Dodge Nitro Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
NASCAR Preview


Daytona International Speedway

Race Capsule
Daytona International Speedway

What: Race 1 of 33 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
When: Saturday February 25, 2012 1:34 pm EST ESPN
Laps: 120
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Race Length: 300.00 miles

Date Series Driver Speed

2/17/80 Sprint Cup Race Buddy Baker 178.00
2/14/10 Sprint Cup Qualifying Mark Martin 191.188
2/17/07 Nationwide Race Kevin Harvick 156.00
2/17/01 Nationwide Qualifying Joe Nemechek 186.966
2/17/06 Camping World Truck Race Mark Martin 147.00
2/13/04 Camping World Truck Qualifying Terry Cook 183.643

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

2/19/11 DRIVE4COPD 300 Clint Bowyer Tony Stewart Chevrolet $2,500,865
7/1/11 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Toyota $1,245,702
2/13/10 DRIVE4COPD 300 Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet $2,740,505
7/2/10 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Brad Keselowski Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet $1,455,989
7/3/09 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $1,568,584
2/14/09 Camping World 300 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Chevrolet $2,649,171
7/4/08 Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Bryan Clauson Denny Hamlin Toyota $1,573,115
2/16/08 Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Toyota $2,640,772

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
SRT Motorsports / Dodge Race Advance / DRIVE4COPD 300 / Daytona
Published on February 22, 2012 by Official Release
SRT Motorsports – Dodge NNS Race Advance


Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012

SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger Crew Chief: Chad Walter

Career Stats: 2011 Season Stats: Starts: 33 Starts: 13 Wins: 1 Wins: 1 Top Fives: 2 Top Fives: 2 Top 10s: 6 Top 10s: 6 Poles: 0 Poles: 0 Laps Led: 115 Laps Led: 107

• Scored first Nationwide victory in 2011 at Phoenix, edging teammate Brad Keselowski by .553 seconds for the victory. Won in his third PIR start. Led the final 61 laps. • Will be making his third NNS start at Daytona.

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Crew Chief: Jeremy Bullins

Career Stats: 2011 Season Stats: Starts: 68 Starts: 29 Wins: 17 Wins: 5 Top Fives: 73 Top Fives: 14 Top 10s: 103 Top 10s: 21 Poles: 12 Poles: 4 Laps Led: 2,754 Laps Led: 906

• Best Nationwide finish at Daytona was a fourth in the 2010 summer race. • Has led at least one lap in last four consecutive Daytona races. • Completed 98.3 percent of total possible laps at Daytona and has been running at the finish in seven of eight races. • Has qualified tenth or better in last 13 consecutive races. • Completed all but one possible lap in 14 of last 15 starts (2,904 of 2905) – 99.96 percent.

DODGE QUOTES: “There’s no optimal place to be at Daytona. If I had my choice I’d like to be one of the first four cars because it’s just you very seldom see the accidents that happen there. It’s usually like eighth and on back that people get together. It seems like usually being closer to the front that you are the better off you are.” — Sam Hornish, Jr.

“I look at the path that I took in my career and I’ve been very fortunate to be successful at the Nationwide and Cup levels. Success has not come from lacking mistakes; I’ve made plenty of those. Success has come from not repeating mistakes. I think that’s the secret to my success.” — Brad Keselowski

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES • Dodge is fielding two full-time entries in the series this year. Sam Hornish Jr. will compete for the series championship while Brad Keselowski and Parker Kligerman will share driving duties in the second Penske Racing entry. • Dodge claimed its first NASCAR championship in 2010 when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski captured the driver’s title. • Dodge has 41 wins in the series including seven in each of the last two seasons. • A Dodge has started from the pole 48 times.

THE DAYTONA NUMBERS • Brad Keselowski has 17 wins in the Nationwide series which ranks 15th on the all-time win list. • There were 35 lead changes in last year’s season opener which tied the record (1984, 1986). • Joe Nemechek led 105 of the 120 laps to win the 1988 Nationwide Series event at DIS.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF “Realistically, I’d like to come out of Daytona with a top five finish. It’s very important to me that the first five to eight races we’re maximizing our points output. It’s so hard to play catch-up in this sport.” –Chad Walter, Crew Chief, No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Friday, Feb 24, 2012 3:57 pm, EST
Field Set Daytona International Speedway

Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Danica Patrick (7) Chevrolet 182.741

2 Trevor Bayne (60) Ford 182.715
3 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 182.671
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5) Chevrolet 182.593
5 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 182.411
6 Sam Hornish Jr. (12) Dodge 182.308
7 Tony Stewart (33) Chevrolet 182.249
8 Cole Whitt (88) Chevrolet 182.109
9 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 182.094
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 181.829
11 Kasey Kahne (38) Chevrolet 181.635
12 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 181.496
13 Mike Bliss (44) Toyota 181.430
14 Kurt Busch (1) Chevrolet 181.327
15 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 181.200
16 Michael Annett (43) Ford 181.057
17 Denny Hamlin (18) Toyota 180.966
18 Ryan Truex (136) Chevrolet 180.930
19 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 180.886
20 Eric McClure (14) Toyota 180.737
21 Johanna Long (70) Chevrolet 180.610
22 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 180.578
23 David Ragan (27) Ford 180.332
24 Kyle Busch (54) Toyota 179.917
25 Tayler Malsam (19) Toyota 179.655
26 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 179.594
27 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 179.251
28 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 179.072
29 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 178.816
30 Johnny Sauter (97) Toyota 178.664
31 Blake Koch (41) Ford 178.501
32 Casey Roderick (108) Ford 178.105
33 Benny Gordon (124) Toyota 178.080
34 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Chevrolet 178.010
35 Joey Gase (39) Ford 177.641
36 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 177.235
37 Josh Wise (40) Chevrolet 177.190
38 J.J. Yeley (28) Chevrolet 177.099
39 T.J. Bell (50) Chevrolet 176.932
40 Jason Bowles (81) Dodge 176.849
41 Danny Efland (4) Chevrolet 176.415
42 Reed Sorenson (52) Chevrolet 175.486
43 Jeff Green (10) Toyota 176.981
44 Morgan Shepherd (89) DNQ 177.809
45 Derrike Cope (73) DNQ 177.103
46 Erik Darnell (42) DNQ 176.967
47 Scott Speed (47) DNQ 176.208
48 Mike Harmon (174) DNQ 175.898
49 Donnie Neuenberger (176) DNQ 173.742
50 Chase Miller (46) DNQ 175.002

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NNS Final Qualifying Quotes
February 24, 2012 , DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Dodge PR
Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Qualifying Quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T) Qualified 9th
“I think our Dodges are pretty fast. We were fast here last year with the Discount Tire Dodge Challenger and so far, we had pretty good pickup from where we were earlier in practice today. Sam (Hornish) looks like his car is plenty fast which is good. It’s a good start for the team. It’s not the race, but we’ll take that effort heading into tomorrow. It’s nice to know that we have some good speed.”

THE TEMPERATURE WILL BE MUCH COOLER TOMORROW. HOW WILL THAT AFFECT THE HANDLING OF YOUR DODGE? “I’m sure the car will tighten up for sure. It can be slick out there in this heat and I think everyone would welcome cooler temperatures. We’ll see how it goes.”

JEREMY BULLINS (Crew Chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T)
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “The Discount Tire Dodge his good. We’ve made some nice gains on it since practice in race and qualifying trim. The car was good in race trim yesterday and think that it’s only going to get faster as the temperatures cool off.”

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T) Qualified 6th
As long as you’re in the race, you’ve got a chance to win it. Our big thing is just knowing that when we come here, we’ve got the points to be in the race. The big thing for us is to just to get through the first 95 percent of the race tomorrow so that we can race for the win in our Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger. I feel really good about going into the season. If we can get out of here with a top 10 starting spot, that wouldn’t be bad. We’ll see where we end up at and go racing tomorrow.”

HOW BIG OF A FACTOR WAS THE WIND? “It’s huge. It doesn’t really affect us as far as what the car really does, but how much wind you have during a run is the bigger factor so going out at the right time, I’m sure the guys will plot a map and find out who had the most wind and who had the least. The biggest gust going down the back straightaway with the least gust going up the front is going to be the person who had the best opportunity. You can win from anywhere you start here. The biggest thing is just getting towards the end so that we can have the opportunity to race it out there at the end.”

IS IT ODD HERE AT DAYTONA THAT THERE IS SO LITTLE EMPHASIS ON QUALIFYING? “Well, last year we had a lot more practice time and we didn’t have enough, yesterday I think we only ran eight laps combined. We felt really good. We felt like we had good horsepower from my Dodge Challenger. The car handled well and we just wanted to make sure that the cars looked as pretty as they could be going out there and just make sure we didn’t take any chances to where somebody got into a problem ahead of us and we ended up in it. Brad and I worked together a little bit yesterday and hopefully we’ll able to get a 1-2 (finish) for Dodge.”

THE FORECAST IS FOR COOLER TEMPERATURES FOR TOMORROW’S RACE. “We’re set up the same today as we were yesterday and as we will be for tomorrow. We’re going to take as much drag as we can off the car and felt like the car handled well. The cooler conditions are only going to make us a little bit more stuck to the ground. That’s obviously good. And then from there on out, we’ll see what we can do. Just be smart about getting towards the end of the race. Cooler temperatures are going to make the cars handle better. Hopefully, it’ll allow us to draft a little bit better and not have to worry about overheating the car as much.”

WAS HIGH WATER TEMPERATURE A CONCERN FOR YOU IN DRAFTING PRACTICE? “No, but I only spent a lap and a half pushing. The other four laps I was out there, I was getting pushed or by myself. We only got to 235 and that was right now in qualifying. We taped it up as much as we could. It’s only the guy that’s pushing that has to really worry about it. It’s going to take some heads-up there between myself and whoever I work with to make sure that we’re making good decisions about how long we push and switching off, so that we don’t get the car too hot before we get the opportunity to switch out. Brad and I know there’s no point in fighting until the end here, because we’d love to go up there and lead every lap between the two of us. We’re going to try to be as smart as we can about how we approach it. If we have to make a switch on the straightaway and we lose a little bit of time, so be it.”

CHAD WALTER (Crew Chief, No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T)
“I think we have a good idea of where we stand because one of the things we do here is just make a single-car run to make sure that you have no vibrations and there’s no body rubs and things like that. Everybody does it. So I felt like we were in pretty decent shape to be somewhere up there when we were practicing yesterday in the first practice. It probably is kind of odd really just the testing in what the engine shop, the chassis shop, and the guys that hang the bodies back in the shop do because we don’t have a chance to test. We really don’t do a whole lot of things to change the car and here we are sitting in pretty good position to start the race.”

HOW BIG OF A FACTOR WILL WATER TEMPERATURE BE DURING THE RACE? “Well, you know, we don’t really know what this race is going to look like. I mean, if it’s going to end up being like the Cup race is going to do, there’s nothing that we can do. We’ve got their rules applied to our car and we’ve maximized everything just like everyone else, so it’s really just a matter of the driver paying attention and managing his distance and getting clean air to the radiator. How important is it? With two laps to go, it’s time to go. It doesn’t really matter what the water temperature is anymore. We just have to make sure that we get to that point.”

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 4:12 pm, EST
Status: Final Daytona International Speedway

Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress
1 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 47/4 120 1 $114,288 Chart
2 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 42/0 120 0 $81,385 Chart
3 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 42/1 120 8 $79,228 Chart
4 Cole Whitt (88) Chevrolet 40/0 120 0 $71,903 Chart
5 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 39/0 120 0 $65,388 Chart
6 Tayler Malsam (19) Toyota 38/0 120 0 $59,513 Chart
7 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 38/1 120 4 $50,770 Chart
8 Tony Stewart (33) Chevrolet 37/1 120 22 $49,695 Chart
9 Kasey Kahne (38) Chevrolet 36/1 120 4 $48,445 Chart
10 Kurt Busch (1) Chevrolet 36/2 120 42 $51,770 Chart
11 Trevor Bayne (60) Ford 34/1 120 3 $53,113 Chart
12 Benny Gordon (124) Toyota 32/0 120 0 $46,020 Chart
13 Danny Efland (4) Chevrolet 31/0 120 0 $52,013 Chart
14 Josh Wise (40) Chevrolet 30/0 120 0 $45,220 Chart
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5) Chevrolet 30/1 120 8 $45,770 Chart
16 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 28/0 120 0 $44,845 Chart
17 Blake Koch (41) Ford 27/0 120 0 $50,838 Chart
18 Kyle Busch (54) Toyota 27/1 119 2 $44,445 Chart
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 25/0 119 0 $51,588 Chart
20 Sam Hornish Jr. (12) Dodge 25/1 119 7 $50,963 Chart
21 Johanna Long (70) Chevrolet 23/0 119 0 $50,513 Chart
22 Eric McClure (14) Toyota 22/0 118 0 $50,213 Chart
23 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 22/1 116 2 $50,038 Chart
24 T.J. Bell (50) Chevrolet 20/0 115 0 $49,913 Chart
25 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 19/0 115 0 $50,238 Chart
26 David Ragan (27) Ford 18/0 113 0 $43,170 Chart
27 Michael Annett (43) Ford 17/0 113 0 $49,538 Chart
28 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 16/0 112 0 $49,463 Chart
29 Joey Gase (39) Ford 15/0 108 0 $49,363 Chart
30 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 15/1 104 1 $49,538 Chart
31 Ryan Truex (136) Chevrolet 13/0 104 0 $42,595 Chart
32 Denny Hamlin (18) Toyota 13/1 103 7 $42,520 Chart
33 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 11/0 103 0 $48,938 Chart
34 Reed Sorenson (52) Chevrolet 10/0 103 0 $48,888 Chart
35 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Chevrolet 10/1 103 1 $48,728 Chart
36 Casey Roderick (108) Ford 8/0 103 0 $42,185 Chart
37 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 7/0 96 0 $48,588 Chart
38 Danica Patrick (7) Chevrolet 7/1 72 2 $52,427 Chart
39 Mike Bliss (44) Toyota 6/1 59 6 $40,960 Chart
40 J.J. Yeley (28) Chevrolet 4/0 43 0 $40,910 Chart
41 Jason Bowles (81) Dodge 3/0 28 0 $47,333 Chart
42 Johnny Sauter (97) Toyota 2/0 14 0 $40,810 Chart
43 Jeff Green (10) Toyota 1/0 3 0 $40,721 Chart

Super Moderator
23,335 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
SRT Motorsports - Dodge NNS Final Race Quotes - Daytona
February 25, 2012 , DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012

Dodge PR
Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Race Final Quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished 2nd
YOU ALMOST HAD THE WIN. “Almost, just got a little contact there in the door getting through that wreck. I don’t know how we brought the Discount Tire Dodge home; there was a lot of swerving there to save it. If I just could have gotten through that without that little bit of contact. I’m proud to be in a position to win a race and have cars capable of doing that. You know at some point, Daytona is a roll of the dice. I think we were running like eighth or 10th there when that all happened. We should be happy with a third (officially second), but I want to win this race at Daytona. I want to win a race during Speedweeks. Glad I got another shot tomorrow with the Miller Lite Dodge with the Cup side. I’m just proud of this Discount Tire team.”

HOW DID YOU SEE THINGS UNFOLD ON THAT LAST LAP? “Well, I didn’t see much. I was pushing Cole Whitt in the 88 car. I tried to let him go. I don’t know how he ended up in all that. I hope he’s alright there. They all started wadding up and somebody just got me right in the door and I spent about 300 yards in the death wobble down the short chute. James (Buescher) was able to get by me and bring home a win. That’s real exciting. I was hoping that the yellow came out a little bit earlier than it did ‘cause he got by me and right after he got by me, the yellow came out. You know that’s racing and I’m proud to have a great car, the Discount Tire Dodge team and we’ll just keep on going from here. A lot to be proud of and thanks everyone for coming out. Great day here in Daytona.”

HOW CLOSE DID YOU COME TO WINNING THIS RACE? “About a hundred yards, 200 yards, more than an inch, however you want to look at it, but just didn’t need to get as much contact on the right-side door. That’s the way it is.”

COMMENT ON YOUR DAY AND THIS CRAZY FINISH. “Yeah, crazy is an understatement (smiles). I was working with Cole Whitt there and they all wrecked. Just had that little bobble when I got that contact and Buescher was able to get by me and win the race. That’s a credit to him.”

DO YOU PREFER PACK RACING OR TANDEM RACING? “I like ‘em all, but none of ‘em are my favorite. What’s my favorite was when Daytona was a handling track, that’s my favorite. Big pack or tandem is about the same to me.”


TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST FOUR LAPS OF THAT RACE. YOU HAD TO BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME FOR SURE. “Yeah, I don’t know if I was necessarily on top of my game. I really haven’t figured this out. I feel like when I run good, I fall ass-backwards (laughs). I was fortunate enough to, obviously, the wreck was huge for us at the end, but there were several wrecks that we were fortunate enough to make it through. I don’t know if that’s skill or blind luck. When it happens to you, then you say it’s just bad luck but when you make it through, it’s all skill (laughs). We made it through ‘em. We made it through the wrecks and got there. You know coming off of four, I saw ‘em all wrecking and got underneath it and I don’t know who got into my door and got me sideways. Somehow I saved it, but that carried just enough momentum to get James by me. We’ll see if Elliott (Sadler) got by or not. I’m still waiting for the answer on that (smiles). But you know that’s just what the racing is here. Whether it’s good or bad, I don’t know, but that’s what it is. I feel like I won the lottery just to finish third (officially second) but I also feel like I was that close to winning at Daytona. I want to win a race at Speedweeks so bad. And when you’re running all three series, the pressure, I was telling someone the other day, is cumulative because Speedweeks is going through and you’re thinking to yourself ‘Well, I’ve only got one more race left after this one.’ You feel that, but I’m still proud to have the efforts that we’ve had this Speedweeks. I guess it’d be third in the Shootout, second or third or whatever it is today and not so good yesterday, but we’ll see how the Cup race goes tomorrow. Like I said, I feel like a lottery winner just to bring home a third-place finish (actually second) and still took the efforts of Penske Racing and appreciate that. I don’t know how to explain the racing any different than that ‘cause I don’t think anyone really can and I’d be lying to you.”

TWO CRAZY DAYS WITH WRECK-FILLED RACES WITH THE SHOOTOUT AND THE DUEL. HOW DOES THAT PLAY INTO YOUR MIND FOR THE 500? “You’ll definitely see less tandem, I think that’s for sure. You’ll see a lot more pack racing. The question is whether or not the field will single-file out. I’m pretty confident you won’t see a lot of tandem racing. I think the end will look very similar to what you saw today and we’ll see who wins the lottery (laughs).”

DO YOU THINK FOR THOSE DRIVERS WHO AREN’T RUNNING THE WHOLE NATIONWIDE SERIES, DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO HURT THEM? DOES THE CRAZY TWO-RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE HURT MORE THAN IT HELPS? “I think every weekend is different and I think you can measure how it helps or hurts you in numerous ways. There are a lot of intangibles. Obviously it’s a higher workload, there’s no doubt. I think that’s what everybody sees, but there are other intangibles that you just can’t put a value to like having the Cup pit crew out here today for, I guess, a live dress rehearsal. How do you put a value on that? You don’t unless they have a bad day tomorrow and they didn’t do it. There are a lot of those characteristics that I think you’ll see. You’ve just got to really peel back the layers. So, I think it’s really hard to define that, to answer that.”

CAN YOU ARTICULATE THE RANDOM MADNESS OF THE RACING HERE? YOU CAN BE A GREAT DRIVER WITH A GREAT CAR AND AT END OF THE DAY, KABOOM, YOUR DAY IS OVER. “I think that the thing that sticks out in my mind is you know if you try to create a template of what it takes to win on most every racetrack, I think you could get a pretty consistent answer from the driver base, obviously from having a fast car and great pit stops to making right moves, taking care of your tires, whatever that is, on any particular track. And I think if you asked them what the template was for success is here, you couldn’t get a consistent answer because the process that I think we all take or the approach that we all take to win here is the same one that could net you a 35th and you don’t do anything wrong. It’s the same approach and sometimes it can win the race and the next time it will run dead last you’ll be wrecked. And

I think that’s really frustrating. Obviously, but that’s just the way it is. I think if you compare that to the mile-and-a-halfs and so forth, the same approach will get you a range of first to 15th if you’re a really good driver. I think the same approach here could go anywhere from first to 43rd. There’s no guarantee of success here, no matter what you have, no matter how good your pit crew is, no matter how good your driver is, no matter how good your car is. Nothing guarantees your success. I think sometimes, for us drivers, it can be hard to stomach. It’s obviously frustrating, but it also leads to a lot of parity within the field, a lot of first-time winners, all those things. Heck, I won my first race at Talladega under similar circumstances. You know it could be debated until the cows come home if that’s good or bad. I think that we’re all glad that there’s only four or five of these races a year (laughs) for that reason, but they are certainly different than what you’re going to see for the rest of the season.”

ON THE REPLAY IT LOOKED LIKE MAYBE IF THE CAUTION COMES OUT A LITTLE QUICKER, DEPENDING ON HOW THEY ENFORCE THE YELLOW LINE RULE, MAYBE YOU COULD HAVE WON. “I didn’t even think about the yellow line (laughs). That’s really smart. I never got that far. We’re going to have to go to the tape again. You know, I think that I walk a fine line with the comment there, obviously. I think there is no doubt to me the most dangerous aspect of our sport that’s left is the yellow flag situation in the closing laps of a race. And I make those comments not in regard to the fact that if the yellow came out a little earlier I would have won the race, in no way do I make those comments in that regard. I make those comments in regards to the fact that if you’re running 25th, five or six seconds behind the pack when the wreck happened, the yellow didn’t come out for about six seconds from what I can estimate. And obviously there was a lot of attention on that area so I’m pretty sure it was seen. So the question is what is the appropriate amount of time? I think it’s very much a judgment call. With the wreck, I think it was in the Shootout, I think I would rather lean to the cautious side. It’s tough for NASCAR, obviously, to wave the yellow early and then take all the criticism from fans that didn’t see their driver win if the yellow wouldn’t have come out that early. So I can see that side of it, but I think that when I look at the sport and I look at the most dangerous frontier, it’s not the head and neck system or anything like that. It’s getting hit from a car that is six or seven second behind a wreck, but has to keep going because the yellow is not out. Eventually it will happen where they’ll hit a very, very slow car at a very high rate of speed and it will not be good. So I think that that’s an area that is still loosely defined and I’m not sure how to define it because I understand the difficulties that remain in that area to make those decisions. When I think of what I’m most nervous about, I’m most nervous about the last lap, being in the front pack, being wrecked and stopped in the middle of the field and some guy from 35th, knowing that the yellow is not going to come out for another six seconds, whales me going 180 when I’m going five or 10 or maybe stopped. That’s certainly an area that I think about for sure.”

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished 20th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RACE UP TO LAP 113 WHEN THE MISHAP OCCURRED? “The car was really good. It felt like we went to the front of the field whenever we wanted. The Alliance Truck Parts Dodge felt good pushing and getting pushed. We were just trying to get to the end without getting collected and then (the wreck) happened. We got down to the end there and I was trying to push the 6 car up front. He wanted to run a little bit higher and that allowed the 33 and 2 to get underneath us. We headed into Turn 3 three-wide and was going to duck out a little bit to keep the engine cool. The 27 thought that he could make it four-wide. I don’t know if he got tight and just got into me off the corner. He was getting pushed. It was just one of those deals. This is the kind of racing that we’re involved with on superspeedways. It’s just unfortunate that we lost that lap when we had to pit and change four tires. That cost us 10 positions.”

WAS THERE A SENSE OF SURVIVAL BEHIND THE WHEEL? “We weren’t close to any of the wrecks until we were down to seven laps to go and we were in it. I was happy with how the car was running and was just trying to watch the people around us and make good decisions. It gets down to those last eight laps and everybody wants to run hard. It wasn’t time to “go” yet. Guys that had the big opportunities to win the race got collected on the last lap, not the sixth or seventh lap. There was definitely time to wait. We didn’t have to make it four-wide when we wrecked.”
1 - 6 of 6 Posts