PRO CUP RACE:
JEFF AGNEW, No. 73 TEAM 7 MOTORSPORTS/AMERICA’S QUICK LUBE FORD:
YOU HAVE WON A LOT OF RACE IN YOUR CAREER. WHERE DOES THIS STACK UP?
“As good as any of ‘em that we’ve ever won. To win here at Wilkesboro, we’ve come here in a late model and finished second two or three times and I’ve always wanted to ride the elevator. To finally get it in this series coming back here after its been shut down for so long, it’s just a wonderful feeling.”
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE SUNK WHEN YOU WENT A LAP DOWN?
“I thought we were sunked and flunked and everything else. I thought it was over. When the caution come out there a little bit later and we got to put our tires back on and we come back and passed everybody I was like, well, now we’ve got a shot because we’ve got a good enough car. We just about had to do that. We were making some adjustments there on that fuel stop at first that we really needed to make, which that probably allowed the car to be as good as it was at the end of the race. Sometimes a blind hawk will find an acorn every once in a while and we found one today [smiles].”
WAS YOUR CAR REMARKABLY BETTER AFTER YOU CAME IN AND PUT TIRES ON?
“Oh yeah. It was a lot better at the end of the race than it was at the first of the race and that’s due to those adjustments that we made. Hey, what can I say? It worked out for us this time. Next time it probably won’t.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT? WERE YOU THINKING OH MAN, I DIDN’T NEED TO SEE THAT CAUTION.
“Oh definitely. We were out there 10, 12 car lengths, whatever it was, ahead and you never want to see a caution. But we knew it was coming because it’s just the way it works for us. You really got to pay attention on the restarts here after a few laps because you spin your tires so bad. I didn’t spin my tires too bad and I got a little bit of a cushion there and just able to hold on to it until the end.”
DO YOU THINK YOUR FELLOW PRO CUP SERIES COMPETITORS LIKED RACING HERE AT NORTH WILKESBORO?
“I think they do, definitely. If there get it to where their cars are hooked up pretty good they’ll love coming here and race.”
DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THE CAR WAS GOING TO BE THIS STRONG HERE THIS WEEKEND?
“I didn’t think we could win the pole but I thought we had a decent car the whole time our test and down here this weekend. I thought we’ve had a god car and just fortunate enough that it was better than everybody else’s today I guess [smiles].
THIS WAS YOUR SECOND WIN OF THE 2010 SEASON.” DO YOU THINK YOU CAN WIN ANOTHER RACE BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER?
“If they let us we’ll get ‘em all [laughs].”
DOUG WEDDLE, CREW CHIEF, No. 73 TEAM 7 MOTORSPORTS/AMERICA’S QUICK LUBE FORD:
“We knew that new tires were going to be really important and we tried to keep that in mind. When that first caution fell it was within two laps of being within our fuel window and we made a call to go with fuel and try to keep two new sets of tires for the end. And gosh, man, it almost bit us.”
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE SUNK WHEN YOU WENT A LAP DOWN?
“No I didn’t think I was sunk because I kept telling myself when we get new tires on we’re going to drive right back by ‘em. When that leader goes by you it’s a heartbreaking feeling but it worked out.”
CLAY ROGERS, No. 15 USG SHEETROCK/BUILDING SPECIALTIES CHEVROLET (SECOND PLACE, POINTS LEADER):
“Well that’s not what we came here to do, run second. We had a very fast car at the beginning of the race, just sat there and rode. And whenever we felt like it was time to go we went up there and took the lead and drove away. I don’t know why we can’t put four tires on this car. Sometimes it just goes to crap. It’s very frustrating. That’s part of it. It’s like r olling the dice every time you come down pit road. The second set there, we knew from scuffing ‘em in practice that they weren’t what we wanted, for whatever reason, we don’t have a reason why. Just proud of this USG team. We fought back. The last set of tires there the car was pretty good. Jeff had an excellent race car all weekend long. We drove off from everybody there and he was just half a tenth better a lap. We just couldn’t get our car to rotate quite like we needed to down here in one and two. But we gave him a run for his money. They’ve done a lot of hard wor k this year and their team deserves a lot of credit from where they are right now from where they were at the beginning of the season. We’re going to keep doing what we’ve got to do to and go to these last two races and try to wrap up this championship and see if we can’t get a couple more wins.”
DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE ON THAT LAST RESTART?
“I knew he was better than we were. The only chance I had was if he slipped up and that chance got taken away when Logan [Ruffin] dive bombed it down in there first corner on the restart. Once we got side-by-side it was game over. He and I got together a little bit. I don’t know if he’s mad at me or what but there’s one little patch of racetrack down there in three and four where the grip is. I had people squeeze me down all day long. As relaxed as the pace was it was amazing the stupidity out of some of the people out there racing today. I mean, you’re sitting there running half-throttle saving your tires and you’ve got idiots running into the side of each other. Pretty disappointing, people that you think that get it that don’t but we’ll come back at Greenville and I know we’ll be good there and see if we can’t get us a win.”
LUCAS RANSONE, No. 00 CASTROL EDGE FORD (THIRD-PLACE):
THAT LAST RESTART MUST HAVE BEEN EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEEDED.
“Our car wasn’t the best, it was a little tight. I just want to thank Castrol for coming on board this race. We tried to give them the winning edge but came up a little bit short. I’ve got to thank all my guys, my crew. They had good stops all day. Hopefully we can get Castrol on board and we’ll be back next year with our guns loaded. It was exciting al l the way to the end. It’s a thinking man’s game ‘cause you have to know when to use the tires, when to get sideways and show your stuff. I had a good day and the car is in one piece. We’ll take that.”
JASON MYERS, No. 4 MYERS RACING MODIFIED (FIRST-PLACE):
HOW MUCH PRIDE DO YOU HAVE IN WINNING HERE TODAY?
“I’m telling you man, I can’t describe it. It’s unbelievable. You don’t how many times I came here as a kid and I’ve been on top of this building [in victory lane] but I wasn’t behind the wheel and to drive that thing up on the lift is indescribable.”
THE RACING TODAY WAS OUTSTANDING.
“Just ‘cause you’ve got a field with fewer cars, we had a lot of good race cars here today, a lot of good race cars.&nbs p; This race right here as got just much pride as any race I’ve ever won in my life. I don’t care if there’s five cars out there, this is awesome.”
YOU AND SHANE HMIEL RACED HARD AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED IN TURN 2?
“We raced hard and we were racing clean. I bumped him a couple times and he kept pinching it down in front of me. He knew I had a lot better car and the only for me to get around him was push him up out of the groove and that’s what I did. I gave him a nice clean shot up off the corner. It moved him up and when I got under him he turned right back into the side of my car and when it did it shot him right into the wall. If he had stayed in his line and gave himself some room he could have come out of here second today and I really hate it for him. I get along with those guys great. I really hate that anybody’s car gets torn up that bad.”
IS THAT A PRODUCT OF NOT RACING MODIFIEDS ON A REGULAR BASIS?
“I think it’s a product, Shane’s a wild race car driver. And not taking anything away from him, Shane’s a wheelman, but Shane’s wild. We pitted at the same time and did the same pit strategy and Shane wore his out a lot quicker than I did because he was a little too aggressive with his race car and mine was better in the long run. Like I said I hat e it for Shane. He’s a good kid. That whole group right there is a good bunch of guys and I really hate their car got tore up and they know it was nothing intentional. Like I said I bumped the man coming off the corner. With five to go in the race I’m not going to let him win just like he’s not going to let me win.”
FOR THE GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED, YOU RESTARTED AHEAD OF JUNIOR MILLER. DID YOU HAVE ANY STRATEGY?
“My strategy at that point is to get as far away from him as I can. I wasn’t counting Junior out. I knew if Junior could get to me getting into that first cor ner Junior was going to give me a good shot and get me up out of the way. I knew if we got into one and got away from him without him hitting me our car was definitely good enough to stay away from him. We had a great race car. All day in practice yesterday and qualified outside pole and we raced good all day.”
EVERTHING CAME DOWN TO THE FINAL RESTART.
“I could have given this race away on that restart. If I’d have spun the tires, which I did a little bit, if I’d have got loose getting into one, any small mistake could have cost me the race on that restart and I was real careful I got it going straight and got out front.”
JUNIOR MILLER, No. 69 R+L CARRIES MODIFIED (SECOND-PLACE):
“We didn’t come up here to run second. We were saving our tires that first run and shoot, we burned ‘em up. We put a couple on there with about six to go and some of these cars got three tires. We just didn’t put enough tires on or we’d have been there. We had a good race car that last time. If there had been a few more laps I believe I’d have got that 4 car [Jason Myers].”
WHAT DID YOU SEE WHEN JASON MYERS AND SHANE HMIEL GOT TOGETHER?
“Shane got a little wide and the four got under him and run into the side of him and knocked him on into the fence. But you know that’s racing. You bend ‘em up some days and you can win the next day. We come up here to win but we run second. That’s the first loser. We didn’t get into it with nobody. The 99 [Kevin Powell] cut down in front of me and I spun him. I didn’t mean to but he run into the bumper there and turned him around. I had a pretty decent race car just lacked a little bit there at the end.”
CAN YOU USE THIS GOOD RUN TODAY AT NORTH WILKESBORO TO TURN YOUR PROGRAM AROUND FOR 2011? “
Yeah, we quit last year on a bad note so this year we’re quitting on a good note. We were just a couple car lengths short of winning the race. If they’d have been three or four more laps and if I’d have got as many tires as they did we’d have won it anyway. I don’t know how they got by it. We had a right-rear to go flat and they called it wouldn’t flat. I think Burt [Myers] got three tires anyway. It’s part of the game. We didn’t play our cards right today.”
BURT MYERS, No. 1 MYERS RACING MODIFIED (THIRD-PLACE):
“We played our strategy a little different than everybody else. We switched our left-sides when we got our right-sides and it just didn’t play out. That’s why it’s called racing and not winning I guess. But you know if I can come up here and watch that 4 car [Jason Myers] win the race I can take it.”
WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND ZACH BREWER AFTER THE RACE?
“They were mad about the 09 [Hmiel] and Jason and I told him it didn’t have anything to do with Jason and the 09. It happened to do with me and the 11 [Brewer]. The 11 car ran into me all day long and then after the race coming down pit road I pulled up beside him and he cut left into me again. We come to race and we come to win and I was here to beat the 4 and I didn’t and he put it on us today and hey, they deserve it.”
A GREAT DAY FOR THE MYERS FAMILY.
“Absolutely. I mean hey it doesn’t get any better than this. It would personally for me if my car was sitting there [victory lane] but the trophy is coming back to Walnut Cove. Like Jason said I want to thank all these fans for coming out. This is the heart of short track racing and this is where it all began and for the Bowman Gray type modifieds to be able to come up here in front of these fans and have a day like we did and have an exciting race like we did, maybe next time we can come back with 25 cars and it’ll be even more exciting.”