Dover II: Newman Saturday - Dodge interview

Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) 5th fastest in final practice HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN THE FINAL PRACTICE? "We made our Alltel Dodge better. We got the car driving better on a longer run, so I'm excited about the race." WHERE DID YOU...

Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) 5th fastest in final practice

HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN THE FINAL PRACTICE? "We made our Alltel Dodge better. We got the car driving better on a longer run, so I'm excited about the race."

WHERE DID YOU SEE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE CAR IN PRACTICE TODAY? "We worked really hard in getting the car to roll better through the center of the corner. No matter what we changed -- for the longest time -- it wouldn't change how the car would get through the center. We finally threw some things at it that worked, so we're pretty happy with what we have to start the race tomorrow."

WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO NASCAR'S REVISED SUBSTANCE ABUSE POILCY? "I think that it's a great step. It's good that NASCAR is starting it (the revised substance abuse policy) in 2009. It will give us time to figure out what the guidelines are for us to follow. How much cough medicine will make you positive (to a drug test)? Does a Z Pack have an effect on you? Those things we'll have to learn and the communication between your physician and AEGIS will be important to make sure we're doing the right things and handling it the right way."

DID NASCAR NOT GO FAR ENOUGH BY NO REVEALING A LIST OF DRUGS THAT WILL BE TESTED? "I think NASCAR will continue to develop that as time goes on. There are obviously banned substances and there are substances that are legal that can make you illegal. You just have to make sure you don't put yourself in jeopardy in NASCAR's perspective."

DOES THIS GO A LONG WAY TO HELP CONVICE THE PUBLIC THAT NASCAR IS DOING ENOUGH WITH ITS DRUG POLICY? "I think that there is a sense of credibility for sure to be drug-free. Not just for the drivers, but for the crew members and owners and everybody involved. They want everybody in the garage area to be drug-free. That's NASCAR's goal and that's the way it should be."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman