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Post race quotes – Samsung/Radio Shack 500
31 March 2003:
''The last 10 or 15 laps I was out there I think I was running out of brakes. I kept pumping my brake pedal. When I came out of turn two, Jarrett was right next to me. Because we were racing, I guess I forgot to pump the brake pedal. When I went into three, it was way, way low, like almost on the floor of the car. When I came in, I lost the rear wheels a little bit. I spun.
“Considering I hopped in at the last minute, I was having a pretty good time out there. The car was good. We were going
Post race quotes – Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
17 March 2003:
''I don't know really what happened, but it was unfortunate because we had a good run going. We kept working on the Cheerios Dodge, and we were getting it better. We came out on new tyres. Somebody came out on new tyres (Jimmy Spencer), and going down the back straightaway he hit me in the back bumper. Coming off turn four, he got up into my left rear quarter and I cut my left rear tyre down, and that was all she wrote. He says he never forgets. I hope he doesn't forget this.'' -
Post race quotes – Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
10 March 2003:
''What a great day. I'm real happy. To come from 30th and drive up the way we did – I had a lot of fun racing with Junior to get up through there. I just couldn't believe how awesome our car was. The guys did an incredible job. We had that car on Friday and unfortunately we over-adjusted for qualifying and weren't able to start up there. But, it certainly made it fun to come from the back.” -
Post race quotes – UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
3 March 2003:
''I'm pissed off, to be quite honest. You've got the same people doing stupid stuff back there and there's no reason for that.
“I was sitting there running my race and working on the car, and you've got people out there that I don't know where they're going. Unfortunately, it's some of the same people that do it. It's just a bad day.'' -
Post race quotes – Subway 400
24 February 2003:
“I'm real proud of the way that Dale Jarrett and I raced. That was a lot of fun. If that doesn't get you pumped up, I don't know what does. We were just a little bit too aggressive on the rear tyres. We burned them off at the end and we did that last fall.
“We're just missing a little something to get to victory lane here the Rock, but we're still very happy with finishing second.'' -
Daytona 500 post race quotes
17 February 2003:
“It's bittersweet. We're happy with the finish and, yet, we're a bit disappointed because we didn't get to continue the Great American Race like it should. It should be run for its full distance, but, yet, we're happy because our Ford finished second today and we had a lot of great competition.” -
Daytona 500 Press Conference – Michael Waltrip
17 February 2003:
“Well, I've been coming down here ever since I was five years old, watching speed weeks. I would drive down in the back of a Chevy with my parents, hang on that fence and watch Darrell [Waltrip].
“A lot of my life, a lot of things that are important to me, are encompassed in speed weeks. The history and the significance of this race took 45 years to build. I feel like at least for the last 30 some of those years, I've been right here watching it grow.” -
D-day approaches for Stewart
13 November 2002:
''When we get to Homestead we'll be points racing. The last race of the year, you points race. We haven't done that yet, but when there's no next race, you've got to pay attention to the points.'' -
Qualifying quotes - MBNA Platinum 400 / Dover
1 June 2002:
''I know there's some guys that are going to run real fast out there. We just really haven't been able to get a handle on it for qualifying. I think we're going to race real good, but we've been tight all day. Same thing there - just push, push, push. We didn't get near the speed that we'd like to see for the DuPont Chevrolet.'' -
Qualifying quotes - Coca Cola 600 / Lowes
24 May 2002:
''We knew we had a good car and a good shot at the pole, but going out early made us a little worried. Another neat thing is carrying the Lowe's banner at Lowe's Motor Speedway. We're on top right now. This is awesome.'' -
Newman wins The Winston
19 May 2002:
Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 ALLTEL Taurus, won The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday night after qualifying for the all-star event by winning the No Bull Sprint earlier in the night.
Stewart loves to hate Martinsville
10 April 2002:
''Tony Stewart loves Martinsville - driver of the Home Depot Pontiac returns to favourite track.'' That title would be appropriate if the date was April 1, 2002. Alas, it is not.
Which means despite having scored one win, two poles and three top-10 finishes in his six previous starts at Martinsville, Stewart still dislikes racing at the .526-mile oval. His three other finishes of 20th or worse may have something to do with that, as Martinsville seems to be a feast or famine track for The Home
4 April 2002:
As the Winston Cup Series prepares for this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway, crew chiefs and engineers are gearing up to do battle with a force they can't even see.
With corner entry speeds of 200 miles per hour, aerodynamics will play a significant role in determining the outcome of Sunday's race. Drivers and teams will spend all weekend looking for the perfect handling package for Sunday's 500-mile event, only to see that package altered by the effects of air around their car. Unders
Home Depot team plays the name game
27 March 2002:
If you've ever used a scanner to listen in on a race team's radio chatter, you've probably found that it's filled with a brave new world of vocabulary.
Stewart rested and ready for Bristol
20 March 2002:
Despite the harrowing accident in last Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway that sent Tony Stewart via helicopter to the Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, S.C., for an overnight stay, the driver of the #20 Home Depot Pontiac will be back in action at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for this Sunday's Food City 500.
No relief driver will be standing by. No help from his crew members will be needed entering and exiting the car. No qualms about the physical nature
Eddie Wood remembers Bristol win
19 March 2002:
One year ago this week, Elliott Sadler won at Bristol Motor Speedway for his first career NASCAR Winston Cup victory. It was also Wood Brothers Racing's first-ever win at the high-banked half-mile.
Benson gasman Watts doesn't dwell on danger....
13 March 2002:
Jimmy Watts doesn't dwell on danger but, in his line of work, danger is never far away.
Monday through Saturday, Watts is a captain with the Charlotte Fire Department. On Sunday, he goes over pit wall just inches away from 43 swarming cars to gas Johnny Benson's #10 Valvoline Pontiac.
A million reasons for Stewart to win in Vegas
27 February 2002:
It's only fitting that five drivers, with Tony Stewart being one of them, have the opportunity to cash in on a $1 million bonus if they win Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in the town that invented big cash bonuses.
Spencer and Yellow Racing head to Vegas
27 February 2002:
Jimmy Spencer will make the cross-country trek to Las Vegas this weekend, and he'll have the #1 Yellow Racing team by his side.
Kenseth takes Ford to victory lane
25 February 2002:
Matt Kenseth registered the second win of his NASCAR Winston Cup career and snapped a 59-race winless streak with yesterday's triumph in the Subway 400.
Gordon is top Chevy finisher at Rockingham
25 February 2002:
Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet was the top finisher for Team Monte Carlo when the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway ended under caution.
Riggs Busch rookie of the race at 'The Rock.'
24 February 2002:
Scott Riggs was the Busch series Raybestos rookie of the race at Rockingham in the 1-866-RBCterm.com 200.
Tide engineer McCauley a key component
24 February 2002:
Roy McCauley, team engineer for Ricky Craven and the No. 32 Tide Taurus, has been with Cal Wells since he started his NASCAR Winston Cup operation in 2000.
Team Monte Carlo is ready for 'The Rock'
22 February 2002:
When the Subway 400 gets underway at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. this weekend, it will be the first time for drivers and teams to experience NASCAR's new one-engine rule for the Winston Cup Series.
Team Monte Carlo is ready to meet that challenge and also to log its 20th victory at the popular 1.017-mile track known as The Rock. Like a rock, Chevrolet has posted more wins there than any other manufacturer in NASCAR's Modern Era (1972 - present).
I love to race at 'The Rock,' says Hamilton
21 February 2002:
Bobby Hamilton and the Schneider Electric Racing Team are excited about their chances in this weekend's Subway 400 in Rockingham, N.C.
The team is planning to race the same car that Hamilton's previous teammate, Joe Nemechek, won with last November. But Hamilton is no stranger to victory lane on the 1.017-mile oval. Since Hamilton won the AC Delco 400 in 1997, he has posted five top-10 finishes in the past nine events at ''The Rock.'' Here he talks about Rockingham, the new one engine rule a
Stewart ready to rebound at 'The Rock.'
20 February 2002:
Even before heading to Daytona and winning the Budweiser Shootout for the second straight year, finishing second in his Gatorade Twin 125 race, and winning the IROC race, Tony Stewart was a favourite to win this year's Daytona 500.
Pontiac teams prepare for fresh start at The Rock
20 February 2002:
Five Pontiac Grand Prix drivers head to North Carolina Speedway this weekend looking for a fresh start after a rough-and-tumble Daytona 500, hoping to give Pontiac its 13th-ever Winston Cup victory at ''The Rock.''
Johnny Benson, who soldiered to a 10th place finish in Sunday's season-opening race, leads the way for Pontiac entering Sunday's event.
Ford drivers discuss safety enhancements
13 February 2002:
One of the major topics in NASCAR Winston Cup racing the past year has been safety.
Since last year's Daytona 500, NASCAR has mandated the use of head and neck restraints, approved a new carbon-fiber composite seat, and instituted the use of impact data recorders in all cars.
Ford drivers spoke about these safety enhancements and what they mean to the sport.
How to make the field for the Daytona 500
12 February 2002:
NASCAR Winston Cup timed qualifying was held Saturday. Each team ran two laps with the best time of the two setting the qualifying time. The two fastest qualifiers set positions one and two and are the only guaranteed starters, filling the front row for the Daytona 500.
Ford drivers remember Earnhardt at Daytona
12 February 2002:
A statue of Dale Earnhardt was unveiled in front of Daytona USA last week to honour the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion.
Ford drivers Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Rusty Wallace spoke about their feelings for Earnhardt and what he still means to the sport.
NASCAR allows the Ford teams an aero advantage
11 February 2002:
Following yesterday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, which was won by Home Depot Pontiac driver Tony Stewart for the second year in a row, NASCAR allowed the Ford teams an aerodynamic advantage.
Ford Racing and Yates focus on driver development
23 January 2002:
On Tuesday it was announced that Robert Yates will run a 21-race NASCAR Busch Series schedule with driver Kasey Kahne, who is part of the Ford Racing Driver Development Program.
Ford Racing Technology Director Dan Davis spoke about Ford's role in getting Yates and Kahne together, in addition to how this development program is progressing.
Junie Donlavey celebrates 77th birthday
6 April 2001:
Dale Jarrett: Texas post–race press conference
2 April 2001:
Earnhardt memorial: NASCAR says goodbye
23 February 2001:
Tributes to 'the greatest driver NASCAR ever had.'
23 February 2001:
Ford: 100 years and counting
16 February 2001:
Local boy Sadler hopes for touchdown at Richmond
20 July 2000:
Chloride corrosion blamed for bridge collapse
1 June 2000: