SHANE HALL-63-Lance Snacks Ford Taurus WHAT HAPPENED? "We had a good run on the 66 off of Turn 4 and coming down the front straightaway I jumped down the outside of him, went into Turn 1 and gave him plenty of room, but he couldn't keep his...
SHANE HALL-63-Lance Snacks Ford Taurus
"We had a good run on the 66 off of Turn 4 and coming down the front straightaway I jumped down the outside of him, went into Turn 1 and gave him plenty of room, but he couldn't keep his car down in his lane or something and got into the left rear of us and put us in the fence. This is the second race in a row that this has happened so we've got to see if we can't catch some luck."
KEVIN LEPAGE-71-State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Ford Taurus
"I'm pretty happy with the overall finish, but I'm disappointed on why we finished 15th. We had a miscue in the pits, at one point we had two rears tires swapped and had to come into the pits under green and that cost us. But, the guys never gave up in the pits, I never gave up in the car and we salvaged a 15th-place finish. The way the car ran at the end, we thought we would be in the top 10, but it wasn't our day so we'll get them at California."
IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS TOUGH TO MAKE A SAVE ON THIS TRACK ONCE YOU GOT IT LOOSE?
"I was involved in three wrecks right in front of me. All someone had to do was get into you a little bit and you were gone. That's just this track. It has no grip when you try to beat and bang against each other. Guys weren't doing it on purpose. They'd go in and try to get position, slide the nose just a little bit, touch somebody and then they take two or three cars out. It's going to be a nice facility, I just don't know what they need to do to get more grip in the corner."
IS THE TRACK READY FOR A WINSTON CUP DATE?
"Not right now."
ELTON SAWYER-98-Starter/Hot Tamales Ford Taurus
"We had a really good race car. It was pretty good on short runs, but when we ran, it got tighter and tighter. The guys did a great job, we had great pit stops. I got into the fence there behind the 60 car and knocked the toe out with about 30 laps to go, so that didn't help matters, but it was still a good day for us."
WAS TURN 2 AS SLICK AS SOME SAID?
"I think that if your car was handling good, it was still slick, and if your car wasn't handling good, I imagine it could be a handful, but Ricky (Viers) and the boys did a great job. I had a really good shock package, the engine ran well and at least we could see the checkered flag at the end."
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE NUMBER OF CAUTION FLAGS?
"No. It's a new track, so that's understandable. It's a good facility, though, and they've done a marvelous job and I'm looking forward to coming back next year."
DID THE OFF WEEKEND HELP YOU REGAIN YOUR COMPOSURE?
"We all did. We went to the wind tunnel and tested, and I'm going to tell you, this is a group of guys here, I don't care how far we get down, they won't give up, or they better not."
JEFF GREEN-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus
YOU FACED SOME ADVERSITY TODAY AND MANAGED TO FINISH IN THE TOP 10.
"I've been running Roush motors for two-and-a-half years and hadn't had a problem until today. We broke a valve spring, I guess, or something in the carburetor and just had a miss. We were running off of seven-and-a-half cylinders, it would come and go, but we had a car good enough to challenge for the lead, and that's what makes me upset. I blew it the last couple of weeks, so my hat's off to my guys, they did a great job with my Nesquik Taurus. It was handling good enough to stay in the top 10, but it just wasn't running good enough."
HOW WAS TURN 2?
"It was all right. My car was just awesome through there. It was a little tight at first, but we got it freed up at the end and it was pretty awesome. You just can't go down the straightaways, the straightaways are way too long to give up that much."
HOW WAS TIRE WEAR ON THE CONCRETE SURFACE?
"It was awesome. Goodyear had a great tire. We could probably run a whole race on a set of tires, that's how good they were and that's how great the track is. The great is great, but it's still a one-groove race track still. It's working into two grooves, and I'm sure in the future it will be a two-groove track."
THERE WERE REPORTS THAT YOU HAD THE WRONG TRANSMISSION ON RESTARTS?
"We needed a change for the initial start, but there were a lot more caution starts than initial starts, so we were pretty good on that. We just needed eight cylinders."
DID YOU EXPECT THAT MANY CAUTIONS?
"I expected a few, but not that many, but every once in a while something happens. I don't know the track was giving guys fits or they were running into each other. I don't know. Where I was it was pretty exciting, so I'm sure the guys were laying on each other in the back."
STEADMAN MARLIN-95-Sadler Racing Ford Taurus
"We had some bad luck. The air gun jammed up on us, that happens, but the car was fine, it just had a little bit of push."
HOW WAS TURN 2?
"It's been slick the whole time, but I think the more you ran on it, it got itself worked in. It wasn't intended to be as slick as it was , but if you got anywhere out of the groove, it was gone and you we're going to have to fish it out."
YOU SAID YOUR GOAL WAS TO FINISH THE RACE.
"I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, it was an eight. It was pretty good and I'm happy with it."
IS THERE A DIP IN TURN 2?
"Where they sanded the concrete off, they kinds got it humped up a little bit. You can tell when you hit it; it would knock the rear end sideways on you."
YOU DID A LOT OF RACING THIS WEEKEND.
"Yeah I was kind of glad to see it get here, and then I ain't. I had a great time this weekend jumping from car to car and drove the wheels off of them. I'm just tickled to death for the boys because we did this with less guys than most of these team out here."
HOW WERE THE TIRES?
"Goodyear did a heck of a job with the tires. I really never slicked and oddly enough it pushed all day. Coming out of the turns it was like a dump truck, you couldn't turn it. After a while you could get in the second groove, once you got some laps on the tires and once it ran green for a bit."
WHERE TO YOU GO FROM HERE?
"We're running both the ARCA and Busch races at Charlotte."
RANDY GOSS-Crew Chief-Grainger Ford Taurus
"I don't know what to say. I'm just glad that we've got this one under our belt. We've been pushing kinda hard this year in the Grainger Ford Taurus, and I'm just real happy for all the guys. We've wrecked some stuff this year, and the guys have been working real hard, so this a great accomplishment."