Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie Of The Race at Darlington. "I think we made some good decisions on how to start the race based off just what we ran here in the spring and things we've learned and been...
Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race at Darlington.
"I think we made some good decisions on how to start the race based off just what we ran here in the spring and things we've learned and been able to prove in testing since then. We were really setup to make a whole race. I know that we were a little free at first. The last time we were here the track seemed to get tighter and tighter the more we ran and I think we would have been pretty good. We were able to run some pretty fast laps out there on the race track, but we couldn't get too racy with everyone because the car was so free with me. All things considered we don't have to come back here Monday. That's a good thing. It's a top-10 finish; I guess we can say that; that's another positive thing. All the guys did a good job. Not having any practice at all was a little tough, especially on me for not having a lot of laps here just that one race last time here in the Busch car. It was a little hairy. I wish we could have gotten some practice. We'll be better the next time we come back. We learned a lot."
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THEY STOPPED THE RACE SHORT OF THE FINISH LINE?
"I thought maybe they saw something on the radar that we didn't or they knew something that we didn't know. It looked awful cloudy, looked like rain. It would have been better for me to have run the whole race. I think we would have had a better race car if we would have run the whole race and get some rubber down. After we sat there for so long and it kept getting darker and raining more it was obvious that it just wasn't going to happen today."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 TROPARCTIC DODGE, FINISHED 12TH.
"I feel really good about it. We've had so many good runs and something small happened; nothing real big, just little things that have been catching us out. To be able to have a good run like we had today is good for Phillips 66 and the whole team. We kind of showed what we could do today. It's too bad it didn't go to the end because I'm sure we had something that could have gotten up inside the top-10. We'll take it."
HOW HARD MENTALLY WAS THE RACE TODAY WITH THE RAIN AND THE STARTING AND STOPPING?
"I kind of like stuff like this, to be honest. If we could just line up and go racing, I feel like that's one of my stronger points. A lot of these veterans, all the time they have at some of these tracks they can really get to these tracks and fine tune the cars and get them just right where I may be still learning a little bit. Sometimes I'm faster right off the bat and then we have to start working on the car it takes us a little bit longer."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 40 EMP/U.S. ARMY DODGE, FINISHED 37TH.
"We had a really good run going. I was very proud of the team. I think it was something in the engine but I'm not sure. We had a heating problem right there before it happened. The temperature shot up. It sputtered coming off four and as soon as it did I cut it off. I'm not an engine guy and it would be ignorant of me to sit here and say what happened. I really hate it for EMP and the whole crew because we had a good run going. We had a quick car but we had to start in the back. It's one of those deals. We'll be back next week at Richmond."
DAN PARDUS, NO. 32 OUTDOOR CHANNEL CHEVROLET, 39TH.
"The motor picked up a sputter there right with that wreck was in front of me. I slowed down for it a little bit, got back in the gas, and it felt like it ate a valve or something. We're not really sure; something wrong with the motor."
DO YOU THINK THE RAIN AND DAMP CONDITIONS MAY HAVE CAUSED THE PROBLEM?
"It feels like some type of electrical (problem) but we don't know for sure but that could have been part of our problems here today."