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BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Elliott's fourth-place finish was his best of the season and his first top five. He moved to 11th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and trails 10th-place Tony Stewart by only 36 ...

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)

NOTE: Elliott's fourth-place finish was his best of the season and his first top five. He moved to 11th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and trails 10th-place Tony Stewart by only 36 points.

"We thought we could do it on no tires, but we were still off there a little bit. I never could make it right. I drove down in turn one and got loose. Jimmie went on the outside and the 16 went on the inside and we wound up fourth, but we had a good car and a good run. We shouldn't have finished. When that piece of paper got on the nose, it pegged the temperature hand. It shouldn't have finished. It was just whoever got out front and got in the clean air. I earned it several times today. We kept plugging along and kept chipping away toward the top 20, top 15, top 10. We got within 10 seconds of being lapped and the caution came out. I thought I had a flat tire and drove off into turn one and we came right in. We had to play catchup from then on. We elected not to come in on that there at the end because we needed track position. The only gamble we had was to stay out. We were either going to finish sixth or seventh if we came in and put on tires. We got an opportunity to do better and we came away finishing fourth. That's the things Mike (crew chief Ford) and I talk about on the radio. We try to figure out the best thing to do. The Dodge was pretty good today, but still it's the guy who can get it all put together, and Jimmie Johnson and his guys did it today.

"We started in the back and that puts you in adversity there. We kept plugging along and got in the top 10. The caution fell our way, but we had to come in because I thought we had a flat on the restart.. We had a decent car. We've got to get out of here and keep working. I'm proud of everything the team has done. The motor ran great today. This Dodge team has come a long way in the last three or four months.

"These are the places you can come across and get your first win if you find yourself in the right place. Jimmie had a good car from the get-go and I think he put himself in position to win. That's what you've got to do."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We had a pretty disappointing day with the Target Dodge today. The car was real loose, and we couldn't get any grip in the corners. It got so bad that we had to come in early and adjust on the shocks. We lost a lap in the process and it really didn't help too much."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"The Sirius Dodge was a great car. We missed the setup and we were loose all day. We kept making changes, but it just didn't get any better. We're going to go home and work on Richmond. It's one of my favorite tracks, and we'll hopefully have a decent weekend there."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Original Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"The car was tight all day. We adjusted on the car, then it got free in the middle and tight off. Toward the end when Rusty passed me, I got pushed into the wall and it knocked the tow in out. It messed up the fenders and aerodyamics. We fell back a little bit, but we were still able to hang on for another top 10 finish and gain some more points on second place. If we can't win, we try to finish in the top 10 and that's what we did today."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We broke a motor. We haven't had any trouble all year long. We've had good motors, so you can't really say anything. These guys work hard. We came in the pits one time and had some problems. I'm not sure what happened, we had a loose wheel or something, but we kept fighting back. We never could seem to get back up there. We had a flat tire, and that put us down. Things weren't quite right from the start. It seemed like it took off all right in the beginning, and then it just kind of faded away."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We can't seem to put our finger on the problem. We're working hard at it. We're not giving up. We're struggling and still finishing in the top 20. We've just got to figure out what's going on and I think we can get back in the top 10."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)

NOTE: Petty has moved from 38th to 22nd in the standings in the past seven races.

"We started and we were loose in and loose off. We finally got it where it was drivable up off. We made a couple of air pressure adjustments, and Lane made a couple of air pressure adjustments with wedge and some stuff. We got where we could drive it off and we just kind of stayed there. We ran steady all day. We weren't the best car, but we had a good top 20 car and that's where we finished. That's good. That's where we need to be. John Andretti ran good all day and I guess he got caught at the end and changed two tires. Everybody who changed four ran good at the end of the race. Steve Grissom got in the wall. All-in-all it was a pretty decent day for us. Since the fourth race of the season, the worst we've finished has been 21st and the best we've finished has been 10th. We're working in a 10-place zone now and that's where we need to be. We've been between 15th and 25th, and we need to up it a little bit. We need to be 10th-20th now. We've got to get all our cars to run there. The Sprint Dodge has been running good and finishing good, but we're not by any stretch running like the top cars, but we're running consistent and that says a lot right now. We moved up two spots in the points to 22nd. We're still plugging along."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Steve Grissom