Ford Racing California Post-Race

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "Man, this is the worst luck I've ever had in my life. The balancer broke off the front part of the motor. It's just tough luck again for this Citgo Ford. We were a little loose at the ...

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "Man, this is the worst luck I've ever had in my life. The balancer broke off the front part of the motor. It's just tough luck again for this Citgo Ford. We were a little loose at the beginning, we came in and fixed it and were running faster than Matt (Kenseth) and Mike (Skinner) and them. After about 20 laps this Citgo Ford would fly. We were coming to the front again, but these bad woes got us again. I just want to thank the guys for working hard and we'll try to get 'em at Richmond."

BRETT BODINE --11-- Ralphs Supermarkets Taurus (Finished 41st) -- "It looks like we lost the brakes. It's gotta be either a master cylinder problem or we've got a line busted or something. That's a real shame. We came out of the pits, we bled the brakes, we came back out there and tried to get our lap back and just stay out as long as we could and then when we got down, we decided to pit. We came back out and ran with Rusty there for a long time, that's how good this Ralphs Supermarkets car is." JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Big Kmart Taurus (Finished 40th) -- "I don't know what happened. We were running too good, a top-10 car. I think we actually were gonna come back and get a top-five finish there. I don't know. I went down in the corner behind Bill (Elliott) and broke loose, it broke loose and got into the fence. It did a lot of damage to the car and with only 20-some laps to go it isn't worth fixing, so we parked the Kmart car. It's dismal when you're running real good and this happens. You don't mind when you're not running real good, but this is part of it."

MAYFIELD POSTS SECOND NASCAR WINSTON CUP WIN

Jeremy Mayfield posted his first victory since winning at Pocono in June of 1998 in this afternoon's NAPA Auto Parts 500. As a result, Mayfield became the 10th straight different winner to start the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season.

The win also gave Ford its fifth of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season -- most of any manufacturer -- and extended its lead in the manufacturer's standings to 11 points over second-place Pontiac.

JEREMY MAYFIELD --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW: Something in the oil tank or the oil gauge messed up. It wasn't Mobil 1, I'll tell you that. I think I burned my back. You know my seat got hot. I just got hot. I'm blistered up, I'm sure. My foot's burned, but you've got to suck it up some times. We needed this in the worse than anything in the world. This team's strong, and we've been on our way. This helps a lot. We've been through a lot. We've been close, been close, been close and... we knew we could do it. This is a great car. This is my best car. Number nine, right here.

Man, we had a great car.  Evidently, we had a problem in the oil lines.  
We I gotta thank Mobil 1, man.  This thing got up to 340 degrees all day
long in the oil.  It hung in there man.  That won the race, right here.  
There ain't another motor oil out there.  I was burning up in my car and
everything else.  It really shows how tough this team really is.

We got nothing to lose, you know, we were tight all day and figured we'd give it our best shot and gamble and try to win the race and that's what happened. The guys were awesome, man. They got me in the pits and got me out all day. We needed that.

ON THE ICE BAGS -- "One time I was like, 'I'm not gonna make it,' you know. I've never gotten out of a car, but I was burned up and didn't think I was gonna make it until the end, but they filled me up with ice and I took off from there."

"I was already a little tight and I'm sure that's what happened to Bobby Labonte. He had a strong car and we were up front and the Mobil 1 Ford held on today."

ON IGNITION BOX GOING OUT WITH THREE TO GO: "I couldn't believe that. I went into one and I was gonna run in deep, but it just quit running. I said, 'Man, this is our luck right here, you know.' I went on, switched boxes, and took off again and there we go -- won the race."

MICHAEL KRANEFUSS, Car Owner --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus -- "We had 340 oil temperature all day, so he was burning up and it sounded like he may even have to have a relief driver, but then it was like 70 laps to go and he said, 'I can hang on, just ice me down.' So we poured ice on him, and then going into one he hit the ignition box, so the ignition came off for a second, but then he came off two and we were home free."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Exide Batteries Taurus (Finished 5th) -- "We had a great recovery. Through the middle portion of the race we were terrible, at the end of the race we were real good. We lost fuel pressure our last restart and couldn't go, so I was real disappointed in that but it was a good day for us."

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "We lost, for some reason I lost fuel pressure. It just skipped and missed and the fuel pressure light came on and the gauge went down to zero. It finally started running again over in one and two and down the back straightaway it was still missing a little bit, but it was a good day. Gave up a couple spots there at the end, but can't be too disappointed."

WAS TWO TIRES THE WAY TO GO? "It was for us. I mean, I think we did the right thing."

ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FINISH. "We've got a real good race team. We don't do everything right. We've still got some things to improve in, but when you can have a bad day and come home in the top five, that's what you need to do."

MATT KENSETH --17-- DeWalt Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "We didn't really need the caution. We had an excellent race car, but I was really struggling to come from the back. I just don't have the experience to get the thing to the front. In dirty air, around a lot of traffic, we were real, real loose. It took us 10 or 15 laps to get going. When we saw that caution, I just wanted to get four (tires) because we had such a good car and I didn't think as many people would have gotten two as they did and I thought they would have fell back faster than they did. Hindsight is 20-20. I probably should have got two tires and kept the lead and I don't think they could have gotten around us."

HOW ABOUT DOMINATING ALL DAY? "It's neat to dominate all day, but it doesn't do any good if you're not in victory lane so I'm real, real happy and proud of this team and I'm real disappointed on the other hand. I thought we were gonna win today with those long green flags, we led so long. If it wasn't for the caution, we were gonna win the race. I'm real proud of this team, but I sure wish we would have won it."

DID YOU FEEL YOU ALMOST HAD THAT ONE TODAY? "Yeah, but I was planning all day to lose. Even though we had a car that was capable of winning, in my head all day I just kept planning on losing and it ended up that way in the end. I tried not to get too excited and too emotional about leading the thing. I was just starting to think about how big of a lead we had and that we were gonna win the race if nothing happened and, sure enough, something happened so that's why these races are 500 miles instead of 450. The team came a long ways and I'm real proud of them guys. They were a front-running team today."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 8th) -- "The two tires just killed us there at the end. We had a top-three car at worst and it just didn't fall our way. We were running a little tight there on that last long green-flag run. Normally, the two tires (right sides) would make the car turn better in the turns, but with the thing as tight as it was, it just made the situation even worse. So, instead of finishing here in third, we get an eighth-place for the day. The pit stops were good and I can't complain at all about the work my guys did today. My hat's off to Jeremy and his team for pulling this one off today. They had that oil temp or whatever the problem was there at the first of the race and were able to bounce back from that. He has a good team over there and they've been knocking on the door. They finally knocked the door down here today."

MARK MARTIN --6-- Valvoline/Cummins Taurus (Finished 14th) -- EIGHT LAPS WITH NO POWER STEERING. "Yeah, we didn't run as bad as I thought we were going to especially when the power-steering went out, I really thought we were gonna go to junk. But, 14th was a great finish running that far without it. It was pretty hard, nice job to score some points. That was the best we could do. It's hard to drive 'em like you need to drive 'em without it."

YOU'RE PRETTY WORE OUT? "A little bit." ANY KIND OF STRATEGY AS FAR AS NOT PITTING? "We couldn't race 'em because we didn't have power-steering, so we just went for track position."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Texaco Havoline Taurus (Finished 4th) -- "It got a little wild, it was actually a lot of fun there. You always kind of held your breath a little bit on those restarts because you didn't know what to expect. Our day went pretty good. We were playing with the air-pressure all day, we didn't really make any chassis changes. We got stuck kind of on those tires we didn't need to be on. The change before that, we had 'em adjusted air-pressure wise just right. We debated about staying on the race track, but we knew we had to come in and get four tires for that last run. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't end on our best shot, but it was a great run -- a top five and we ran up front all day."

DID YOU CHASE YOUR CAR ALL DAY? "We did. We felt like we had a handle on it. One more stop -- you know you always keep saying that, just one more chance -- but one more stop and I think we finally figured it out but it was a little too late. Still, we come out of here with a top five."

BILL ELLIOTT --94-- McDonald's Taurus (Finished 19th) -- "That set of tires before the next-to-last restart just was awful loose. I couldn't do anything. It acted like one tire was equalized or something and I just hung on there. We came in there and changed four tires and that fixed it, but by that time the damage was done because I lost so much track position. I just hate it for these guys. I mean, they've worked so hard and we've run so good and been so good, it's just a shame. It's just a down right shame. The other side of it is we've gotta hold our heads up. At least we outran a bunch of good cars today for the most part. We didn't do it at the end of the day, but at least they knew we were there most of the day so that makes you feel good."

THE CAR WAS GOOD FROM THE BEGINNING. "It was great. I got a little bit loose, we tightened it up and it wasn't too bad. Then we were just gonna bolt four tires on it and see what we could do and then, man, I went down into turn one and I was just out of control. I did everything but wreck the last 20 laps and then the caution came out, we got four tires on it, and that fixed it."

ROBBY GORDON --13-- Menards/Duracell Ultra Taurus (Finished 31st) -- "I hate looking up at 29th and thinking we learned a lot today, but we did. Maybe if we were 10th it would be different. The car wasn't good early and we struggled on the loose side. In the middle of the race we were fast, but then the car tightened up and we never really got that sorted. I just couldn't turn, it was that simple towards the end. But we did work on the car all day and learned about what makes what tick here. That's important -- points and data."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SPIN? "That was Robby being a little too aggressive. I went in too deep and lost it trying to pick up a few spots on the last lap. Fortunately, it didn't hurt us in the standings, we still ended up 29th."

KEVIN LEPAGE --16-- FamilyClick.com Taurus (Finished 22nd) -- "We had a good run going. We drove all the way up from 43rd to 12th at one point, but then the handling went away. We over adjusted the FamilyClick.com Taurus, but I think we learned a little something and that should help us with the tracks similar to California -- like Michigan."

DARRELL WALTRIP --66-- Route 66/Big Kmart Taurus (Finished 29th) -- "Most of the day wer were loose. Loose, loose, loose. We did run real well on one set of tires, but another set really cost us. We're trying to improve on our race set up. Maybe we're trying some things we shouldn't be trying -- I don't know. Our qualifying run and the reaction from the fans still made my last race here memorable."

CHAD LITTLE --97-- John Deere Taurus (Finished 15th) -- "Considering we didn't get qualified very good and I don't think practice went all that well -- we never really got a good handle on things, so I think finishing top-15 is OK. We can learn from here. The car is in one piece, that's what's important."

DID THE BUSCH RACE HELP? "Yeah, it didn't hurt. I don't think it ever hurts to run the Busch race, as long as you have a good car and a safe car. You can try to apply what you learn in the Busch Series to the Cup car."

TODD PARROTT, Crew Chief, --88-- Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus (Dale Jarrett finished 9th) -- "It was an up and down day. We had a really good car. We started way back in the field, and moved up to 12th or 13th, and kept fightin' tires all day. One set would e real tight, and one set would be too loose. And then finally we got a set that matched up real good, made a couple adjustments to the car on that final pit stop and the driver got up on that steering wheel and got a top-10 finish out of it. It was a good day. We weren't very good all weekend long, terrible, really. Just junk. Made a lot of changes to the car this morning, and I feel like we had a car that might have been even capable of winning the race, if we'd have just got some track position."

DID THE HEAT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET THE CAR SET UP RIGHT? "Heat had a lot to do with it. Nobody could get a hold of this racetrack today. Everybody was just slidin' around. It's just the way that this racetrack is. A lot of fast speeds, and you've just got to get set up just right. We were off just a little bit, but a top-10 finish is a top-10 finish and we really needed that this week."

MATT KENSETH PRESS CONFERENCE

DID THE LAST SET OF TIRES TIGHTEN THE CAR UP? "Not really. We were about the same as we were. I tightened the car up a little bit because I was too loose for a short run. I don't have enough experience to get it really good in the short run and the long run and when I got around other cars and got the air off the side of me and got under people, I was very, very loose and hard to hang onto the car. It was good out front and they did a good job. I felt like we had a big enough lead there at the end that we were in good shape if there wasn't a caution and when that caution came out I sort of knew we were in trouble because it took me a long time to get going, and I knew a lot of guys were gonna get two tires. But I just wanted to keep fresh tires on our car and I thought that was our best shot."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS HERE? "It's always been a good race track for us. It's a beautiful facility, it's big and wide and you can do a lot of race here because there are two grooves. It's just a place I liked when we first came here. I don't know why we've always run this good here, we've run this well at other place too, but really the last couple Busch races we've won we haven't really had the fastest car to win 'em and still ended up winning 'em. So it's not like we've just dominated here all the time, but it's just a place I enjoy driving around."

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND BOBBY LABONTE COMING UP THROUGH THE PACK AFTER TAKING ON FOUR TIRES? "He was just better on a short run. Actually, all day we saw it -- even on long green-flag runs when I'd get new tires with air pressure down my car would just be extremely loose and I had to be real, real careful with it. I couldn't stand in the gas like I needed to to be able to get past those guys. Of course, when it gets down to the end of the race like that everybody digs as deep as they can and gets the air off of you and runs in the corner as hard as they can and all that stuff to get every position that they can take, so he just got through traffic a little better than I did there."

BOBBY SAID YOU WOULD HAVE WON WITHOUT THE CAUTION. DO YOU AGREE? "Yeah, but there were two cautions at the end and we didn't. I mean, a four-and-a-half or five-second lead -- plus we were running a tenth faster than Bobby was at that time anyway with 30 laps to go -- unless I did something incredibly stupid or something broke on the car, we were probably gonna win the race. But, that's not the way it turned out, so we just need to learn from this and get a little stronger as a team and maybe make a different decision next time or a different adjustment."

WHAT ABOUT RACING JEFF BURTON LATE? "Jeff was just running a lot different groove than I was. He was running way up high and when you run way up high you get really, really good momentum off the corners here that bring you down the straightaways, so even if you get in the gas earlier than somebody, when you're on the bottom of the track it's very difficult to pass them. I still felt like we were probably OK if it would have gotten single file right away and we could have got all the cars one at a time and had that 30 laps or whatever it was to green, I felt like we still would have had a shot at it but it just didn't turn out that way."

ARE YOU MORE ANGUISHED ABOUT THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY OR PLEASED WITH A REAL GOOD FINISH? "To finish third was great, I'm real proud of the team and happy with what we did but it's not my goal to run third. I want to win races. If we would have struggled from the back, run third or fourth all day or second and finished third, I could take that. But when you lead almost the entire race and dominate the whole last half of the race and have the thing wrapped up and then lose the race at the end like that, that's a tough one to swallow."

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF FROM COUNTING YOUR CHICKENS WHEN YOU'RE LEADING WITH 30 TO GO? "It was easy, I just planned on losing all day. I knew something was gonna happen and the minute I was thinking to myself, 'Boy, we are in pretty good shape,' when I was hearing the lap times and everything else and, sure enough, something happened."

JEREMY MAYFIELD PRESS CONFERENCE

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE DAY? "I want to say thank you all for waiting. We had problems with the oil tank or something which is mounted right behind me and had a lot of temperature and the oil temperature today was like 350 or something like that all day and that means it's heating the car -- all down my back and legs and everything else, so that happened pretty quick and got dehydrated pretty fast. Towards the end of the race I wasn't sure if we were gonna make it or not, and, man, that tells you right there how strong Mobil 1 is. We gave them a good test today and they helped win the race for us. Other than that, it was a long day. We went to the front and had that problem with the oil temperature. We came in and tried to fix it and got a lap down and never quit. This team is made of strong people that has been through a lot and never gave up all day long. If you read their shirts, they've got Total Focus all over 'em and that's what our motto was this year to never give up. No matter how far you're down, just keep digging and keep working. We've been through a lot the last two or three years and been up and down and certainly feel like we're on the way back."

HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO HANDLE THE OFF-TRACK DISTRACTIONS AND RACE SO WELL THIS WEEK? "Well, it was tough because...I don't know what to say about it because nothing has come out yet. We'll know on Tuesday with what's going on, but these two weeks have been pretty weird for us. The guys are sitting in the shop and don't even know what to think themselves. We've worked hard at it and we're determined and that's how I got here throughout my whole career was people saying 'you can't do this and you're not gonna make it.' I strive off of challenges and that's what got us here today. This two weeks has made us tougher and stronger and made us a better race team."

HOW MUCH DID THE HEART SKIP WITH THE IGNITION PROBLEM? "I'm used to it because usually I run good and then something happens, so I'm getting used to it. Going into turn one I had a good start and all of a sudden it just quit running. Your natural instincts is you start hitting switches somewhere and I knew where the ignition box was and I just slapped it real quick and this time Bobby Labonte was under me. I was like, 'Man, we're done here,' but I guess he got loose or whatever and our car recovered. It might have been a blessing in disguise because I was probably gonna go in too deep anyway and push up and he was gonna get me off the corner. But the whole race was like, right through the green I thought I had a flat tire on the right-front where I ran over some rubber and stuff. I'm getting ready to go into turn one not knowing what's gonna happen. That's the way it is when you win races and running Winston Cup, any little thing can take you out. We won Pocono with a lot of stuff there and came here and won today. Now we're back saying, 'Man, we're glad we won it like that.' We went a lap down, made it up, went all the way from 42nd back up to the front and if you're gonna do it, do it the hard way I guess."

DID YOU REALIZE BOBBY WAS RUNNING AT YOU ON THE OUTSIDE AND THOUGHT YOU CHECKED UP? "I had no clue. I just had my hand up trying to motion him off because that could have been a big wreck if I would have switched boxes and it wasn't that. It could have been anything and I was just trying to get out of the way and all of a sudden it took off running again and here we go. If I was gonna try to brake-check him or something, I'd just done it. I certainly didn't mean to do that."

SO YOU DIDN'T SWITCH BOXES THEN? "No, I switched boxes. You try going in turn one and you don't know if you've got a right-front tire flat or not and your motor quits and you're trying to wave everybody off and hit switches and turn and try to race and try to win a race all at the same time is pretty tough."

DO YOU HAVE ANY BLISTERS ON YOUR BACK? "Not really, just on my foot. It was just heat all day. I've got an i.v. in my arm to get fluids back in me and I feel better. I've been burned up a lot in these cars. Busch cars and Cup cars at Pocono. When that oil tank sits five inches off of you, it's insulated in there but if you've got a problem and you've got a lot of oil temperature, all that heat's gotta go somewhere. And when you've got an aluminum seat, it's like a heat-sink and, I mean, it's unbelievable. I mean, it was 340 degrees on my gauge and that was pegged and not counting the exhaust temp and everything else. I tell you what, if anybody don't believe how hot it is, ya'll sit in one of them things one time when the oil temps not even hot. That tells you how hot they are."

DID YOU FEEL YOU COULD WIN AFTER GETTING A LAP DOWN? "Oh yeah. When we got a lap down I was determined to get back and that's week-in and week-out. That's the way I think all racers are. You do all you can to win a race and never give up and never quit. We got a lap down and that even made us dig harder. I almost dug too hard because Skinner was catching me there before the caution came out and probably ran a little too hard there at the beginning. We never gave up all day long and just kept working on the car. We were tight, we'd get tight on the long runs and kept making tire pressure adjustments and took some wedge out and raised the track bar -- just a lot of stuff to the car that made it better."

WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM THAT PUT YOU A LAP DOWN? "We never fixed it. On the oil filter block it's like a ball valve that you can adjust your oil temp that runs to the radiator and we thought that maybe the valve got turned or wasn't working, so we just took the valve off and connected the line solid -- bypassed it, which then it bypasses from the cooler itself, so something was wrong somewhere the whole day. That's what I mean, I'm telling you, this thing ran 300-340 degrees all day long and it still ran and won the race, so that says a lot for our sponsor Mobil 1."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES IN YOUR TWO WINS WITH THIS CLOUD HANGING OVER YOU AND THE TEAM? "Yeah, I think when we won Pocono which was our first win it was awesome. You know, your first win is just like unbelievable, but this feels like a first win to us. There are a lot of new people, new crew chief. Paul Andrews left a year ago, a year ago next week Richmond -- right after that -- so it's been one year and we've come a long way in a year, I can tell you that. We've been showing that we've got potential to win races and every week getting better and better and better. But, like I said, little things have bitten us like it has Skinner and everybody else, but you just keep fighting and fighting. We've got a lot of big hearts on our team. When the guys come on the radio all the time and say, 'United we stand, divided we fall' that's our motto too and that keeps us together. We're just a tight race team and for us to win today was like our first win over again. I'm not even worried about the last two weeks, we're looking for the future."

DID RUSTY HELP YOU THIS WEEKEND? ARE WE SEEING BENEFITS FROM THIS TEAMWORK? "Yeah, a little bit. We ran good at Bristol and had a shot to win there. We got out and when I was in victory lane with Rusty, we knew that both of us had different cars, different setups, different everything. That's what happened today. He knew what I had and I knew what he had all weekend, but this is my car -- the old faithful chassis that we always run and that's his old faithful car with whatever he runs. We had completely different setups again today. Both of us just have good race teams and I don't think you'll ever see us running the same setup, the same chassis, the same body. It's not gonna happen because I'm not gonna run what he's got and he ain't gonna want to run what I've got. We can work together and share information, but to get where you run exactly the same would be tough."

WERE THE CAUTIONS A BLESSING FOR YOU. BOBBY WAS BREATHING HARD ON YOU? "I seen him coming and I was like, 'Man.' I think it was like 10 to go at that time or something and he just kept getting closer and closer. My car came in tighter and tighter and when the caution came out I didn't know what to expect because we had been coming in everytime getting tires and now we're gonna go right back to going green. I didn't know if I was gonna push or what, you know, how tight the car was gonna be. I knew he had gotten four and if there was anybody that could have beat us, it was him. They ran good all day too and just to be able to keep going and do it on two tires and beat him with four, that's pretty incredible too."

HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT AFTER THAT FIRST WHEN TO STRUGGLE LIKE YOU DID? "That's tough. Once you start going in that trench, and you see a lot of cars doing that, it's like a circle -- you run good and you win races and all of a sudden, once you start breaking over that circle you get down here pretty quick. To get back up is pretty tough to do for a lot of race team and to keep everybody together while you're doing that. I've been through all of it, you know. I've been up there and won races and fell down to the bottom and now we're right back up. I felt like we know now what we did and everything we went through and a lot of distractions after that between Rusty and I. We had a lot of little things going on about who was gonna run what and this that and the other, but that's all behind us. We're both headed back up to the top. We won today and he won at Bristol and, like I said, when you build a strong race team you go through the things they went through, I think now for us to sit here and say we're gonna win from here on out, you can't say that, but I can tell you this -- we're not gonna go down easy from here on out."

COULD YOU IMAGINE A SCENARIO WHERE NASCAR WOULD TAKE THIS WIN AWAY FROM YOU? "I don't know why they would. Could I imagine it if there was something illegal I'd be sitting here worried about it, but I'm not even worried about it. For them to take it away they'd have to have a reason and we haven't given them any reason."

WHAT ABOUT BEING THE 10TH DIFFERENT WINNER? "I think it's pretty neat. Ten different winners, that says how competitive this sport is and right now it's probably the closest you've ever seen Winston Cup racing and I think it's just gonna get better and better. I mean, it's exciting to know there are that many winners in one year already."

WHAT PREPARATIONS DO YOU TAKE FROM HERE ON OUT? "Now we'll go back and go to Richmond and it's (this race) behind us already. Before, it kind of drug out your win with a lot of stuff going on. Now, we'll go back and even be more prepared we feel like for Richmond to make sure we don't do what we did the first time we won. I think that's gonna be the biggest difference and trying to stay up on top of the points. We feel like we are a top-five team, a top-three team, and we just haven't had a chance to show it. We feel like we're working in a direction right now and learned enough that we can."

HAVE YOU TALKED WITH NASCAR ABOUT THE ISSUE THEY HAVE WITH YOUR TEAM? "Yeah, I mean we've talked about it. For two weeks we've kind of been talking. Like Mike (Helton) said, a lot of stuff went on...Easter weekend, they flew out and everybody left for California early...it's just a lot stuff went on. We'll have to wait and see. There's nothing to say other than we'll see what happens."

COULD THERE BE THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUSPENSION? "There's a possibility of anything. We'll have to wait and see and get to the bottom of it -- that's the big thing." DOES THAT PUT A CLOUD OVER THIS? "It might in other people's eyes, but, for me, we've got the trophy. It don't put a cloud over our eyes."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield