Dover II: Wallace, Newman press conference

RUSTY WALLACE-2-Miller Lite Taurus (qualified 1st) RYAN NEWMAN-12-ALLTEL Taurus (qualified 4th) RUSTY WALLACE: "Right off the truck, the car was a real good car. It handled great. This is the car that we built especially for Bristol, and we ...

RUSTY WALLACE-2-Miller Lite Taurus (qualified 1st)
RYAN NEWMAN-12-ALLTEL Taurus (qualified 4th)

RUSTY WALLACE: "Right off the truck, the car was a real good car. It handled great. This is the car that we built especially for Bristol, and we decided to over here. It was a real good car there. And right off we dreamed a setup up and it worked real good. It was real tight, but we kept adjusting, adjusting, adjusting, and right there at the end we got it the best it was. I believe I was fourth in practice and I knew I had a shot at it if I made everything just right, but I also knew Ryan did and the 8 car did and the 88 car did. You just hope that everything turns out right. It's been a long time since I've been on a pole. A lot of really good qualifying runs this year, but for some reason, man, the poles just eluded me."

BEING AT THE FRONT OF THE PACK IS IMPORTANT AT DOVER.

"Last week I wasn't at the front of the pack, I was at the back of pack and I got myself in a mid-race wreck and it really killed us. We finished 19th, lost a lot of points, but whenever you start up front, it's easier to stay up front, you get the better pit selections. It really keeps your team pumped up, keeps the team morale happy and high and all that, so it's always good."

RYAN NEWMAN: "The last two weeks have been really great. Today, we unloaded pretty quick. We were fastest in practice, which it makes it tough on you because you've got no excuse going into qualifying you've got the fastest race car. The ironic part of it all was Rusty was fourth in practice and I was first, and we just flipped that for qualifying. A good run overall for the Penske Fords, and hopefully things will go well on Sunday."

HOW WERE THE CONDITIONS, AND HOW DID YOU ADJUST?

"We didn't adjust anything and didn't really change anything, we just lost a little overall grip, that's why we couldn't knock off the same lap speeds that we had before. That was similar for a lot of other drivers. Overall, just a good qualifying effort for the ALLTEL Ford. Happy to have two Penske cars in the top five."

HOW DOES THE CONFIDENCE FROM LAST WEEK'S WIN HELP YOU HERE?

"To me, it's a matter of confidence for the entire team. I approach it the same way I had before I got a win underneath my belt in the points race, but I'm not going to drive any harder or do anything different, and that's the big thing is to go out there and keep doing the same things we have been doing."

RUSTY WALLACE: There's been a lot of second-place finishes this year, and a lot of close-but-no-cigars. A lot of tracks that we should've, could've and didn't, and it's been a long losing streak right now, longer than I've been accustomed to. So, it bothers me a little bit, probably put a little too much pressure on myself because of it, but I feel confident it's going to happen, we're just going to keep knocking on the door and give it our all until the last race. Whenever you can do something that's good, a pole, a win or whatever, will always pump your team up. When you're in a little bit of a slump, when it comes to winning and no poles, whenever you can charge your team up a little bit, it always helps."

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A POINTS RACE THIS CLOSE?

"I don't think I've ever seen a points race this close. I haven't. It's tighter and everybody keeps trying to give it away. The leader, something will go wrong with him, than then next guy, he'll step up to the plate and then the next week something goes wrong with him. It's been going that way all year long. I hope it stops for me. The rest of those cats I hope keeps happening."

YOU ARE AN ADVOCATE OF THE CONCRETE TRACK. HOW DOES THAT PLAY INTO THIS WEEKEND?

"All race tracks change from when the race starts to the end of the race, but it seems like the concrete changes less. And I like it, the tracks don't tear up, and they stay real consistent, and I've always been a pretty big fan of it. Maybe it's because we've run so good on the concrete race track up in Bristol, I don't know. Melvin has always been a great guy for working on this track and making it in good shape, so I've never had anything negative to say about it. A lot of guys think it just doesn't give them the security like asphalt does, but I haven't felt that."

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