BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Second NOTE: Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace are tied for 13th in the standings. Elliott has earned top-five finishes in three of his last six starts. "It was a good day, but we just ...
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Second
NOTE: Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace are tied for 13th in the standings. Elliott has earned top-five finishes in three of his last six starts.
"It was a good day, but we just couldn't get there. We had a good car, but it was just one of them days. We didn't change anything (on the No. 9 Dodge)."
MIKE FORD (Crew Chief, No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -
"You can opt for fuel mileage and you can opt for power, but it's very difficult to get both. We go into each race and figure how much priority do you put on fuel mileage because there is a tradeoff for horsepower. We opted to go for the power today. We fell a little bit short on fuel mileage, but we didn't want to give anything up on the racetrack. If we had to do it again, we'd do the same thing. I don't think that we were going to be able to make it from the fuel window that they (the No. 12 team) were able to make it from. When you have a good handling racecar you're on throttle here a lot, and you won't get as good of fuel mileage as these other guys."
"I'm sure he (Elliott) was a little bit frustrated. He was in a zone of his own this week. Coming here after our test, we all knew we had the car to beat. I think finishing second was just a little bit frustrating to him."
"He (Newman) had a really good car at the end of the race. If you watched the race, he had a really good car all day. He got caught in traffic in his pit sequence and wasn't able to get back to the front. But, once he did get back to the front and got in the clean air he had a good car as well. I don't think we were able to see that all day, because we were in a different sequence than he was."
"Earlier in the race we decided for four tires. A lot of guys took gas only. Some guys got two tires, and we were able to drive away from those guys in a hurry. Toward the end of the race we did the same thing and had the same result other than a couple of cautions there at the end. It burned some laps for us to not be able to catch the leaders. To second-guess the last call, I couldn't do that."
"(Good fuel mileage) is something that we all strive for every day. They (No. 12 team) have a good package. They had a good racecar all day long, and we weren't able to see it like we were our car because we were up front. But they had a good car all day long, and with pit sequences and being in traffic, when they finally got into fresh air you were able to see how good the racecar was."
"This racetrack really seems to suit Bill's driving style. It's a wide racetrack and it's fast. You have to be smooth and carry momentum, and that really suits his driving style. We've always seem to click here, and we're able to dial the car in quick. This racetrack doesn't seem to change much as the day goes on. We never made the first adjustment to our car all day."
"We never made a chassis adjustment all day long. From the point that we started the race to the point where we ended the race it was the same. The balance of the car didn't change. That's what we had. Bill never commented that it felt like the tires weren't as good. We just got caught behind and didn't get caught up."
"Charlotte's a lot different. It's a lot rougher racetrack. The speeds are fast if you have a good aero-balance here. It'll be similar at Charlotte. As far as chassis though, you're in different realm of chassis components. It's a little different for next week."
"There were several cars that were going to gamble (on fuel) including our teammate. We knew that they couldn't make it had the race gone green. That's what we were hoping to happen, but we got several cautions there and got some laps to save some fuel. That wasn't what we wanted in our game plan. We weren't in that sequence to be able to look forward to that. We wanted to go green as long as we could to be able to run laps, and hopefully those other guys would use up their fuel. But it didn't happen."