RYAN NEWMAN --02-- ALLTEL Taurus -- DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING THE ENGINE WAS ABOUT TO GO? "I knew for about five laps it was going, but it was just a matter of not saying anything and hoping it would hold out for two more. I guess things...
RYAN NEWMAN --02-- ALLTEL Taurus --
DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING THE ENGINE WAS ABOUT TO GO?
"I knew for about five laps it was going, but it was just a matter of not saying anything and hoping it would hold out for two more. I guess things happen the way they happen. We've got a great race car and we'll bring it back for the 600. Hopefully, some of the things we learned tonight we can apply then."
"I just lost the motor, circumstances be as they may. We had a really great race car. The whole group of guys did a great job preparing for this deal and it's unfortunate we had to fall out with two to go in the Open, but this gives us some notes and some feedback for what we need to do for the 600. We'll come back for the 600 and see if we can sit on the pole and lead a lot of laps there."
DOES THIS GIVE YOU A LOT OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE 600?
"Oh yeah, definitely. Even to be out in front in the Winston Open is a great deal. I'm still a rookie. This is only my second time at this race track, so we're still learning."
WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE?
"I felt the motor starting to tie up a little bit. At first I thought, 'Well, I'm out front with a couple laps to go and this is what they usually say happens.' I've had it happen like that before and I realized that the motor was actually tying up, so I didn't say anything to the guys until it actually blew. It was a good run. We qualified great and we raced great, we just didn't get to finish the race."
TODD BODINE --66-- Route 66/Kmart Taurus --
"The first segment wasn't that good. We pushed in the middle of the corner really, really bad. We made some major adjustments and that made it a lot better. We got a little loose at the end of that segment, so we've got to adjust a little more. It's a shame Ryan blew up because he had us covered."
IT MUST FEEL GOOD TO TRANSFER.
"Yeah, this is my second time. I won the Open last time to get in. It's a fun race. We had the fastest car in the last one I was in. I don't think that's gonna happen in this one, but we're gonna be competitive and that's the main thing. We want to be respectable and competitive and stay out of trouble so we can learn something for next week."
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS THE LAST RUN?
"I actually got a little worried. The car got a little loose. I kept my eye on Robert. I knew Jimmy was gonna work him over pretty hard, so I wasn't too worried about it. I knew I had to be careful and not make any mistakes."
ROBERT PRESSLEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus --
"The crew made me look good. They got us out of the pits. I mean, these guys are working real, real hard on these pit stops. They got me up there in clean air and this Jasper Engines Ford was running pretty good up there. That 66 car was just too much for us there in that race."
YOU SAID THE ENGINE OVERHEATED A LITTLE BIT. DID THAT HURT THE POWER A LITTLE BIT?
"No, I just talked to Ryan and he said the temperature was alright on it. We were just a little too tight and whenever you're tight that hurts the motor. We had a motor tonight."
JIMMY SPENCER --26-- Kmart Taurus --
"We didn't run good tonight. We made a lot of changes to the car from last night because it wasn't good last night and it wasn't good yesterday afternoon. We just missed the setup pretty bad. Having no practice at all really hurt us. The guys that tested did good."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus --
"I think the track was just wet. I drove into one and everybody was wrecking. I got slowed down. (Jeff) Gordon just told me what happened because you never know what happened behind you, but his car turned around on him and he got in the left-rear of me and then we got into the wall. That's the way it goes sometimes, I guess."
WAS THIS THE CAR YOU PLANNED ON RUNNING NEXT WEEK?
"Yeah, we always bring the piece we plan on running. We figure if we get through with it, then we've learned something. If we don't get through with it, then we wouldn't have had it anyway so we try to learn everything we can. It's real disappointing. I was really excited about tonight. We had a really good car in practice and I was really pumped up about tonight."
"The track must have still been wet when everybody drove into one. Tony Stewart was spinning the wheels on the front straightaway, it was just a little wet. It didn't look wet, but, obviously, by looking at everybody going into turn one it was still wet."
DID YOU SEE HARVICK GOING IN FRONT OF YOU?
"Oh yeah. I saw a lot of cars going up and it looked like they were turning sideways. I slowed down and the guys behind me just couldn't get slowed down."
During the red flag period, NASCAR allowed those teams involved in the first lap accident to go to their backup cars. Once that decision was made, the entire Roush Racing operation pitched together and went to work on Jeff Burton's No. 99 Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus. All four Roush teams, including crew chiefs from each operation, physically worked on getting Burton's backup ready for the restart. Included in the team's work was transferring the engine from Burton's primary Taurus to the backup.
BUDDY PARROTT, Team Manager --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus --
"It's controlled chaos with all four teams participating. That's what I like to see. It's great seeing all of these yellow and blue and green and purple and yellow shirts out just digging to try to get this race car back out. When you see the crew chiefs down on their knees like Robbie Reiser, it's pretty cool. This is that kind of a race. The Winston breeds this kind of excitement and I'm just happy to see this taking place. What happened was we had a backup car that was prepared, but it wasn't prepared to go run The Winston for $500,000. So we're trying to make our car as competitive as possible by taking our best motor and putting it in this car. That's the whole key right now, so if the weather cooperates and we can do it, then we'll be off to the races."
WHEN THE DECISION BY NASCAR CAME WAS IT A CASE OF EVERYONE JUST DIVING IN?
"Oh yeah. When the word passed, we didn't get on the radio and scream for anybody. They knew what we were up against and it would have been the same thing if the 17 had the problem. We would have all been down there working to help them, so, like I said, it's a great effort. Look at Jimmy Fennig tightening up a hub over there trying to get this thing ready to go racing. It's pretty cool."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus --
"This is why I love where I race. We had four crew chiefs, every crew member from every team that could help was over here and did all of that in something like 30 minutes. That's awesome. It's a total team effort. I know our results haven't shown it on the track, but we're in better shape as an organization than we've ever been and when we do get our stuff fixed on the track we'll prove that."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus --
"Congratulations to Jeff. Man, I thought I was almost gonna clear him up there on the restart. I knew if I could get in front of him, he might have a hard time getting by me. I had to check up a little bit not to run into Ward and that let Jeff come back on the outside. He got by Ward a little bit quicker than what I did."
DID YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHANGES BEFORE THE LAST SEGMENT?
"Yeah, we made the car better to where I could be real aggressive. That's what we were looking at is what it would do in 10 laps. We probably got it a little bit snug in the center, but, all in all, it was pretty good for us."
SHOULD JEFF HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PULL OUT HIS BACKUP CAR?
"It's a different race, but, yeah, why not? These people came here to see all the winners compete and that's what they got to see. I can't say anything about that. Hey, if they can pull off a backup car and beat us, then good for them."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson Taurus --
"I thought I had a good car. We had a good pit stop and I came out third knowing the two guys in front of me had only two right side tires. I said, 'Man, we're sitting perfect right here.' With four tires and lining up second row, inside, I really thought the 22 couldn't hold the bottom. I said, 'Man, I've got this race.' And then they said I was too fast on pit road and I said, 'I can't believe it.' You can't argue with 'em. I can't argue with 'em, but it happened."
HOW CAN YOU GET A PENALTY WHEN IT SEEMS THERE ARE NO RULES?
"Yeah, I don't know. It's upsetting because I left pit road and when I looked behind me everybody was right on my bumper coming down pit road, but I got nailed for it. I don't know why I got it, but they've only got so many stop watches and I'm sure they can't time everybody, but they got me and it's over now."
SHOULD JEFF HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RUN HIS BACKUP CAR?
"That's the way the rules are. That's not normal, but, hey, you've got to commend 'em. To be able to come off the truck with a car that is that prepared and go out there and run -- he got himself in good position and the right place and everything went good. Hey, I'd like to congratulate him. He did a great job, but I wish I could have got that last restart because I really thought I had 'em."
JEREMY MAYFIELD --12-- Mobil 1 Taurus --
"I guess we were speeding. I watched my tach all the way down pit road and that's something I've tried to do is not get in trouble speeding, especially in The Winston. Ward was up there and he put on two (tires) and it seemed like he was alright. We both were racing down pit road, but I don't think either one of us were speeding and then they got Rusty too. We had a good car though. We had a great car. We had a great stop, the stop got us out front and the motor ran great. It's a good night for us. We've come a long way, but it's a shame that something besides racing kept us from winning the race."
HOW CAN YOU GET A PENALTY IN A RACE WITH BASICALLY NO RULES?
"I don't know. I saw a lot of guys changing motors and everything else, especially when I try to make sure to do everything in my power not to even exceed 3800 (on pit road), that's what I was. Ward was right there. He beat me out, so he was obviously speeding but what do you do? You just come back and get 'em next week. It was a great show. Maybe we should have wrecked and brought our backup out and changed motors."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo SUPERGARD Taurus --
"This is a crazy night, that's for sure. I don't think I have ever had an experience like this where they change the rules midstream or make the rules as they go. I'm not complaining because this is The Winston. Nobody got hurt doing it. I am proud of my guys. They fought real hard. They put a lot of effort in that car that was wrecked. I was really happy with the way it drove in practice. The backup we pulled out is a lot different. I had to be conservative tonight. We couldn't afford to wreck another car. It was an interesting night that's for sure."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus --
"We never tested this car or anything. I think it's a good car, but it was just bottoming out so much. It's hard to race like that. When you come to a race like this, everybody's got their best stuff and when you're bottoming out every lap you just can't keep up. I wasn't able to keep up. We came in and made some changes. We finished 12th and got the draw and I was happy about that. We got to lead some laps in the second race, but it was just too tough for me to hold on to. When you're bottoming out on every single corner, you wear everything down and we finally wore down so much we just went to the back."
DALE JARRETT PRESS CONFERENCE
WERE YOU GOING TO PIT REGARDLESS BEFORE THE LAST SEGMENT?
"Yeah, we were coming anyway. We just felt like the four tires was gonna be the way to go, even though early in the race in the first segment whenever some guys came in and some of us came out, none of the guys that got tires really made a big charge to the front. I still felt like enough cars were gonna be in the pits that it was our best shot. I didn't think I could beat 'em with what we had right then."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO GET BEATEN BY A GUY WHO GOT A MULLIGAN?
"I think things were done properly. If it would have been a situation where the guy just drove off down in there and wrecked, that might be one thing. The thing was, we drove off down in there and from the last time we had been through that corner it started raining hard and the race track was wet. That's just not anybody's fault. I support the decision that was made to let the guys bring out another car. These fans came here to see the winner's race and that would have taken out four, five, six of the guys. I think the right thing was done and, hey, if they can bring out a backup car and not have anymore time than that to work on it and get it prepared and beat us -- more power to 'em and they did it."
IF YOU HAVE CLEARED WARD SOONER COULD YOU HAVE PASSED JEFF?
"I think if I could have gotten right with him, that might have made a little difference but I honestly think if I could have jumped in front of him -- to where I would have gotten in second behind Ward and I could have gotten to the clear air first -- I think things might have been reversed. That's easy to sit here and say, but I think the guy that was right out front in good air was the one that was gonna make the biggest difference and hold the other one off."
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR THE 600?
"Last night I said I didn't think so, but tonight I believe there are some things that we did learn that are gonna help us for next week. Hopefully, we're not gonna be running at one o'clock in the morning next week, but, still, once it gets dark I think we saw with this tire a lot of guys who I think were trying to do things with their cars that wasn't gonna work. They were really loose and weren't driving very good and I think it helped us see a direction that we need to go, even for 600 miles. The 30-lap segments gave us a good idea of what we're looking at with this tire."
WHAT ABOUT THE SPRING RULE?
"It's kind of like back to the old days -- hard tires and nobody knows all this stuff about a lot softer springs and all of that stuff in the front -- bump rubbers and all that, so we're just back to things that we used to do. I think that's what helped us tonight. I think we got part of it sorted out. I think we can kind of fine-tune on that because that's kind of what you're gonna have to do. We have no night practice coming up for the 600. I don't quite understand why we practice in the day and race at night. It looked like Friday night was wide open and we could have gotten a nice practice in then and not done anything Saturday maybe. I think they need to consult us on these practice times we've been looking at here recently, but, anyway, tonight you better have learned something because practicing basically for the race on Saturday morning is what you've got. That may be closer to what it would be like that evening, but not exactly."