RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Fifth "The team did a great job. We just lost it on the last pit stop there. We came in running pretty good, but we lost some time coming out. The ALLTEL Dodge was strong. We'll get 'em next week. It...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Fifth
"The team did a great job. We just lost it on the last pit stop there. We came in running pretty good, but we lost some time coming out. The ALLTEL Dodge was strong. We'll get 'em next week. It was a good run for us, especially after last week. We didn't even think about trying to make it on fuel without stopping. We had a really fast car at the end, no doubt, but that last pit stop got us behind and I'm not sure what happened."x
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
"We were on the engine shop to make more power. They made more power, but now we're turning so many rpm's we didn't really know. These motors haven't made a 500-mile race. There were issues. The engine guys kept telling me to baby it before the race ever started. It was probably my fault because I wanted to run more gear. I thought the racetrack would slow down more than it did. That's just the way it goes. We blew a motor up here last year. I was running 36th. It was kind of a blessing. We've had a shot to win the last three races with the same car. We'll just go to Darlington with the same car again and see what we can do. I was underneath Casey (Mears) and let off the gas going into the corner and boom. All the parts went up into the carburetor and made the throttle stick wide open. I'd say it's done. I'd rather run well and break than to run bad and break. It's a good racecar, and we struggled here last year. We struggled this whole weekend until just now. I think we had one of the best cars. This is bad, but it's not like what Dale Jr. went through last week. I've been there. What are you going to do? There's no point getting upset about it."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)
"We didn't get a lot of points today with the finish, but we led some laps and that felt great. I worked my way through the field, and it felt awesome. I'm so proud of my guys. Our engine guys and Ernie Elliott are giving us some awesome horsepower this year. Hopefully we can learn from today and move on and continue to get better. Those guys have been putting out some good power for us, but this was a big test. We knew Atlanta was going to be a big test and we were running pretty high in the rpm range. It's disappointing because we ran so good, and we had a chance to move up in the points. I'm really looking forward to next weekend. I don't know what happened, but for some reason the pit stop was slow and we got behind. Other than that they did a great job all day. They kept me in the top five or right near it. Something happened on the left side. I didn't notice the pinched nerve until the first caution, and my right shoulder was killing me. I loosened my belt a little bit. It hurt the whole time, but it started feeling better when we got out front and the race went on."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"We broke a fourth gear in the transmission. I've never had a transmission do that. The car was flying. I was just making my lap times, running a little faster than the leader. We still have some problems on our pit stops, but we were running in the top 10 most of the race. We were headed for a real good finish."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We tried a little bit of everything, but we just couldn't get the handle on it. We were loose and then we were tight and we tried a lot of things to fix it but nothing seemed to work. We'll try to figure it out and get 'em next weekend at Darlington. I really like that track, and it'll be interesting to see if the safety walls throw a new wrinkle into it."