TED CHRISTOPHER (No. 13 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet in Busch North Series, No. 13 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet in Featherlite Modified Series AND No. 13 LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet in the Winston Cup Series) -- What's the significance of the ...
TED CHRISTOPHER (No. 13 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet in Busch North Series, No. 13 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet in Featherlite Modified Series AND No. 13 LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet in the Winston Cup Series) --
What's the significance of the number 13 - three cars with the number 13, qualifying on Friday the 13th. - there's got go be some magic there/
I hope so, there's probably a little bit because we got in all three races and hopefully there will be more (luck) for today and tomorrow. In qualifying yesterday, the one lap deal is tough for me, because I'm used to European style qualifying in the modified or Busch car. Then, in the pressure of running the Winston Cup I messed up on my lap yesterday, so I was kind of hoping it would rain (during second round qualifying), and then it did. The main thing was to get in all three of these races. On being the first driver to ever qualify for all three races. It is an accomplishment. It took a while to pull this all together. I worked with a guy named Billy Hess to build the car down south. The guy I drive for Friday nights paid for the car. My sponsor from three years ago did the motor program - LesCare Kitchens, and we picked up an associates from home as well. This (Winston Cup) is definitely an expensive deal. As far as running in all three of them, I just hope to run good races and keep the cars on the track.
What's it like working with three different teams and three different crew chiefs in such a short period of time?
It's not too bad. The modified deal is an easy deal to run. That's only 38 laps. We've run well here in that before. This is my team I always run with on the modified tour, so we're familiar. The Busch North team is the same team I run with in Busch North Series and the Busch Series, so those guys are all familiar, and in fact we've won here in the Busch North Series, so that part's easy. The Winston Cup deal is a little bit different. There are guys from my modified team, so I'm used to them, and I have a crew chief from the No. 86 Craftsman Series Truck. He and Billy Hess are basically grilling the car. He's really really great to deal with - I'm comfortable with him.
You drove for Dick Trickle last year, but what does it mean to qualify your own Winston Cup car?
It's an accomplishment I was glad I could do. I've got some leads on different things down south and hopefully this will help me to maybe get one of those rides down south for next year.
Are you nervous yet?
I was real nervous coming here on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday I was really really stressed out, and I was getting on my guys pretty good just from nerves and trying to get into these races, but no, now I'm all calm - I want to get out and run the Busch North race. We have a pretty good car for that and a real good car for the modified race and we were 20th fastest in the Winston Cup car this morning, so that's pretty good too. Are you going to drive anything differently just to insure you finish all three races? Mainly the Winston Cup deal I'll drive differently because the most important thing is to finish that one for sure. The Busch north car - we've got a really good Busch North car and the modified is really really good, so those things I'll definitely drive in to win.