Daytona 500: Ryan Newman press conference

RYAN NEWMAN -- 12 -- ALLTEL Taurus Top finishing rookie "Well, it was pretty exciting on certain laps, and kind of a ride-along program on the others. We started out, got shuffled back toward the back of the pack, and then got hooked with Rusty,...

RYAN NEWMAN -- 12 -- ALLTEL Taurus
Top finishing rookie

"Well, it was pretty exciting on certain laps, and kind of a ride-along program on the others. We started out, got shuffled back toward the back of the pack, and then got hooked with Rusty, and kind of drove up through and got up and, I think, we rode in fourth or fifth there for quite a while. It felt really good, the car felt really good.

"It started to get a little tight. Came in and made some adjustments on it. The guys did an awesome job in the pits today. I actually made one mistake and went over the line and cost us some time there. I think we fell back to 18th, but got the opportunity to work back up through traffic again. I mean, it was hairy at times there, the big wreck down there in one and two, I had to go down through the grass and I was telling some guys earlier I actually turned the thing to the right going through the grass, which you're never really supposed to do and it cut right, went back up to the bank and took off. I looked back in my mirror and I said, 'Man, I don't know how we made it.'

"Just a great team effort today. Rusty Wallace's team, the Miller Lite team, and the ALLTEL Ford Taurus really ran great. Just great for us to come home in the Top 10."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Ryan Newman