NASCAR Banking 500 Pit Note #3
With weather threatening today's practice and the fact that teams are not allowed to test any more, what kind of impact will this have?
Ryan Pemberton (crew chief, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota; driver Brian Vickers) - "I almost wish it would wash out the entire mess until race time. If that was to happen, I think we'd have an edge. I think our past notes on this place are so much better than anybody else's because I've been with so many different teams. It's really no different than any other place we go to. But I assure you there will be some people in trouble if this rain continues. That is, except for that No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) bunch. They've got everybody covered, regardless of where we're at or what happens."
Steve Hmiel (competition director, Earnhardt Ganassi, Chevrolets Nos. 1, 34, 42) - "I really don't think it'll affect anything. With all the bump stops we have built into this car right now, you could just line them up and go racing without any problems. Now, 10 years ago, we would have been asking for trouble. As it is right now, we're just wasting gas by doing any of this."
Pat Tryson (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge; driver Kurt Busch) - "We've got two races - the All-Star race and the Coke 600 - here already, so there really shouldn't be a problem for anyone. If we don't get any practice today or tomorrow, it's gonna be a little bit of a crap shoot for some of these teams. If it rains out practice tomorrow, there will be some teams in trouble."
Peter Sospenso (crew chief, No.37 Jenkins/Long John Silver's Dodge; driver Travis Kvapil) - "If it rains us out today, there definitely will be some people in trouble, like us. We've got to make it on time and that's the only way we've got, so we don't want it to rain."