BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) â€œIt looked like the 25 and 26 got together in the corner. The 25 was trying to jam his way under the 26. I donâ€™t know whose fault it was, if the 26 came down or the 25 went up. The...
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
“It looked like the 25 and 26 got together in the corner. The 25 was trying to jam his way under the 26. I don’t know whose fault it was, if the 26 came down or the 25 went up. The 25 lost it. I thought the 25 was just going to slide around toward the center, and I was going to commit to the high side. When I did, he started up. We got together and then we got apart and my car just turned left down the race track. I guess Mikey (Waltrip) hit me in the side. We’ve got a lot of damage. It’ll take awhile, but maybe we’ll get back out. It’s a shame it happened so fast, but that’s just part of what we do.”
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Marlin’s sixth-place finish was his best since a fifth-place performance on April 8.
“I was hoping he (Mike Wallace) would come back across in front of me. I didn’t want to commit there when he was bouncing off the wall. I thought somebody might have been under me cutting down. We got pretty close to each other, but everything worked out on that deal.
“The car was better early in the race. We got too tight in the center and we got good at the end. We were gaining on them, but they were too far ahead. We were just too tight and had to free up the car. We had a top-five car last week and got in trouble on that last restart. We finished sixth today and should have gone back to the top five in the points (only four points behind fourth-place Tony Stewart). Those Chevrolets were just gone today. I burned the back of my foot a little bit. It felt like a branding iron was sticking me the last few laps. The floorboard felt like it was on fire. The new tires are great. Goodyear has done a great job with them.”
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Hamburger Helper Dodge Intrepid R/T)
“You start in the back and then that crash I bumped the 93 and it bent my grill in. When I was by myself I was OK, but I wasn’t very good around other cars. We ran pretty good, but we had a leg in there where we could run 10 or 15 laps and then from 15-55 we didn’t run as good as we needed to. Then at the end of the run, we ran good again. Starting so far back, it’s hard to get up there. You tear stuff up going to the front. I’m just glad that we didn’t get crashed. I feel like we’ve got a pretty good plan going. We’ve got a couple of things we’re working on. We’re getting better. I used to hate Dover and Bristol. I’ve run good at Dover before but then would blow right fronts like everybody else. A lot of people ran the same speed all day. When we got to the middle part of the race, everybody got their cars about the same. It sure feels better than this time last week (after failing to qualify for Coca-Cola 600). Just about anything would feel better than that.”
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
“I guess all-in-all that was a pretty good end result. We got in a little trouble early and then had to fight our way back the rest of the day. I wish we could have made up that lap. We would have had a much better finish, but that’s racing. We’ll get ready and try again next week at Michigan.”
JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
“We had a good car all day, but we got back on the lead lap because we hadn’t pitted before that last caution. We didn’t get to qualify, and that hurt us. Our pit stall was terrible, but we got lucky. The car was the tightest it had been all day on that last run, so I couldn’t make up any more positions. I’m pretty happy. That’s our first top 15 and we finished on the lead lap. Dover has become one of my favorite tracks. We had planned to stay out as long as we could with the intention of maybe getting a yellow and getting back on the lead lap. We picked up a bunch of spots by doing that. That’s our best finish, and we’ll keep setting a higher target every week.”