Dodge Winston notes

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) COMMENTS AFTER NO BULL SPRINT "Somebody was just driving over his head and ruined our left rear. If we could have ever got to the front, I think we would have been OK. We had to start so...

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) COMMENTS AFTER NO BULL SPRINT "Somebody was just driving over his head and ruined our left rear. If we could have ever got to the front, I think we would have been OK. We had to start so far back. We were real tight early, came in and adjusted and got it real loose. We had it good and passed a bunch of cars and then someone decided he didn't want us to pass. We were going to bring back a different car next week anyway. This one isn't hurt too bad. It's just got a couple of donuts on it. People got to know where their limits are, and some of them don't know. I don't think some of them will ever learn. We gambled with a wild setup tonight, and it wasn't too bad at the end. Those Fords have got some steam under the hood. I don't know if we've got anything for 'em or not, but our guys keep working. They don't ever give up."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The first run was the best we were. We tried to make it better and neither time did we have any success at it. We had a real bad aero loose when people got on the outside of me. The first run the 18 and 12 hustled their way around me on the outside. I just can't go in there deep or they're going to pull me around. We got back to second on that one. We had some close calls, just some tight racing at the first and second segments that kind of kept us back there. We actually changed the style of tire, and it made me way too tight. We went back as close as we could to what we had the first run, but we put on two tires and it wouldn't turn in a 40-acre field with two tires. It was a pretty good run for us. We were competitive and that's what we need to do with this Dodge. We need to get back to where we were this time last year, and this is a step in the right direction. "It's hard to say (about taking two tires on final pit stop). Tommy (crew chief Baldwin) is definitely a gambler and whether he makes a good call or bad call, I'm going to live with it and trust him with that. This particular time, with the way the tires are, it just wouldn't work. "I'm just glad to get it in for all the race fans and the race teams. Now everybody can kind of relax on Sunday and get ready to go back to work on Monday morning. "I've got to get a better aero package. I need to talk to some of the Ford and Pontiac and Chevrolet guys. People are pulling me around when they go on the outside of me. The 18 was on the outside of me going into one on that particular restart, and I had to back off because he was already pulling me around. The 12 just followed his suit. "It was a gamble at the end. We probably would have finished the same if we had not done it, but we were trying to win the race. Tommy made a good call, and they had a great pit stop. For whatever reason, those tires and this race track and that chassis combination, two tires just didn't like it. We've got a damn good race car to bring back next week. I feel a lot more opti mistic about our chances next week. "We learned a lot this weekend. We were close enough that we could learn about spring rates on the tires. We can learn about what different stagger does. We learned a little bit about motor combinations. I learned what I need to do with this race tire. It was a good learning experience these last two days. "I couldn't run any harder. I about bobbled into a loose condition and lost it up there in three and four. We've got too good of a race car here to wreck it. We need to bring it back next week. That was all I had. I didn't leave much out there. "I've never seen anybody bring out a damn backup car and put in motors, but this is a crazy deal we're doing here anyway. To make up rules as we go is fine with me."

-Mopar

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