McMurray Leads The Way; Three Ganassi Chargers in Top Five CASEY MEARS (No. 41 FujiFilm/Target Dodge Charger) -- Finished 4th "It feels good, and I'm proud of the effort my guys put in this weekend. We blew out a right-front tire two laps...
McMurray Leads The Way; Three Ganassi Chargers in Top Five
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 FujiFilm/Target Dodge Charger) -- Finished 4th
"It feels good, and I'm proud of the effort my guys put in this weekend. We blew out a right-front tire two laps into practice on Friday and killed our primary car. They worked hard to get the backup car ready to go out and race. We had a good Happy Hour. We ran second to Biffle most of the day. We might have had something for him with four tires there at the end, but we were making the call to try to win the race, not finish second. I tried to run the bottom and we just couldn't run fast enough. It's a great day for the Ganassi organization in general. I'm real proud of Sterling. He stepped up and he's been running good this year. We rallied a lot to come back from crashing the primary car and get a top five with the backup. We're proud of that."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- Finished 5th
"We had a real good car. I'd like to thank all the guys at the shop for all their hard work and all the motor guys. The crew here did a great job. We had a real good car. We just got a vibration early and had to pit and got way behind. We got in all that traffic, and it's hard to come up through there. We gambled and put on two tires, and that's the best the car drove all day. It was so hard to pass. If you started back 10th on the restart with all those slow cars they were half a track ahead of you before you knew it. We gambled and made the call. Tony Glover and Steve Boyer made some great calls and did a great job all day. The guys have really worked hard on the cars and bodies and chassis and stuff. That's what it takes, a good-handling car. The motor room has really stepped it up and we're all picking up steam. We'd get up to ninth or 10th and the car would really get tight in traffic. Glover made an excellent call to put on two tires. I guess the lefts had 20 laps on 'em. That was the best the car drove all day in clean air. It's great to have all three (Ganassi Dodge Chargers) in the top five. If the car drives good you can run good. If it doesn't drive good you don't look good. The boys on the crew have done an excellent job, and it's showing up on the track."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) -- Finished 16th
"Well, it's definitely not the finish that we wanted to leave Texas with. We struggled with the handling of the ALLTEL Dodge today. Then we suffered the penalty from a runaway tire on pit road. It just wasn't a good day. In the end, though, the team worked hard all day to get our lap back and pull out a decent finish. We just keep hanging in there."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 11th
"It was off and on all day. It started out really good, and I guess the tracked changed or something. I started sliding around a little bit in the middle of the race. We kept fighting back, fighting back and towards the end we were good again. We just missed it a little bit. We freed it up a little bit too much. It cost us a little time to get it fixed, but we got it. We fought hard today, but that's what it's all about. We've done that a lot this year."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Kodak/Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished 10th, moves to 3rd in series standings
"We were tight all day and we finally got it balanced there at the end. Then when the clouds came out it got a little free. We were a little too loose at the end. Overall it was a good day. We're looking at the big picture and we moved up to third in the points today. We've got four top 10s in the first seven races, but we haven't won yet and that's what we're really wanting to do right now. Our goals are to win and be a part of The Chase."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- Finished 43rd
"Mark Martin has got a lot better head on his shoulders than what he did right there. We've had way to many cautions, and we sure didn't need another one, but that's about as hard as I want to hit a wall. It's way too early. I've got a lot of respect for Mark. He just made a mistake, I'm sure, but it tore our racecar all to pieces. The track is slick, but you've got a gas pedal and you've got a brake pedal for a reason, and people are not using their heads on that. The 99 spun me out because I had to let up for a guy wrecking in front of me. I was going sideways through the grass and NASCAR penalized me for running too fast under the caution. I guess it just wasn't my day."
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger) -- Finished 30th
NOTE: Kvapil, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, brought his Charger to the garage to replace the radiator during the fourth caution flag. He got caught up in the accident involving Jeff Green and Mark Martin.
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 35th
"Something broke. I got off the throttle getting into the corner and it slowed way down and then something dropped out of the bottom of the car. I don't know if it was the bottom of the engine or rear end or what it was, but it broke. We had a top-five car. We made too many mistakes in the pits and mistakes on too many calls. It wasn't much of a day, but we had a good enough car to still be in the top five. Everybody has tough times. Everybody has bad luck. It's just part of racing. I don't feel too bad about it. We wanted to win, but everybody here wants to win. We were trying hard to do that and it didn't work out today. We weren't getting better. We still had a top-five car, but you've got to get better to win the race."