Brian Vickers in the No. 40 Emp/U.S. Army Chevrolet was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie Of the Race. He finished seventh, the best finish of his Busch Series career. His previous best effort was 14th at Bristol. This is the first time this season he has...
Brian Vickers in the No. 40 Emp/U.S. Army Chevrolet was the Raybestos® Rookie Of the Race. He finished seventh, the best finish of his Busch Series career. His previous best effort was 14th at Bristol. This is the first time this season he has taken home Raybestos® Rookie Of the Race honors.
"It was a pretty wild one. We had the Army guys here with us and we appreciate them coming out. We were unfortunate. We had a good run the first practice (Vickers was 11th quickest) and it rained (qualifying) us out. We're on a limited schedule this year and we had to start 38th. We were lucky to even make the field but we came back from 38th to finish seventh, which was our best finish. In my first year, I've got to be happy with that. It was a wild night. We got up to fifth at one point and a couple of lapped cars got together and we kind of got tangled up in that and fell back and then came back up a little bit. I enjoyed it and the guys did really well."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD, FINISHED 27TH. HE WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND SIDELINED AFTER COMPLETING 212 LAPS.
"I just got hit from behind. Kenny Wallace hit me in the rear, instead of trying to check up and be patient and realize that we were all bundled up two and three wide. He just goes in there and hits me in the rear. All the guys gave me a good car and kept working on it; it was just a little bit tight. I could abuse the front (tiress) pretty hard and run some good laps but still it needed to be just a little bit more free. On the last stop Harold (Holly, crew chief) freed it up. He didn't tell me how much, but he said he freed it up a ton. I thought we were going to be good, just trying to wait and let everything get sorted out. We went to Talladega and took a hard hit in the points because of the 48 car (Wallace). We came here and took a hard hit because of the 48 car. We're not going to take a hard hit anymore."
KERRY EARNHARDT, NO. 12 10-10-220 CHEVROLET FINISHED 33RD. EARNHARDT WAS SIDELINED BY AN ACCIDENT AFTER COMPLETING 99 LAPS.
"We went down into one of those turns, I don't know which one it was, and just lost the car. I believe it was going into turn one. The car just looped around on me and backed into the wall. Unfortunately here in short track racing you don't have much room to save 'em."
HOW WAS THE CAR BEFORE THE ACCIDENT?
"The car was okay. It was pushing real bad but we were running decent. We'll come back and get 'em next week."