Loudon II: Dodge drivers race quotes

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Fourth "The Dodge Dealers Dodge was really good. Mike and them guys really changed stuff around since Richmond last week, and they really put the car where it needed to be. I'm proud of the...

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Fourth

"The Dodge Dealers Dodge was really good. Mike and them guys really changed stuff around since Richmond last week, and they really put the car where it needed to be. I'm proud of the guys, though. We needed this for the rest of the season. We've got a lot of races left, and we needed a good run like this just to show that we could do it.

On racing back to the yellow flag...

"It happens. You need to slow down and kind of give guys a break within the accident, you know, trying to get the medical people to those guys. You don't have to slow down too much... But, if you're in a wreck out there on the racetrack, I'd want them to be able to get to me as fast as they possible could. Someone's always going to have an opinion regardless of what you do. I'm just glad with the way it turned out. We got a good day."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - Sixth

"We had a good car today. It really handled good. I had lost an engine and had to come from 43rd up to sixth, and I was really happy with the way our Dodge ran. We just needed some track position. I really believe that we had a car that was fast enough to win the race. My lap times were really quick, but I just didn't have the track position. It was a good day for us. We just tried to stay out as long as we possibly could and hoped that this thing went green at the end, which it did. Everyone else had to pit, and we did also."

BILL WILBURN (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"Everything worked out pretty good. We had to change motors and go to the back of the field. We were going to start 11th, and it would've been nice to have been up there from the beginning. But we made a couple of two-tire stops there and got some track position. Our Dodge ran good. We got a break there at the end on the gas thing, going green. The way we played it we needed green. It went green, and it fell in our favor. We missed a top-five here today just by fraction. That would have been two top-fives in a row, which is what we needed after the last four or five weeks that we've had."

"Our car was just a little bit loose-in all day. We adjusted it a little bit at the beginning in the first two stops, and then we didn't touch it the rest of the day. It was livable. We needed to be a little tighter getting into the corner, but other than that the car was good. If we just could have executed a little better in a couple of small areas, we would definitely have had a top-five."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Ninth

"It was just a difficult day for us. We got our Mobil One ALLTEL Dodge up front, but we struggled a little bit in traffic. I want to apologize to Tony. I didn't mean to get into him like I did there, and take him out. I just tried to move in on him and we were both looking for the same piece of real estate. I hope there's no hard feelings. That's it. We struggled the rest of the day. Our car wasn't the greatest at all on that last run, and we needed it to be."

On racing back to the yellow...

"We weren't racing (the No. 12 and No. 9 Dodges). I was racing the lapped cars, basically. The caution came out, basically, in the middle of turns one and two. Bill immediately checked up, and I knew the No. 18 and a couple of other cars were coming there too. He just checked up, and the next thing I look in my mirror and the No. 15 car started coming underneath me. I figured he was either going for the lead or he was trying to keep these guys a lap down, so I just followed suit and we all raced back to the line. The one time that it wasn't safe at all would be with the No. 88 car out there. I hope NASCAR looks at that. I know it's just part of racing. It's the way it is right now."

"Strategy wasn't our problem today. It was just about not having the car in good shape at the end of the race."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - 10th

"I think that our qualifying run probably really paid off today, because the thing went so far green at the beginning we probably would have went a lap down. Our car wasn't that great at the beginning, but we had good pit strategy and we had good pit stops and good calls. Our car was probably average today. That's nice to finish 10th and say your car was average. It didn't really feel that good, but qualifying up there made a big difference. The car was the same pretty much all day. Yeah, top-10s are what you go for. I think that's four top-10s in eight races or seven races, so that's a pretty good day. We were a lot closer than we were last time. We'll probably go test again at Milwaukee or somewhere, maybe come here and test and see if we can't make our cars better"

DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief, No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"I thought we were a little bit better than that, but we got tight there and just never did get it all out of it. Probably there at the end when we came in and got gas I probably should have put rights on it because the car had been pretty tight all day. I don't know if we would have gained anything, but I don't think we would have lost anything. It's kind of a toss-up either way. Today we did it (put right-side tires on versus four) and it didn't really seem to hurt it. We could run just about as fast as we could when we put four on, almost. It didn't really screw it up much today. The biggest thing here is track position. We tried to stay up towards the front all day and use kind of the same pit strategy that the rest of those guys did, and it kind of paid off for us there at the end. We finished about where we had run most of the day."

"That's a big tribute to this whole organization and everybody back at the shop building good cars. We've changed a few things on our bodies, and everybody has been working hard. Those guys working hard back at the shop are paying off for us here at the racetrack. We go every week to try and win, and if we are the Raybestos Rookie of the Race, then that's just a bonus for us. Sure, we want to win that, but I think everywhere we've been back the second time, we've gotten better and better each time. There again, I think we're getting our cars better. We're getting closer on our setups and like I say, all the guys back at the shop are putting together really good racecars for us."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - 17th

"It was good. This was just a good, solid finish. It wasn't anything special. We didn't do anything great and we didn't do anything bad, but we finished solid. Not doing anything bad is the key. We've just had some bad luck and made some mistakes lately, so to have a good solid run like this is really good for this Target Race team. We got really slick at the end, and started losing some front grip. All in all, it wasn't too bad. We just had a good solid day, and it was a good step in the right direction for our team."

-dodge motorsports-

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