Subject: NASCAR-BGN: Dover Saturday Quotes MBNA Gold 200 Saturday Quotebook DOVER, Del. (Sept. 19, 1998) Selected quotes following Saturday's MBNA Gold 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway: MATT KENSETH (No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet) ...
Subject: NASCAR-BGN: Dover Saturday Quotes
MBNA Gold 200 Saturday Quotebook
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 19, 1998) Selected quotes following Saturday's MBNA Gold 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway:
MATT KENSETH (No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet) "We had that thing really humming. I was complaining about a real tight race car. They made some adjustments and that thing was so loose. Kevin doesn't know how close he came to winning his first race. I was hanging on. It was an awesome job. We had to do some awesome pit stops.
KEVIN GRUBB (No. 52, Grubb Motorsports Chevrolet) "I wanted it to stay green. I didn't want to see those last two caution flags. I wanted to keep on getting it. We were a lot better on the long runs than we were on the shorter runs. If it would have stayed green, without those last two caution flags, it would have been a lot better race. I might have had a chance to run him down. He would pull away from us on those restarts after the caution flag. No, it didn't surprise me that we were able to hang around the front all day. We've had a good, fast car all weekend. Where did I get the big dent on the driver's side? I got 'buckshotted.' I thought he (Buckshot Jones, No. 00) was gonna wreck me, too."
TODD BODINE (No. 30, Slim Jim Chevrolet) "We had a flat tire. Had to come in for that, got a lap down, under green. We made up the lap and, then, the car got a little too tight (off the corners). Hey, at least it was another top-five finish. The late cautions really didn't help us, one way or another."
ELTON SAWYER (No. 38, Barbosol Ford) "We've had good cars all season, Really, a lot of things have been good for us, but, we just can't seem to get to the end of these races. That's our big trouble. I think these Jack Roush engines we're now using are really going to help us. I can't say enough about 'em. I thought we might have had a shot at it near the end, but, let me tell you, that Kevin Grubb is a good little driver. He kept me off and behind him. It was a good race and a good finish for us."
MIKE McLAUGHLIN (No. 34, Goulds Pumps Chevrolet) "We'll take it. At least it's a lot better than last weekend (Richmond, Va.). That puts us in the top-five twice in the last three weeks. The late cautions didn't help us or hurt us. I think we still would have ended up where we were. We were about a fourth-place car. We kept it out of trouble and came up with a good finish."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet) "I never had the handle on this race car the whole day ... the whole weekend, I should say. This was quite the opposite from the last time we ran here. We had to fool around there and take what we could. I'm really happy for Matt (Kenseth). Those guys were good. Even when we have a bad day, things didn't turn out so bad. We lost quite a few points, but we'll have to take it. It's kinda disappointing, but with the year we've had we ought to be satisfied with something like that. This may have been a bump in the road, but I hope that's as big as the bump gets."
JEFF PURVIS (No... 4 Lance Snacks Chevrolet) "I had some seriously rusty moments out there. At the end, the car just got too tight and I don't know what the deal was. The car was good all day. I hate I got into (Dick) Trickle like I did. Everybody checked up and I just got into him. The brakes were cold, but that was no excuse. I just hate it happened. Each week, things seem to get a little bit better and a little bit better. I don't know what happened with this one, though. I was either a little bit too tight or a little bit too loose. I never could get it just right."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Pontiac) "Yeah, we're learning. I was fourth with 20 laps to go, and the car got to pushing. I had a good enough car this season to be in those kinds of situations, but I wasn't experienced enough to do anything about it. But I'm getting more confidence in myself, the crew and the other drivers. Gil Martin (crew chief) and Bill Davis (team owner) have got me a heck of a car, and if there was an experienced guy in this car, they'd be out front every day. That's the nice thing about those guys -- they knew going into this that bad days were gonna happen. This wasn't an established team that had been winning races. This was a new team with a new driver, and that's why I chose to do this. I knew that I'd have a real fair shot at doing this, and that they'd stick with me."
RICKY CRAVEN (No. 2 New Holland Chevrolet) "I needed to qualify better. Starting 28th, and as strong as (Matt) Kenseth was, it was awful big deficit to overcome. We could race with them and had a top-five car, and we showed that at the end. But you can't afford to qualify outside of the top 15 here. We ended up getting a lap down there. He (Kenseth) was pretty awesome out there, though. Was there anyone who could run with him?"
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