CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I don't know what happened. They just told me the 01 was on the outside of me. I never knew he was there. Nobody said anything. I guess I just came up into him. I got spun around and hit...
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I don't know what happened. They just told me the 01 was on the outside of me. I never knew he was there. Nobody said anything. I guess I just came up into him. I got spun around and hit the wall. The car is torn up pretty bad, but they're working on it. The car had given up on us a little bit. It was real unfortunate. We needed to gain some points today. The car was working really good at first, and we came up through there and it started getting a little loose. We were looking forward to the first pit stop. We were going to adjust on it and try to make it a little better. We'll just have to wait until next week now. I'm fine. My neck is sore, and my head is hurting a little bit, but other than that I'm fine. I wasn't wearing one (HANS device). I wore one at Talladega and California and it hurt my shoulder a little bit, just from being pulled down so tight, so I didn't wear one this weekend. I wish I would have been."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We couldn't get the car to adjust. After it got dark, we had two sets of tires that were good and everything else was junk. They were freeing the car up, but it acted like it was tightening up. The car was great. As far as I'm concerned, the wrong Burton won that race because we had the car to beat. We just couldn't adjust to it and fix it when it got dark. I thought we were back in business when we made up our lap, but lo and behold we got a set of tires that was absolutely horrible. We've got to get with Goodyear and see how you can tell between one set that's either junk or one set that's good. You've got me. We got a top 10 finish at least, and that's what we need to get back on track. When you've got a car as good as we had, ninth place doesn't sound too hot. Little brother and his team were able to adjust to the track and we couldn't. I don't know why. They were able to do it and we didn't."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"If you look at the cars that were good early, they weren't good at night. We probably had a top-10 car when the sun was out and we probably had a top-seven car when it got dark. We got run into on the last restart and the tow-in got knocked out. The fender got torn off and we wound up 15th. I think they need to either run a race at 8 o'clock at night, midnight or start 1 o'clock in the day and run to the end. It's so hard to adjust your car with the way they've got it now. It's hard to practice. You just guess at the setups and hope they work. Kurt Busch took a dumb pill on that last restart I guess. It's just part of it I guess. The guy's got to realize you've got a long way to go. He's run over several people. I kind of went and told him. I don't think he'll run over us anymore."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was a long race. I did a little damage when I got together with Casey Atwood, and that put us behind the eight ball. I was on the outside coming off turn four and he just pushed up. I would have given him a break, but it happened real quick and I couldn't back out. It was just one of those deals. I learned a lot stuff tonight. I learned that 600 miles is a long race and you just have to keep digging."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was a long race. I needed something to eat it was so long. They gave me a candy bar about 200 laps in. We finished the race. We wanted to finish in the top 20, but we finished 27th, so we didn't accomplish everything we wanted to. I think we need to work a little more on our aero deal on this car. It's a new car and it qualified good. Any time I got around other cars, it would get loose. I couldn't do anything, and we'd lose so much, especially at the start of the race. When we were by ourselves, it ran pretty good. We didn't change our car a lot from day to night. We almost went back to where we started. Our biggest thing is the aero problem, not the chassis."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I can't really say how the car was. I'm totally disappointed. We've got to get better than this. We started out strong, but we never could get a handle on the tires. Then we ran over something and had a flat tire. Ray (Evernham) spotted for us tonight and he did a pretty good job. He was giving me a lot of good information. We've just got to get better."