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NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400: Qualifying Quotes (8/1/97)

1 August 1997

Post Qualifying Quotes
Friday August 1, 1997

DICK TRICKLE (#90 Heilig-Meyers Ford):  "We re not in a real good spot.  We
have to be in the top 38.  We re sitting 33rd right now.  Hopefully the
track will get hotter and hotter and slower.  Everybody ll slow down from
this morning.  We needed to go faster. We lost rpm s, could be the heat, I
don t know."

HUT STRICKLIN (#8 Circuit City Ford): "It was no better today. We changed
engines, carburetors, intake manifold, some springs, about everything.
Everything we ve done, regardless, it just runs the same. It s just one of
them things. It s frustrating. Everybody wants to be in this race -- the
drivers, the sponsors, everyone -- but it doesn t look good for us."

RICKY CRAVEN (#25 Budweiser Chevrolet): "I did as bad of a job as I ve done
all year yesterday in qualifying. I did a little better today. We battled to
get the car to where I need it. Then, after that, I had to learn how to
drive here. This is my third Brickyard but I haven t done much here." ...
"The biggest difference here is the speeds we run on a flat race track. It s
been very difficult for me to find a track to reference this one to. I asked
(teammate) Jeff Gordon yesterday for some pointers. He always runs well here
but he doesn t know why, so he wasn t much help." ... "The most difficult
thing about this track is you have to roll out of the gas and roll back in
it four times. The later you can get out and the earlier you can get back in
relates directly to speed. It s difficult to do and easy to make a mistake.
You could miss on one turn and the damage will offset three perfect turns."
... "I don t think I ve run as bad anywhere in Winston Cup as I did here
yesterday. Anywhere else I would have complained, but this is Indianapolis.
I love being here. As bad as I ran yesterday, I still have a sweet spot for
this place." ... "There are 19 tracks on our schedule this year. I feel like
I have 10 of the tracks figured out. This is one of the nine I don t. Maybe
I m just a slow learner." ... "We re certainly behind but I think you ll see
the cars that ran real fast by themselves (in qualifying) may not be so fast
in the race. It s a whole different thing when you ve got a Ford right
behind you and a Pontiac in front of you. And the cars that ran OK in
qualifying may run good in the race."

KENNY WALLACE (#81 SquareD Ford):   (Where did you find 2 mph?)  "The other
teams won t tell you, but it s geometry."  (On run)  "I was wiggly but didn
t get out of the gas."  (On racing at Indy and pressure)  "It means a lot.
The toughest thing is how young drivers sometimes don t get second chances.
It took a lot of hyperventilating.  I went out to the motorhome for a while
after I knew the car was right.  It s hard to keep your mental attitude
watching others qualify.  When you come to Indianapolis, the home of the
Indy 500,  you re stepping on sacred Indian burial grounds.  Now we re
starting to build traditions. "

GREG SACKS (#91 LJ Racing Chevrolet):  "Whew!  Thank God. . . to be in the
field for the Brickyard 400!  The Little Joe s Team is awesome.  As the
track heated, I can t believe how loose the car got.  I almost spun on turn
two and I really had a handful.  And we all know how sensitive the Speedway
is to the heat.  I m glad it s over.  I was really blessed."

JEFF GREEN (#29 Cartoon Network Chevrolet):  "The weather slipped up on us
yesterday.  Being a rookie I didn t know what I needed to do.  We had it
(speed) in there yesterday.  Just didn t get a good clean lap. . . . The
slowest lap we ran was in qualifying yesterday.  About spun off turn 4
yesterday coming down for the green.  The car was so different between
practice and qualifying.  When I went into 3 on my warmup lap (today) I knew
it was going to be good because it felt just like it did this morning.  I
was here in '94 spotting for Michael Waltrip and that was my first time
here.   We ve got a good race car.  We may surprise some people. "

BOBBY HILLIN JR. (#78 Hanes Ford):  "It s still slick out there.  The car is
loose -- as loose as it s been since we arrived here.  The lack of grip
really hurt us."

DERRIKE COPE (#36 Skittles Pontiac): "I ve got to give the guys a lot of
credit.  We found something at the end to pull it out.  We got a good lap
out of it.  Our cars have not qualified well this year, but we ve done well
in the races.  I hustled as much as I could.  I m pleased with the lap.  We
just had to go out and make it happen...I like this place and I run well
here.  I just don t qualify well here.  We just haven t been able to get the
speed out of this car until this morning."  (About qualifying second day)
"Second round always shows its ugly face.  You just have to get in there and
get four really good corners." (About the start of the race) "I m not
worried about starting -- I m just glad that we are starting."

BRETT BODINE (#11 Close Call Ford): "This was the best we ve run.  We just
lack speed. Now that we re in race trim, we should be more competitive.
However, starting in that last row means we have a long way to go."

DAVE MARCIS (#71 Realtree Camouflage Chevrolet):  "I came up short in Turn
1.  I thought I drove 2, 3 and 4 well, but I overdrove Turn 1."

MORGAN SHEPHERD (#77 Jasper Engines/Federal-Mogul Ford): "I m very
disappointed.  I finished in the Top 10 in the first three Brickyard 400s.
This is a special race.  To miss this is truly heart-breaking."

TIM STEELE (#61 HS Die/Cimling Ford): "The car was a little bit loose. We
just didn t go fast enough.  We were quicker this morning, but we came up
short this afternoon."

ED BERRIER (#95 Shoney's Inn Chevrolet): "It s been kind of nerve-wracking.
It s been a rough year for us.  We hope this will get the ball rolling for
us. Yesterday, it seems like everybody else got loose and we got
tight...Yesterday, the track just jumped up and bit us.  We put on some new
tires this morning and ran better...We just got the car handling better
today."  (About qualifying for the Brickyard 400)  "Getting into the race --
that s a race in itself...It s a big honor to get into one of the biggest
races of the year."  (About how he got involved with this team)  "I ve got a
good car owner -- Earl Sadler.  Sterling Marlin and Jeremy Mayfield got
their start with them.  They re working it out of their back pockets."

JEFF PURVIS (#12 OpryLand USA Chevrolet):  "We struggled early but we knew
we had a good race car.  We didn t have much practice but I m happy with my