RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Second "We had a vibration and had to come in early. We didn't know what it was, and that put us out of sequence with everybody else. Luckily the race ran green and we didn't get caught a lap...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Second
"We had a vibration and had to come in early. We didn't know what it was, and that put us out of sequence with everybody else. Luckily the race ran green and we didn't get caught a lap down. That was the good side of the coin. The bad side of the coin was we lost a shot to win the race. To have a car that was that good on a long run, I wish we could have held him (Tony Stewart) off, but that's all we were doing, being able to hold him off.
"We had a vibration I guess about 20 laps after that last restart. We were able to hold it off until a good opportunity to make it to a window to make it to the end if it did go green. Our car was awesome on the long run to have an extra 20-30 laps on tires over everybody else and still be able to be that fast. I've got to thank ALLTEL and Dodge for that.
"I'm just disappointed. I'm not disappointed in the finish itself. I'm just disappointed in having a shot to win the race and not being able to follow through. It was a great weekend. To come here and sit on the pole and finish second and have a great car at the end, I can't complain about that. When you're that close to the No. 1 spot, you tend to think about it for 15 minutes after the race.
"It looked like I could for awhile. I've got to thank Goodyear. Their tires are awesome. I don't think we saw one tire failure tonight, unless I didn't see something happen. We got our balance right and it paid off. This is one of the cool tracks we go to that's not all aero dependent. It's great to be able to have a great mechanical balance and make the Goodyear tires last.
"I don't think his (Tony Stewart's) car was as good as he would have liked it to be at the end of the race. Otherwise he would have come up and passed me quicker. Seeing how fast Jimmie Johnson came up and knowing that Jimmie had a fast car, I think Tony's car was a little off at the end. Especially after he passed me, I was able to catch him back a little bit. That was pretty much it. We were just off sequence like I said.
"It's kinda hard to save tires and go fast at the same time. We were in position to at least keep ourselves the first car a lap down as long as we could. After that it was just racing to see if it was going to be a yellow. If we gave up any time, we wouldn't have been as good through the middle section. It's not an exponential falloff for tires here."