DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 39th) -- "This hasn't been a very good place for us, but that's such a rare occurrence. I still don't have any idea what happened. We may have broke a spring and then dropped a valve or something like...
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 39th) -- "This hasn't been a very good place for us, but that's such a rare occurrence. I still don't have any idea what happened. We may have broke a spring and then dropped a valve or something like that. It was just a case of something happening in the engine department. This hasn't been a very good place for us, but we'll just have to try again next week."
RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 38th)
"It was just a strange deal for the Tide team. A piece of debris went through the radiator. This type of thing happens on days like this when you run from 20th to 10th in the first 15 laps and you think you've got a really good shot. Actually, this group gives me a shot every week. We'll be back at 'em. I really appreciate everything they do for me."
TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 34th)
"We broke again. That's the third engine that we lost in as many races. It's a shame for this Discover Card crew. They've been working so hard and doing exactly what they have needed to do this whole entire time and that's putting an excellent handling car underneath me. We had trouble during our second stop but we were just being patient. The engine let go without a warning. It was another strange deal for us. That's all I can say."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 29th)
In the right circumstances I thought we had a good chance today. We were running the 12 down, we were running the 29 down and then we broke. I'm real proud of us. We did a great job this weekend. That's the best we've run on this kind of race track in a long time and I'm real proud of that."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE 14 AND 40 EARLIER IN THE RACE? "I'll say this, I feel absolutely awful about it. I don't want anything to do with helping determine who the champion is. I know that people are gonna say that I'm Mark's teammate and I meant to do that, but people know me better than that. I'm bigger than that. He charged under the 14 and it looked like he just had to check up and I didn't get checked up and I ran into him. When you get run over from behind, it's the guy behind you who is at fault so it's my fault."
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 25th)
"I thought we were gonna finish this bad, but run that bad. But we ran real good on the long runs, it was just pitiful to start. We were looking at a real sweet finish there, but we couldn't make it all the way. It's not because we abused any of our stuff. We babied that thing all weekend. It just made up its mind that it wasn't gonna go that far and it didn't."
YOU WILL RECUPERATE FROM THIS. "Other people had trouble too. Until the last race, people are gonna have trouble. Probably in the last race we're gonna have trouble, but, certainly, in the last race people are gonna have trouble."
YOU'RE PREPARED FOR A BATTLE TO THE END. "We will, but I don't know if that will be a battle for first or not. But we will battle to the finish."
YOU HAD A ROLLERCOASTER TYPE OF DAY GOING. "We had a fabulous long-run car. It was almost as quick as the leader there that whole last run. He was barely catching us hardly at all, but the car just wouldn't take off very well."
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR? "We broke the engine. I thought we were gonna finish that bad, but it's because we were gonna run sorry. But, actually, the car ran real well on the long runs. We were shaping up for a real nice top 10 there, but we couldn't quite make it all the way."
KURT AND JEFF BOTH HAD PROBLEMS AS WELL. ARE YOU CONSCIOUS OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT? "I didn't think mine would because I had such a high gear. We turned under 9,000 (RPM) all day. We really babied our stuff."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We had a good run. The car ran real good throughout the day. It got real tight many, many times throughout the day and right there at the end it was just way too tight. I couldn't do anything with the two leaders, but I was a strong third-place car. There's no doubt about that. It was a good run for us -- fourth last year, third this year, we're getting better."
WAS THERE A SECOND GROOVE TODAY? "Well, it did -- you could use it -- but it was just faster down on the bottom. The tires are just so doggone hard. My personal opinion is that these tires are so hard, it's unreal. You can't get a good grip out there."
YOU BOUNCED BACK AND HAD A GOOD POINTS DAY. "Yeah, I had a great points day today. That puts me right back in the thick of this thing. I'm probably really close right now. We'll see what happens."
WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE CAR? "I was real focussed on trying to get it handling well and it did a good job today. It was just too tight. Last night, I would have never dreamed that I would have to get the car this loose. I did so many crazy things to it today to really loosen it up and it took every bit of that. The track just tightened up that much."
RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"It was a good run, another top five. I'm happy to finish second, but I wish we could have won. We had a car that was plenty capable of doing it, as was Jeff's and he got the victory."
AFTER THE RED FLAG DID YOU FEEL YOU HAD TO GET JEFF RIGHT ON THE RESTART? "That was gonna be my best shot, but the way those Chevrolets restart it's hard to get the torque off the bottom end. We got great engine performance today out of our Penske engine, but Jeff knew what he was doing on the restart to keep me from jumping him."
YOU HAD A GOOD POINTS DAY. "That's what we're here for. We wish we would have won, but we were the second-best points paying car out here today so I guess that's what we're here for too."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 7th)
"It was alright I guess. It was not that great of a car, but we stayed at it all day and had a top five car at the end. Then they threw that red flag and our car was really, really poor on restarts today for some reason. I couldn't get going after that red flag. I got under Junior and he ran me all the way down past the apron. I could have stayed in it and finished fifth and wrecked him, or I could have lifted and lose three spots, so I lifted and lost three spots because of that deal at the end."
YOUR MOTOR HELD TOGETHER, BUT THE OTHER ROUSH TEAMS DIDN'T. "Yeah. That was one of those things where you run a certain package and run a certain RPM. Some of them maybe ran more than they should have in practice, I don't know. We tried to baby it most of the weekend and save it for the race."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 18th)
"We just put ourselves in a hole to begin the race, got in a wreck. The guys did a great job of fixing it. Got the car halfway decent, but we were messing with such aero stuff, we got the car a little bit too loose for me to drive on long runs. But I'm proud of hard they fought and how they kept working on the car. It was just a bad day for us, but at least we got some points, and we'll try to move on."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 20th)
"We just had a terrible week. I mean, the car just didn't perform but everybody pulled together and worked together. It looked like we were gonna finish 15th and then, all of a sudden, they had that big wreck. The guys did a great job of patching it up and not quitting, so I'm real proud of that."