Elliott's victory gives Dodge fourth weekend triumph. Bill Elliott's victory Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway culminated a grand slam weekend for Dodge Motorsports. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T scored ...
Elliott's victory gives Dodge fourth weekend triumph.
Bill Elliott's victory Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway culminated a grand slam weekend for Dodge Motorsports. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T scored Dodge's fifth victory of the season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. It was also Dodge's first back-to-back victories since returning to the circuit in 2001. Ward Burton won in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T last week at New Hampshire.
Dodge teams also won this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Robert Pressley in the No. 18 Square D Dodge Ram, Casey Atwood in the No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T in the Pepsi ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway, and Hank Parker Jr. in the No. 36 GNC Live Well Dodge Intrepid R/T in the NetZero 250 Busch Grand National race at Pikes Peak.
Dodge's Sterling Marlin led the most laps Sunday at Pocono in the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T. Marlin led 106 of 175 laps and finished third. Elliott became the first winner from the pole in 2002 and recorded his fifth career victory at Pocono. It was Elliott's 42nd career victory in start No. 679.
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That's two weeks in a row he (Nadeau) has got me. We were already loose and struggling. I would have let him go. It tore a race car up. It was my fault. I was loose going in there, but that's two weeks in a row he could have give me a little bit of a break. I'll bet he does next time. We were loose all day, and we never could get it tightened up. Then the 44 got me a little bit. I don't know if I came down on him a little bit or whatever, but I got in the wall. I just hate it for our Dodge. We wanted to have a good weekend."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"First my brakes went and I don't know if that caused it or what. The car just came around. I couldn't stop it anyway. I hate it I got into Mayfield. I thought I was underneath him, but I couldn't stop. I think he was a lap down and I got into the back of him and he wrecked. I hate it for him. We had a good car going and obviously I couldn't stop. I don't know if I blew a tire or what, but it destroyed the GP Dodge, and I hate it. We'll go to Indy next week and see if we can get 'em there."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We didn't need that last caution. The track changes as you go, and it just wasn't to our favor. We led the most laps and gained some points. I wish we could have won, but that was all we had. I'm just glad we're out of here and can go to the house.
"We had a good car, but I hated to see that last caution and get everybody bunched back up. Our car was really good on long runs. The weather changed and we just got beat. We had a good car and I'd like to thank all the guys on the Coors Light Dodge team. They did a heck of a job. They've been working real hard, and I think we're back in business. We're just glad to get out of here. I hope Steve (Park) is OK. I know Dale Jr. is. That's the main thing if everybody is OK and we can go home.
"I wish it would have stayed green. I knew Bill was good on short runs. It got real cool. I don't know if the track changed up. We just got beat. I just couldn't get through turn one. The car was real loose down there and tight in turns two and three. He beat us in turn one. The track changed and came to Bill's favor. He ran a good race and had a good car all day.
"It was a good points day for us. We finally gained some on Mark Martin (51 points). I'm looking forward to next week at Indy. It was a good weekend for Dodge. That's the second straight win (Ward Burton won last week at New Hampshire), so maybe we can make it three in a row next week at Indy."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It seemed like the longer you went the car in front had the most advantage. You'd get a little push and get loose off if you were behind the leader. I kept on and kept on and kept on. I knew I had to get him (Marlin) in turn one. I felt like one was my best corner and I could hold my own the rest of the way around the track. He almost beat me back in the tunnel, but I was able to put the pass on him and go on. He was guarding the inside, so I had to go anywhere he wasn't. It worked out. I ain't getting no younger, and every second was counting in my clock. I'm proud of these guys. They worked so hard. The effort we put in week in and week out. I'm just thankful these guys are behind me week in and week out. With a crew like this, it makes the young blood come back a little bit so to speak. They put a lot of confidence in me week in and week out. They make me want to drive that much harder because I know they're going to put good equipment under me. I really enjoyed those last 25 laps."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We made a bunch of changes from yesterday until today. They did a fantastic job with the changes they made. Yesterday we were not very good at all in practice. We'd get too tight on long runs, but we didn't break and we finished in the top 15 at Pocono. There's so many times we could have won here and didn't capitalize on it. Right now, we'll take 14th and go to Indy."
BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations - Dodge Motorsports)
COMMENT ON DODGE SWEEP IN WEEKEND NASCAR, ARCA RACES
"It was an all red weekend for Dodge. We finished 1-2 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Robert Pressley won in the No. 18 Square D Dodge Ram at Michigan. It's a red truck, and Jason Leffler was close behind in his No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram.
Casey Atwood won the ARCA race at Pocono in a red Dodge Intrepid R/T.
Hank Parker Jr. won the first Busch Grand National race for Dodge in a red and white Dodge Intrepid R/T.
And then Bill Elliott caps it off by winning the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Pocono in Ray Evernham's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T. That's another red Dodge.
That was quite a quadruple weekend for Dodge, and it just doesn't get any better than that. Plus, it was the first time Dodge has won back-to-back races in Winston Cup, and Bill Elliott was the first driver to win from the pole this season. Hopefully we'll carry the momentum into the Brickyard 400 next week and keep the Dodge ball bouncing."