BRETT BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus (Finished 42nd) - "We had a really good race car. Halfway through that long run, we were as quick as the fifth-place car. With track position and everything we were gonna get there eventually. We were really...
BRETT BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus (Finished 42nd) - "We had a really good race car. Halfway through that long run, we were as quick as the fifth-place car. With track position and everything we were gonna get there eventually. We were really good. I'm really proud of this race team for giving me better race cars that we can go out and race with. We just got caught up in somebody else's mess. As they say, Dover is a self-cleaning race track and that's what happened to us. We were trying to get stopped and spun and just slid to the inside and hit the inside wall."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 39th) - "There was no warning. As I came off of turn two there was a big vibration and it just quit pulling, so something happened inside the engine. We had a good car and it was unfortunate. I was really looking forward to that last 150 laps. We kept adjusting on it. We were way too tight at the start of the race and kept adjusting. Shawn (Parker) was doing a great job making the calls to get the car freed up. We weren't quite as good on new tires as we needed to be, but once we got through 20 laps we were as good as anybody, I think. It was fun to drive a car like that."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 18th) - WAS THE ACCIDENT YOUR TURNING POINT TODAY? "Well, we weren't real sporty anyway and that was just like a nail in the coffin for us. We just didn't run good enough this weekend. That's the bottom line. If we would have run good enough, we would have been ahead of that wreck. We've just got to do a better job and have some better luck, too."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 30th) - "It was a real long day today. Our car was just way too tight. I was jumping the throttle over there trying to get it to turn. I had to take a stab at the throttle two or three times in the middle of the corner because I was just so tight. They freed it up some and I got the throttle pretty hard and just turned it sideways. It was unfortunate. I was trying to turn the car with the throttle because the car will never turn with the front tires when I turn them, so I was trying to turn it with the gas. You've got to do what you've got to do."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 7th) - "We ran OK at time and probably had a top three or four car, but for some reason we got really loose on the second-to-last stop. We overadjusted after that and got too tight on the last run, so I'm kind of disappointed. I thought we had a lot better car than that, but it just didn't work out."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 15th) - "It was just a long day from the get-go. We never got the car to turn for some reason. We brought the wrong car. We shouldn't have brought a short-track car (Busch raced the same car he won with at Bristol). We won't make that mistake again. We were just tight, tight, tight and I'm not sure what was different from happy hour. We all need to do better, including me, because we just can't have these days in a championship run."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 17th) - "I think we had a 12th-place car or something like that and we finished 17th. We got wrecked on pit road at the start of the race and that knocked the right-front fender in, so we had to come back in and have to start dead last. We weren't a good enough car to be starting dead last because the leader was gonna catch us and he caught us on that one run. It was a bad deal. We gave up five spots the way I look at it." DID THE DAMAGE HURT LONG TERM? "No, I don't think so. I was worried about it making the car push worse. That was our problem. We just fought front-end push all day. We fought it all weekend long and never did get it out. If anything, it didn't hurt any and it might have helped a little bit."
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Finished 12th) - "We had a good car. At the end of the runs we were faster than the leader, but at the beginning of the runs I was just so loose that I had to hang on and I had to let a couple of cars go by. By the end of the run we were real quick, but we need to work on our pit stops and a couple of other things." WAS YOUR HEART IN YOUR THROAT WHEN YOU FELT THAT VIBRATION LATE IN THE RACE? "It wasn't a vibration, I thought I had a right-rear flat. I went down in three and four and it just kicked sideways for no reason at all. It was doing the same thing the next couple of corners, but then it got better and better. I was trying to ease up on the tire and trying not to spin it and it came back. We got lucky because the car still ran good after that."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 33rd) - "We're not sure what happened. I had a real good car at the beginning, but could just never get track position. All of a sudden the car just went dead loose and we couldn't tighten it up at all. I don't know if a ratchet broke or a gear went bad or what, but I had just too loose of a race car. That's gonna kill us and put us back in the points, but we'll just try to make it up when we go to Pocono." WERE YOU JUST USING THE END OF THE RACE AS A TEST? "No, we were just trying to see what was broke. We changed two of the shocks, but it didn't make any difference. Hopefully, we'll go back to the shop and find out what it was and try to make precautions so it won't happen again."
DAVE BLANEY - No. 77 Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 20th) - "We just started out the day so, so tight that we couldn't even compete. We finally got it to where we could race, but we were already some laps down and couldn't gain anything back. We learned. I think those last 100 laps were pretty competitive, but the first 300 we were just way off.