RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 2nd) Raybestos Rookie Press Conference YOUR CAR WAS IN THE HUNT ALL NIGHT. "We had a good car, no doubt. I saw that when Matt got down a lap and he came and fought for his lap back that he had an ...
RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 2nd)
Raybestos Rookie Press Conference
YOUR CAR WAS IN THE HUNT ALL NIGHT.
"We had a good car, no doubt. I saw that when Matt got down a lap and he came and fought for his lap back that he had an awesome race car. Those guys did a good job repairing it or whatever they had to do to get back on the lead lap and he did an awesome job of driving it. We had good pit stops and good strategy. We had everything working our way we just came up a little short tonight. You can't ask for much more than that I guess."
HOW CLOSE WERE YOU ON FUEL?
"We were on fumes. We just stopped by and saw the car at the gas pumps and we were definitely on fumes, but you do all you can and hope the car picks up everything it can. Luckily, it did tonight."
DISCUSS STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE ALL NIGHT.
"I knew it was gonna be hectic when we only had nine cars on the lead lap and the leader was starting about 15th or 16th, whatever it was there. I knew we were gonna have problems there and, unfortunately, it took Michael out. I don't know whose fault it was, but that was the scary part was once you get back there and you've got 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 a times."
IS IT STARTING TO GET AGGRAVATING NOT TO WIN?
"It's not aggravating and it's not disappointing, but you always set your goals a little higher and we definitely came here to win the race. It's not aggravating or disappointing, but it's just something 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 for how we're running -- being a rookie and the performances on the race track."