GOODY'S 300 NOTES FOR WEDNESDAY 2-14-96 GOODY'S HEADACHE POWDER 300 SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING JEFF GREEN (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- It's not the way we wanted to get in the race, but we've got a good car, and that's what matters...
GOODY'S 300 NOTES FOR WEDNESDAY 2-14-96
GOODY'S HEADACHE POWDER 300 SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING
JEFF GREEN (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- It's not the way we wanted to get in the race, but we've got a good car, and that's what matters to us. We needed to get in the field, this race can be won from anywhere -- that was proved last year by Chad Little. We need to get back out today and Friday and get it working in the draft. That one thing that set us back, we didn't get the car working this morning, because we had to worry about qualifying. Yesterday one of the welds broke on the spoiler and let it flex back too much, and NASCAR didn't like it, so we had to redo it and go again.
TIM FEDEWA (No. 40 Kleenex Ford) -- We're out (failed to qualify), and I don't know what we can really do. It's terrible for the Kleenex people. It's not the way we wanted to start off the year, but I'm tough, the team's tough, and we'll get it right for Rockingham.
CHAD LITTLE (#23 John Deere Pontiac) -- I have to give a lot of credit to our team for pulling together today after struggling so much yesterday. The pressure was on everybody to run a fast lap. I also have to thank Joe Bessey's team for leasing us an engine this morning. That was the key to today's fast lap. In this sport, everybody works all year long to beat the other guy, but at the same time teams are willing to help each other out. We're fortunate to compete with such great people. We're confident going into Saturday's race. This is the same car we won with here last year. We just put a Pontiac body on it and painted it John Deere green.
THE FIRST 38 SPOTS in the 1996 Goody's Headache Powder 300, those earned by qualifying speeds, all exceeded the pole speed for the 1995 Goody's Headache Powder 300. Johnny Rumley was the 38th fastest qualifier for Saturday's race at 185.387 miles per hour. Michael Waltrip grabbed the pole last year with a speed of 185.326.
TIM BENDER (No. 18 LaWarre Motorsports Ford) -- We picked up a half second over our pole qualifying lap yesterday, so we really feel good about it. This is a whole new team for me, LaWarre Motorsports, so we're just starting to work together. I've only been down here twice, and now I have been second round fast qualifier last year when I drove for Derrike Cope and this year. Yesterday we just missed on the setup, but we didn't get as much practice as we'd have liked. I got a good solid hour of practice this morning, and the guys have been working like crazy to get the car fast. It was just a great job of preparation by the guys on the team, and it sure gives us a big confidence boost going into Saturday. We hope this will get us off to a good start in our run at the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
SEVERAL DRIVERS IN SATURDAY'S Goody's Headache Powder 300 have declared their eligibility for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award. In order of their starting positions for Saturday's race, Pete Orr, Tim Bender, Tony Stewart, Johnny Chapman, Glenn Allen and Mike Dillon are in the field. Other Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates include Jimmy Kitchens, Greg Clark, Mark Green and Mike Harmon.