SAM HORNISH JR. (Driver, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) 7th YOU SCRAPED THE WALL EARLY IN THE ALL-STAR RACE. "Oh yeah, we scraped it pretty good, too. We had a really good car. I thought we had a car that was capable of running in the top-10...
SAM HORNISH JR. (Driver, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) 7th
YOU SCRAPED THE WALL EARLY IN THE ALL-STAR RACE. "Oh yeah, we scraped it pretty good, too. We had a really good car. I thought we had a car that was capable of running in the top-10 here. Once we got out there running I think we had one that was capable of winning. I went down into that turn and I was right behind the 42 car. He'd been running the bottom and he moved up and it was either me go up in the marbles and try to keep from crashing or run over him. I did what I thought was the right thing to do and I had to move up a little bit and I got in the marbles and got the back end which drug the front. Then we get the flat tire and go two laps down and it was a struggle the whole day but we had a really good car.
I wish that we would have been up a little bit better because we would have had an opportunity to maybe take some tires there on that last stop or do something a little bit differently or we would have just got better track position than what we had.
"I was just really happy with the way that the Mobil 1 Dodge handled. The guys did a great job in the pits. I think we had a car that could have ran in the top-three easy and I think that's part of the learning process for a rookie is learning who to run around, who you can't run around and who you need to be extra-careful about. It's just unfortunate that it happens that way but the biggest bummer for me of the whole thing is that we don't get any Raybestos Rookie of the Year points for this weekend [smiles]."
YOU PASSED NINE CARS IN THE THIRD SEGMENT. DID YOU REALIZE THE CAR WAS THAT MUCH BETTER? "We were really good. I think we would have probably passed about 15 in the first segment if we hadn't got up there and got into the wall and then we would have been able to take our time from then on out. The big thing was that we knew we had a really good car it's just how we get back on the lead lap. In all the all-star races that I've ever seen there's been about 12 cars running at the end because everybody else was wrecked. This year there's no yellows other than the mandatory ones. It was a strange deal but we got back on the lead lap. We finished seventh and I'm real happy about how all the guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge did. They're making me really proud. We keep trying to advance all the time and we think we're heading in the right direction and we just need to get the monkey off our back and get a little bit more luck. I'm just really, really blessed that I got to come down here and be part of the all-star race. It's one of the coolest things I've ever done, that's for sure."
RYAN NEWMAN (Driver, No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 6th
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RACE TONIGHT? "The Alltel Dodge was decent tonight, and I think we learned some things that will help us come back here with a better car for next week's race. Track position was everything tonight. We opted for two tires on the final pit stop, and some of the guys in front of us didn't take any. Sixth-place is a solid finish, and we'll take what we learned and hopefully improve on that next Sunday."
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