SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "It was a little bit scary but not too bad. We were just a little bit free off of the corners. The last two times that I've been here, last year, I think I put too much thought I behind...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
"It was a little bit scary but not too bad. We were just a little bit free off of the corners. The last two times that I've been here, last year, I think I put too much thought I behind my laps. I tried too hard and overshot my corners and pinched the car down in the center of the corners, where I really didn't need to. I guess having a year under my belt makes me a lot more calm and less stressed, and I thought about the best way to keep the car free and be able to use the car the most. I just sorta let the car have its head in the middle of the corner and used more gas off the corner and we qualified better. We qualified instead of 20th and 23rd like we did last year, we qualified third."
"My entire practice this morning was dedicated to race trim, just trying to get good balance on the race car. Maybe not having that much practice was good for me because I didn't get a chance to get out there and screw the car up. It was pretty good for us. Like I said, I didn't put too much thought into it, I just sorta went by the seat of my pants. I think qualifying third will be good for us, especially if we can just get the race started and get to at least halfway, at least we're close to the front. The last two times that I was here, I qualified 20th and 23rd, you just had to use your car up and your tires up a lot trying to get that track position early. This way I qualified third, close to the front, and I can pace myself a little bit better and maybe not be so bad on my tires early, so they will be better longer."
"The way that I describe it, it was just a loss of communication between myself and my crew chief Harold Holly. I think we hit a little bit of a stumbling block in the middle of the season that was really just bad luck and misfortune, being in the wrong place in the wrong time. I think that my mentality and his mentality, we just turned our intensity levels up so high to try to overcome that bad luck, I was trying too hard behind the wheel and he was trying too hard off of the pit box. We just could never make things work, couldn't get the ball back rolling. Harold had a lot of other opportunities that he went for before the end of the season and he went and tried to pursue them to clear his head. I got a new crew in Doug Randolph, who a lot people know he has a lot of Winston Cup experience in different areas and he came to the team with a lot of focus. He's a real quite guy, and if you know Harold Holly, that's the opposite end of the spectrum. He's really focused on his job. Any question that you ask him, before he gives you an answer, you can tell that he has a lot of thought behind the answer he gives you. So far it's working well. He's brought a lot of new ideas to the team and they seem to be working for us."