RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished 3rd "I don't guess Rusty and I are on speaking terms right now. I know I was underneath him, and I know he came down on me. I wasn't going to give him anything, so he got loose and lost a bunch of...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished 3rd
"I don't guess Rusty and I are on speaking terms right now. I know I was underneath him, and I know he came down on me. I wasn't going to give him anything, so he got loose and lost a bunch of spots. Then he came up and hit me after the race. Our car was faster than his at the end. I'm not sure if he's aware of that, but he will be.
"There was a little beating and banging there on the giving and receiving end, but the bottom line was we had some not so good pit stops to start with and we had some real good pit stops to end with. We ended the day on the good side, and that was definitely a good thing. The guys on the entire team did a great job. We really should have had second, but we got knocked out of the way and fell back to third. If I had done to Jamie what he did to me in one and two I took a chance on spinning him out. I figured I'd just give him a little tap and see if I could beat him back to the line.
"Tire wear was an issue for every team, especially for Kurt. As fast as he was going, he had to be wearing out the left sides. Just basically the tires didn't last as long as they usually last because of the new surface, but nevertheless I don't think we saw one single tire failure the entire race and the teams were aware of the situation. I think Goodyear did a great job coming to a brand new surface."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished 2nd
"It was a pretty good run for us. I messed up on pit road once and that cost us some time, but we gave it all we had and just came up a little bit short. I didn't mean to get into him. He was loose. He was half a groove up. I was trying to get a good run up underneath him off the corner, and I just got into him and got him loose."