RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) -- finished 5th, moved up five spots to 10th in points "We had a good one. You would think with 20 something guys on the lead lap that at least three of the guys running last on the lead lap would stay...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) -- finished 5th, moved up five spots to 10th in points
"We had a good one. You would think with 20 something guys on the lead lap that at least three of the guys running last on the lead lap would stay out, but they didn't and we had those lapped cars between us. I can't say it was a bad call by any means by anybody. We had a car that should have definitely won this race tonight but didn't. That's something we can't say about the other races this year. We'll just go on. It was a great run for our ALLTEL Dodge and we look forward to going to Richmond.
"That's the way it works sometimes. Sometimes you're the dealer and sometimes you're not. We were sitting in the wrong position. The lapped cars were there. We were just too late to come down. We figured some of the guys would stay out with a three-lap dash. You'd think the guys running 20th and 21st on the tail end of the lead lap would stay out and try to get a top 10, but they weren't bright enough to do that, so they suckered us into finishing fifth. The second-place car was so far back that by the time he committed to coming down pit road I was committed to staying out. That was it. Other than that, they (lapped cars) were great on the racetrack."
WHAT IF THAT LAST CAUTION HADN'T COME OUT? "We would have won I'm pretty sure. Obviously we had enough fuel and tires to make it to the end. We had a four-second lead."
"I don't think it was a bad decision (to stay out). I think three or four guys if they were bright enough they would have stayed out and tried to get a top 10 out of it instead of finishing 20th, but that didn't happen. Unfortunate for us, but we had a top five car all day. We had a car that should have won but didn't. We can't say that about every racecar we've had this season. We'll carry on and see what we can do with the ALLTEL Dodge at Richmond.
"I was just hoping they'd crash right away at the start (on final restart). That was the last call for the green-white-checkered. That didn't happen unfortunately. I gave 'em too clean of a restart, and that's the way it ended. There are guys who have never got a top five ever. There are guys that have never finished in the top five at Darlington. We did it with a car that was capable of winning on a goofy tire strategy. We can still walk away with a smile.
"This is my favorite racetrack. I've always wanted to win here. We had the car. We had everything today. We just didn't need that last caution.
"We had to work on the car quite a bit. The ALLTEL Dodge was loose at the start, but we got it tuned in. Once we got track position it was great the rest of the day."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 GoMan Go! Dodge Charger) -- finished 3rd, started from pole
"The track seemed like it stayed about the same all night to me. We tightened the car up from the initial drop of the green flag. We were super loose, and there at the end I felt like I was about as loose as I was at the start. The tires fall off so much. It's tough to get rolling, but we had a pretty good racecar. We had good pit stops. When we were out front, our car was just as good anybody's. We actually could pull away from them guys, especially the first 20 laps. When I was behind some cars, I could never pass the really good cars all night long. A car that was a little bit worse than I was, I could never pass all night long. It was weird. If I could get by 'em I could drive away.
"I couldn't see anything from where I was (on last restart). I think I started seventh or eighth or somewhere in there. Knowing that the 49 and 12 had old, hot tires on, I imagine one of them spun their tires, but I don't know what happened. Everybody took off. I took off and the next thing I knew everybody checked up and I shot out to the left so I didn't run anybody over and lifted and waited until Jeff got back by me so I didn't get any penalty."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- finished 6th, moved to 8th in points
"We stayed in the top 10 most of the night and got a good finish out of it, but it was so loose all night. I don't know what else we could have done to tighten it up, springwise or what. It was just a loose racecar. We had terrible grip all night, so racing under the lights didn't help us much, but I'm thrilled with our finish. We didn't have a sixth-place car today."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- finished 41st, 650th career start
"Something happened to the motor. It started skipping about the hundred-lap mark. The guys on the Coors Light team were doing a great job tonight. We had some great pit stops. We were out there riding between fifth and seventh all night and this is one of my favorite tracks. Something happened to the motor. I don't know what happened to it. It's broke, so we're through for the night. We had a real good car. The night racing here is cool. I love it, but it's still Darlington."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- finished 12th
"Something happened to the 01 coming to the line. He came off turn four and just stopped. I hung a left and when I hung a left the 29 was there and got me in the quarterpanel and she went across the line backwards. We got a 12th out of it, and that was decent. We were loose all day long. We never could get it right."