Loudon: Newman race press conference

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Third "I think our car was good, obviously, from the start. It paid to come up here and test for sure, but I think our car pretty much stayed the same and the 97 and 24 got a little bit better. Once...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished Third

"I think our car was good, obviously, from the start. It paid to come up here and test for sure, but I think our car pretty much stayed the same and the 97 and 24 got a little bit better. Once they got track position they were pretty tough to beat. I think what you saw at the end were the fastest cars. That was pretty much my day.

"I was hoping Jeff would hit the 97 and I could blow by both of them, but we all have our own ideas. We were actually trying to free it up in the center, but that's something that's really tough to do here. It's just a matter of trying a few things, and we actually went back on some of the things we did change and made it a little bit better there that last run. But once I lost track position it's hard to get it back.

"After the last few weeks we've had (first top 10 finish since his victory at Michigan on June 20) it's not frustrating at all. To lead the most laps and come home with a top five is good for the points, it's good for the championship playoff perspective and we'll take it and run. I wish we could have won, obviously. I wouldn't say we're disappointed with finishing third. We'll do all we can to come back and be better.

"I was loose getting in on that run there (when Kurt Busch passed). I got loose getting into three and he got underneath me and got a good run off four. I knew he was going to try to wash up and take my line away from me going into one, so I tried to cut loose underneath him and got real loose when I did that. I got up in the marbles a little bit and that's when the 24 car got by me. That was just a bad place, bad timing."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch