RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Finished fifth, Gained 31 points on Kenseth. Remains fourth in standings, 60 points out of second place. "We were playing the track position game just like everybody else up front. I was all used...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Finished fifth, Gained 31 points on Kenseth. Remains fourth in standings, 60 points out of second place.
"We were playing the track position game just like everybody else up front. I was all used up, and Dale Jr. had better tires than we did. This is a track where tires make a difference for sure, and we sure saw that today. If it hadn't been for Terry there at the end, I think somebody else might have turned us around. Terry did a good job and ran me clean and we got a good top-five finish with the ALLTEL Dodge. We picked up some ground on Kenseth and Harvick, and lost a little ground to the eight car, but we've still got a shot at running good the rest of the year. We've got four to go, and I don't know where we're going to end up. We're just going to give it all we've got in these next four races and see where we end up. We had to fight back today. It was typical Martinsville racing, but to come home with a top five is a good run for sure."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"We started off and the car was really good. Spencer spun out and there was so much smoke I couldn't tell if I needed to go high or low. I just started stopping and he was parked right in front of me. It tore up the front end, and I thought it would really hurt the car. I was nervous about that. It didn't hurt it. I got to running and got the brakes hot trying to get around the lapped cars. I lost the brakes, and I had to get in the corner easy and those guys caught me. It looked like they tried to make it three wide in the corner off turn four. Kurt Busch drove over the top of my hood and that's what killed me. I lost the brakes, and I was just holding on for dear life those last 30 laps. We had a real good car. It was definitely a top-five car. I lost the brakes at Watkins Glen, Sears Point, here. We're having problems with 'em. I don't know what we're going to do. I guess we've got to get some new stuff."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Ninth, Moved to 10th in series standings - his highest ranking of the season.
"We kind of held our own. That's the best run we've had here in awhile. These guys kept after it all weekend. We had to work our way from the back. That's never good at a place like Martinsville. The guys never gave up, and we were able to get a decent finish and keep our momentum going."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"I got real loose and I got hit. I tried to save it. I got Rusty, but it wasn't his fault. It was just a racing deal. It was pretty loose, but we had a good run going. I think we were running fourth. I'm very upset. I think we had a good chance for a top five and maybe a win. That's just my luck. It's been that way all year."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We had a good car. I think we worked our way up to fourth. Ward got us in three and four and turned us around in front of everybody. Johnny Benson came off turn two and had to check up. It wasn't his fault. We got a hole in the radiator. It just ain't been a good day."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 8th, top rookie, moved to 15th in series standings. Scored seventh top 10 finishes in the past nine races and moved up from 23rd in the standings in those nine events.
"We came from a long way back three of four times. The pit strategy worked in our favor, and it was a really effort by all our guys. It amazes me we come to a place like this and fight the trouble we did and finish as well as we did. I figured we had a shot at the top 10 if everything went our way, but it was pretty awesome to come back from all the trouble we had. As long as we can keep doing it every week, that's the important thing. Greg (Biffle) is going to have to have some really good races in the Final Four to catch us (for Raybestos Rookie of the Year title), but anything is possible. We just have to keep running as well as we are and beat him each week."
"I was running in the top five when I motor broke here in the spring. We tested here last year with the 40 team. Mike Bliss drove the car, and I don't know if that helped me or not, but we've been pretty good here both times. To finish where we did as tore up as our car was.... I don't know what it looked like on TV, but it felt crunched. I could see tape and the cowls flopping, so we were pretty happy with our finish. It was weird. After I wrecked, it drove a lot better. I don't know what happened. The stirring was quarter of a turn off. When I drove off pit road, I took it off and put it on a string so I didn't have to notice it was off so far. We started making big adjustments on the car after that, and it seemed like it drove better."
"Typically once you get single filed out and get all the lapped cars out of that way, it seemed like that's when the caution would come out. It's a little annoying. You sat and followed these guys for 20 laps and another caution came out and you had to do it all over again. It's hard here with lapped cars, too."
"I don't really know what happened. Since Jimmie isn't in here, I'm going to say he wrecked me. He was right behind me and somebody spun out. I went to pass them on the outside, and I don't really know why Jimmie tried to pass me on the outside. We knew the caution was going to come out. He got on the outside of me and the car that was spinning came back up. I just had nowhere to go. Jimmie took the right side, and somebody else took the left side. I don't really know what happened. I guess it was just Martinsville. I know I was pretty level-headed here the first time until the motor blew. I was pretty level-headed here until that happened and then I was fired up for the rest of the race. I don't know that I could have driven any harder than I did. I was so frustrated. I was trying to take my time and after that happened I just kinda let go."