RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Pole Interview "I didn't get everything out of the racecar in turns one and two. I was a little tight in turn one. I knew if I could push it through I could carry the speed through one and two. I...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Pole Interview
"I didn't get everything out of the racecar in turns one and two. I was a little tight in turn one. I knew if I could push it through I could carry the speed through one and two. I think the track was in good shape for everybody today. The track seemed to be a lot better as far as the bumps go. I think they've been able to fix that. I think my strong point today in qualifying was getting through three and four. We were really fast there and the car felt really good. This is one of the toughest places to qualify, but it's definitely fun when everything happens right."
"It's a great racetrack. It's a driver's racetrack. No two ends of the racetrack are the same or neither end of the racetrack is the same. To me, it's a lot of fun to drive on. Obviously your car has got to be handling and everything else, but it's disappointing the things that are happening to the racetrack itself and the market that it's in. I wish somebody would take notice and build a racetrack like this, the walls in the same place and put it some place else in a better market if it were possible."
"No special rivalry (with Jimmie Johnson). We go out there and compete against each other. That's a rivalry if you want to call it that, but we're good friends on and off the track. We've been fortunate enough not to step on each other's toes, basically the year and a half we've been racing against each other. That makes it a lot of fun."
"It goes without saying it's going to hurt the tradition. If you look up tradition in the dictionary it's got something to do with the same thing happening year after year, and it's not going to happen year after year. Without a doubt, yeah, things change, times change and people change, but I'm glad we're still going to compete at this racetrack. Like I said, I enjoy it. It's a great racetrack. It's one of the few races we don't have to worry about fuel mileage, necessarily. We'll see what happens on Sunday. Everybody in here knows the best race of the year was the one with Kurt and Ricky (earlier this season at Darlington)."
"I can't say what's bad or good for the sport. I don't know enough about it from the financial standpoint and a marketing standpoint and everything else. From a racing standpoint, I really like driving here and that's where I'll leave it."
"It's a tough track no doubt, but good drivers should be able to adapt to any situation, and I think both Jimmie and I have done an above average job when it comes to rookies at doing that. Obviously we've got great teams and great people behind us and great sponsors, but we've got to run the laps and keep the car out of the wall, and it's something that's fun to do here."