Atlanta II: Winning team interview

POST RACE WINNER'S TRANSCRIPT: RYAN NEWMAN -- DRIVER ERNIE COPE -- CREW CHIEF KEVIN HARVICK -- TEAM OWNER RYAN NEWMAN: "Not sure if I should retire from the truck series right here but I don't think Kevin or DeLana will let me do it right now.

POST RACE WINNER'S TRANSCRIPT:
RYAN NEWMAN -- DRIVER
ERNIE COPE -- CREW CHIEF
KEVIN HARVICK -- TEAM OWNER

RYAN NEWMAN: "Not sure if I should retire from the truck series right here but I don't think Kevin or DeLana will let me do it right now. Just a great opportunity for me personally to be able to drive such a great piece of equipment in Kevin and DeLana's truck. Ernie (Cope, crew chief), did a great job. Off the truck we were quick. The race today, I spent a little bit more time than I wanted to being loose, but I was able to keep enough momentum up toward the end of the run. We struggled the first part of the run, then we were pretty good if not the best truck toward the end of a run. Luckily we had a 30 some lap run or whatever it was there at the end and that was good enough to be able to run Ron (Hornaday) back down. He raced me like a gentleman, obviously he is racing for a championship but he is a racer and he was racing for the win too. We had a good finish.

ERNIE COPE: "I am ecstatic, I don't even know what to say, this is awesome. It is my first win."

KEVIN HARVICK: "Obviously at the end there, we had had a good day with both trucks. I knew Ryan was starting to catch him (Ron Hornaday). When it comes down to the end like that, you obviously don't tell anybody what to do. When they are both racing for a win, it is pretty exciting. They know what they are doing from behind the wheel. To get the first win for the No. 2 truck and the first win for Ernie and first win for Ryan and first win for most everybody on that race team, they have been so close so many times this year and just couldn't close the deal. A lot of fun to be a part of. We had a great week last week and we had a great week this week. It just shows the strength of the team a little bit more than what has been able to show at the beginning of the year.

"Ron is right In the middle of a championship race and to be able for them to be able to cut it (the points difference) basically in half today with three races to go, it is going to be exciting. It has been a lot of fun to race with Benson. Those guys had a little bit of trouble today and came back to finish seventh (7th). They made a great recovery. For a while there I thought they were going to finish 15th or 16th and it was going to be really close. But it was fun to watch and just glad to be a part of it."

TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK IN VICTORY LANE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE DAYTONA:

RYAN NEWMAN: "And it is the first time for me at Atlanta so that is special in itself too. We started off the year with a bang and it would be nice to be able to finish it with a bang, but this was a good shot and again I have to thank Kevin and DeLana for the opportunity. I wouldn't be here without them giving me this opportunity.

"Ernie did a great job setting up the truck and Ernie did a great job. And Kevin even told me how to do pit stops, so everything was good.

KEVIN HARVICK INTERJECTS: "I wasn't telling you how to do it, I was making a suggestion" (LAUGHS)

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WINNING YOUR FIRST RACE IN A CHEVROLET? (Newman is joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 behind the wheel of Chevy Impala SS race cars)

RYAN NEWMAN: "This is my apprenticeship program, they said that next year to be able to start off the season good with Chevrolet, I needed to start running some truck series races and stuff like that, just to make sure I was Chevrolet material (LAUGHING, SAID IN JEST).

"In all seriousness, just a great opportunity. It is a lot of fun, it is a great race track. We all love this race track. It was great to be able to race Ron the way we did, I look forward to my relationship for years to come."

WHAT WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF A RACING A TRUCK AND WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRUCK AND THE CUP CAR?

RYAN NEWMAN: "It was a lot like what I expected. I have watched plenty of truck races to see kind of what to expect and learn some things about it. Obviously you know who is going to be your competition race wise and things like that. For me, it was kind of as expected, but again, in racing you never know what is going to happen."

RON SAID HE THOUGHT MAYBE IF YOU WERE IN THE NO 2, YOU WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM THE WIN OR LET YOU PASS HIM, IS THAT TRUE?

KEVIN HARVICK: "I don't think so. (LAUGHS) That is wishful thinking on his part. When it comes to winning races, that is what we are all here for. We are all here to win races and try to get to victory lane, if it had been fifth or sixth, maybe you might think about something like that for three or four points but not when it comes to winning."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE JUST THE 19TH DRIVER TO WIN A RACE IN ALL THREE TOP NASCAR SERIES?

RYAN NEWMAN: "It is pretty neat, it is pretty special. I think I have done it all in each series within my first 30 starts so that is something else too I would say is pretty neat. Just again, happy to be driving what I was driving and doing what I was doing. Everything worked out all right for us. If the cautions would fell different, I am pretty sure Ron Hornaday would be sitting here right now."

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE NATIONWIDE SERIES NEXT YEAR?

KEVIN HARVICK: "Right now we don't know exactly what is what. I know that we are going to run some Nationwide races but we don't know exactly what is who and where and what right now."

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE RYAN NEWMAN COME IN AND WIN WITH YOUR TEAM?

ERNIE COPE: "They are all pumped up. Kevin driving last week. Ryan driving, it is so awesome. It makes it a lot easier, these guys are awesome. That is why they race on Sunday."

THE NO. 2 TRUCK STRUGGLE EARLIER THIS YEAR BUT HAS PERFORMED UP FRONT THE LAST TWO WEEKS, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

KEVIN HARVICK: "I think an owner's standpoint, we have the No. 33 racing for a championship and we just needed to get some momentum to get the No. 2 truck up there. It has run fast, it just hasn't finished a lot of races, I think we ran pretty much one-two or two-three with Ron and this week it was one-two again. Just finishing the deal and getting some momentum for next year and hopefully have both trucks racing for the championship instead of just one."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing