RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "I thought I could get the 48. We wanted to finish in that top five pretty bad. This isn't exactly the birthday present I was looking for, but it was a good run and we gained some ground in the ...
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"I thought I could get the 48. We wanted to finish in that top five pretty bad. This isn't exactly the birthday present I was looking for, but it was a good run and we gained some ground in the standings. We kept it on the course today. We just needed track position. We were faster than the 48. I just couldn't get around them. When he (Tony Stewart) crossed the finish line I knew he'd won. You don't ever give up until that checkered flag flies because anything can happen out there these days. I thought we had a good, solid run today. I thought we looked good out there. We ran strong all day long, passed a lot of cars and that was a good run for us. I'm feeling pretty good (about making The Chase with four races remaining until the cut). I wish I could close up on those top spots a little bit, and I think we did today."
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger)
"I'm smiling because we had a real good race car and the guys did a good job. I never missed a shift, never did anything wrong all day. I went to second gear one time and there was nothing there. Something broke. I think the 12 car is having similar problems. I was really doing a good job I thought hitting my marks, hitting my shifts, being precise, but something broke and ruined our day. We had third and fourth gears, but I was just out there running around. I was happy. The car was fast. We were able to run with some pretty decent cars. I don't even know what happened. A lot of times you screw up and you wheel hop and you do things like that and expect it to break, but I told the guys if I screwed up I'd let them know. I never missed a shift all day, and I thought things were going pretty smooth. We talked this morning and we weren't going to worry about racing until we got to the last segment. That's what we were doing, just kind of riding it out. We were trying to figure out what to do to get track position. We had a car that was capable of running up front. We just needed to get it there."
SCOTT PRUETT (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"Our thoughts go out to Sterling and his whole family. I'm glad we could do him proud today. We got the seat in just before the race started, and the team did a great job with it. I was real comfortable. I had to run hard and I had to run smart. We started dead last, but we kept digging and digging and it paid off."
"You've seen Tony Stewart win on superspeedways, fast tracks, he ran strong at Indy. He's on a roll. We were real pleased today. The Coors Light Dodge ran real good today. It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that I ended up in that car, and again, my heart felt condolences go out to Sterling and his family with the passing of his dad. We were hopeful we could show good today for the whole 40 team and do Sterling proud. The guys did a great job. We went out there, made the right calls and did the right thing and the car was good enough. I made some good passes on the racetrack and we came home in the top five."
"I started 43rd and finished fourth, but we passed a lot of cars today. It can be tough to pass here, but the car was good enough where I could get up underneath guys. We had good racing. Nobody was dirty. I came guys room and they gave me room. It was a good run all day long."
TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing)
"Everybody knows how good a road racer Scott Pruett. We're just fortunate as an organization that Chip has already got him in his camp. When we have a situation like we had this weekend it speaks highly of Chip's team to have that good of a fill-in driver. He did an awesome job. We were trying to use some strategy to get to the front, but the way the pit stops worked out we were in the first group to come in but we never got a timely yellow. All the other guys had to pit. We helped him a little bit with that (track position), but he did most of the damage on his own. I've known Coo Coo Marlin basically my whole life. He was a good man, a good racecar driver. One of the first memories I have of Coo Coo, in 1967 my daddy crashed a super modified at Nashville and was injured really bad. Coo Coo pulled him out of the car. That's how long our family has been associated with the Marlins."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Home 123/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"I had a good day. The clutch went out and I lost a bunch of ground on one of the pit stops. I couldn't get it going and they had to push me. I was a little surprised it started. We lost some spots and I couldn't get 'em back. Rusty finished sixth, and I think we could have finished in front of him. We lost about eight spots when we had that problem, and it's so hard to make 'em up here. We moved up to ninth in the standings, but I'm trying not to pay too much attention to that. I worried myself about it last year, but we're just going to do the best we can and see where we end up after four more races."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"We started out pretty good. We had a good strategy to come in there early. We got good track position. I think we were running sixth or eighth or something like that. We came down pit road, and I'm pretty baffled. They called us for pit road speeding, and I was very conservative coming into the pits. I'm confused. I don't know what happened. They say it's really accurate, but based off what I had to work with I was very conservative with my pit road speed because a lot of guys got nailed yesterday. I'm really baffled why I got called for speeding. We had to come in and make a pass through and we were in the back the rest of the day."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We had a good strategy. My brakes were fading most of the day, so I couldn't play offense. The car handled great all day, ran good and we did what we had to do here...that's come in and have a good point day. We had good stop and Slugger made the right calls on strategy. I knew it was going to be a good point day when I saw all those guys fall out. We did what we had to do."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"The car was pretty good. We had a problem with the brakes after a few green flag laps. I would get beat into the corner when they would drive underneath and brake hard. When you get beat in by one car in a corner, it kills your run to the next corner and somebody drives it in underneath you and then brakes hard. We potentially had a top-10 car, but just couldn't drive into the corner and brake hard the way some of the drivers that got around us the last 10 laps were doing."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
"We had a lot of problems today, and it's no fun driving on a road course with only fourth gear for most of the race. We did the best we could with what we had and were able to finish on the lead lap, so there's something to be said for that I suppose. We've got to buckle down and have a good run next week at Michigan. It's getting too close in the top 10 with only four races left to make The Chase."
RUSTY WALLACE WAITING ON HIS BIRTHDAY PRESENTS (Prior to the race)
Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, turned 49 years old today. He said he hasn't received any birthday presents yet, but there is a gift he'd like to receive today. Wallace cut a birthday cake Sunday morning with icing that read "Looking Fine at 49. On Pace To Make The Chase."
"It doesn't feel any different to be 49," Wallace said. "It's not something you really want to celebrate, but we're celebrating it anyway. I don't have any birthday presents yet. I'm just waiting on today's trophy. That's all I want -- a win and making The Chase five races from now would be great gifts. I want to be healthy, too, so I didn't have any birthday cake, but we'll have some cake and wash it down with a cold Miller Lite if we win today."