SCOTT RIGGS in the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® Rookie at Daytona. Riggs will start eighth in friday night's race. This is the sixth time in 2002 that Riggs has been top qualifying rookie. "We had a good...
SCOTT RIGGS in the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Daytona. Riggs will start eighth in friday night's race. This is the sixth time in 2002 that Riggs has been top qualifying rookie.
"We had a good car. All the guys on the team give me good cars every week and they've done a good job all year with their speedway program. Everybody works awfully hard. Harold Holly (crew chief) and all the guys, they are real intense racers. I think that will be good enough to be somewhere in the top-seven. We just want to get a good finish."
YOUR TEAM HAS A GOOD SPEEDWAY PROGRAM.
"They've got a good speedway program for sure. I know a couple of years ago they were sort of struggling with their speedway program and then they came on with the Fords and they thought they were going to struggle a lot but they've been really working hard. Harold and all the guys put their heads together and we've got good bodies and a good speedway package."
WILL WE SEE A CALMER RACE HERE AT DAYTONA THAN EARLIER THIS YEAR AT TALLADEGA?
"I hope so. I know that I'm going to be calmer. I don't care if I have to slow down and let everybody crash in front of me, I'm not going to push the issue or put myself in any spot that I think is going to take me out. I want to see the checkered flag."
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO 2 ACDELCO CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH.
"The ACDelco car was pretty good, it just got real hot on the second lap. I think the motor laid down a little bit. Either that or a rear end gear; something was dragging it down pretty good. We'll have to investigate it but we'll get it fixed and have a good race car come Friday night. I'll take it. I know how good of a race car we really got, just fix what's wrong with it and go on."
IS THIS THE SAME CAR YOU WON THE POLE WITH AT TALLADEGA?
"I destroyed that car at Talladega so we had to build a brand new car. We never had a chance to test it anywhere and just brought it here."
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT COMING BACK TO A RESTRICTOR PLATE RACE?
"We've really stepped our whole program up in the last couple of weeks. We were down and out there a couple of weeks and found some reasons why and thought we'd come here and be real good. And we will be. It will draft good."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 12 JANI-KING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH.
"We have a good car. We have a good engine program put together with Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and the crew has done an awesome job today, through practice and everything. I was excited. It would be nice to run faster but I'll take this. This is pretty cool."
WHY DID YOU PICK UP SO MUCH FROM PRACTICE?
"I'm really not sure. The guys have done an awesome job all year long. They worked hard today and kept trying things and trying things in practice and nothing really helped us. We put the car back to where it was when we first started. We did that and qualified and ran an awful good lap."
YOU CAR HAS A DIFFERENT LOOK THIS WEEK.
"A hot rod with flames on the hood. I've always wanted one of them as a teenager and I'm 32 years old now and I've got one. It's real cool. I love this paint scheme. It's pretty neat."
HAS YOUR TEAM WORKED IN THE SPEEDWAY PROGRAM SINCE THE TALLADEGA RACE IN APRIL?
"Not really, it's me making laps. I came here and tested and made laps in this car and actually ran a Cup car a couple laps when Kenny Wallace was here testing. I believe it helped a little bit because we've gotten faster."
WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU IN THE RACE?
"For here, to finish the race without tearing the car up. We haven't done that yet. We've torn the car up every time we've been here. I want to finish this time without tearing it up and see what happens."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 47 GOULDS PUMPS PONTIAC, QUALIFIED 21ST.
It's excellent. It shows how good our team is; they pick us up two tenths from practice when most everybody else slowed down. I really appreciate what my team has done for us. If we had run what we run in practice we would have been in, maybe, the top-30. There were a lot of people that didn't pick up. Our teammate Kenny Wallace didn't even pick up and we did so my hat's off to the team."
ANY REASON WHY YOU PICKED UP FROM PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING?
"I'm just the stupid driver. They know all the secret tricks and all that stuff. It's a lot of fun driving for these guys and I'm glad to be here in Daytona."