BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I don't know that it's even here, I think it's anywhere. Last week we had a good run. We just need to keep picking away at it. The more we stay together and the stronger Ray's group gets,...
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I don't know that it's even here, I think it's anywhere. Last week we had a good run. We just need to keep picking away at it. The more we stay together and the stronger Ray's group gets, the better this race team will be. Jeremy had a great run last week. They did some things right toward the end of the race. If you keep that momentum going, that's what you've got to do in this business. It doesn't change from year to year. I think I look back on my career and the biggest thing I couldn't keep was consistency from year to year. That's what I've been able to do. I got a good group of people in 2000 when I still have my own deal and some of those guys carried over to last year and now we've been able to strengthen that deal even more this year.
"You just do what you've got to do. Somebody asked me how fast we went in the corner here, and I have no idea. It's irrelevant. You're just trying to get everything you can out of the race car. The main thing is the race track has changed enough and if you can move around enough on the race track, it should make a good race for the fans come Sunday afternoon. That's really what it's all about.
"Ray really believes in what he feels like I can do. He puts a lot of support behind me and so do Mike and these guys. We come into this deal and win, lose or draw, we go back and work that much harder. I give credit to these guys. They support me through thick and thin. I'm just a small part of this big puzzle. Ray and all these guys are the big picture. To be able to put this kind of equipment under me makes you go out and drive that much harder. Everyone has to work together or it's not going to work."
BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports)
"This is still a young program. We have one full year under our belts with seven poles and four wins. Obviously the Dodge contingent is doing an outstanding job this year. This is our first pole this year, and we're very proud, especially for Bill Elliott to pull off a pole at Atlanta, his hometown track. We've got two wins and now a pole this year, and Dodge is really blessed with having some outstanding teams. The teams working together make the difference for us. Our program continues to grow. As a manufacturer, you can't do it all with one party. You need to have a good set of teams working together. No one is going to have a good day at every race. You're going to have some ups and downs, but if you have enough depth, it just can't get any better than that. We expected to have to grow the depth, but we've got quite a number of teams capable of running up front now. That's huge."