JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline-Texaco Dodge Charger) -- Finished 6th, 11th in standings "We were actually pretty good. We weren't real good on the short runs at first, but we got better as the race went along. We kept adjusting on it. I was a...
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline-Texaco Dodge Charger) -- Finished 6th, 11th in standings
"We were actually pretty good. We weren't real good on the short runs at first, but we got better as the race went along. We kept adjusting on it. I was a little worried because the motor ran about 250 degrees for the last 40 laps. It's cool in a 500-mile race to have an engine run like that. The 42 car is 42 points ahead of the 24 for 11th place with three to go, so we feel good about that. That's another top 10, but we'd really like to win one of these last three."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 21st
"We had a really fast car, but our weekend started bad. We had a problem with our ignition box in qualifying and hit the rev limiter really early. We took a provisional and when the race started we had a hell of a car. Brian (substitute crew chief Pattie, filling in for Jimmy Elledge because he went home for the birth of his daughter) made a good call at the beginning on tire pressures and put us where we needed to be. We didn't touch or change a thing from there on out. We got up in the top 10 and got a real bad vibration. I thought I had a bad set of tires. We put on a new set of tires and went a lap down under green. I still had a bad vibration. Come to find out I think the drive line might be out of round or something like that. It wasn't the tires. We got our lap back and got going again and got up in the top 10 and blew a right front. We went back out and got back into the top 10 and had another real bad vibration. It felt like a tire was coming apart. After having one blow out I didn't want to take a chance, so we came in and it put us two laps down. We just got stuck back there after that."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 35th
"I think we could have run in the top 10 maybe if things had gone right. I think Reed Sorenson turned down in the corner with a car under him and spun himself out. From where I was that's what happened, and I just had nowhere to go. It tore the car up and we couldn't do anything after that."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished 23rd, tied for fourth in standings, 107 points behind leader Tony Stewart
"It wasn't the day we wanted here at Atlanta. We never got a good handle on the car. It went from tight to loose. There was no grip there a couple of times. We kept working on it, but we never could get it right. I fell a lap down and that hurt us, then I got into someone and got into the wall, and that didn't help anything, either. We ended up 23rd, two laps down, and that really hurt us in the points. We've got three to go, so we'll do the best we can and see how the rest of the season shakes down and where we ended up. It ain't over yet."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 38th, 10th in standings
"I'm not sure exactly what the problem was. It's pretty wild because we never have problems like this, but it's going to happen ever once in awhile. This team will keep digging. It might have cost us a chance at the championship, but we've got a long way to go. We'll keep working hard. This is part of it, it's part of racing. That's what happened to us last week. We cut a right front tire down. This week we had a little problem with the clutch or whatever. We'll do the best we can and try to get back out there. We've still got a couple of spots we can make up and maybe we can finish in the top five. We'll keep going and do the best we can."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished 37th, eighth in standings
NOTE: Wallace made career start No. 703 today at AMS. Ironically, his first Cup start came at AMS on March 16, 1980. He started seventh and finished second in that event at the age of 23. The 49-year-old St. Louis, Mo., native will made his last Cup start at AMS today with 701 Cup races between his Alpha and Omega at AMS. He has 47 starts at AMS with three poles and two victories.
"We got down into turn one and the 66 spun out right in front of me. I couldn't go low, and I couldn't go high. There was nothing else I could do. I saw the 37 car shoot high, and I saw the 66 spin. I was a car length behind them, and I was trapped. That's three in a row now. It's absolutely unbelievable. I can't believe I came the whole season with no problems and right now at the very end it goes all to hell. They are fixing the fender. The left front fender was hitting the left front tire and blowing tires out. We're going to try to get back out and gain some points. That's about all we can do.
"This pretty well knocks us out (of winning The Chase). I had a great car at Charlotte only to get in that deal. I had a great car last week at Martinsville only to have that problem there. It's hard to believe we came all year without any problems and now it's been three in a row. I hate it for the team and all the fans. We've had a real great run, and we've got three more races to have some more great runs. We'll see what we can do. It's gratifying knowing I'm on top of my game. That's what I wanted to do. I'm just upset right now for what's happened the last three weeks. I've learned in my whole career that's racing. There's nothing you can do about it. We've got great sponsors in Miller Lite, a great car with Dodge and a great crew chief with Larry Carter. That's all you can ask for. It's just unforeseen luck around you. When a car loses it and you can't go anywhere, that's just a bad day. Last week was a bad day and the week before that was a bad day. I've still got three to go and we'll try to win some races before the year is over."