems like there's always a fight for the win. I hope everyone enjoyed it. "Those last laps were pretty scary. We were about 110 percent. If Jimmy slipped up, we had to be right there to make a move on him. We touched and we banged a little bit, but it was all clean. My hat's off to Jimmy. He's a tough racer. He was fast in practice today and did what he had to do to win. We were just a second-place car tonight. "Dick (Trickle) was behind me and we got off into the corner. I felt him give me a little nudge in the left rear quarter panel. I just tried to hold my line and give him a little room. It must have got him loose when he hit me down on the inside. I hate to see that happen. We had a good race going for second."
ROBERT PRESSLEY No. 47 Sunoco Chevrolet
"I sure would have liked to have been up there running with 'em like that with some brakes. From about 50 laps on to the end, we had no brakes and you can't run without brakes. It makes it a lot tougher. We'll get better, though. Man, I was real happy just to get a top-five out of it.
RANDY LAJOIE No. 74 Fina Chevrolet
"We started off real good. Then the right rear tire went flat on us. That got us out of sync on the pit stops. The car started tightening up a bit, but we were able to get it freed up. That's when we were able to get back to the front. It's a lot more fun coming back, like that, to me, than it is winning one with easy. But the bodymen sure don't like it when you do it like that."
RICK WILSON No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet
"That's been a long time coming. This is a darn good team. It has been good all the time. We've just had some terrible things that have happened to us along the way, keeping us from showing just how good we are. There at the end tonight, with the way everything was happening and the way everybody was running, I thought we'd get wrecked, for sure. Track position was so important. I just hung on for everything I was worth."
BUCKSHOT JONES No. 00 AquaFresh Pontiac
"Bristol's always tight racing you're gonna bump into people. I bumped into the 34 earlier and accidentally spun him, but I hated that happened. I get along with Mike (McLaughlin). He had a great car, and I hate to put anybody out. We were faster than Randy (LaJoie), and he slipped a little bit off the turn. I'd been following behind him the whole time, and he slipped up and I barely touched him and got him a little loose. Then we got down to (Turn 1) and he dumps us, kinda like he did at Talladega. I don't know what the problem is with him. I guess he don't like it when I run up beside him or something. I haven't spun him, but he's spun me once or twice now. I don't know what we need to do."