Darlington: Dodge drivers race quotes

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) NOTE: Elliott led the way for Dodge at Darlington on Sunday with a ninth-place finish in his 700th career start. "We just never could get going. I was terrible at first and as the race went...

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

NOTE: Elliott led the way for Dodge at Darlington on Sunday with a ninth-place finish in his 700th career start.

"We just never could get going. I was terrible at first and as the race went on we kinda got better. This cold has had me whipped, and I just haven't been feeling good physically. With the way my year's been, anything has got to be an improvement. I'm pleased. We're gaining on it, but this cold has whipped me and this race track whipped me and I'm ready to go home."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"We didn't crash. We tried once with Ward. He got me in the left rear quarter. It didn't really hurt the car as much as it just put us in the back again. We had to fight back. We didn't have a good race car today. Fourteenth was a lot better than the race car performed. I was just happy we guessed right and Matt (crew chief Borland) made some good calls. We just missed the setup a little bit. We're up to 12th in the points, but we need to be higher than that. It all comes down to about a seventh or eighth place average to win the championship, and a 14th ain't going to get you that. I heard the finish today was pretty good. I wish I had been up there close enough to see it, but there again, that's the kind of racing you have here at Darlington."

KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 1-800-CALLATT Dodge Intrepid)

NOTE: Schrader's 17th-place finish was the highest ever by the BAM Motorsports team.

"We did what we needed to do. We fell back but short-pitted and got caught back up. We made the right adjustments and did what we thought was right. The car was really good at the end."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)

"I don't know really what happened, but it was unfortunate because we had a good run going. We kept working on the Cheerios Dodge, and we were getting it better. We came out on new tires. Somebody came out on new tires, and going down the back straightaway he hit me in the back bumper. Coming off turn four, he got up into my left rear quarter and I cut my left rear tire down, and that was all she wrote. He says he never forgets. I hope he doesn't forget this."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"It really started the lap before. One of the slow cars stayed out and we pretty much had it passed. He was down in turn one, and it was a give and take deal. He knew we were coming, and the 20 car was racing down in the corner. I had to check up to keep from wrecking us both. We went back down in three and four and Jimmie (Johnson) and them got a run on me. We came up off four and it looked like Jimmie got a little on the loose side. He didn't mean to. When he got loose, we hooked bumpers and it turned us both into the fence."

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