RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished fifth, second straight fifth-place finish at Martinsville. "Congratulations to Rusty and that entire team. That's two top fives in a row here for our ALLTEL Dodge, and that's pretty big after our ...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished fifth, second straight fifth-place finish at Martinsville.
"Congratulations to Rusty and that entire team. That's two top fives in a row here for our ALLTEL Dodge, and that's pretty big after our previous finishes. It was pretty tough for sure. It was hotter than we all expected, but we all made it. We didn't have the greatest pit stops all day today, but I think we found out what was wrong with that. It wasn't something someone was doing wrong, but all-in-all it was a good run today for the ALLTEL Dodge. We want to win, no doubt, but it's nice to finish in the top five. We were about a fifth-place car."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge) -- Finished ninth
"We didn't have good pit stops today. We'd come in second and go out sixth and come in sixth and go out ninth or 10th. We passed Rusty most of the day, and he won the race. That red flag didn't hurt us or help us. We've just got to work on these pit stops."
JOHN FERNANDEZ (Director, Dodge Motorsports Operations)
NOTE: This is Dodge's first win at Martinsville since Dave Marcis won here in 1975.
"I really didn't think it would be Martinsville where we'd get the first win. I thought it would be before this, but Rusty looked good all week. He looked good Friday and he looked good Saturday in practice. He was just real consistent all weekend long and the guys did a great job. He fought Jimmie Johnson tooth and nail. When he got the lead, he drove away. Great win for Dodge. Great win for Rusty."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Seventh
"I'm disappointed a little bit because we ran so well early on. I couldn't tell them what to do to make the car better. Donnie tried a couple of things, and we just could never hit on anything to make the car faster than it was. Some of those other guys got better, and we just kind of maintained where we were at. It's a big group effort, not only the guys on my team, but the guys back at the shop. Everybody has their act together right now. All three Ganassi Dodges are running well right now, so it's fun to come to the track. We were junk after we went back after the red flag. I don't know why. We were pretty good before the break. After the break we were terrible. The concrete wasn't really that big of a deal. The rubber is the issue. It's like you hit a curb in the middle of the corner and it upsets the car."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 21st
"It was a long, long race. At least we finished, and I'm happy we finished. The Dodge was decent at times, then not so good, then decent, then really good at the end before that final yellow. I learned a lot today. It was a real education. We didn't make that many good laps today, but we fought hard all day long to keep our Dodge in the race. That long red flag in the middle of the race really worked for us. I think it worked in everybody's favor. It gave us a chance to get out of the car and cool off. We didn't lose too much of our focus during the red flag, and we were ready to race when we went back out. The heat was a factor for everyone today. It was the hottest race of the year, so it worked against everybody. That first long race in the heat is tough, but it gets easier after that. I'm trying to learn to like these short tracks, but I still don't like the length of this race. It was a long, hot day. Our goal going into today was to finish the race in the top 15. I feel like we did a good job staying in the race and keeping the fenders on the car, but we didn't accomplish our top 15 goal. A 21st place is better than 22nd. Next time we come back I'll race better and finish better because we learned a lot today."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)
"We were OK. I thought we were pretty good on a 40-60 lap run. At the end of the long run the tires got pretty bad. We weren't as good as some of the other guys, but we were holding our own and staying on the lead lap. We made some changes and the car was a little better there, but then the gear starting blowing up. I think it started happening at the end of that long run. I was having a lot of fun out there beating and banging around. I was looking forward to getting a full race under my belt. It's too bad we broke this gear, but we had a really good car. It gets pretty hot here. You don't get a lot of air in the car because you're not going that fast. I feel bad for everybody involved. These guys busted their butts getting this car ready. We had a good qualifying spot and we were happy about this. We just had some bad luck."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"We struggled a little bit from the get-go. We were trying to get back on the lead lap and we needed one more spot to do that. I went into turn one. It never gave me any clue. It just came around on me. We were tight all day. We were trying to work our way back up to the lead lap. It just came around on me and that was it."