RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Third, Moved to 7th in series standings. Ranked 25th in the standings after 10 races in 2003. "The ALLTEL/Mobil One Dodge was pretty good all day. We struggled for one run there, but Matt (crew chief...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Third, Moved to 7th in series standings. Ranked 25th in the standings after 10 races in 2003.
"The ALLTEL/Mobil One Dodge was pretty good all day. We struggled for one run there, but Matt (crew chief Borland) and the guys did a good job in the pits. We came out with a top five because of a little bit of fuel strategy. It was a good finish for us. We had a really good car at the start. I think the track changed a little bit and we had to catch up with it. I think we were pretty conservative on fuel. We were all right at the end, but you never know how it's going to work out sometimes. Sometimes the driver uses a little too much, but you never know for sure until it's over. We came away with a top five at a place we hadn't finished in the top 10 before, so we're pretty happy with that."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No.77 Kodak Easy Share Dodge) -- Finished career-best sixth, top Raybestos Rookie of the Year finisher.
"Anybody that wants to say that racecar drivers aren't athletes needs to come see me. I played four years of college basketball, and thank you John Thompson. These guys did a great job on pit road. The driver had to apologize to them because he actually got a little bit tired today. I burned myself up a little bit, but it's part of the sport. Each week we're getting career-best finishes. That's the third in a row. We finished sixth, top Raybestos Rookie and there's no place better to do it than the west coast.
"Me and Mr. Penske are going to Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday, so that's good timing. We'll go up to Kodak headquarters and have a big party. We're bringing them back to the front. I wish we could have got a top five, I'm a greedy dude, but I've got to thank my boys. They never gave up on me, and I drive hard for 'em, but I got a little tired today.
"It's hot in there. It's a tough sport. Nobody can make fun of anybody first to 43rd today. These are professional athletes, and they prove it each week out there.
"We're getting that good Dodge engineering. We've had 18 trips to the wind tunnel. I've got two great teammates, Rusty and Ryan. Nice job by Ryan Newman today. I had a good battle going with him today. It was fun to race my teammate for a change. Our guys are pumped up and our confidence is growing."