TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 43rd) "The first deal, I was under the 48 and he came down a little bit and I was trying to get out of the hole. It's just typical Bristol. It's just tight racing. I let off and whoever was ...
TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 43rd)
"The first deal, I was under the 48 and he came down a little bit and I was trying to get out of the hole. It's just typical Bristol. It's just tight racing. I let off and whoever was behind me didn't and they kind of got into me and turned me around. That's just Bristol. On the second deal, I came up off of there and the car was pretty damaged. I was trying to ride around, but the car got loose and I had no steering back to the right. I don't know why. I've never had that happen before, but when I turned back to the right to correct it, it wasn't there to correct and it came on around. It's a shame. We had a decent car in practice. We were just gonna try to ride around for the first 250."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 42nd)
"I tell you what, that's the fastest car I've ever had here at Bristol. Man, that thing was a rocket. I was just following the 99 through, by the 25, and he hung a hard left. Joe (Nemechek) usually does not race like that, so I'm gonna bite my tongue tonight. But it's a shame. It's my favorite track in the world. The fans here come to see a great race and, man, we had a car good enough to win tonight. It's very frustrating. I hate it for the Wood Brothers, myself and Motorcraft."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 39th)
"We were just sort of riding along. We had a little better race car, I think, than we had shown. We were just trying to get to about lap 350 and then we were gonna start racing and, all of a sudden, the motor let go. There's nothing we can do about it. All these guys worked hard on this Havoline Taurus."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"I just got hit in the rear end going into three and knocked sideways and knocked me out of the groove. It's the same thing he did to me three or four years ago. That's just racing I guess. I would have liked to have won. It's been a long time since I won, but it's been a long time since Jeff won too, and I know he wanted it real bad too."
YOU WERE HUNGRY. "Yeah, I was real hungry for it. It's been a long time since I've won, I guess my day is coming, but, man, I tried real hard. We got nailed in the rear end on the last lap and turned sideways. I didn't expect it, but I got behind that 25 car and couldn't get around him. That lapped car slowed me down and when I got to him, I knew I was gonna have a problem. I lost the air to the front and allowed Jeff to get on my rear end. He got to me where he could hit me. I tried desperately to knock the heck out of him, I just couldn't catch him."
IN THE DRIVER'S MEETING THEY TALKED ABOUT LAPPED CARS GOING TO THE OUTSIDE. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN WITH THE 25 DID IT? "No, Nemechek just killed me. A team car, I guess, he just ran around the bottom lane and just killed the air. I would have thought being a lapped car and with the leaders coming he would get out of the way, but he didn't."
YOU WANTED THIS BAD. "I wanted this race real, real bad. We came out 12th or something with tires and ran 'em down and passed 'em and, son of a gun, I got right behind that doggone lapped car, that 25, and I just couldn't get around him. He kept running right in the racing groove instead of moving up out of the way. It was just enough to kill my air and I couldn't get around him, but that's racing, that's Bristol. I wanted to win real, real bad. It's been a long time since I've won, but it's been a long time since Jeff's won too."
AS IT LIKE DEJA VU WHEN YOU SAW HIM BEHIND YOU? "Yeah, he came up behind me. I knew he was gonna get into me, I was just hoping it wasn't gonna happen. That 25 car was just crowding us too much and got everything compacted. That was the problem."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 5th)
"I knew tires were gonna be a factor. Whenever we did a long run, toward the end of the run it would definitely slow up a lot and my car would get loose. But that was the best set of tires I had all day. We adjusted just a little bit on it and I was able to get away a little. I had high hopes. I was trying to get back past the 29 and I wasn't even looking and, all of a sudden, somebody said the 2 was right back there. I saw them all coming on new tires. I did everything I could to hold 'em off, but it's a great finish for us."
WAS THE PLAN TO GET IN YOUR FUEL WINDOW AND THEN STAY OUT? "Yeah. As soon as we could make it on fuel I wanted to pit. There were only 15 cars on the lead lap. We ran ninth or tenth most of the night and I couldn't really pass people as good as I wanted to, so I knew we needed to get some track position somehow."
KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 6th)
"We did what we needed to do and we were put in that position because we got in a wreck and the toe was knocked out. There's no way you can get the toe back to where it needs to be without losing a lap here, so we came in with 170 to go. We banked on yellows helping us and the car was just tight in the middle after that. It was too tight to where I couldn't hold anybody off. We knew we weren't good enough. We just wanted to lead a lap and fade at the end and we faded gracefully enough to finish sixth. It was a great run to get the guys boosted back up. They know they're doing their jobs and that got us back some points. We've been in position a lot on the speedways, but we never put it together. This is great to be at a short track and finish first and sixth this year."
YOU STAYED WITHIN YOUR PIT WINDOW AT THE END? "Yeah, it was a crapshoot just because we had the bent-up car. If we didn't have the bent-up car, we would have pitted with 120 to go when everybody else did. We were on pace, but we were just a little bit tight all week."
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 23rd)
"They just wrecked and there wasn't any possible way to avoid it. That's four times this year that I've been in dumb wrecks. One of them was Talladega and that probably doesn't count as a dumb wreck, that's just Talladega, but that was dumb. This race here, that wreck, was dumb. The wreck at Darlington with Buckshot and the 20 car was dumb and the one at Dover was dumb. That's just something I can't help. I wish I could control that, but I don't feel I have any control over that. I didn't cause 'em, I didn't instigate 'em, it was just on top of me everytime. I guess those are the breaks. We'll buckle down and try to overcome."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 13th)
"We had a really good car, better than I thought it was gonna be. We came in this morning and made some changes and the changes we made were what the car wanted. We had some fortune early to get us track position, but then we drove up and were pretty fast. I don't know if we could run with the 24 or the 2 because we never got to 'em, but I was still happy with the car. Whatever happened there. I guess Jarrett got in the back of the 19 or whatever happened and I couldn't see anything. By the time I committed to doing what I needed to do, it was the wrong thing to do. I made the move without knowing what I was doing because I couldn't see. It was unfortunate. We did a great job. We kept fighting and that's what this team is about. We don't ever give up. We just fight. There's not a quitter on this team. I'm disappointed again with the result, but I'm not disappointed at all with the amount of effort. We weren't gonna run this good yesterday. We made the right calls and got the car to run pretty decent."