RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) NOTE: Newman had finished fifth, first and fifth in his last three starts and moved from 27th to 16th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings. He qualified eighth for today's race in the same Dodge that won...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Newman had finished fifth, first and fifth in his last three starts and moved from 27th to 16th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings. He qualified eighth for today's race in the same Dodge that won at Dover two weeks ago. The car was nicknamed Popeye.
"I'm all right. I got a little burn on my face. I think the fire extinguisher hurt the worse. The ALLTEL Dodge was running good. It was just one of those things. I had a wild ride, that's for sure. It just goes with the territory. Blowing the engine didn't surprise me. Typically, when an engine blows there is a fire. The magnitude of the fire surprised me. I saw when I was going into turn three and that's the last thing I saw. I pulled the fire extinguisher, and I had to actually aim the fire extinguisher to put the fire out. It was getting the right side of my body pretty good. On top of that, trying to stop the car and get out and all those things, it was pretty tough. It got my face pretty good. I was good until turn three, and then the fire flared up pretty good and I didn't anticipate the magnitude of the flame we had. I pulled the fire extinguisher and that was a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. The spotter didn't help me a whole lot. I was pretty busy. He told me to take it down to the inside. I was kind of looking out for myself, and the flame got so bad I had to lock it down and try to bail. The burns are just on the side of my face. That's about it. It's just the first layer of my skin. It's like a really bad sunburn."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We led the most laps for the second straight week, and we just haven't got a whole lot to show for it. I missed a gear on that restart and we got behind and that's all there was to it. The car was really good today. It was just as good at the end as it was early on. We just lost track position and that's the name of the game. We led the most laps and finished sixth last week and did the same thing again this week. We could have easily won both races. This Dodge should have won today. I just messed up, and that's really all that I can say about it. Maybe things will go our way and we'll get a top five and a win before much longer. It's tough on the team when the driver lets 'em down, but we'll bounce back and get us one soon."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"We stopped and put new tires on, and I thought that would do it. We just couldn't get going on 'em. New tires really hadn't been better all day. It would take 'em awhile to get going. We thought it would help us at the very end. We put 'em on and thought it would work and it didn't. That's all there is to it. I probably should have stayed out."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"It wasn't a bad weekend. It was nice to get the win in the ARCA car, and the experience really helped me today. We just had a little problem in the pits with fuel. We didn't get all of it and had to come back in and get some more. That put us at the tail end of the lead lap. It's just hard to pass here. Everybody is running in the top groove. Usually this place is really good for passing, but it was hard to get by guys today. I think we had a top 15 car. We should have been on the lead lap, and that would have put us somewhere around the top 15."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"That's the second week in a row we've had a top 15 finish. It was a building day, and I'm real proud of these guys. They really work hard. The car was really good today. We had some good pit stops and this is the way we've got to run before we can start running in the top 10. The guys are doing everything they can for me, and I think we're really going in the right direction."