GARGOYLES 300 BUSCH POLE QUALIFYING NOTES DALE FISCHLEIN (No. 70 Prestige Builders Chevrolet) -- "This will be the first race I've made here in the Busch Grand National Series, in my third attempt. I've run well enough every year, but just...
GARGOYLES 300 BUSCH POLE QUALIFYING NOTES
DALE FISCHLEIN (No. 70 Prestige Builders Chevrolet) -- "This will be the first race I've made here in the Busch Grand National Series, in my third attempt. I've run well enough every year, but just made bad decisions. It doesn't take much to miss a race here. I raced the ARCA 200 here in 1993 -- the year they had a 22-car pileup on the second lap, and I was part of it. So I don't have many racing laps here."
RODNEY COMBS (No 43 Lance Chevrolet) -- "This was a little quicker than we've run in practice. We should be in the top 10. We were sixth last year, and to have a top 10 start again in a new car, with new owners, new colors, new motors -- a little bit of everything new -- is a good deal. I think it was quite a bit of an accomplishment to run this strong with everything new. My new owners are Karen and David Ridling, along with Richard Petty; the new Lance colors, Toastchee Orange. Hopefully, instead of leading the first 35 or 40 laps, we'll lead the last 35 or 40. We're looking forward to the race."
MIKE McLAUGHLIN (No. 34 Royal Oak Charcoal Chevrolet) -- "It's all the car had, it's all that Magic Shoes had. It's the fastest lap we'd run since we tested. Now, we work on the race setup, which is what it's all about.
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 00 Aquafresh Pontiac) -- "Yeah, we're really pleased. I thought we'd be about 10th, but I guess the track got a little faster. We're ready to go."
ELTON SAWYER (No. 38 Barbasol Ford) -- "My hat's off to the guys (the crew). They worked extremely hard. We wanted the pole but we'll take this. Now, we'll work on the race setup. We're ready to go."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 29 Diamond Ridge Chevrolet) -- I'm barely breathing right now. That was tough -- a great lap. I was holding the wheel as hard as I could. We showed these guys that we're for real. I thought we had a shot at the pole, or a top five at least. This is the same car that won both speedway races (including last year's Gargoyles 300). Right now, it feels good. My goal's to have all four wheels on the car, rolling, on Saturday. That's what our goal was and that's still our goal.
TRACY LESLIE (No. 63 Lysol Pontiac) -- It was tough last year, only doing six or eight races. I look at it this way. Some past champions (Randy LaJoie and David Green) took a year off and came back strong. Maybe this will change our luck. It's the best lap we've run. We just need a little more (speed), but it will be all right.
JOE NEMECHEK (BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet) -- We backed it up (morning practice time) but I thought we'd go faster. The wind came up. It's hurting everybody down the backstretch. We got a couple of good laps in but I figured we'd go quicker.
DICK TRICKLE (No. 64 Dura Lube Chevrolet) -- "We'd just broken into the (one minute) 48s (in morning practice) so we were happy with it. The crew, they're doing a super job. I think we'll have fun this year. I've got two good race cars out here this week. The Heilig-Meyers car is running awfully well, too. (Commenting on the status of his nephew, NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour and Winston Racing Series competitor Chris Trickle, who was shot Sunday night on a highway near Las Vegas). My heart's in Las Vegas. I want to say hi to my brother Chuck and sister-in-law Barb. If there'd been anything I could have done, I'd have gone out there. My family told me to race."
DALE JARRETT (No. 32 White Rain Ford) -- "It's really surprising. We just did the things you do for qualifying. I'm surprised it picked up that much (from the morning practice). I'm happy with what we've got."
LYNDON AMICK (Dodge Reliance Pontiac) -- (Lyndon Amick won the 1996 Discount Auto Parts 200 and went on to capture the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series championship. At age 19, he is the second-youngest NASCAR champion and became the youngest driver to win a stock car race at Daytona.) "It's a big step and I'm real excited, but we're stepping up into a whole different league. The cars are a lot harder to driver -- more motor, different tires -- but I'm adapting pretty quick. I've got a good feel for the track. I'd hate to see where we'd be if I hadn't been here before."