Dover II: Newman qualifying press conference

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Qualified second "We had a good car in the spring race, and everybody knows what happened there. We've got a good starting spot. It's going to be good for pit selection, track position, all those things, ...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Qualified second

"We had a good car in the spring race, and everybody knows what happened there. We've got a good starting spot. It's going to be good for pit selection, track position, all those things, the opportunity to lead a lap and get five points, which could be huge in the chase for the championship. We'll just see how things go. Hopefully it's not the same type of events we had in the first race here. Usually Dover is pretty good about having good, long green-flag runs and a lot of good racing and a lot of good racing, side-by-side racing, so we'll see how that goes.

"You can't be any different than you are at every other race or every other lap all year. We'll just go out and do the best job we can, lead a lap, if it's the last or every other one between. A top-five finish is a realistic goal, and we're here for the win, obviously.

"After we won the second one here (in 2003), I was really looking forward to coming back. I don't pick races on the schedule and say we can win here or there. I think our team is capable of winning at every racetrack in one way or the other. There's no spotlight on Dover.

"The best way to answer that is to say I don't know who's been caught with what the last couple of weeks. Obviously gas and fuel mileage is important. As long as the cars carry fuel we're going to have fuel mileage races. We'll just see what kind of predicament the teams are in going into the last green-flag run here. I'm not aware of what's been caught or what hasn't been caught.

"Short pitting, I don't think so. Basically, you lose so much time getting on pit road and getting off. On top of pit road speed, you run the risk of going two laps down and not being able to have a shot at the Lucky Dog if they throw a caution, so really, just like most other racetracks, you run until you have to come in or have a flat.

"I wouldn't use the words 'absolutely necessary', but we're here to win. If we come away with a top five, that's good. If we don't, we'll assess the situation.

"I just think what I can think. I don't what everybody else is thinking. We have to stay focused as a team. If we do well, everything will take care of itself. If we win the race, then the points take care of themselves. If we finish in the top five, then the points take care of themselves. If we finish 12th, then the points won't take care of themselves and we'll be on the edge of moving up. All you can do is just try your hardest, have good pit stops, clean race car at the end of the race. If you finish first, first you've got to finish. If we can do all those things, just like all the other teams, we'll be just fine and we won't have to worry about what everybody else is thinking about.

"This is probably the toughest race on tires. I think Gordon cut one or blew one here in the first race. I know he was really tight when that happened. I don't think tire wear is as much an issue as being off with your balance as well as having settings in your car that are harder on your tires than other settings like too much camber or too much air pressure or too little air pressure, those types of things. I don't think they're going to wear out. They've been pretty good tires."

-dodge-

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