Chicagoland: Dodge drivers race quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) "I went through the pit area, but I was able to get back out. We got back up to sixth and passed Jeff Burton for fifth. Everything was looking real good. Then we ran out of gas. As we came down...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"I went through the pit area, but I was able to get back out. We got back up to sixth and passed Jeff Burton for fifth. Everything was looking real good. Then we ran out of gas. As we came down pit road to put gas in it, we had an extra guy jump over pit wall. It cost us a 15-second penalty and that put us a lap down. Then the wreck happened and our transmission went out. After the catch can problem, that's what screwed everything up.

"We had a really, really good car today. It was just a big miscue in the pit area. We ran out of gas, and as I came down pit road an extra guy got over the wall, we got fined 15 seconds and got a lap down. Then the 8 car spun off two. I was trying to go underneath him, and I downshifted into third gear. As I did that, I got back in the gas and it just tore the gears right out of the transmission."

"A lot of things happen in this sport, a lot of ups and a lot of downs. I'm frustrated that we locked up that transmission. I'm more frustrated that we had a big miscue in the pit area. That's cost us a lot this year, and it cost us again today. If I had track position, I could have won today. It's just hell to pass out there. If I could have got up front, I could have won."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target/FujiFilm Dodge Intrepid)

"Something broke or the right-rear tire blew or something. I'm not sure what happened. I turned in the corner and went backwards and hit hard. It's really, really, really a shame. I know people say that a lot, but we've had tough races all year long. We were having the best race we've had all year. We had a really good car, and we were in contention to run up front. This team is getting better all the time, but we just couldn't bring it home and that's too bad. We'll try it again next week."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

NOTE: Newman won his third race of the season and the second with this Dodge Intrepid. Newman also won at Dover with the same Dodge, and it was the same car that burned at Michigan.

"We didn't make drastic changes to the car today. The track tightened up a little bit, but the guys did an awesome job in the pits making changes and making the car faster. Goodyear had an awesome tire. The durability was strong, and we didn't have any problems with it. He (Kevin Harvick) had a fast racecar, but when we got out in clean air that made a lot of difference. I was really worried about him until I got out in clean air. We stretched the fuel mileage as far as we could. Fortunately we were able to capitalize on everything. They changed the track on me up there (New Hampshire), but we'll go up there and see if we can win again next week."

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

NOTE: Mayfield scored his third straight top-10 finish and his fifth straight top 15. "It got real slick, but we had a good car. We just stayed on top of it all day long. That's the main thing. We were tight-loose pretty much all day. We bounced back and forth, but we ran really hard in our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, and we got another top 10 out of it. That's three in a row, and we're definitely on a roll. I've kept telling everyone this team is getting better every week, and I think we're showing that we can consistently run in the top 10. The next thing is to get those up to top fives."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"We started out really strong, but the track changed and I was afraid to make many changes to the car. I was a little bit tight, but we just didn't keep up with our car all day like we should have. Eighth is still pretty good for us. We've been about a 15th-place car every week, so to bring it home eighth, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm looking forward to the second half of the season. Hopefully we learned enough the first half to make a big difference in the last 18 races."

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

"We survived, and that's about all I can say. I'm surprised we ran long enough to finish. The car was pretty killed. I don't know when I've been hit that hard and still been able to keep running. If we can keep plugging along, we'll be all right. Track position was everything today, and it's that way just about everywhere you go now. It's unfortunate if you get behind because it's really hard to get caught back up. Our fuel mileage hurt really bad, but we'll keep working on it."

DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"I thought one time we had messed up by getting four tires, but it worked out OK because it allowed us to stay out and get gas twice. We didn't stay after it early enough in the race and make the adjustments quick enough. It got us there at the end. The track started getting real tight three-quarters of the way through the race. We just didn't stay after it enough and get enough adjustment in it. The car was good at first. As the rubber got down on the track it got tighter and tighter. We adjusted on it some, but we didn't make big enough adjustments to stay up with the track."

"I think we've got our cars a lot better, and the teams have been together a little while now. I think things are going to be good in the second half. We've got some good racecars and some good people. Everything is going good right now."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick