Dover: Dodge teams race quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished eighth "It got tight on the last run. We were kind of behind a little bit the whole time. We had a fast car, but we never got a chance to lead any laps. I'm happy to come home with a top 10....

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished eighth

"It got tight on the last run. We were kind of behind a little bit the whole time. We had a fast car, but we never got a chance to lead any laps. I'm happy to come home with a top 10. We just didn't get the balance right, and that slowed us up. The contact with the tire on pit road wasn't a good thing, but I don't know whose fault it was and it really doesn't matter. It's just a tight pit road here. It would help if they'd widen pit road for us. We gained a few points on third place today, so we'll go after it again next week and try to keep chipping away. We're halfway to The Chase, and we're in pretty good shape right now. We've just got to stay there or get better."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished 5th, moved to seventh in standings.

"That was a good run for us. We had a good car all day long. You could tell from the start we were going to be good. I blew tires out last race here running second and the race before that running second, so we really worked on our camber settings and air pressures. We were real kind to the right front tire today, and we didn't have any problems. Good pit stops and we got up to second. My car got real tight and I fell back and got back up to fifth.

"I guess they're going to do something big for Mark (Martin) and I when we come back for the second race. It was a fun day. Today is a day that makes me think I ought to run a partial schedule, I just don't know.

"I thought everybody did a good job today. I still don't think it was the racetrack causing it at Charlotte, I really don't. I think it was a lot of overanxious guys, night time, excitement and drama caused it all. They've still got to fix the bottom lane in one and two or pave it or whatever they're going to do. I've got to commend Humpy for trying what he did. I really do. I didn't see anybody do any bonehead stuff out there today.

"We had a good run. So many times during the day Larry (crew chief Carter) kept telling me I has the fastest car on the track by two tenths. At the end when I got up to second, I got real tight. We made a big change -- wedge out, air pressure in, track bar up because the track was changing a little bit, and that really woke it up at the end.

"As long as they pay 180 points, all the races are big. The ones I really get up for are the ones I win at a lot -- Richmond and Bristol and tracks like that, but Dover has always been a good track for me, too. I was excited about coming up here. We brought car 54, and that's one of my favorite cars. We've got to keep in the hunt like we did today, and I think we'll be good for The Chase. We're halfway there, and so far, so good. We've got our stability back, so let's hope that's good enough to get us there."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"We just had a bad day. We didn't hit on it this weekend. We missed it with our Dodge Dealers car. It's too bad. I felt like Dover was going to be a good track for us. I thought we could gain some points today, but we ended up losing points instead."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"The car got worse as the day went on. It beat you to death inside the car it was so rough. It got up on the track and wouldn't get in it. My butt is sore from hitting the seat. It was a decent points' day and we moved up to 12th in the standings. I ran my guts out today and just didn't go anywhere."

TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger)

"It was a hot day, but it wasn't bad. We were really tight. The last couple of runs we were pretty good. We were actually able to stay with the top 10 guys. I was pretty happy with it at the end. I learned a lot today. It was my first Cup race here. I know they used to run 500 miles here, so I'm glad I came along after they cut it to 400. It's a long day and it's very demanding on you. This place is tough."

NOTE: Penske Racing South Dodge Chargers driven by Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman and Travis Kvapil each carried a decal in memory of team machinist Albert S. "Abbie" Garwood in Sunday's race. Garwood, 61, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., died Thursday at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Garwood joined Penske Racing South in January 1996 after working for 15 years with Junior Johnson and Associates. During his career, Garwood was named to U.S. Tobacco's Copenhagen/Skoal All Pro team seven consecutive years and a total of eight. Prior to joining Johnson, Garwood was a machinist at Lineberry Foundry. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research, P.O. Box 106, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Junior Johnson , Travis Kvapil
Teams Team Penske