BUSCH: Bristol pre-race quotes

Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations Moore's Snacks 250 Quotebook BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 11, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers after first-round Busch Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National...

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Moore's Snacks 250 Quotebook

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 11, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers after first-round Busch Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hermie Sadler No. 1 DeWalt Tools Chevrolet

"I want to dedicate this pole to Curtis Markham. He took my guys to a short track around home this week and worked with this car for four days. He made a bunch of difference. We've been pretty good all day, Bristol is pretty tough on the cars. We've been bottoming out all day and had to adjust there. We've got a few adjustments we're going to do, but we're looking for a good, consistent race pace. We need to get this car in victory lane."

Mike McLaughlin No. 34 Royal Oak Charcoals Chevrolet

"I didn't think that would be enough to hold on (to the pole) ... but I'm kinda surprised that we're not further back, actually. Everybody was kinda keeping their eyes on guys like (Mark) Martin, but he (Hermie Sadler) was running pretty good, too. I'm happy for him, because he's had a tough year, too. I'm glad to see a Busch guy get it."

Jeff Green No. 8 Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet

"I expected to run a little bit better than that. We ran a .79 (15.79 second lap) in practice, and I thought we could do it again. We just got the car a little loose. I think the sun worked on the track and got it a little hotter than anyone expected. We still didn't do that bad for the track being like it is. We just wanted to be up front, and we worked pretty hard on our race setup. That might have hurt us a little bit in qualifying, but we'll be ready for the race."

Shane Hall No. 85 Bama Jellies Chevrolet

"We had a lot of problems this morning with the steering box, and we didn't get a lot of practice. It was a brand-new steering box, but it went bad and we lost a lot of feeling in the turns. We didn't figure out the problem until near the end of practice, so we probably didn't get six or eight laps on the car with a good box. Still, to do as well as we did is great. This is one of the tracks I've got a little bit of experience on, having run All-Pro and other races here. It's tough coming off the truck and getting the car fast in 90 minutes, but we did it."

Randy LaJoie No. 74 Fina Chevrolet

"We're in the top-10, heck, I'll take it! I'm happy with top-10 here. We've gone from a 190 mph, one-groove race track, to a 140 mph, one groove race track. You can hit just as hard here as you can at Texas. It's one of those deals. It's a neat race track, and it's got a trophy with my name on it. I've just got to go get it."

Stevie Reeves No. 96 Big A Auto Parts Ford

"We weren't quite that good in practice. We had a problem with an oil line and didn't get to run as much practice as I'd like. The car was a little tight, so I had to use the apron to make it turn a little bit. But starting ninth here is pretty good, especially since they're starting 42 cars here this year. That's gonna make it easy to get lapped, and easy to get in trouble. Just staying out of trouble and staying on the lead lap will probably be the key to being around at the end of the race."

Mike Dillon No. 72 Detroit Gaskets Chevrolet

"We were pretty loose -- I about hit the wall coming off Turn 2. You sit around and the tires get so cooled off. I was actually a little tight during the last practice. We're not gonna argue with that lap, though -- we didn't make the race here last year, so we're happy."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Green , Shane Hall , Mike McLaughlin , Hermie Sadler , Stevie Reeves