BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) "It had a real bad vibration in the motor and it just quit. We started out really loose, and then we kept getting it better and better. We didn't have anything for the 18 and that group.
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"It had a real bad vibration in the motor and it just quit. We started out really loose, and then we kept getting it better and better. We didn't have anything for the 18 and that group. They're just in a class kind of by themselves, and nobody else is running with 'em. This has just been par for the year for us, but we'll get better."
NOTE: Elliott made his 699th career start Sunday and his 53rd career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Spencer led the way for Dodge on Sunday with a seventh-place finish for car owner Jim Smith.
"The guys did a great job. We qualified well and ran well all day. We had a vibration, and I think it was the brake rotor. We'd run 20 or 30 laps and get the brakes hot and try to slow the car down and it got a little scary. It's hard to run without brakes at Atlanta. We came home with a top 10, and that's pretty good for the Sirius Dodge boys. Atlanta is one of my tracks I like, but I never ran well here. Last week at Vegas, I thought we had a top 10 car. I'm really impressed with the way the team has come together.
"It got hot out there today. I burned my heel a little bit. I didn't prepare for that like I needed to, but you don't think too much about it when you're running good. Tommy Baldwin (crew chief) is doing a hell of a job, and Jimmy Smith is letting us do what we need to do. Jimmy Smith is a great car owner. He lets us go. You never once heard him complain when we put an extra set of tires on one time. He's the most upbeat car owner I've ever driven for. I love it.
"The next level for us is to just keep doing what we're doing. I'm really happy with the way the team has come around. Our pit stops were a little rusty today, and we had that little problem with the brake rotor. We've got to make sure we don't have any problems and keep getting those top 10s. That's how you keep stepping up a level. This is not a fluke. I know it's not. Now we'll prove it next week again.
"Top Dodge today? That feels pretty good."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"The power steering was on its way out at lap 177. I drove without power steering at Watkins Glen last year. I did it in the midgets quite a few times, but I've never done it for that long. I'm pretty tired. We had a top-five car, but that doesn't do any good when you're at a place like this. We were loose at first and kept getting looser and looser. After that was got the car really good. NASCAR has definitely got to look at these Chevrolets because there's a bunch of them up front. We've had two top 10s in a row, but that's just top 10s. We need top fives and wins. We're not going to get them this way.
"I could manhandle the car for a few laps without the power steering. It was a handful after that. A top 10 run is pretty decent, but I know we're capable of a lot more than that. We'll go on from here and see what happens. We gained a few more positions in the standings today, so we'll keep on working hard and try again next week at Darlington."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"I just let it get right up there against the wall, and that was pretty much it. I think we could have easily had a top five. The car was strong enough to finish up there I believe, but I just got up there in the marbles and that was it."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)
"We were a little bit too loose starting out like a lot of other cars. By the time we got a chance to come in and tighten it up we were down a lap and we just never got a chance to make it up. The car was pretty good after that."
TONY GLOVER (Team Manager Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepids)
"We're not where we need to be right now with the 40 car. We missed it Friday qualifying and had to start in the rear. A couple of guys were so good early on that we got lapped before that first yellow. We got the car a little better, but we weren't nowhere fast as we needed to be. We've got some work to do. We were no match for those guys up front by any means. I'm sure NASCAR will look at it in time. Until we can be the best Dodge week in and week out like we've been the past two years then we've got to go to work to make our program better and not worry about what the other folks are doing. We've just got to get our stuff better."