Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Moore's Snacks 250 Quotebook BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 12, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers after the Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway: Winner Jeff Burton No....
Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations
Moore's Snacks 250 Quotebook
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 12, 1997)
Quotes from selected drivers after the Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Winner Jeff Burton No. 9 Track Gear Ford
"I felt like I've taken a few away from this Busch team. They deserve one before now. But we didn't let this one get away. It's pretty amazing how things happen. You work so hard to get things going, then you have two wins in a matter of a week. Mike (Wallace) was doing his best to get back on the lead lap, and I didn't want to get into him, but it got to the point where I said, Okay, this is going to lose me the race, so I had to go. I'm glad nobody got into a wreck but I had to go. This means a lot. It's been an amazing week, to be quite honest. This Busch team had deserved to win all year long. We came out running well with it right off the bat. It's good to finally get em one."
Second-place Mike McLaughlin No. 34 Royal Oak Charcoal Chevrolet
"This was a typical Bristol race. I had a great time. Lapped traffic was pretty difficult a few times, but we were able to get through it all pretty clean. It's hard not to be happy with second place. We got blocked in on that one pit stop. Otherwise, we would have come out ahead of those other guys. I had to use up my car there one time trying to get around that lapped car. That guy's got a problem. I don't understand things like that."
Third-place Randy LaJoie No. 74 FINA Chevrolet
"Yeah, we're back in the lead in the points and that's well and good, but it's still a long season and anything can happen. We had a good run, but those late-race caution flags didn't help us at all. We needed some green flag racing."
Fourth-place Michael Waltrip No. 21 Band-Aid Ford
"We needed a long, green-flag run at the end, not a bunch of those cautions, like that. We started to get a little better, but our car really wasn't that good until after about 10 laps or so. We really had no chance for the victory with the way those cautions fell at the end, but, at the same time, they did help us get caught back up to be able to finish where we did."
Fifth-place Dick Trickle No. 64 Dura-Lube Chevrolet
"At the best, we probably only had a second or third place car. We were fortunate that we missed a few of those wrecks, but, at the same time, those wrecks got us behind, too. What we needed was a long, green run and didn't get it at the end. Still, I'd prefer a top-5 finish over a top-10 finish."
Polesitter Hermie Sadler No. 1 DeWalt Tools Chevrolet
"On the restart, I got caught up on the outside and I guess Phil (Parsons) didn't see me or was trying to get back in line, and I got pushed into the wall. It must have busted a valve stem out or cut the tire down, but I was just trying to finish the race. I didn't make it."
Former points leader Todd Bodine No. 36 Stanley Tools Pontiac
"I slowed down when (Greg) Sacks spun in front of us, but I guess Steve Park was just a little too anxious. It cost me a race car and the points lead. We would have had a top-10 finish, if not for that."
Jack Durbin firstname.lastname@example.org Motorsport News International email@example.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html