Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #2
What did you learn from the NEXTEL Open and NEXTEL Cup All-Star Challenge races last weekend that might help you in qualifying tonight and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday?
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Petty/Cheerios Dodge): "Not to wreck. And we learned we were too loose with our tire setup."
RAY EVERNHAM (CEO/owner, Evernham Motorsports Dodges Nos. 9, 10, 19): "We didn't get in enough racing to determine if what we had mapped out was going to work or not. We go into every weekend thinking we have a good game plan that doesn't always work out."
ANDY GRAVES (Toyota Research and Development official, former Hendrick Motorsports crew member): "Any time you can run on the same track with the same team, it's got to help you in a lot of ways. The time on the track and running with the same car is a big help to all of the teams."
BILLY WILBURN (crew chief, No. 45 Petty/Wells Fargo Dodge): "Tire pressure and shocks were really big issues for us."
PETE WRIGHT (car chief, No. 01 Ginn/U.S. Army Chevrolet): "We learned a lot. Maybe enough to know we had the car a little too tight and we'll be able to make some valuable adjustments."
RICK CAMPBELL (Goodyear tire engineer): "I know they're hollering about the tire being too hard; we could soften it up and then we'd have a lot of other problems. What they have to think about is that everybody has the same tire and the same problems and they have to make the adjustments to make it work. It's not that difficult to understand. If everybody was having the same trouble, then it would be something else."