August 12, 2001 Watkins Glen International RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "It's burned the motor up for some reason. I don't know. Everything started burying the gauges. I don't know if it's got a hole in the radiator...
August 12, 2001 Watkins Glen International
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "It's burned the motor up for some reason. I don't know. Everything started burying the gauges. I don't know if it's got a hole in the radiator or it's got something wrong with the water pump or something. We came in and pulled all the tape off and went back out and it didn't help it at all, so it must have either been losing a bearing or the water pump or something. We're not sure yet. It's real disappointing. It's definitely burned itself up. The motor is just toast in there."
DID YOU HAVE PROBLEMS FROM THE START OF THE RACE?
"Yeah, evidently. It just kept getting slower and slower and slower and the brakes weren't stopping near as good as I thought they should. I was getting passed a lot going into turn one. I could hold my own about everywhere else, but in turn one I was getting killed. We know what to come back with now, I tell you that."
JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Kmart Taurus (Finished 38th) -- "Right off the get-go there was something wrong with the motor. It started missing and we never got running good at all and finally with about 15-20 laps to go, it finally gave way. There was nothing the Kmart team could do. That's the first engine failure this year, but it really hurt us a lot. I felt like we had an opportunity to be in the top 10, but when she doesn't run when the green flag drops, you know you're in for a long day."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus (Finished 2nd) -- "That certainly feels good. That's much more like the 99 team is expected to run every week. Jeff is just really good, he's really smooth. I gave him a good shot there coming off the last corner and it didn't even budge him. It was a good race. It was real exciting and my guys did a great job. Frank did a great job on pit strategy. We knew we had a good car yesterday, we just knew we had some bad track position because I screwed up qualifying, but Frank got us the track position and then from there my guys did a great job in the pits and we ran fast enough to stay there."
YOU HAD A BOB AND WEAVE MOVE WITH JEFF GORDON FOR A WHILE THERE.
"That was just good, hard racing. I mean, that was a lot of fun. I was surprised he made the inner-loop. He drove in so deep that he almost didn't make the inner-loop. I drove in deep and he drove in deeper. He hit both curbs and he almost spun it out, so he did a great job of out-braking me into the inner-loop without losing it. Nonetheless, it was a good day for us. I wish we could have won, but that was a good, strong finish."
JEREMY MAYFIELD --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "We're real happy. This Mobil 1 team worked hard over the weekend. I'm just real happy for the team. We needed that. We needed a good finish. If we would have finished in the top 10, it would have been a great accomplishment for us, but to come home third from where we came from, man, it was a great job. The pit crew, motor, the team made great calls and the car handled good all day. That's what it's all about."
YOU CAME OUT OF THE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS IN GOOD SHAPE.
"Yeah, I don't know how. I told Ricky thank you for not taking me out the last lap. He could have got us, but he's a great racer. It's tough. We had to be in the right spot at the right time and I was able to just keep grabbing gears and pulling away from it. I'm just real happy for this Mobil 1 team again."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus (Finished 4th) -- "We were in good shape. I felt like we had probably a third-place car there at the end. I don't know where the 99 came from, he was out of sync with us all day, but I thought we had a third-place car and we ended up fourth. I guess Boris, going down into turn one on one of those last restarts just went in there and drove all over the top of us. I'm not sure where he thought he was going, but he's lucky he didn't wipe the whole field out. That knocked us back two or three spots and we were able to get a couple of 'em back and ended up fourth, but we didn't have much better than a third-place car today."
WHAT ABOUT GETTING THOSE SPOTS BACK?
"It's just pick and choose your holes. Everybody was slipping and sliding. It looked like Saturday night on a short track somewhere. It was fun racing. I'd prefer not to have too many more of those restarts because I don't know how much more my heart could have stood."
WITH GORDON ON A ROLE RIGHT NOW, YOU'RE JUST KIND OF HANGING AROUND.
"Those five or 10 points you lose are not gonna kill you, it's those big DNFs that kill you. We haven't been able to outrun him but a couple times this year and it's not looking like things are any different. I didn't see a whole lot of Fords doing a whole lot. You know, you come here to short tracks and road courses and you put those air dams where the Chevrolets have got 'em and where all of these other cars have got 'em and you cut holes for brake scoops, they still have front downforce and we don't. I mean, we can't run with 'em right there."
BORIS SAID --77-- Jasper Engines/Degree Taurus (Finished 8th) -- YOU HAD AN EVENTFUL DAY OUT THERE. "Yeah. I mean, these guys have been teaching me what no one has ever taught me before. Ryan has been teaching me patience, patience, patience -- both Ryan and Roman (Pemberton, spotter). The whole race they're really just trying to slow me down and save the equipment and that's what I was doing. At the end with eight to go I made a really good restart, I was in third and thought I was in a good position. I wanted to go for second on the restart, but Burton is a smart racer and he checked up. I was down on the right side of him, so I had to lift or else I would have gotten black-flagged for passing him on the right. The timing was bad because right when I lifted they went green and I was just caught out. I got out of the power band and everyone was just going by me."
YOU WENT FROM SEVENTH TO THIRD ON THAT ONE RESTART.
"Yeah, that was an awesome restart. I just went for it. I was chattering the tires all the way down in there. I couldn't have gone a quarter of a mile an hour faster or I would have wrecked. I was on the edge pretty far."
DID YOU DO ANY DAMAGE TO THE CAR ON THAT RESTART?
"No, the only reason I went back was I just got caught outside in line. When you're caught outside in the esses you've got to let the line go and you lift, and then you're just dead in the water because it ruins your whole straightaway speed to the end. I just couldn't force my way in there and cause a wreck."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH STEWART?
"I wasn't trying to pass him. I was happy just following him lap after lap. He was braking early, but I was braking really early. On that one lap the 66 drove in a little deeper and I probably just went a hair deeper than normal and he maybe braked a little earlier and, man, I was standing on the brake pedal and I couldn't get it to slow down. I couldn't turn the thing and I just barely touched him. That was a bad deal."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 23rd) -- "We didn't hit it very good all weekend long with the DEWALT car. We pretty much just rode around and stayed out of most of the accidents and got the finish that we did."
HOW WAS THE RACING?
"I wasn't really up front much of the day. I was just as good as any of the cars around me and I just tried to get up as far as I could. As far as the leaders, though, I never got much of a chance to see them."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 31st) -- "On the first one I just got in a little hard. The first time I wasn't necessarily in too hard, I just didn't get my shifts exactly right. The brake pedal was a little bit thin and I didn't pump it up and it got to wheel-hopping. The second time, I was trying to out-brake Mark in there. I thought he knew I was there, but I got wheel-hopping and got into the side of him. It's my fault. I had a great, great race car and, obviously, didn't know what to do with it, but it was fun driving it."
IT'S A BAD TIME FOR YOUR TEAM TO HAVE BAD LUCK.
"Yeah, you could call it bad luck, but you can't call that bad luck. That's just an error on my end and that's the kind of thing you can't do if you're gonna win championships or give yourself a chance at it. This was my fault. We chalk this up to me. My guys did everything they could do to give us a car capable of running up front and I didn't make that happen for them."
TODD BODINE --66-- Blue Light/Kmart Taurus (Finished 5th) -- WHAT ABOUT THE FINAL FEW LAPS? "That's road racing. We had some cars in there that were a little bit slower than the cars behind 'em and that made for some pretty interesting racing. Boris was a little out of control, but he was opening up doors for us and I was just following him. I needed green flags at the end. I didn't need the cautions and all of those caution laps. Our car was really good. We were faster than the leader most of the day, but we just didn't have track position. If we could have had 20 green flag laps at the end, I probably could have got up to second or third at least, but we had a good day."
IT SEEMED YOU AND JEREMY MOVED UP ON THE LAST RESTART?
"Boris went right to the inside going into one on the restart and bottled 'em all up and got 'em three wide and me and Jeremy snuck through on the bottom. It was pretty simple, but it was because of Boris' gutsy move, let's put it that way."
THIS IS ANOTHER GOOD FINISH FOR YOUR TEAM.
"Yeah. Our performance has been like this all year where we run really well. We've had some bad races, but we've run really well most of the time, we just never got the finishes to go with it. For some reason, something would bite us every week and we'd have something break or crash or a bad pit stop or something and we wouldn't get a good finish. But, today, we put it all together and everything went right. This is what we should be doing every week."
GOOD TO DO IT HERE?
"Yeah, I've always run well at Watkins Glen. I love racing here. I love racing at home. It's a lot of fun. I get around the track good and when you get a good car, it even makes it more fun."