RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Finished Second "I thought I could get 'em. I fired it up and hit pit road and the power steering went out. We replaced two power steering pumps this weekend. It kept blowing out seals, and I'll be ...
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Finished Second
"I thought I could get 'em. I fired it up and hit pit road and the power steering went out. We replaced two power steering pumps this weekend. It kept blowing out seals, and I'll be doggone if it didn't happen again. I tried. I did everything I could do. We had a real hotrod today. We had a good, fast car. We had a good test here, and we're going to win some races. I wish I could have won No. 10 here.
"I raced him pretty clean. I got into him in that one corner a little bit, but he was ready for it. It was just hard racing. Our pit stops were great all day long, so we fixed that problem. It's nice having all the pit stops right and all that. I was trying to pass everybody early, but I was fighting with the lapped cars. That's what Mark Martin was doing, trying to get his Lucky Dog. I know what the 5 was doing, but I couldn't get to 'em. I understand it. I would have been doing the same thing.
"We've had fast cars all year long, real fast. I really wanted this one bad. My car was really settled in. It was getting up in the groove with about 25 to go. At that point I thought I was in pretty good shape. I thought I could win this thing, then we had three cautions in the last 25 laps or so. I'm not worried about whether I can do it again. I just want another victory. I proved I can always do it. Racing is a lot different than stick and ball sports, how fast you can run or how far you can hit the ball. I thought I could have won at least two of the races already this season. We hired a new guy for pit stops and did a lot of practice and it looked good today.
"It's real frustrating because I've got to tell you. Sitting back there under the caution flag I really thought I had it won. I thought I could beat him because the car was so good all day long. We got going and I started scuffing the tires and I thought, 'what the heck is going on here?' With four laps to go I lost all the power steering. I couldn't get it to turn left. I couldn't get it to turn right. It was all jammed up. It happened about 150 laps into the race where I couldn't get the wheels to turn. All of a sudden it cured itself and went away. Yesterday in practice we lost the power steering pump and last week testing at Texas we lost the power steering pump. I think that aided me a little bit in not getting the job done, but we finished second and it was a good race. I would have liked to won, but we just didn't get it done.
"I would have liked to give him (Busch) a little bump and run, no doubt about that. I went down into turn one and the steering wheel locked up on me. I was pulling on it and pulling on it and it was going OK, but I just couldn't get as aggressive with it as I wanted to. I just couldn't get to his rear bumper. He had a fast car all day long, don't get me wrong, but we led a ton of laps today (100). That stop with about 150 laps to go we stayed out real long and a lot of guys were short stopping. When it resumed I had gone from first to fifth because of all the short pitting. The pit crew is fixed. All 13-second pit stops today and the car ran great. I got beat. I finished second. I would have liked to won. It's been a hundred and something (104) races, and we were trying real hard to win.
"We haven't really had a lot of crew changes. The only crew change we've had is the right rear tire changer. I talked a little bit about moving the crew guys around, and we just couldn't get it to hit. We hired the guy we wanted and everything worked out. I think I got beat out of the pit one time today, but other than that we had a good day and I'm real happy with it. We had a good test in Texas a couple of days ago, and I feel real good about going back there now."