Rockingham: McMurray 3rd place quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Third "People who like this place run well, and people who don't seem to struggle. It's as racetrack I really enjoy coming to and I had a pretty balanced car all day. It just comes down...

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Third

"People who like this place run well, and people who don't seem to struggle. It's as racetrack I really enjoy coming to and I had a pretty balanced car all day. It just comes down to liking the racetrack and being able to back up your corner. It was just out of control (last 15 laps). I was a little confused why the 17 and 9 were placed back in front of me when they pitted under green and the caution came out. I thought they would have been a lap down or at least be at the back of the lead lap cars. I'm a little confused there.

"You save a little bit at the beginning so you have something on the end of the run, but with 30 laps to go it's pretty much a shootout. Our car was too loose all day long, and Donnie (crew chief Wingo) kept adjusting on it and made it better every pit stop. The 17 and 9 were both better than us most of the day. It wasn't like we messed up at the end. We just didn't get our car adjusted to outrun those guys."

"I would like to see them at least put a date in May (at Rockingham). Put it when it's warm. I wouldn't put my butt on 20-degree aluminum and sit here for four hours. That wouldn't be any fun. The racing is perfect here. It's a great racetrack and all the drivers like coming here and it's a great show, but it's just a bad time of year. We come here in February and March or November and it's just too cold. I wouldn't come here.

"You're just sliding sideways the majority of the laps. I kept screaming at myself when I would mess up. I didn't know if I could get back to where I was. It looked like the 17 was getting loose. That's what my spotter told me. He told me to just keep doing what I was doing. Kasey's car was good. I really felt like I had the best car for about 10 laps of that segment. I caught those guys, but I needed to run the top. That's where they were running. Every time I'd go to the bottom I'd spin the tires so bad that it would just take a little bit out of my car. When I'd go back to the top I'd be a little bit slower. I made my move on the white flag lap going into turn one. I tried to get underneath the 9 and at least root him up out of the way so I could get a shot at the 17, but I couldn't even get to him. I was two seconds behind at the finish.

"I don't know Mark real well, but I know him well enough to know he wouldn't do something like that. He was trying to get out of the way. The three fastest cars were right behind him, and he was trying to get his lap back at the same time. The 9 was having a hard time passing on the outside, and my car was real good for about five laps. That was kinda my strategy. I was hoping he would get down out of the way, but I'm not mad at him. That was just racing I felt like.

"Frustrated because I told everybody this morning I've won all these Busch races here and everybody looks at me like, 'why can't you win a Cup race?' We led at first today and faded back, but once we got back to the lead I thought we had a shot to win this deal. I didn't feel like I had the best car. I felt like I had a third-place car today, but when I saw the 17 and 9 pit and then the caution came out, I thought it was a lucky deal and it was going to happen for us now. I thought we were going to be in the lead. I didn't think anyone could catch me in 30 laps. I'm a little bit disappointed, but I guess it's good to be disappointed when you finish third.

"No, I don't understand exactly how that works. I asked a lot of questions under caution, and I could tell Chip and Donnie were pretty frustrated. I don't think it's going to be protested. It's no fun to win a race unless you can win it at the checkered flag. I could care less about those guys getting disqualified now and us winning on Monday. That wouldn't be any fun. That's up to Chip, but for me it's over with now."

-dodge motorsports-

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