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ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Winn Dixie 500k: Post Race Quotes

11 October 1997

 Post-Race Quotes
 Winn-Dixie 500k
 Talladega Superspeedway
 October 11, 1997

JOHN WILKINSON (#2 Day Motorsports Chevrolet) - Started 21st, finished 39th - 
Retired car after five laps due to engine failure. - "This is disappointing 
for me and the rest of the team. We worked so hard and to have something 
break on the car like a $10 part is disappointing. The car was awesome, we 
made a lot of changes from first-round qualifying and practice and during the 
race the car was just magnificent. The motor was running real strong and I 
thought we were going to be in good shape. But it's just bad luck that got us.

DOUG REID (#97 Toys "R" Us/Birmingham Auto Show Chevrolet) - Started 34th, 
finished 37th - Was black-flagged after start of the race for passing cars 
before the start/finish line. Retired car after 35 laps completed due to 
rear end failure. - "At the start of the race, we got a pretty good start. 
This is my first time to run an ARCA race in a while and I don't know if I 
was confused about the rules or what. I might not have been clear on the 
rules, but we got a black flag and that kind of got me a little frustrated. 
We had a good car, and I believe we could've made the lap back up. Then we 
had an oil fire coming out of two going into the backstretch and I smelled 
some smoke. I thought it might be an ignition and the car filled up with 

KEVIN RAY (#43 Richard Petty Driving Experience Chevrolet) - Started 18th, 
finished 31st - Retired car after completing 66 laps due to engine 
failure. - "We had a good shot, but we got a lap down early. We made a pit 
stop under green and the caution came out on the next lap, racer's luck on 
that. Then we had a right front shock mount break. There is nothing we could 
do but just get ready for the next one. 

JIMMY KITCHENS (#47 Dunlop Golf Ford) - Started 6th, finished 21st - Was 
involved in multi-car accident on lap 98. - "We had a restart and we were 
trying to just keep up with the lead pack. I think going down the back 
straightaway everybody was trying to stay packed up during those last couple 
of laps. When you run three-wide, you're going to run out of room sooner or 
later. I think I got clipped on the back, but I'm not really sure."

MARK THOMPSON (#66 Midway Island/Phoenix Air Ford) - Started 2nd, finished 
2nd - "It was a good race. We had a car that if we could get to the lead, Tim 
(Steele) couldn't get by us. He used the No. 1 (Matt Hutter) car to draft by 
that one time. The Phoenix car worked with him all day and not a lick with 
us. At the end there, after the No. 1 car crashed out, I thought we would be 
able to get him. Earlier in the day, we could drive by him, but we just 
couldn't get a run on him. He had a good car. He came out on that first pit 
stop and made an adjustment and picked up about a half a second, so he was 

MARK GIBSON (#59 Cunningham Historic Motorcars Ford) - Started 5th, finished 
5th - "It was like a demolition derby out there. I don't know, lapped cars 
trying to race with the leaders and people going four wide in the corners, I 
don't know. We didn't have a motor today. We lost a cylinder and changed 
motors last night and I guess it was the wrong choice. We didn't have 
anything. Yesterday, we were fast in practice and thought we would be better 
with a new motor and it just got us in the back where all the wrecks happen. 
You just can't run back there. We're just thankful we got fifth. I thought we 
had a chance to win if it went green there because we could go the rest of 
the way. Everybody else had to stop, then that caution came out."