NAPA Auto Parts 300 Saturday quotes DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 1998) Quotes after Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway: JOE NEMECHEK No. 87 BellSouth Mobility ...
NAPA Auto Parts 300 Saturday quotes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 1998)
Quotes after Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway:
JOE NEMECHEK No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet
"I'm so excited to be here and have our BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Victory Lane. We've come so close here at Daytona so many times, but it seems we've got bitten too many times or caught up in wrecks. I had to dodge a few of them today. This is a brand new car. We call it 'Speedy Gonzalez.' We tested it twice and it's awful fast. We came here to sit on the pole. Mike (McLaughlin) beat us to the pole, but we won the race, and that pays more money.
We had a real good pace going. I had some good partners up there. I hated to see Tony Stewart tore up, because he really helped me. Jeff Purvis ran me tough at the end. He was doing everything he could to get by, but I didn't want to let him by."
JEFF PURVIS No. 4 Lance Snacks Chevrolet
"Joe Nemechek was strong all day. It was pretty obvious; he led nearly the whole race. We had a great car, but it just wasn't good enough. I like being up front, because there was a lot of action going on back there. I just hate it - I thought we had a good chance to win this race. We've had good runs here, we just came up short today. We'll go back and get 'em next week."
RANDY LAJOIE No. 74 FINA Chevrolet
"We didn't have a chance to win the race today, but you've got to look at the big picture. That's how you win championships. I had close calls all day. (On the first caution,) something happened in front of us, and we just kind of snuck by it."
MATT KENSETH No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet
"I always dreamed of coming to Daytona. It's so exciting to be here. It's been very stressful the last couple weeks, with our sponsor backing out, and we just repainted the car last night for this one-race deal. I'm happy we finished that good, for all the things happening this week."
KEVIN SCHWANTZ No. 88 Ryder Chevrolet
"It was all excitement from the very first lap to the finish. I made a couple mistakes early on and lost the lead draft, but cautions played back into our hand and we finished in the lead freight train. It's been 10 years since I raced anything here, so today was a real learning session. A lot of the Winston Cup guys didn't want to help us early on, but (Jimmy) Spencer came over at the end of the race and said thanks for staying in line. It's good to have guys like that on your side. You need teamwork or you'll definitely get hung out."
JIMMY SPENCER No. 12 Zippo Chevrolet
"Not great. I'm happy with it. We had a top-10, but the car didn't perform the way we wanted it to by any means. We'll just go back and build a new car for Talladega."
MIKE McLAUGHLIN No. 34 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet
"They got a good run on me on that first restart and they got by me. The coil blew up late in the race and somehow grounded the ignition. The car shut off and I coasted around. I kept hitting the other boxes and finally one of them took off, but by that time I was already one lap down. As soon as I got past Spencer and got my lap back, that happened and I lost it again. We were fortunate we didn't get caught up in any of the incidents, but that's the only good thing. We had a decent run, quite a few close calls, but we'll get them next year."
MATT HUTTER No. 36 Stanley Pontiac
"There was some miscommunication between me and the guy behind me at the end. He wasn't aware that the race was over, and he just tapped me and spun us out. We had a few near misses and got half caught up in a few incidents - we were close all day long. We had a decent run for our first time here."
DICK TRICKLE No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet
"I couldn't clear that lapped car. I got hung on the bottom there and I was trying to stay up tight to get some of the outside line there, and somebody hit me in the right rear. It got my car turned sideways and that started it all (accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr.)."
TONY STEWART No. 44 Shell Pontiac
"I can't tell you why we're having these frustrations... I guess our luck is just not coming around. We had a good day today. The Shell Pontiac was awesome all day long and it kept us in the top-five all day. It's just a shame. The guys on the crew gave me a great race car and I had Bobby (Labonte) helping me. We were trying to be patient and just stay in line, and get ready for the last 10 laps.
"I've learned so much from Bobby Labonte in a short amount of time that it's got me comfortable in the car. As soon as you're comfortable you can be patient. I can't wait; we've got a good package and we're going to have a good year."
DAVE BLANEY No. 93 Amoco Pontiac
"It vibrated for a second or two, and then just turned around. The car was good, but we had a few rookie moves. There will be better days ahead. I just made a couple of rookie mistakes. I turned when I shouldn't have and I got out of the draft. Early on the car was fine, and good enough to hang on in that lead draft."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet
"It was pretty exciting going down the backstretch like that, but I didn't want to be in that predicament today. It's too bad for ACDelco and Chevrolet. Hopefully we'll get this car back together for Talladega - it's a good race car. I made a few miscues in the pits and that cost me."
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