Atlanta Motor Speedway post-race quotes

MIKE BLISS (EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 winner): "I was walking out there today thinking it's been long time since we won. We had good truck in practice, and it was hard to tell what the race would be like, but it was good. If I...

MIKE BLISS (EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 winner):

"I was walking out there today thinking it's been long time since we won. We had good truck in practice, and it was hard to tell what the race would be like, but it was good. If I didn't win I was going to kick that tire changer's butt when I got out of the truck."

(On the end of the race) "After I got to 10 truck lengths I started to breathe a little, and then they said a truck's coming up. ... Yeah, I was concerned when I looked in the mirror and saw him coming. In 1 and 2 he was real good, and we weren't good on the bottom, so I just ran it there wide open the last two laps, and it was kind of sliding around. I'm glad it wasn't two laps longer I probably wouldn't be here. It always finishes close here."

(On rookie Erik Darnell) "Of all the guys at Roush he's probably the best. You know you can race him hard. He's going to be an excellent driver. He reminds me of Mark Martin."

TERRY COOK (finished second):

"Mike definitely had a strong truck but we might have been stronger at the end. If we had one more lap we could have got right up to him and made it fun. But I can't take anything away from Mike; he drove a great race."

(On Atlanta) "This place is phenomenal. If anyone can duplicate a track this is the one you want to duplicate. It's just a great track and pretty exciting. This racing surface is like a fine wine, it gets better with age."

ERIK DARNELL (finished third):

"We knew coming in we were capable of this. Our season really turned around at Martinsville when we took third. Hopefully this will help us finish out the season strong."

DAVID RAGAN (from Stockbridge, Ga., finished sixth):

"It was an average day. We can always run better. The No. 50 guys were great in the pits tonight. I was conserving for some of the race; that might have hurt us a spot or two in the end. I just wish we'd been in a little better position ... or that (AMS President) Ed (Clark) would make it a 250-miler."

BILL LESTER (from Mableton, Ga., finished 22nd):

"We were surprised in qualifying, because we were extremely loose. We almost wrecked on both laps. I thought we'd be fine in the race, we adjusted for it. I predicted the track would tighten up; well, it didn't. We just about wrecked a bunch of times. Every pit stop, all we did was adjust. You know, I'm just thinking that eventually our luck will change. I'm just glad that the folks at Toyota and Checkers keep allowing me to do what I'm doing."

-credit: ams

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mark Martin