Report from Motorsport News International NASCAR Public Relations RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 4, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers following Busch Pole Qualifying for the Autolite Platinum 250 at Richmond International Raceway: MICHAEL ...
Report from Motorsport News International
NASCAR Public Relations
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 4, 1997) Quotes from selected drivers following Busch Pole Qualifying for the Autolite Platinum 250 at Richmond International Raceway:
MICHAEL WALTRIP No. 21 Band-Aid Ford
"We went out 24th and that meant there were more guys still to go than had gone already. Ronnie (Silver, crew chief) sat in the truck and glanced out the door and saw the 21 was still on top of the scoreboard. That was a good feeling. In (NASCAR) Busch racing it seems like anybody can sneak up there and get you. These computer scoring deals before qualifying and the way times are during qualifying and even during practice are going to make us young guys get old faster than the old guys got old. The spread between first and last is just too tight for somebody to be able to breathe comfortably. I was a little loose in practice and I told Ronnie I felt like we needed to tighten the car up. He did it. When I came off four to get the green, it was way tighter than it needed to be. When that happens it really scares you because you think if it does that again off of two, you're screwed. It happens so quickly it's got to work. When I came off four too tight I went into one just like it was supposed to be perfect and it pretty much was. Both laps it was tight, probably tighter than it needed to be, but I was able to bury the gas and turn more to the left. Me and Ronnie were talking. If I mashed the gas and turned more left that's a lot better than mashing the gas and having it turn right. We ain't going right. Well, it worked out."
STEVE PARK No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet
"Man that was close, wasn't it? How can you imagine something like that. I'd been a lot happier with it if we had been on the pole and not second. It was quicker than what we had practiced, but not by much, but we never did a qualifying run during practice."
DICK TRICKLE No. 64 Dura-Lube Chevrolet
"It was a good lap. We kinda felt like, with 58 cars to qualify, that starting at 4:00 like we did wouldn't hold up very long. We felt like, if we could have gone out later in the afternoon, we might have sat on the pole. This kinda proves it, too."
MIKE DILLON No. 72 Detroit Gasket Chevrolet
"It could have been a lot better, but on the second lap, in the middle of the track on the backstretch, I almost spun it around, trying to pick the gas up a little too quick. Doing what we did last week in that Winston Cup, getting in a lot of laps, sure gives you a lot more confidence when you come get into one of these Busch cars."
JIMMY SPENCER No. 20 Zippo Chevrolet
"I've always run good here. We're kinda giving Zippo a little bonus here with them on the car after the bad showing we had earlier this year at St. Louis. We're pretty happy with our qualifying run and where we're starting. Now, all we need to try and do is duplicate what we did at Bristol."
DENNIS SETZER No. 43 Lance Snacks Chevrolet
"I've always run good here, for some reason. I knew everybody else had picked up their times in qualifying, so I knew we had to give it a little bit extra, too, if we wanted a good starting spot. And we got it, too."
JEFF BURTON No. 9 Track Gear Ford
"We made an adjustment before qualifying that wasn't the right adjustment. At least we didn't sit around and do nothing, we made a change and we haven't done that lately."
BOBBY LABONTE No. 44 Shell Pontiac
"It was the best one today for me. It just wasn't quite good enough for the front row."
RANDY LAJOIE No. 74 Fina Chevrolet
"I tried to pick it up on the second lap, but I didn't do too good at it. This was about a half-second better than what we were in practice. We were so bad in practice that we were figuring we'd have to take a champion's provisional to get into the field."
TODD BODINE No. 36 Stanley Pontiac
"It was a little bit quicker that what we had practiced. We ran a .20 in practice, but all during practice, we never ran with a qualifying setup. It was all a race setup. It's a hard track to get around and I like the challenge. I guess that's why I've done so well here in the past, even though we've never had the good finishes to prove what we've done here in the past."