Bristol II: Dodge drivers race quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) -- Third "I was really nervous about before this race tonight because in my Busch Series career I haven't finished very well here. Man, to come out here third here, that's wonderful. "You know...

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) -- Third

"I was really nervous about before this race tonight because in my Busch Series career I haven't finished very well here. Man, to come out here third here, that's wonderful.

"You know if it had been anybody but (Kenseth) I probably wouldn't have blocked him, but I figured he's racing for points. I didn't figure he'd wreck me. The last lap I didn't think he'd take a chance on that. What a car. We had good pit stops, and I told Donnie (crew chief, Wingo) when the race was over that he must be one smart crew chief because this is a totally different car than what we qualified or practiced in. It was horrible. We made a bunch of changes and he kept asking me what to do and I said, 'You just do whatever you think is right,' because I said I don't have a clue. He must have made the right choice. We had a really good car. It was horrible in happy hour, but Donnie made a bunch of changes and he kept asking me what to do, and I said, 'I don't know. I'm kind of lost right now.' Whatever he did was right because it was a totally different racecar. Even at the end when we weren't quite as good as the No. 97, I couldn't have made it any better. I was driving my heart out. We'll take third from Bristol because this place is like a superspeedway race. It can bite you and you can have a really bad finish. I'm really proud of my guys too because we struggled with pit stops at the beginning of the year and I think we beat out some of the best pit crews. I'm really proud of those guys."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) --Sixth

"No doubt about it this was a good run for the ALLTEL Dodge. It was our best finish here at Bristol. It was good for the points, and it was good for the team --especially with us getting spun out twice. Our front bumper was pretty clean all night. It was a pretty typical deal at Bristol. We had a beat in rear bumper. I'm just glad to have finished as well as we did. Matt and the guys did an awesome jobs. We had awesome pit stops all night.

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -- 10th

"We just kept fighting all night. We kept getting a little bit loose, and then a little bit tight, back and forth. The Dew Crew did a hell of a job working on the car. I'm really proud of them. They kept this thing under me all night so I could race hard. It made it worthwhile for us. This was a good night for us. Our Dodge suffered a little less damage than I thought it would tonight. We got in a couple of little deals, but it wasn't bad. I'm pretty happy about it."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -- 16th

"We weren't too bad. We tore the car up pretty good, and we struggled because of that. We had a decent car to start with, but track position is everything at Bristol."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) -- 17th

"I got run over by Kurt Busch, and then after the final laps I guess the No. 01 didn't know the race was over. He got us too.

"We just can't seem to buy a top-five finish nowadays. But we've been there and been there again. That's racing, though, and we'll work it out. We just need to rebound, and we'll get back at it next week at Darlington."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) -- 21st

"We had a pretty solid run tonight. It was better than our first run at Bristol. We got two laps down and were able to get them back. The car was tight at the beginning of the race, but it really came around and we were running good towards the end. Overall, it was a solid night for Team Target."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 43 Cheerios Heart Health Dodge Intrepid) -- 41st

"In the first incident I was a mere passenger in the car. I don't know. I couldn't see everything because I was about one or two rows behind where it all started. I think someone wrecked Steve Park, and he started to spin. He collected Kyle (Petty). I was right behind Kyle with Casey (Mears) and (Larry) Foyt right next to me. I couldn't go high because I had the wall on one side, and I couldn't go low because I had the other cars on the bottom. So, I collected them. We bent the car, very, very good. Although there wasn't a lot of body damage, the front suspension was basically gone. We had to replace that.

"Then we went out again. I was running a lot, just to build miles and get experience. The car was very difficult to drive. I went into turn three, was very free and I just lost it and hit the wall."

"It's pretty wild out there, but it's a racetrack and it's race-able. The little I ran, I have to admit it may sound crazy, but I was starting to get a feel for it. I was beginning to enjoy myself. You can really setup yourself to pass people here. It's an interesting place."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid) -- 31st

"Yeah, this can be a tough racetrack all right. First off, I've got to apologize to Ryan Newman. I think he checked up pretty quickly, and I ended up bumping him. I got hit from behind, and that was about it. Then, over there (lap 223 caution) I'm not quite sure what Ricky Craven did. I was giving everybody plenty of room. I don't know if maybe he pushed or something. I don't know what happened, but I was giving everybody plenty of room."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) -- 43rd

*** After his accident on lap 87, Rusty Wallace was taken to the infield care center, where after examination he is expected to visit a local hospital for further evaluation. ***

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Ricky Craven