Daytona pre-race notes

DISCOUNT AUTO PARTS 200 PRE-RACE NOTES MIKE SWAIM JR (No. 28 Falcon Racing LLC Pontiac) -- "I plan to be more aggressive than we were last year and stay out front as much as possible. I want to stay up with the experienced drivers and lead as...

DISCOUNT AUTO PARTS 200 PRE-RACE NOTES

MIKE SWAIM JR (No. 28 Falcon Racing LLC Pontiac) -- "I plan to be more aggressive than we were last year and stay out front as much as possible. I want to stay up with the experienced drivers and lead as much as we can. There are veterans with more experience than me and we'll do our best to stay ahead of them."

WILL HOBGOOD (No. 65 Wynn's Oil Pontiac) -- "We think we are in good shape, but you never know. I feel good and I have a good race car, except everyone else has a good race car, too. I won here in '93 and was second last year. But you never know. You get out of line in the Goody's Dash, you'll go to the back, just like the Winston Cup or Busch Series cars. There are 10 real fast race cars here. You have to be patient. That's the key."

CHRISTIAN ELDER (No. 21 Silver Bay Premium Cola Pontiac) -- "I've got a long way to go. A plug wire fell off during my qualifying lap. We'll just run hard to get to the front, pick 'em off one at a time and not lose the draft when I'm trying to pass. It will be tough once we get to the top 10. I've never run here before, so I'll try for my best tomorrow."

LARRY CAUDILL (No. 77 Husqvarna Pontiac) -- "This is probably my worst starting position in the 14 years I've been here (Caudill is a three-time DAP 200 winner). If we didn't have a problem in opening qualifying, we still would have been around 25th. We're trying to make a short track car into a superspeedway car. At least it's drafting good."

DENNIS SETZER (No. 97 Powerhouse Motorsports Pontiac) -- "Running Wayne Joyner's car was a good opportunity for me to be at Daytona. I didn't have a good opportunity in the Busch Grand National Series -- it was a newer team and it's hard to come here and be competitive if you're not totally prepared. I just want to have a good run and at the end of the race, if we're still running we'll be competitive. I've driven Daytona a few times in the Busch Series, but there are a few guys in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series that have more experience on this track than I do. I'm looking forward to the race."

ROBERT HAM (No. 56* Florida Online/Heavenly Ham Pontiac) -- "I want to keep out of trouble and stay on the lead lap. Those are my goals for tomorrow. If we can do that, we'll do the best we can in the closing laps. My car feels real good. We ran 159 mph yesterday, and we'll be trying for 160 today. I got to do some drafting in practice, and it doesn't really feel that different from running by myself."

DANNY BAGWELL (No. 10 Four Tech Racing Ford) -- "I've had poor luck here. I've been coming here since '92, and I think my best finish is about 15th. We've gone through a couple motors this week -- I think the best one is in now. You'll probably see the Pontiacs lead the first half of the race and then you'll see the Fords take over. Hopefully, that will happen. I feel we should do pretty good if everything on the car holds together."

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