STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Marlin's streak of eight top 10 finishes ended Sunday. He cut a tire while running in the top five on lap 310 and had to pit under green. He finished 19th. Marlin entered the race 99...
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Marlin's streak of eight top 10 finishes ended Sunday. He cut a tire while running in the top five on lap 310 and had to pit under green. He finished 19th. Marlin entered the race 99 points ahead of second-place Ryan Newman. He now leads Matt Kenseth by 99 points after 6 of 36 events.
"We've got to feel very good about both of our Dodges today. Both of them were very competitive. Both were up front all day. We were up at the front of the pack even though we were a lap down at the end. Me and Mark Martin got together when I was passing him, and that cut down a right rear tire. We lost two laps and got one back. I thought we might could get the other one back, but we never did. I think if we could have got it back, we could have been up there battling Jimmy for the win. It was a great day for the Target guys, and it could have been worse for us. Any time you can come out of Bristol in one piece, you've got to feel good about it. You're going to have some cut tires, so hopefully we've got that behind us now."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Burton was eighth before race, 185 points behind Marlin.
"We had some problems with the battery early on and that got us behind. We had to play catch up the rest of the day and the car wasn't quite good enough to play catch up."
CHIP GANASSI (Team Owner Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
"The team did it today. Spencer had the car, and they knew we were here. There was a little dirty pool out there, but that's all right. You get that at this place. Spencer doesn't forget. Sterling just had bad luck. He had a flat tire and we had to pit under green and it hurt us. We'll be all right. We've still got the points lead. We'll get a little rest and come back strong at Texas."
FELIX SABATES (Team Owner Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
"Sterling had a flat tire, and he couldn't help that. He was still running third at the end. He was a lap down, but he was still running third on the grid. He had a better car than Spencer. If he had been up there racing for the lead, I don't think there would have been any contest between the 40 and the 97. This is Bristol, and you're supposed to trade a little bit of paint every now and then. I don't mind that. It could have been us doing it. You can't get upset about that. If they do, they'll get over it in a hurry."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Mayfield finished second at Las Vegas in race No. 3. He finished 14th Sunday and stands 18th in the series standings. He's jumped from 36th to 18th in last four races.
"We're not finishing where we want to, but we're making gains on it every week. We had a good car at times today. We were missing a little bit at the start, and we knew that. The good thing was we brought it home in one piece and didn't tear it up."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The Sirius Dodge was a lot better than we finished. We had too many problems. We had a lot of mechanical problems and we had problems in the pits. Transmission went completely out, and I only had fourth gear. The clutch went out. If we just could've gotten track position... We ran with the guys that finished in the top 10 all day and were faster than a lot of them. When you have that many problems in one race, you can't ask for more than what happened. I had a bunch of them (accidents) happen right in front of me, too. It's tough. I figured if I could've stayed out of trouble and stay on the lead lap, we'd have been OK. Everybody was pretty smart today. A lot of people were on the lead lap at the end of the race. It's getting a lot better. We've got more experienced people now, and that's what we needed. You don't have an experienced driver, so you got to have an experienced crew knowing how to put good cars under you. We're in the right direction and hopefully things will get better."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We had a good car. Our man (crew chief Steven Lane) made a good call there at the end of the race. We decided to stay out with our tires to gain track position. We lost a little bit, but got a caught right there at the end. That helped us climb right back up there with the four fresh tires. It was a good call, and that last caution helped us a bunch."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That's not necessarily the finish we were looking for, but at least we came out of here with our car in one piece and we managed to stay out of trouble. We didn't lose a spot in the points, and that's good. We'll take it and go on from here."
DODGE RETAINS MANUFACTURERS POINTS LEAD -- Jimmy Spencer's runner-up finish scored six manufacturers points for Dodge on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Dodge retained the lead in the season-long manufacturers standings. Dodge leads Ford, 42-40, after the first six races. Pontiac is third with 25, and Chevrolet trails with 24.