BRENDAN GAUGHAN, #77 KODAK EASY SHARE DODGE:
"I want to see where that puts us with the Raybestos Rookies. I don't think
we're going to be the quickest, I don't know. What's great about this team is
that we have teammates. After practice we sat down with Newman's guys and
Rusty's guys and said 'Okay, we don't feel great yet' and they gave us some tips
and we went out there and picked up and we made the front-end of the Kodak Dodge
work. That's the benefit of being with the Penske-Jasper team: you've got
teammates that kick butt."
YOU PICKED UP ON YOUR SECOND LAP. "It got loose for
the first time all day coming out of turn four to take the green flag so I went
easy. I took the whole first lap and tried to save a lot of that tire because I
knew that it was going to be no good and prepared it for the second lap. I may
be a Raybestos Rookie but I've been around a few NASCAR tracks and when you know
a first lap is not going to be good, save the tire, especially at a place like
Rockingham. I saved the tire for a lap so I could have a little left for the
second and we got luck and it worked."
THIS IS YOUR FIRST RACE AT ROCKINGHAM.
'This is a fun place. This is like a Darlington or Dover. These are driver's
racetracks and I like these places. Having Rusty and Ryan helping me out is a
big deal and Kodak has a lot of history around this place also, so I'd like to
etch our name a little bit in that history. Plus being the Raybestos Rookie of
the Race here wouldn't be bad, either."