Newman's ALLTEL Dodge wins at Dover RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Scores Second Victory of season "The ALLTEL Dodge was really good. We lost the power steering with about 180 laps to go. We were smoking. It made it hard to...
Newman's ALLTEL Dodge wins at Dover
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Scores Second Victory of season
"The ALLTEL Dodge was really good. We lost the power steering with about 180 laps to go. We were smoking. It made it hard to steer, but Matt did what he could for me and we did what we could to stay out front. Jeff (Gordon) raced me clean and professional, and I appreciate that. One of the biggest things was I couldn't clean my tires like most people on restarts, but I'm happy to bring this ALLTEL Dodge home in first. It was a great race for Penske Racing."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - Finishes sixth
"I had a good, solid top-five car all day. I was a lot pushy in some points of the race. I don't think I got loose all day long. Maybe I was loose once all day long and I kept wheeling wedge out of it, raising the track bar up on it, moving air pressure around on it. It kept responding, but I don't think I was doing it quick enough. I think I was making too many baby steps instead of making one big whack at it. It looked like I was adjusting my car just like everybody else. I didn't see anybody get away from me a lot.
"The aero push was a handful all day. You could be stuck like crazy, and you'd get behind a car and all of a sudden both front wheels would start chattering. You'd get back from behind the car and the front wheels would stick. You'd get back behind it and the front wheels would start chattering again. You can't believe how important the air is for downforce on these stock cars. That was one of the reasons if I was a little tight and then I got behind somebody I couldn't pass. Out front was where you wanted to be. At first, I got out front and my car was real good. We came in and tried to make it better by taking air out of the left front tire and really hurt it. All in all, it was a good day for us. We moved up two positions in the points. We're still chasing that win and hopefully it'll come soon.
"Ryan was solid all day long. His pit crew had good pit stops for him all day long. My stops today were fantastic. Last week they were a joke, but today they were fantastic. Ryan's stops were good, too. He just had a better handling car than I had today. His car turned better in the center of the corner, and it ran real good. I was watching him and before he broke the power steering he was kind of like everybody else. When he broke the power steering, he might have got a better feel for the car and the car took off.
"I think overall we're a good, solid team. We were both on the front row and Ryan won today. Basically, the worse I ran was fifth and right there at the end Johnny Benson got past me. I didn't see him coming."