PRO-CUTS TEXAS WORLD DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP Driver quotes from Saturday night's championship program KELLY BOEN (winner of O'Reilly SUPR late model feature after starting 17th, drove from Colorado to Fort Worth for weekend): "The (late) ...
PRO-CUTS TEXAS WORLD DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Driver quotes from Saturday night's championship program
KELLY BOEN (winner of O'Reilly SUPR late model feature after starting 17th, drove from Colorado to Fort Worth for weekend):
"The (late) yellow gave us a chance, I knew I had to do something after the yellow. I rolled under him (David Ashley), the car hopped a bit and I just hung on until I saw the checkered flag fly.
"We had to borrow a ride to get down here, I don't have a truck and trailer to do much traveling.
"If you take the best track out there and times it by five, it wouldn't be half of what this place is."
DAVID ASHLEY (O'Reilly SUPR late model runnerup, led majority of the feature):
"I led too much of this to lose it with three (laps) to go. I don't know where he (Boen) came from. I knew we were good midway through the race and that we had the car to beat.
"On a caution the crew indicated someone was close and I looked up at the scoreboard and saw #28 (Kenny Merchant) and #75 (Patrick Daniel). I never saw the #07 (Boen). The 07 was pretty good but I thought I could get him back. I could have driven him dirty but I gave him room.
"This place has been pretty good to us, two top two finishes and a top five."
KEN SCHRADER (NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver, finished sixth in the O'Reilly SUPR feature):
"We just missed tonight on the tires. The track was a little hard due to the weather; one end was a little different than the other. We just missed it a little tonight but we haven't finished a race in a couple of weeks so this is better. It turned out to be a good show tonight with a lot of passing all over, that's what you want.
"We have run the dirt car a lot this year, in Phoenix, Florida, Alabama, all over. I always look forward to getting in it.
"There's not a nicer dirt track in the country, both here and at Charlotte. So when I get a chance to get here, I do it."
CHRIS HENIGAN (winner of modified stock car feature):
"The key to winning was being patient and running the bottom. We had bad restarts and they could get me on the high side. We heated up the tires and got loose.
"This is the greatest! 145 cars and being here in Victory Lane!"
HOWARD WILLIS (third in modified feature, ran in C and B features to qualify for feature, ill all weekend with bronchitis, received oxygen from medical staff between the B and A features):
"I did get to second but I ended up wearing myself out. So I had to cruise back there but he (John Whittington) got by me. The car was fast, the car was flying. I could have won the race, no problem."
TROY TAYLOR (17th in modified feature, ran H, G, F, E, D, C, B features Saturday and the I feature Friday in order to qualify for main event, 135 feature laps on Saturday):
"I started off terrible in Friday's heat race. The car's name is Christine and if you have seen the movie, you know what I mean. The car is seven years old and indestructible. Yesterday the sheet metal was wadded up but we straightened it out and it practically looks new. This car will go down as one of the most durable in the country.
"I saw a driver run from an F main to a B main up in Arkansas and it was a heck of a drive. I never would have dreamed that I would make it half way, much less to the A feature.
"It was a lot of laps, over 150 this weekend. I burned 80 to 90 gallons of fuel. The track was not hard on the tires, just on me and the car.
"In the F main we broke a rocker arm. We changed the rocker arm, started from the back and kept on trucking.
"I thought the track would have less bite. We tightened the car and it was hooked up too much. I wish we could do the 30 laps of the feature again.
"This is my 25th year of driving. I really appreciate (speedway president) Eddie Gossage doing this."
JODY MAYNE (12thh in modified feature, started in H feature and ran seven preliminary features to qualify for main event):
"I'm too old for this. Last night was rough in turns one and two, turns three and four were dry both nights. The track was better tonight.
"It was a lot of hard work and we had a lot of luck. It takes a good car and a good crew to pull this off."