New Hampshire 200 Saturday quotebook LOUDON, N.H. (May 8, 1999)Quotes from selected drivers Saturday following the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway: ELTON SAWYER No. 98...
New Hampshire 200 Saturday quotebook
LOUDON, N.H. (May 8, 1999)Quotes from selected drivers Saturday following the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway:
ELTON SAWYER No. 98 Lysol Ford
"We had a 3rd-place car all day. Jeff (Green) and Dale Jr. had the two best cars. Rick Viers (crew chief) did a great job. We got a caution when we needed it and we pitted. Being in the top-5 is the best place to be. If you stay in the clean air you'll be all right. When it's your day, it's your day, and things worked out for us. Rick made the call and I didn't question it. It was kind of a gutsy call but it worked out for the best.
"I knew this team had a lot of potential and for some reason just couldn't get it done. Our main goal coming into 1999 was to not dig ourselves a hole. The new set of goals was to go out and lead laps and win races. If we go out and do our job, we let the points take care of themselves and hopefully we will be there at the end. The way the point system works, consistency pays. I had to really stay focused at the end. I felt like it would take four to five laps for him (Green) to get warmed up."
JEFF GREEN No. 32 Kleenex Chevrolet "The older tires were really slick. There were way too many cautions and I couldn't run enough straight laps.
"Not bad after the last two weeks I've had. He is the best crew chief I've ever had knowledge-wise, and that is how you win championships. I hate the caution laps because it bunches everyone up. I suppose people make mistakes and that is what happened the last 20 laps."
JEFF PURVIS No. 4 Lance Snacks Chevrolet "We had a real good car. My car was pretty good, we just didn't get enough practice. All in all, it was a good day. Those laps (at the end) were the best laps I ran all day. I knew I had a good car and that it would finish near the top. I would rather have stayed on the track but I leave it up to the team. I come in if they say to or stay out if they say to. It is hard to pass on this track. This year we were still building while others were testing. As time goes on, we are going to have really good cars."
RANDY LAJOIE No. 1 Bob Evans Restaurants Chevrolet "Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I feel real good. We ran with the leaders. This is a brand new car and we still need to get some bugs out of it. The steering was not smooth all weekend and the car was loose. Right there at the end I was going for 2nd place on the last lap and ended up 4th. I was under No. 32 in one and two, he came down on me, we got sideways, it slowed my momentum and Purvis got by me. It's hard to pass. Loudon always tightens up. It shows you how good you have to be to win."
CASEY ATWOOD No. 27 Castrol GTX Chevrolet "We were off all day. We had a good car but couldn't show it. It is hard to pass on this track. We stayed out because it wouldn't hurt us. If it weren't for all the cautions we would've came in better. I wish there wasn't so many yellows. We were real loose on the restarts. We had a lot of good cars behind us."
JASON KELLER No. 57 Fleming Team Chevrolet "I don't really know what happened at the end there. I got into Jr. a little bit. I got a run off of two on him and actually I didn't run into three that hard because I thought he was going to let me go. And he was. The track was just so slick on restarts it got away from me a little bit and I over-corrected. Unfortunately he was there and it took him out. About the same thing that happened on that last deal there, you know, you just go in the corner and if you over-correct, there you are. It's tough to see those late-race cautions like that, especially at a place where it takes six or eight laps to get the tires heated up. You don't have trouble like that. Those restarts were terrible, absolutely terrible. I took on four tires. My car was tight all day. Fortunately, we were able to hang in there and take advantage of other people's misfortunes there at the end. Even on long runs I was tight. We missed a little bit today."
MATT KENSETH No. 17 DeWalt Tools Chevrolet "We're disappointed in our finish but we did the best we could. We had a better car than what we finished at. We were 4th before the caution and never got going after the yellow. There was no room to race. The cautions created more cautions."
Source: NASCAR Online