STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Sixth "We had some good pit stops and some good calls in the pits today. We had a good car on the long run. We just didn't have enough laps at the end. I wish we had ended up in the...
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Sixth
"We had some good pit stops and some good calls in the pits today. We had a good car on the long run. We just didn't have enough laps at the end. I wish we had ended up in the top five, but we managed to stay on the lead lap and hopefully this sixth-place finish will give us a little momentum going into Texas."
LEE McCALL (Crew Chief No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We came in and gambled that it would go green and it did. It's crazy about this place. You don't know when to pit and when not to pit. It almost seems like you want to do the opposite of what the leaders do. We had some great pit calls today, and the guys made some great pit stops. Sterling drove his butt off all day. With all the lapped cars on the inside and us on the outside, and the lapped cars were so good, it was hard to get by 'em. This is great for this team. We've had a little rocky start here. This will be great momentum not only for the team but also for Sterling."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"That's two weeks in a row we got screwed on caution flags. We pitted last week and lost two laps when the caution flew. This week we pitted and got going. I thought we were going to be good, and the caution flew again. We had a good car. It was an easy top five, every week it's an easy top five, and we've just got bad pit luck right now. I can't blame it on anything else except bad luck."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"I got hit from behind again. I got caught up in the wrong spot at the wrong time. I don't know if it was me pushing the issue or what it was. We started off and the car was really loose. We worked on it and got it better, but we just never got track position and got in the right spot. We got caught a lap down, and then we got caught four laps down in the pits. It went from bad to worse. It looked to me like the 11 got into the back of the 01 on that one deal."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"This was one of the best cars I've had here in a long, long time. My hat's off to the crew. It looked like we were headed for a top-10 finish, and any time you can do that at Bristol you've had a good day. We'll just get our Dodge ready for Texas and try to get 'em again next week."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"We had a car capable of winning this race without question. When I passed Jeff Gordon, it made my whole day. I said, 'man, that was pretty cool' because Jeff was as good as I've ever seen him. You've got to be lucky. Kurt was lucky last year, and he was lucky again. Richard Petty always said you'd rather be lucky than good, and he was obviously lucky today. I congratulate him for it.
"We still came out of here with a 12th place, and that isn't bad. It should have been a first, but the Sirius Dodge boys are doing a good job. I wouldn't trade 'em. We made some mistakes, but we'll get better.
"I think we had the best Dodge at Atlanta. That's the same car we're taking back to Texas. I like Texas. I think we'll be a factor at Texas. I think we can run up front all day long.
"I think we had the best Dodge today by a long shot. We've been best in class a couple of times this year. I'm so proud of Tommy Baldwin and these guys. I think we made a mistake on the first pit stop. We've got to get Mongo to straighten them boys out. I think we're going to put him under curfew next week. Mongo has been on the prowl. He told me he was out scooting around last night. We won't let that happen any more.
"Seriously, to have a car that good and pull away from everybody was awesome. We had a big lead and were really just on cruise control. I love Bristol. I love this race track. I really mean it. I love this race track. I wish we could come back tomorrow and race again. I ain't tired. I wish we could turn the lights on and run 500 more laps tonight. That's how much I love this track. We just didn't stuff to fall our way today, and when you don't get stuff to fall your way, you ain't going to win.
"My son said he'd rather win the night race anyway. You can't predict stuff. I know I had the best car here today. The best car doesn't always win. We might second-guess ourselves now. We should have pitted, but the cautions were flying every 30-50 laps, who would ever think it would, but it did bite us in the butt. It hurts. It hurts a lot, but I'm real proud of my guys."
KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)
"That's our first top-10 finish of the season, and to do it at Bristol is just great. I think that was my 15th start at this place, and it's only my second top-10 here in a Cup race, so my hat's off to the crew. They did a good job fixing the car today. This was really a team effort, and that's what it takes."
PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Crew chief No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)
"This is something to build on. A 10th at Bristol is really good. A lot of stupid things have been biting us, things that had nothing to do with communication. Hopefully we're getting those circumstances behind us. I thought we could run in the top 10 today. I kept him out there one time. I told him he was going to blow a tire before I brought him in. 'This ain't going to be like last week.' Last week I short pitted him by one lap and we went two laps down. I thought Kenny did a great job. The whole left side of the car came off, and I thought we might be done. The crew got the job done in about 20 seconds. He got a new left headlight on it, and it made the car turn again. That's what we needed from the crew, and Kenny did the rest."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)
"Robby Gordon, and it's not the first run-in I've had with him, he caused the first accident I got involved with today. We were one lap down and he was three or four. He was just holding me down, and we came off three and he got up in me. We had a good run going. We got a lap down like just about everybody else, but I think we could have come away with a top-10 finish easy enough."
STEVE LANE (Crew chief No. 45 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid)
"Kyle (Petty) just said he was hurting all over. He's pretty tough. I think he must have a high pain tolerance to take a lick like that. I think Ward came back up the track, and the spotter said if it had been another inch he would have missed him. It was just one of those racing deals. I felt like we had a good car. We got a lap down, but we were real happy with the car. It looked like we might get a top 10 out of it, but we all just hope Kyle is all right."