BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Led six times for 189 laps. Cut a tire with less than a lap to go and finished eighth. Finished ninth in final NASCAR Winston Cup Standings. "We had a great racecar. Our Dodge ran so well...
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Led six times for 189 laps. Cut a tire with less than a lap to go and finished eighth. Finished ninth in final NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.
"We had a great racecar. Our Dodge ran so well today. You win 'em sometimes like that, although I don't know if I've ever won one like that, but I've sure lost 'em. I'm proud of the guys. We've done an awesome job this year. We finished in the top 10 in the points. We've accomplished a lot of goals but obviously it wasn't our day. I ain't go no decisions to make. I'm ready. I'm ready to go.
"We had an awful good racecar. I guess it didn't matter if the caution came out or not. Bobby did what he had to do and won the race. I'm just proud of the guys. They've done such an awesome job this season. Since August we've run so good and they put an awful good racecar under me. There wasn't any warning. The next thing I knew it was sideways off turn two.
"It was just one of them days. We had a right rear go down and it was just an unfortunate thing. Our Dodge ran so well today, and the team did such a good job. I'm proud of every one of them."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"The 29 just got loose and ran out of room underneath us and got up into me and the 97. It's pretty much what everybody saw on TV. We should have been about third in the points after today, but oh well. There's always next year. We'll be back and try to win everything we can just like this season. We learned a lot this year, and we'll try to keep learning and working hard over the winter and come back strong in 2004."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"We just cut a tire down, and Bill did, too. We came all the way from the back, and all-in-all it was a good day. We were a little tight on the chassis, but overall it was a real good race. We've been really good the last 10 races. We ended up with 12 top 10s and the 19 finished 19th in the standings. Hopefully we can pick up next year where we left off the last third of this season. Bill ran great today. I was up there with him for awhile. I hated to see it for him, but I'm proud of this team and I can't wait until next season."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"It took us about 15 laps to get going and then we were good on the long runs. From 30 laps on we had the fastest car. This is a new chassis and a new motor combination, and I'm really proud of all the guys. We didn't qualify good and had to come from the rear. I wish we could have finished better, but we'll take a top 10 and go to the house."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Finished Ninth
Captures Raybestos Rookie of the Year Honors
"I think our season has been OK. We definitely wanted to win a race before the season was over. We came close at the Brickyard and Southern 500, two of the biggest races of the year, but it just didn't work out with the caution flags. That's just part of it. We put ourselves in position to win, and that's all you can do. When it's your day, it's your day. When it's not, there's not anything you can do about it. You've just got to take what you can get. Overall at the beginning of the year our goal was to get better at the end of the year. Pretty much into the season it was to be better each time we went back to the track. The first time Donnie (crew chief) Wingo and I went to those tracks together it was with cars that I'd never driven and he'd never worked on with a group of people we'd never been around. Our second time around to the tracks we ran extremely well and a lot better than we did the first time. That was very important.
"We were terrible today. We hit the wall on lap 1, lap 4, lap 7, lap 10. I couldn't quit hitting it. I tried, but we made huge adjustments on our car and I'm just thrilled to finish where I did. We had about a 30th place car when the race started. We kept adjusting on it and ended up getting it pretty good.
"I never complain about tires, but in practice we obviously scuffed everything we had. You'd get such a vibration. I told them to get rid of those. Even sets that didn't vibrate when we scuffed them in, we had very inconsistent today. I'm not one to complain about that, but I think there's definitely a problem there and it's very scary at a place like this where you're running that fast. You're really leaning on the right front and you keep cranking the wheel and you're running wide open hoping it's not going to blow out at the same time it's sitting there vibrating."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"That's about par for course the way this year has been. We had a car that could have won here today. We went with two tires on that one stop and fell back. We had to pit it early because it was vibrating so bad. We blistered a right rear then the caution came out the very next lap. That's happened so many times this year. That put us two laps down. Stewart didn't get on the gas on the next restart, and I was by him at the green. They gave us a pass through penalty and that put us down three laps. We had a really fast hot rod and got around the 9 to get one of them back. It was too little too late like it was all year. I'm really glad the whole season is behind us now."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"The car wasn't great to start with, but we kept working on it and thought we were getting it better. There was a piece of debris that went through the grill and into the radiator. The guys did an unbelievable job changing the radiator in three laps. We had some bad luck this year, but rookie years can be like that, and I'm looking forward to 2004."