Dodge Richmond II race notes

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We had a real good car, but we tore up the transmission. We pitted and Schrader kind of stopped short and blocked me in. I was going to back up. I put it in reverse and it wouldn't...

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We had a real good car, but we tore up the transmission. We pitted and Schrader kind of stopped short and blocked me in. I was going to back up. I put it in reverse and it wouldn't go anywhere. We stripped something in the gears. We had a good car. It was really good on long runs. I wish it had stayed green all the way, but that's just part of racing. We'll get 'em next week.

"We got in the corner, and I might have come up and he (Jeff Gordon) came down a little bit. It was just racing. It was a racing deal. Jeff has always raced me clean, and I hate it we got together. I was turning in and he came across on my right front.

"I came down pit road, and I couldn't see my sign. I still got in the pits, got in a little deep. Schrader stopped a little short, and I had to put it in reverse to back up like I've done a million times before. When I put it in reverse it just wouldn't go anywhere. It made a bunch of racket, so we must have stripped something in the transmission. It's a shame. We could have gained a bunch of points tonight because the car was really good, especially on the long runs. We'll get back out there and get all we can."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We had some chassis problems we just couldn't fix. For the most part we ran real consistent in the top 10. We got a lap down and got lucky and hit a caution just right. Rusty was giving me a little bit of a break, too, but the last two sets (of tires) were the worse we had all night. We had good fortune with that last week. The last two sets were the best we'd had all race. It was just the opposite. We short pitted a little bit, but we don't get that good of fuel mileage anyway. It was exciting to be a part of the No Bull 5. I wish he had been at Darlington. That would have been real exciting. For the most part the team ran better the past three races than it has in quite awhile. We should have outrun four or five of those guys in front of us tonight. Our last four or five chassis adjustments at the end, what I was telling Tommy (crew chief Baldwin) was exactly the opposite of what we should have done. We'll learn and go from there. We're going to take this same car to Loudon next week. It ran good up there last time. I'm tickled how well it ran tonight. We just didn't have a good set of tires when we needed to."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I just kind of survived. Somebody checked up there at the end, and I hit Dave Blaney in the back hard. It was just one of them deals. We weren't that good tonight, but we weren't that bad, either. We'll try again next week."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We were racing close and a couple of guys got tangled up in front of me. I lifted and the guy behind me got me and spun me around. It looked like we were going to get a top 10 out of it. Then we got one lap down and it looked like we might still be all right and they left the lugs loose and we had to come back in under green."

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We were good. We were bad. We were good. We were bad. We missed the setup a little bit early and got a lap down. We got better as the night went along, and I thought we were going to get it back a couple of times. We just weren't quite quick enough. It wasn't a bad night. It wasn't what we were expecting and hoping for, but we'll go get 'em at New Hampshire. I hate we let last week slip away, and we felt like we let a little bit of one slip away tonight, but that's racing."

BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"All I know is that I got hit from behind. If you get hit from behind, it's going to put you in the wall. That's pretty much the case. It's frustrating. We got the car working halfway decent, and then we get in a wreck. That's the way it goes."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It looked like we might get a top 10 tonight, and then we pitted and got lapped and that was it. We were running pretty good, but we weren't getting good fuel mileage, so we had to pit early."

BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports)


"We think we've got the foundation of an extremely strong program here. We took 500 days to get the program working with a one-team approach, and I think one of the most significant things in the first 100 days into the program was that we kept the one-team approach working. That was probably one of the toughest things to do, but if we're going to excel in the toughest sport in the world, we have to work different than everyone else. We've got decades to catch up. Our first hundred days, we ended up with pole positions and we had everyone working together. We got into the second hundred days, and lo and behold, we were able to get that first historic win at Michigan with Sterling Marlin and the Chip Ganassi team. All our management and dealers and employees were there, and it was just a wonderful thing. We backed that right up two weeks later with Ward Burton's win at Darlington in the Southern 500. We're competitive. We're out there week in and week out. We still have a lot to learn, but the mark of a good, strong program is what we've got here. We get a little better each week. Sure, we have tough weeks like we had here at Richmond, but like any great athlete, you can't have it good all the time. You get that little setback and you realize just how hard you have to work to get ahead in this game. We've got a program with a lot of depth. Several of our teams put themselves in position for a top five or a win every week. If they keep knocking on the door, it'll come. We have to make our own luck, and I think we're doing it."

-Dodge Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Sterling Marlin , Chip Ganassi , Dave Blaney