BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 40th) WHAT HAPPENED? "I didn't think that I was here at an ARCA race, but I guess I was. The 79 car got up and just pushed and turned and turned me. I corrected it and just got up...
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 40th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I didn't think that I was here at an ARCA race, but I guess I was. The 79 car got up and just pushed and turned and turned me. I corrected it and just got up there and hit the wall. It's ridiculous. I know they have a low car count, but letting these guys run they way they are, you're going to get somebody killed. It's not like it's Bristol. You hit there and you don't hit hard. Here, you hit hard. I've got a torn up race car because of some idiot. We'll go to Talladega and probably get mixed up in one of those big wrecks too, and we'll try to recoup from these next two weeks. I had a fine race car. Robert Yates gave us an excellent motor. We were out there just cruising. The 5 got by us because of traffic, surprising, right? They got by us because of traffic and were just riding. The 92 was coming and we were going to let him go."
DID YOU HESITATE TRYING TO GET BY THE 79 CAR? "The 92 went three-wide, but that's Todd Bodine for you. But, he did what he had to do. Even then, I was on the outside of him. It's just the 79's fault. I guarantee that he's on the same old tires that he'd been practicing the whole weekend. It's a hunk of junk anyway. He's just out there running in it and he just turned us."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)
YOU SUSTAINED DAMAGE ON LAP 192 ACCIDENT. WHAT DID YOU SEE? "There were cars everywhere. I ended up getting in the back of the 82. We were a little tight all day, and on that last pit stop, Wes (Ward) freed it up to where we were running our fastest laps of the day there at the end. I think that was probably our best race car we had all year compared to the leaders. I think we definitely had a top-five run going at the end before the big wreck. The toughest thing is to pass here. We had track position and we were getting better track position, and I think it was a matter of having track position today. We had a good car at the end, so we could have help in to wherever we were."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 18th)
"We made a lot of mistakes. We ran ourselves out of gas and a lug nut fell off on a pit stop. Hopefully we can get all of our mistakes behind us in one race."
YOU WEREN'T THE ONLY TEAM TO MISCALCULATE FUEL MILEAGE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS? "I have to get back and talk to Steve and see exactly what it was. We talked a little bit under that red flag and we felt like we could go all the way there, so I'm not sure why we didn't make it."
ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE NUMBER OF CAUTIONS WE HAD TODAY? "Cautions breed cautions. You have those guys battling on the lead lap. It tends to happen, but I was fortunate enough that I didn't have anybody in the inside of me so I could go to the bottom."
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Finished 19th)
"It was just a bad day for us. Pit stops costs us some time, and we just missed it." YOU HAD A CLOSE CALL BARELY MISSING THE BIG ACCIDENT. WHAT DID YOU SEE? "I don't know. All you see is smoke and spinning cars and trying to figure out where to go. I went low to avoid it and it was the right move today."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR NEMECHEK IF IT WENT BACK TO GREEN? "I think so. I didn't really have a chance to race with Joe all day. I think that Joe just had track position. By looking at what kind of lap times Joe was running earlier and what kind of lap times I was running, I think so, but it ended up being a survival race. You would think we were racing at Martinsville the way the cars were wrecked after this race was over. We were running good there and trying to hang in the top five. My hat's off to these guys. All of the guys on the Nesquik Ford Taurus did a great job. I crashed the primary car in practice and got this backup car out, qualified fourth and finished second, which is pretty good."