BUSCH: Daytona II: Raybestos Rookie race quotes

Johnny Sauter in the no 2 Acdelco Chevrolet was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race at Daytona, The third time this season he has taken home the honor. Sauter finished sixth, His first top-10 finish since Las Vegas in March. This is the first time...

Johnny Sauter in the no 2 Acdelco Chevrolet was the Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race at Daytona, The third time this season he has taken home the honor. Sauter finished sixth, His first top-10 finish since Las Vegas in March. This is the first time he has been Raybestos® Rookie Of The Race since darlington in March. Sauter scored his second top-10 of the 2002 season at Daytona.

"In my opinion we had the best race car out here but it's tough when you don't have anyone to help you. Jack (Sprague) helped me a bunch there when I got in trouble and had to make a second pitstop there and helped me come up through the pack. As far as when I was running second there sandwiched between two teammates I had a lot of help to go but the car was awesome."

YOU WERE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO AVOID THE ACCIDENTS TONIGHT.

"It's about time we stayed out of trouble at one of these restrictor plate races. The first time I've finished one. At Talladega I ran only 15 laps and here at Daytona I got wrecked a little bit. All in all, a good night for us. It was good for the team. We needed this run bad for the points (and) to boost the morale of the guys on the team and especially for ACDelco."

HOW BIG IS THIS TOP-10 FINISH FOR YOUR TEAM?

"It's huge.  We knew we had an awesome race car and anything short of winning
was going to be almost disappointing.  A top-10 after some of the runs that
we've been through is huge.  It's priceless."

DOES THIS GOOD RUN GIVE YOU A LOT OF CONFIDENCE?

"It really does. The last couple of races I have had a lot of confidence we either got caught out of pit sequence or whatever or didn't finish in the top-10 but we've run in the top-10 in the last three or four races. It's a sign of good things to come. There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel."

SCOTT RIGGS IN THE NO. 10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD FINISHED 15TH.

"It was a rough night out there. I had a good car. I guess we showed our hand too much in 'Happy Hour' last night because not one single soul would work with us and help us. I had some good runs a couple times on some people and soon as somebody would think they were going to help me they'd hang me out. We kept getting further behind. We had a good car. We would work our way up and fall back, work our way up and fall back and then toward the end there the 12 car (Kerry Earnhardt) and the 7 car (Randy LaJoie) got together and we were the first one to the wreck. We got into the wall and had to come in and work on the car. We went back out and just tried to hang on."

YOU STILL HAD A DECENT FINISH.

"We had a lot better car than (15th).  If we could have had a top-10 after
wrecking I would have been happy.  Fifteenth is just too far back.  We should
have been better than that.  We needed a little luck, that's all."

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 98 CHANNELLOCK FORD, FINISHED 25TH.

"We were kind of in the wrong spot at the wrong time. The Channellock Ford was actually moving up really well. We got into a pretty good draft and we were looking for a pretty good finish and then that happened. There was just nowhere to go. It's just what happens, I guess."

IT LOOKED LIKE YOU ALMOST GOT UPSIDE DOWN.

"It got up in the air a little bit. It wasn't too big of a deal, I guess, I don't know. Maybe it was different watching it on TV. It got up a little bit and then sat back down. I was just waiting to get by somebody else. Getting up into the air wasn't too bad."

KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 12 JANI-KING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 38TH.

"That car would draft so good. We would just pull right up and just motor by them on the bottom. The car would stick to the bottom, top, it didn't matter. We moved up to fourth with like 40-some laps to go and we were running real good. We got underneath the 18 car (Mike McLaughlin) and for some odd reason or whatever he decided he wanted the bottom too and tried to come down there and hit me on the right side and pancaked the right side. We had a tire rub and smoke everywhere and had to come in and change the right side tires and pull the fenders away and lost a lap. We got back out there and we were just trying to finish the race. The car came off of turn four and got real loose and I wrecked everybody."

-raybestos-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike McLaughlin , Kerry Earnhardt , Johnny Sauter