Dodge This teleconference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 Ryan Newman and Matt Borland RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) COMMENT ON BRISTOL AND DARLINGTON BACK-TO-BACK "I don't think it really matters. You've got to separate it week to week,...
Dodge This teleconference
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003
Ryan Newman and Matt Borland
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
COMMENT ON BRISTOL AND DARLINGTON BACK-TO-BACK
"I don't think it really matters. You've got to separate it week to week, racetrack to racetrack and lap to lap. I guess tempers flared obviously after Michigan, and I can guarantee you tempers won't be any better after Bristol. Going into Darlington, I think it'll be separated, and I don't think anything will carry over. It depends on what happens. If you win the race, you don't have to put anything out of your mind. If you're the one that gets caught in the spin or hit from behind, then yeah, you need to separate it."
IS THE FIFTH WIN AS SWEET AS THE FIRST WIN?
"Yes, to me it is because I treat it as a team win. If I was out there doing it myself, it would be a little different, but the team has done an awesome job this year to overcome the things that we had at the beginning of the year. To come back and be the winningest team is really awesome. It never gets old to win. You just have to treat it a little differently."
HAVE YOU TALKED TO NASCAR ABOUT WATKINS GLEN INCIDENT?
"I talked to a few people in particular, and we had some good conversation. I think communication has worked and made some big differences. They made the call in qualifying practice Friday (at Michigan) that if a yellow comes out and there's a big crash for the cars to stop on the racetrack. That's something I suggested after the situation at Watkins Glen. The communication between the teams and drivers and NASCAR is going to grow, and I think it needs to grow, and I think that's going to help the safety aspect of it. I know they're open to suggestions, and they take what we say seriously. Obviously it depends on who you're talking to and the level of education they have. You've just got to go one step at a time, and they'll do the same thing. We can't make calls that are outrageous."
ARE YOU OUTSMARTING EVERYONE ELSE?
"I'd like to think that, but it takes a team effort and Matt's done an awesome job. Mike Nelson with the fuel and pit strategy, and we've got a fast racecar. Everybody at the shop has done an awesome job, so it's a team sport and takes a team effort. I'd like to think we're smarter than everybody else, but the bottom line is we've won and we'll just go on from there."
CAN PREVIOUS RACE STRATEGY WORK AT BRISTOL?
"It all depends on what kind of cards you have dealt. Sometimes you don't want to play your trump card until the end, and sometimes you have to play it at the beginning. It all depends on how things are going. With the tire Goodyear has there at Bristol, it's really stout so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
EXPLAIN COMMENT ON PRACTICE ACCIDENT COMMENT
"I don't think it's a rule right now. It's just they made a note that if there's a situation, a big crash or whatever to stop the cars on the racetrack if at all possible to expedite the situation of getting the safety personnel or safety trucks out there. I think that happened based on the experiences we've had this year."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE YOUR PARENTS AT THE TRACK?
"It's great from a family standpoint. NASCAR is a big family and the teams are a family within NASCAR and then the individual families as far as people go. To have my parents there and have them experience all the things I've done and to have them enjoy the so-called fruits of their labor is a great feeling."
WHAT'S THE DEAL AT BRISTOL? THREE CUP STARTS AND 0 TOP 10S?
"Basically, we've got hit in the back end all three times we've been there. Either somebody doesn't like us or we're not going fast enough. Those three times we've been there in a Cup car you get spun out and knock the radiator in or whatever and you've got to fix the car and go back out and go after it again, but that ruins your day. Bristol is a place where there's not a lot of room to be out of the racing groove and still try to go fast. Once you get wounded it's pretty hard to make it back to camp."
CAN YOU BEAT YOUR QUALIFYING RECORD (128.709 mph) AT BRISTOL?
"It all depends. It was an awesome lap no doubt. That was the biggest surprise I've ever had in my life when it comes to qualifying. We'll have to see if the weather conditions and everything else allow us to challenge it."
ANY OPINION ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT?
"I really don't know what all happened, and I'd rather plead the fifth on that one and let NASCAR do their job and Kurt and Jimmy sort everything out. It's a tough business when it comes to attitudes and personalities and character so whatever happens happens and we'll just go on. My first Busch race I got into it with Elton Sawyer. He basically came over and did the same thing Jimmy Spencer did to me. I got the short end of the stick on that one. It's no fun, especially when you think it's not your fault. There's always a saying you can wait until afterwards and follow the guy to the McDonald's drive-thru and take care of him there if you've got that big of a problem with him. I think it's going to be the way it's going to be and we'll see afterwards. I don't think it's the worst (suspension, punishment for a driver), but it's a big one. It's not just from the Winston Cup race. Jimmy was planning on competing in all three races there at Bristol. It's a big hitter, but it's not the biggest hitter."
COMMENT ON RELATIONSHIP WITH MATT BORLAND
"We get along great and it shows on Sunday. That's part of the sport. We have a good relationship no doubt, both on and off the race track. We help each other. That's why it's a team sport."
COMMENT ON CONFIDENCE IN MIKE NELSON'S GAS CALCULATIONS
"You have to trust them like you want them to trust you. It's no different than me going out and wrecking the car every week. He's got to have confidence in me that I'm going to go out there and give him good feedback and good information. I've got to have confidence in him that he's going to give me the best situation when it comes to strategy or fuel mileage or anything else. I think he's done an awesome job in his position, doing what he does. He's a great asset to the team. You've got to trust each way and if you don't have that trust you're not going to be in victory lane."
Matt Borland press conference