Dodge Bristol II race notes

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We made up two laps and I'm proud of that. The car was pretty good. We kept trying to get it better, and we couldn't get it better. It would push in the center and get loose off late....

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We made up two laps and I'm proud of that. The car was pretty good. We kept trying to get it better, and we couldn't get it better. It would push in the center and get loose off late. We were talking about some different shocks, but considering everything 12th isn't too bad. We had some good pit stops and Tommy Baldwin made some good calls to help me get those two laps back. Rusty helped me out once, and I owe him. We'll go to Darlington now and see what we can do there."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We ran pretty good all night. We cut a right front down with a few laps to go. I don't know what happened. We kind of faded there at the end, but two-thirds of the way through the race, we had a nice car and were looking good. We just couldn't finish it off."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was just a typical Bristol. We had a good stop on our last pit stop and got track position. I just about burned my eyes out. Jeremy knocked the crush panels out of it. The right front spring was out after the race. I don't know if it started like that or not. The car was real good yesterday, but we started the race and it was real tight. I don't know if the spring came out on the pit stop or what, but we just never got the car freed up. It was real tight all night. We were running 15th-18th most of the night, but we got it better. We made one big change on it, but it was still too tight. The front end would slide up across the track. It looks like the top five guys are there every week. It's going to be hard to gain much. We're just taking it week by week. Next week we're going to Darlington. I like that place. We run good there. We had a suspension part break here the first race, but we kind of ran a setup tonight that I had never run before. It might have been my fault. It was good, but it wasn't good when the night time came. Then again, the spring was out. What we went through tonight, I'm real happy with ninth. We didn't get close to any wrecks, and that's a big plus here."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"They never gave up. We fought and fought and fought. The car wasn't that good, but we weren't that bad, either. I think we gained a couple of spots in the points, and that's always good."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I wasn't too bad with the air. I never did get too hot, but there was so much carbon monoxide in the air and fumes and I was just breathing that in the whole race. It was giving me a headache and drying my eyes out. Other than that, I was fine. I learned a ton tonight. I got to run the whole race, and it will help us out next year. The crew did a good job. We stayed out of trouble all night, and that was the main thing. We had all the fenders left on the car. We had a motor problem of some kind at the end. We were missing halfway down the straightaway. We should have had a top 15 out of it, but it wasn't meant to be. The weekend didn't start off too good. We had a terrible qualifying run, but I'd say it was a pretty good day for me, a pretty good 21st birthday."

RAY EVERNHAM (Car owner Evernham Motorsports)
"Our cars weren't that good yesterday. Bill probably had the better car tonight and ended up with some trouble and still got a 19th place finish. I think he picked up one or two spots in points, and that moves him in the top 15. We're kind of happy about that. I would have been interested to see if we could have got him some track position. At one point the 19 car was one of the fastest cars on the track. It seemed like we had a fuel problem at the end of the race. We don't know what happened and that cost us two or three spots. Both cars should have finished in the top 15, but when you run third and 10th, top 15 doesn't sound so great anymore."

SAMMY JOHNS (Crew chief No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We could have finished better. We had something go wrong there at the end of the race. We're not sure what it was yet. It was fuel pickup problem or something. For what we had yesterday in practice and qualifying, the team did a good job. We stayed on the lead lap all night. We lost it with five to go and we're kind of disappointed we didn't finish on the lead lap, but Casey drove his butt off. We keep trying to make this team better for him."

-Dodge Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tommy Baldwin