Fourteen Dodge Intrepids started the 45th annual Daytona 500, the most since Dodge returned to the Winston Cup circuit in 2001. Twelve was the previous record. Included in those 14 Intrepids were three brothers -- Rusty, Mike and Kenny ...
Fourteen Dodge Intrepids started the 45th annual Daytona 500, the most since Dodge returned to the Winston Cup circuit in 2001. Twelve was the previous record. Included in those 14 Intrepids were three brothers -- Rusty, Mike and Kenny Wallace.
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and got up into the wall. After that everything happened. Disney World doesn't have one of those (rides), I can tell you that. This is the biggest race of the year and we just crashed out of it. I'm not thinking about now. I'm thinking about the future. We've got to make the most we can out of the rest of the season. We were just out there running hard, trying to make up some spots and what happened, happened.
"We came off three wide and all the three cars were as wide as the three cars were. We didn't have any air gap between us. That was all I felt after that. I was pointing toward the wall. I hung on from there. It was a pretty hard hit, and when I saw the grass I figured I was in more trouble than hitting the wall. I was aware of what position I was in, but there comes a time when you lose control and then I was along for the ride. I pretty much was aware of everything that was going on, but you can only do what you can do in a situation like that and we were just hanging on.
"You can't do anything when you've got a wad of sod in your lap. That's what I had. I had a wad of sod about eight inches thick and two feet long sitting in my lap and I couldn't get out of the car. The car dug in the ground pretty hard, too.
"That big wreck could have been behind me and eliminated the winning race, or the winning race car could have been us. I just don't know. My feelings are hurt, and I'll be sore tomorrow. I'm a little sore right now, but the good thing is I'm all in one piece.
"That ALLTEL Dodge went for a heck of a ride. I was just hanging on. We were in contention to run good today, and now we're looking forward to Rockingham."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 1-800-CallATT Dodge Intrepid)
"Ward just ran into us, he left-reared me. He made it three wide, and that's what happened. The car was OK, but it really doesn't make any difference now. We had a decent run going, and a decent week down here. This isn't the way we wanted the day to end. I just got a little bit of sod. I think Ryan Newman got most of it. I'm just glad he's OK, but it was a bad day for a lot of people."