RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Pole winner NOTE: Newman captured his circuit-leading fourth pole of the season and his second straight. It's his 11th career pole in 57 attempts. It's the fifth pole of the season for Dodge in 2003.
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Pole winner
NOTE: Newman captured his circuit-leading fourth pole of the season and his second straight. It's his 11th career pole in 57 attempts. It's the fifth pole of the season for Dodge in 2003. Chevy has six, Ford two and Pontiac 0.
"I'm happy for everyone on the team. It was a great job, great effort. We had a great engine with good horsepower and a great car. Hopefully we can learn from each other and keep it 1-2.
"The ALLTEL Dodge team gave me a great car today. I really like this track. It's a lot of fun. We'll do everything we can to keep this ALLTEL Dodge up front. We're happy to keep qualifying well like we have all season. It keeps the guys pumped up for Sunday.
"The way our season is going, we're just starting to get going. I know we knocked off a really good lap, and it's a team effort. I'm out there pushing the pedal. If they don't give me a straight arrow I can't hit the target, and they gave me a straight arrow today. This is one of the toughest tracks on physical and mental stamina. You just hope you're in shape and the car's handling good.
"The car is really fast. I like this race car. It's been a good car for us. Hopefully we can stay 1-2. It's a good start for all of us. This is a fun track. You can hit hard. A lot goes along with it. It's touchy and fast, but it's the kind of track these cars are made for.
"If we can lose that many points in 12 races we can gain that many more with 24 to go. We're not out until we're mathematically out. I felt good about our runs all year. We've had a lot of mistakes, unlucky situations and things like that. We're just trying to do what we can, the best we can. We've got a good shot at getting those five bonus points fast by starting on the pole. We try to lead every lap, so we're really going to try to lead the first one.
"We unloaded off the truck fast. The guys did a good job preparing a fast race car. We left it the same pretty much all the way through practice. It's a great race track. It's not great when you hit the wall, but none of them are. You've got to be comfortable with the people around you. I just go out there and drive the car for what it's worth.
"We changed the setup a little bit because of the difference between the Ford and the Dodge. We've done a good job adapting. It's a good start for Dodge (qualified 1-2-3). Now we'll just have to see what we can do to finish the deal.
"Practice is important no doubt, but it's not going to be any different if it does rain out. Qualifying trim is more critical for speed than race trim. I have a lot of confidence in the ALLTEL Dodge guys. We unloaded fast today. There's no reason we can't be fast on Sunday.
"We unloaded off the truck really fast. The ALLTEL Dodge guys did a good job preparing the race car. We pretty much left it the same the entire practice. I just worked on my line. It's a great race track. It's fun. It's fast. It's not a great race track when you hit the wall typically, but none of them are. We got off to a good start for the weekend.
"This race track is no different than You've got to be comfortable with the people around you, the race car and the situation. It's different every place, but you have to treat it the same at every place. I just go out there and drive the car for what it's worth.
"It's like every other race track, whether it's a flat track or Martinsville or anywhere else. Any time you've got a chance to be up front, it's a benefit for the whole team. To me it's a great race track as far as passing goes, but it's hard sometimes because of the difference in the speed between the corners and straightaways. I drive it as hard as I can.
"The bottom line is the guy who's going to win is going to win. You can't change that whether it's Rusty or I or anybody else. We're going to go out there and do the best job we can. We don't slow down for anybody.
"You don't put it behind you. You just remember it and learn from your mistakes whether it's bad luck or your own created destiny. We just go out there and do the best job we can, whether it's Daytona or Talladega or wherever. That's all you can do.
"We had a fast race car at Richmond and had a gear go bad, but we're doing the best job we can week in and week out. Sometimes it's not good enough and sometimes it is. Today it was. Tomorrow it might not be. I've got a lot of experience at different race tracks, and I adapt to different situations whether it's learning from my deal at The Winston when I'm trying to pass too many cars at once or what. You go on and learn. You're a good learner if you correct your mistakes and only make 'em once. You always learn more by listening than you will by talking."