DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 35th) "I was trying to protect my position. I actually thought I was far enough on the bottom and I saw the 99 getting a run and I just moved to stay kind of where I was, but he got in the back of me a ...
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 35th)
"I was trying to protect my position. I actually thought I was far enough on the bottom and I saw the 99 getting a run and I just moved to stay kind of where I was, but he got in the back of me a little bit and that's what happens here sometimes. Sometimes you make that move and you're OK, and other times it doesn't work out so good."
WHAT HAPPENED? "The same thing that always happens -- one guy is trying to protect his position and somebody else is trying to take it. Unfortunately, we met there and I got hit. Whose fault is it? I don't know, it's just something that happens in this. Unfortunately, it created a big wreck."
WHY NOT GET IN THE AMBULANCE? "I'm fine, but I stood around and I walked around and I walked halfway back to my pit before an ambulance ever came, so if they can't get them any sooner than that, to hell with them."
WAS THAT TYPICAL DAYTONA? "I guess, pretty much. It would have been nice not to have that caution with thirtysome to go because we had kind of a breakaway and we were gonna settle it between eight or 10 guys and probably wouldn't have had a situation like that, but it did. It just happens."
IS THIS AS MAD AS YOU'VE BEEN? "I'm not angry. I mean, it just happens. Everybody is OK. I guess everybody walked away."
IS IT A CASE YOU HAVE TO MAKE DRAMATIC MOVES? "I don't know that I was making a dramatic move to block. I kind of had the inside lane anyway. I saw the 99 with a run and I might not have been as concerned about it as I got because the only way he could have passed me was to go below the yellow line and I probably should have just let him go on and do that, but I decided to try and move down a little bit -- really to get the push to keep me going and make the pass that I was trying to make to get by the 6 car."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 2nd)
YOU MADE A LOT OF MOVES AT THE START. "Well, you've got to pass at the right until you get past the start-finish line. As soon as I got past that start-finish line, man, I had a head of steam and I just laid into it because I was embarrassed to qualify 37th. I said, 'I'm gonna get this old hot-rod up front and, man, it took off like a bullet. Everybody laid on the bottom and those guys laid on the top and I just blew right through the center. But as the race wore on, the car was just super-strong all day long. I'm real happy to bring a second-place finish home for the Miller Lite Ford Taurus, Harley Davidson and everybody."
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR THE 15? "No, I didn't have anything for him. He was in his own league. Junior was really good, but Junior tried to pass him and when he went high there was nothing up there and nobody to help him, so I just went down low and Sterling hooked up behind me and off we went. But we didn't have anything for Dale, Jr. or Michael Waltrip. They were the class of the field today."
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU PASSED ALL THOSE CARS? "It was great. It was a good run. It reminded me of an IROC race I did here back in like '93 when I was dead last and when I came off of turn four I was leading the race. You've just got to get the momentum going and not be asleep on the restarts. Again, I just felt bad that we qualified that bad -- 37th. I embarrassed myself, my owners, my sponsors, but I think I made up for it."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 15th)
"That was something different at the end. We were up there into the top 10 and I thought we were going to end up pretty good, but everyone in front of us kept wrecking and then they wouldn't wreck. Cars were sideways and then they'd save them. I'd move away and ended up 15th. But we gained a spot in the points and I'm happy about that leaving here."
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 5th)
"I got in a bad spot a few laps before the end there and worked my way out of it without losing a bunch of positions, so I'm happy."
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE WRECKS? "It's restrictor plate racing. Fans love it."
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO GOT CAUGHT UP ON THE BACKSTRETCH? "You can't help it. That's what you get. I'm glad there is only one more this year and I can count how many I've got to do left in my career. Restrictor plate races are miserable -- they really are -- unless you've got a car like the 8 and the 15. I guess it's not miserable for them because they don't have to deal with the pack."
JUST ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS WHERE YOU GOT THROUGH EVERYTHING. "Man, I've been in three wrecks this year and all of them were dumb. One of them was at Talladega, so I don't count that as dumb because that's just what you do. But the other two were real dumb and tonight it was our night to miss 'em. They were right all over me everytime, just about, but it was a great effort by the team. We didn't really run all that great, but we were there at the end."
MATT KENSETH --17-- AT&T Broadband/DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 30th)
"We were involved in the wreck early in the race and we came back pretty good. We worked on the car all night long and then we were almost to the top 15 and things got pretty bad up front. I think there was some blocking going on and we ran right into the 88, which pretty much took us out of the race. We can't seem to finish one of these things this year."
TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 7th)
"In plate racing you can never give up. We had a pretty decent car before that deal on pit road that knocked our rear end forward. We got a bad push after that, but Donnie (Wingo) kept working on it and when that mandatory caution came out, we came in and when we pulled the rear end back all the way it still wasn't back to where it was. We still had some push. The front end is tore up and the car is tore up on just about every corner, so to come out of here seventh, we're pretty happy with it. Especially with Billy (Curwood) getting hit on pit road. He's OK, that's the main thing. Discover Card had a suite here tonight and we got a seventh place for them. It was a bad night, but it turned out good."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PITS? "The best I can figure, the 31 was behind me and he was trying to pull out after I pulled in. My guys were already out there. Whoever was in front of me, the 97 I think, hit him and turned him right into my guys. We were fortuntate that nobody was really hurt."
A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THIS TEAM? "This is big. We've had a lot of problems with plate races. Normally we get caught up in the big wreck, but tonight we didn't. We made it through and got a decent finish."
RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 27th)
WHAT HAPPENED DOWN THE STRETCH? "On the restart there, the 6 car gave me a really good shove down the back straightaway. I was trying to do the best I could to get up behind Rusty and shove him high, but I had to just go around him. When I did, I got hung out on the outside and I was just fighting from there on out. I don't know if the 09 got hit by somebody or what, but he came up and got in my left-rear corner real hard in the middle of the tri-oval and we ended up cutting a tire down and that was the end of the story there."
WAS THAT KIND OF TYPICAL THE LAST FEW LAPS OF A RACE LIKE THIS? "Yeah, it's chaos. I mean, it's organized chaos, but in the end it's still good racing. The thing is, you either get the long end of the stick or the short end of the stick."
RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 23rd)
"Our night had a lot of potential. We certainly had a top 15 car. The car was so good from lap 15 on with each set of tires, but we had a problem on pit road and had to come back in and fix it. You're gonna have your percentages of problems during the year. You're gonna have those days and that's just the way it goes."
GEOFFREY BODINE --09-- Miccosukee Indian Gaming Taurus (Finished 10th)
"Unfortunately, we never got the car driving good until the end. I saw that big wreck coming, so I did back off and, thank God we missed it again. At the end, that thing was absolutely fast. I'm just thankful we didn't get in any of the wrecks. I thought I might wreck in the tri-oval when I got sideways, but we saved it and I'm just real thankful we're all in one piece and finished 10th. We'll just go to the next race and try again."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 33rd)
WHAT ABOUT THE END OF THE RACE WITH THE STUFF BEING THROWN ON THE TRACK? "That was pretty bad. I don't know what it was. It was like Pepsi cushions or something. I don't know. We were wrecked and I came through there and there was stuff flying all over the place. They were throwing stuff on the race track. That's a shame that 200 people make 100,000 look bad. It's certainly uncalled for and unacceptable. Whoever did it ought to never be able to come to another race. I don't know how you'd do that, but that would be what I'd do."
WHAT ABOUT THE RACE AND THE WRECKS TONIGHT? "Well, Jarrett and I caused the first big one. I got under him and he did what restrictor plate racing forces you to do and that's block. He went to block me and my fender was at his quarterpanel and we hit and away we went. The driver's cause the wreck. Jarrett and I should have been in that wreck. At most race tracks, it would be just Jarrett and I, but everybody else gets in it because we're all bunched up. He and I have to take responsibility for it. I feel like he was more at fault than I was, but I was there so had a part to play in it too. It's just racing. I'm not mad about it and I hope he's not mad about it, it's just racing. It was late in the race and we're trying to position ourselves. A restart is when you can make all this stuff happen. Tonight, once you got about 10 laps in it was kind of follow-the-leader, so it was important to make some moves when you could. I made a move and he knew he needed to block it and we wrecked." RESTARTS HERE ARE DANGEROUS? "The notion that cautions cause cautions, at this race track that's 100 percent correct. That's the time you can pass and everybody goes and tries to make something happen because the handling goes away. Once the handling goes away, it's hard to make a move to get done what you need to get done."