POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES: Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR: "To say we had a tough weekend would be an understatement. The good thing is that we were able to get through it and now we can focus on next...
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"To say we had a tough weekend would be an understatement. The good thing is that we were able to get through it and now we can focus on next weekend.
"We get to race at all kinds of places each year, but nothing is quite like Chico. It's a small bullring with lots of quality cars. Friday night, things kind of went our way early as we ended up on the front row of our heat. After finishing second in the heat, we drew the front row for the dash and were in a good position to contend in the feature, but we had a fuel leak. I had to stop while running fourth on the third lap. The Armor All guys got the leak fixed and we restarted 23rd. I knew we had 37 more laps and could move forward. I just wasn't sure how far we could make it. I guess finishing 10th was a positive way to end the night.
"On Saturday, we qualified outside the top-16 (22nd) and came up one spot short of making the dash by running third in our heat. The track conditions made it really tough to pass in the feature event, but I just kept trying to get them one at a time. I got out of the rubber late in the race, trying to pass a couple of guys, and ended up backing up a bit. I just don't like sitting in line and was trying to make something happen.
"I know this Tony Stewart Racing team will work hard this week. We'll come back next weekend at Tulare (Calif.) and try to get back to where we are challenging for victories."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider for TSR:
"Our goal is to try and keep getting better every time we hit the track. This weekend at Chico, we had just about everything happen and still came home with a solid third-place finish on Saturday night. The Bass Pro Shops team (crew chief Mike Cool, crewmen Steve Swensen and Bob Curtis) did a good job of staying with it and it feels good to bring home our first podium finish of the season.
"On Friday night, we qualified in a spot just outside the inversion and had some problems right away in the heat race. That put us in a tough spot in the B-feature, but we were able to charge up there and get into the main event. Chico is such a tight track, and when you get 24 cars out there, it can be crazy. Early in the feature, we got involved in crash. But the guys got the car back together and we came back to finish 13th.
"Making that charge forward gave us all some confidence and we ended up on the front row of a heat race on Saturday. We got a good draw for the dash and really were up front for most of the feature. I had a couple of runs at (race leader) Jason (Meyers), but with rubber down in turns three and four, I could never get by him. We had something go wrong late and Danny (Lasoski) got me for second.
"It was great job by the Bass Pro Shops guys and we're looking forward to continuing to improve next weekend in Tulare (Calif.)."