Ryan Newman in the no. 12 Alltel Ford was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the Race at Richmond. newman finished second, his fourth second place finish of the 2002 season and second consecutive at richmond. RYAN NEWMAN IN THE NO. 12 ALLTEL FORD: "It...
Ryan Newman in the no. 12 Alltel Ford was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race at Richmond. newman finished second, his fourth second place finish of the 2002 season and second consecutive at richmond.
RYAN NEWMAN IN THE NO. 12 ALLTEL FORD:
"It was an awesome run all night for the Alltel Ford. The guys did a good job in the pits and came out in the first couple (of spots) a couple of times and that was important. It got a little tight there in that last run and when Matt (Kenseth) got by me I could hold my own but I couldn't catch him. I just kept getting tighter and tighter and he pulled away. Congratulations to those guys. They did an awesome job coming back from what they had started in the race.
DID THE TRACK CHANGE MUCH DURING THE RACE?
"We had to adjust on the car a little bit, but I don't think it changed a whole lot I know the sealer had worn off quite a bit. The track looked like it had a couple of grooves to work. I was equally fast on the high side as I was the low side. I kept moving all over."
YOU WERE GOOD ALL NIGHT LONG.
"It was just a good race car. The guys did an awesome job. I crashed it in practice. We fixed it and qualified second and we kept coming back and coming back. The guys did a great job. The preparation was great and the pit stops were great. We came up a little short today. We were just a little off from what the 17 (Kenseth) was running. I guess we have the best average finish of all the teams here at Richmond this year. That's pretty impressive.'
WHAT DID YOU NEED TO CATCH MATT KENSETH?
"For him to run out of fuel (laughs). Those Roush cars just don't run out of fuel. Last year some people ran out of fuel off turn four on the last lap. I was just looking for that to happen. Luckily it wasn't us and I'm happy for Matt. Those guys did an awesome job coming back. He raced his way back into the lead lap and he definitely earned his win tonight."
WERE YOU CLOSE ON FUEL AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"We were definitely close. I'd let it off big time there the last eight or ten laps just trying to save fuel. You can only do so much to try and stay fast at the same time."
ARE THE SECOND PLACE FINISHES GETTING FRUSTRATING?
"It's frustrating a little bit, but it's good in the points and it's one of our goals to get those top-fives. That's important, too. It's not aggravating and it's not disappointing but you always set your goals a little higher. We definitely came here to win the race. It's something that you want to do is win that race, no matter if it's this week, last week, or next week. We're just trying to do everything we can to do it and we keep coming up one spot short here a few times but we have to be happy at the same time how we're running being a rookie and the performances on the race track."
IF YOU KEEP BANGING ON THE DOOR, YOU'RE GOING TO WIN SOONER OR LATER.
"We're trying, but you know it doesn't happen like that. There's a lot more invested than just that. It doesn't open by itself, we're learning that. It's a tough deal, a tough nut to crack, I guess you could say. We've got the shell cracker in our hand. We're just waiting for it to happen."
TALK ABOUT THE TRACK.
"The track was actually better than the spring but it wasn't bad to me in the spring. I had a couple of grooves. The sealer was definitely worn off on the bottom side. They should probably leave it like this for the next couple of years."
YOU BROUGHT A NEW CAR TO RICHMOND THIS WEEKEND AND IT RAN AS WELL AS THE ONE YOU HAD HERE IN MAY.
"It was pretty impressive. It's one of those things. We came home second but we still had a pretty good run."
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NO BULL 5 AT TALLADEGA IN OCTOBER.
"We look forward to it. It's a great opportunity in the No Bull 5 and we look forward to our second opportunity at Talladega. We didn't get to capitalize at Charlotte this year but hopefully we can have the car painted up real nice and do well there."
MATT BORLAND, CREW CHIEF, NO. 12 ALLTEL FORD:
AS A CREW CHIEF, WAS THE RACE ODD TO CALL?
"Yes it was. At the start of that run we weren't even thinking about going the whole distance. It was still short and usually at Richmond you don't get that long of a green run. It kept going and going and finally we were like 'Ryan, you need to start saving fuel.' I think everyone started saving fuel. I don't know if (Tony) Stewart ran out of fuel or not, but I know Rusty (Wallace, Newman's teammate) blew a tire and Stewart slowed down. It was a weird night."
HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO RUNNING OUT OF FUEL AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"We were showing four laps short of making it."
DID YOU HAVE TO TELL NEWMAN TO SLOW DOWN?
"Oh yeah, with about 25 or 30 (laps) to go. I didn't want to tell him before that because I didn't want to slow him down because I figured for sure that there would be another yellow. And then as the laps counted down we finally decided to tell him to cut back and back off a little bit. I think Kenseth was doing the same thing."
IS THAT A HARD DECISION TO MAKE?
"Definitely. It kind of took us out of contention to win the race because you couldn't go chase Matt down but I'd rather finish second than not finish the race at all. That's what we had to do."
JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, FINISHED 13TH.
"It was good for the most part. We got down a lap because of some people on different fuel strategies and it put us on the tail end of the lead lap. We tried to fight our way back up through there a couple of times, got caught up in a couple instances and lost track position. Everybody is so equal. Once we got inside the top-10 we stayed there and couldn't really go anywhere. And then at the end we lost two more spots on fuel mileage. To have the pole and leave here with a 13th place finish and third in points I guess was good for the big picture."
WERE YOU CLOSE ENOUGH TO GAMBLE TO FUEL?
"I don't know. I guess it wasn't close enough or they would have left me out. We've had terrible fuel mileage all year long but great power. We're paying the price."
SELECTED QUOTES FROM NEWMAN POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE
"I knew it was going to be hectic there when we had nine cars there on the lead lap and the leader was starting 15th, 16th or whatever it was there. I knew we were going to have problems there and unfortunately it took Michael (Waltrip) out. I don't know whose fault it was but that was the scary part. Once you get back there and you have all those guys fighting to get their lap back they tend to drive a little bit rougher and luckily we didn't get caught up in anything. But it was close a few times.