BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 36th) WHAT HAPPENED? "We just got caught up in somebody's else mess. Sprague just lost it over there in three and four. That's why he's been in the truck series for as long as he has.
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 36th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "We just got caught up in somebody's else mess. Sprague just lost it over there in three and four. That's why he's been in the truck series for as long as he has. He just lost it and took both of us out." CAN YOU FIX THE DAMAGE? "We'll have to wait and see. That thing is pretty tore up. If we get it fixed, we'll just be riding around trying to pick up points. I'm just disappointed that we've lost another good car."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 34th)
WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "Something broke in the motor. We're not really sure; we're trying to find that out. Our motor program is so solid that I'm sure it had to be something freak that happened. That's the way it goes sometimes. We were running up front, running real good, waiting to get to the fuel window, really. That's the way it goes sometimes."
IT LOOKED LIKE THIS COULD BE THE RACE TO CLOSE THE POINTS GAP. "We had a perfect opportunity today and we weren't able to capitalize. It's nothing of our doing. Sometimes mechanical things happen. Yeah, I'm disappointed, but there again, I'm not going to worry about the things we can't control, and this is one we can't control. We can't control what he (Sprague) does, but the opportunity was there for us to capitalize, but it looks like that 60 and that 10 are running pretty strong today, so they're going to come back on us. Maybe we'll get them next week."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
YOU RETOOK THE LEAD AFTER THE RED FLAG. "Our car was really good on cold tires, but I overheated the right-front tire."
TALK ABOUT THE FINAL LAP. "That last set of tires, my car, the Grainger Ford was really tight. We put a spring rubber in the right rear and I thought it was going to be really good, but Todd's car really came around. Those guys did a great job over there in the 92. I was just so tight in the middle of the corner. I couldn't run the top. I got down there in the corner in three and four and saw him on the outside and put it to the mat. It reminds me of Charlotte a couple weeks back. That's just all I had. The car pushed up and I got into him and it was my fault. He won the race and everything is good. It was exciting for fans and TV."
WHAT WAS THE VIEW FROM INSIDE THE CAR AS YOU CROSSED THE START-FINISH LINE? "I was all elbows trying to keep the thing going straight. My car pushed up and I think he tried to push me down a little bit to keep me down and it kinda turned me sideways a little because I was out in front of him a little bit and I was back and forth and I kinda lost control of it there a little bit. We were headed for the checkers, so it was OK."
"The set of tires before, my car was really good. There at the end, my car was really tight. We put a spring rubber in the right rear and I thought it was going to be really, really good. It was way too tight. I just couldn't get the throttle down and Todd's car was really good in the top groove. The 92 team did a great job today. I just got down in three and four and was really tight. I got around the bottom and put the throttle down and the thing pushed up. It kept pushing and pushing and I finally got together with the 92 coming up next to the wall there. I think he might have come down a little bit and I was pushing up at the same time. We were racing for the checkered flag and all the fans got a show today. We did the best we could, trying to get the best finish we can. It was a lot of fun."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"It was pretty tough out there. The car was a little free last night and we made a couple of adjustments on that last pit stop last night and really got it tightened back up. Then the track got real tight today, also. We made a pretty big adjustment last night, and then I think the track got awful tight today, too, so we were just a little too snug when it was all said and done. That last pit stop, we didn't have any more tires to put on, and we sort of got out of sequence with everybody. But all in all, considering our scrape against the wall in Happy Hour, the guys had to worked really hard to get it fixed and we didn't really get a Happy Hour to judge what the car was going to be like. I think coming home in fourth, we're happy with it."
TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RACING HERE AT NIGHT AND DURING THE DAY. "Yesterday and last night, especially, the track was so clean because it didn't have a lot of rubber. During the race, you could just see the black just start coming into the race track. I turned a dark, heavy black. It was just getting tighter for everybody."
WERE THERE TWO DISTINCT PIT STRATEGIES OUT THERE TODAY DEPENDING ON WHETHER YOU PITTED AT THE RESTART OF THE RACE THIS AFTERNOON? "That's what got us off strategy-wise, pit window-wise with everybody. I wish we could have come in the same time and had equal adjustments and equal tires with everybody today and not used them last night, and maybe we would have had a shot at it. We did a great job to come in where we did."