Touchstone Energy 300 Quotebook TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 1998) Quotes following the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway: JOE NEMECHEK (No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet) "This is awesome. A lot of effort went into...
Touchstone Energy 300 Quotebook
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 1998) Quotes following the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway:
JOE NEMECHEK (No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet)
"This is awesome. A lot of effort went into coming down here and running good at Talladega. The Chevrolet was just awesome all day. It was the roughest ride I've ever had in a race car. I just hate to see all those wrecks out there. The one in turn four darn near collected me. We were just good, strong. I was trying to use my head all day and it worked out for the best. "I knew we could get back to the front, it was just a matter of getting hooked up with the right guys. We got hooked up with some guys and got back close to the front. My car got really loose going into turn one like half-way through the race and we got backed up to tenth again. We just had to keep working and working and there at the end, Buckshot ran good, Phil ran good. I'm just glad the BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet is No. 1 today."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 00 Bayer/Alka-Seltzer Pontiac)
"We tried to work on being patient and these guys did a great job. We needed a strong finish and we got it. The guys always do a good job and we showed how good this team is today. We knew Joe was going to try and get a run on us. I blocked him all I could, but he just got too good a run."
DICK TRICKLE (No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet)
"At the end of the race, I wasn't 100 percent, but my crew did a great job to get me a fifth place finish. I thought my car was capable of winning today, but we just got into trouble. We never left off the gas, I've got to just give my crew a lot of credit."
MIKE McLAUGHLIN (No. 34 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet)
"I'm learning more all the time. We had a real good car and we prove that every time we come to qualify and I'm getting better with the drafting. It's just seat time out there. Today, I pretty much kept my nose clean and was able to bring home a good finish. I was pretty lucky with most of the wrecks behind me."
TRACY LESLIE (No. 63 Lysol Chevrolet)
"After that last caution, we put four tires on and after we came back green, I felt a little loose. I called in on the radio 'cause I figured maybe they loosened it up and I figured I'd get a little faster. They said 'no, we didn't do anything.' We had a tire go down going into three. We dropped back to 15th or 16th and came back to the front. I don't know if we had much for the 00 or 87, but I think we could've finished in the top-five. As far as the earlier incident, some cars in front of us checked up and I got into the back of Randy (LaJoie). I hate it for him because I know his car is real tore up. But I think the guys could have used some more hand signals as they were slowing down going into the pits."
TIM FEDEWA (No. 33 Kleenex Chevrolet)
"We were just biding our time and trouble happened in front of us. We had a good car, we just didn't qualify well. We run good in the draft and had a good day going. We'll just have to regroup and go again in a couple weeks."
DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We were sitting up there in that lead draft pretty peaceful like. Then Trickle and that 44 car wanted to come up there and race. That 44 tried to stay behind me and draft with me. Trickle wanted to race everybody side by side 20 laps into the race. He got everybody racing like hell, side by side and nose to tail, carrying on. We came up on a lapped car through the trioval. Somebody up there was bobbling around. I couldn't tell who it was and everybody checked up. I'm OK. The car is torn all to hell. We had a real good car. It was going to be real good. I was just taking my time. It kind of ticked me off those guys making it a 20-car race for the lead just 20 laps into the race. That's the way it happens. You watch tape after tape of these races the last five or six years and you'll see it. Every time they start getting somebody racing side by side for the lead, breaking the draft, they're going to have a wreck five laps later. It happens every time. It's not hard to be patient out there if you know what you're doing. We'll be all right. We'll try to come back. I wanted to do good here. We should have done real good. We had a real good car. We crashed out of it, so we'll have to roll with the punches."
DAVID GREEN (No. 92 Kraft Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I didn't get a good start. The ratios in the transmissions weren't that good. I got stuck there on the bottom. I couldn't get up. The guys in front of me, Elliott and LaJoie, I was going to try to hang with those guys. I wanted to keep bunched up, but I never could get an opening where we could get up. Sure enough, those guys in the back got up there enough where they turned each other. The 89 came across and got Elliott. At that time, I was trying to escape, but I ran out of time and room. I hit pretty hard. Then somebody hit me pretty good. The car was good. We practiced good. I knew when I was on the inside lane that wasn't good. I wanted to be the one who was going to be patient and not jump out of line and get settled in. It's hard to go in less than 10 laps when something like that happens. My nose hit something. It's pretty red. Somebody said I look like Rudolph, so we*ll look at it and see."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I looked out my right-side window and saw the 89. It looked like he tried to pull up and must have pulled into somebody. When I saw him start coming back this way, I turned a quick left, but it just wasn't soon enough. We just put ourselves in a bad situation qualifying that far back. It killed us at Daytona and it killed us here again today. We were just trying to ride around back there with Randy LaJoie and David Green. We're going to try to get this Phillips 66 Chevrolet fixed and get all the points we can."
STANTON BARRETT (No. 89 Fiberall/Allerest Ford)
"We were just running along biding our time and the No. 35 gave me a tap and got me turned around. Everybody was looking good and our car was running well. It's just so unnecessary to be dicing like that so early in the race."
ANDY SANTERRE (No. 47 Monro Muffler/Brake Chevrolet)
"Something happened up near the front and I took to the high groove but somebody caught me and spun me around. We were coming up real good and got up halfway through the pack from the last starting position. Things were looking real good and we got in a good draft, but unfortunately we won't get to finish the race."
JASON JARRETT (No. 32 DAJ Racing Ford)
"Something happened in front of us and when you get going around here, it's hard to slow down when you're going that fast. We started at the back, just biding our time and not really trying to push the issue. Stuff like that just happens when you're in a pack of 43 cars. It looks like everybody in the accident is okay and that's the main thing. "
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Pontiac)
"You just close your eyes when you get involved in something like that. What a day, we qualified so good and then at the start the car just wouldn't go. We were just waiting on a caution so we could work on the engine some more. We were just riding around trying to stay out of the way, but we just got caught up in it."
RANDY LAJOIE (No. 74 FINA Chevrolet)
"My car was working pretty good and we got all the way up to the front. Usually, you don't get into much trouble when you're at the front. The No. 64 car and the No. 34 car waved their hands down the backstretch so they could go into the pits, but I guess that was a fine opportunity for the No. 63 car to get a run and pass all of us. He drove into my left rear and turned me around."
TONY STEWART (No. 44 Shell Pontiac)
"It looked like the No. 63 got into the back of Randy LaJoie and they both started spinning. When two cars get spinning sideways like that it scrubs off a lot of speed in a short time and I just didn't have anywhere to go -- I ran into the back of both of them. I just got caught up in somebody else's wreck. This is Talladega and when things happen they happen in bulk. We got caught in a wreck that we just couldn't get away from. With so many cars out and being in the top-10 in points, we will try our best to get back out there."
MARK MARTIN (No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford)
"We were doing a pretty good job considering the slow car we had. The problem is you can't see, you can only see the car in front of you and tire smoke when something happens. Unfortunately, we didn't make it through."
BOBBY HILLIN (No. 8 Blount Governor Chevrolet)
"It looked like a lot of cars were going to pit that lap and they started to slow up. A few of the cars touched and just started a chain reaction. It was pretty hairy and wild."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 12 Zippo Chevrolet)
"The No. 63 car just lost it. The guys are really running a ton of rebound on their shocks and that's what is causing all these accidents. We didn't get that aggressive with our car and it hurt us a little. We've ran well everywhere we've been this year and this is no different, but when you get collected in an accident, there's not much you can do."
MIKE COPE (No. 30 Slim Jim Chevrolet)
"Those guys up there were racing real hard. We thought we had it cleared and then Joe Bessey came across the race track and took the Slim Jim Chevrolet out of the race. It was a decent run. We were just trying to get some speedway seat time, but we just came up a little bit short."
JEFF KROGH (No. 56 Clearwater Forest Industry Chevrolet)
"We had a pretty good car all day long. We tried to be patient and wait until the last 50 laps to run. I guess Tracy Leslie blew a right rear. He could not really do anything and everyone else just got caught in the mess. This is just typical Talladega but I wish it was different."
PHIL PARSONS (No. 10 Dura Lube Chevrolet)
"I don't know how we avoided all the trouble out there today. We had good spotters because there were two or three times we could have been taken out. We persevered even though we did not have the strongest car and we ended up with an awfully good finish. I knew I could not win the race from fourth or fifth so Joe (Nemechek) and I teamed up the last 20 laps. I also knew he had a strong car. I helped him get to the lead. After that it was every man for himself. Then Mike (McLaughlin) came up and he was going to try and help me. But we both were flat out on the mat the last few laps. We just could not do anything with him. We could get to him but could not get around him. I tried everything I knew and just could not pull it off even with Mike's help."
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