JEREMY MAYFIELD. (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 11th "We pushed all day. It wasn't tight at all yesterday. It was a good car, but it wouldn't turn today. It was hotter today and should have been a little freer today. We were just...
JEREMY MAYFIELD. (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 11th
"We pushed all day. It wasn't tight at all yesterday. It was a good car, but it wouldn't turn today. It was hotter today and should have been a little freer today. We were just too tight. What do you do? I guess we should be happy with 11th. It could have been worse. We didn't gain on it today. We stayed tight all day for some reason. It hadn't been tight all weekend, and today it wouldn't turn a lick. We'll write it off and go on to Bristol next week. We're going to test at Richmond this week, so maybe that will help us."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) -- Finished 33rd
"It was a track position game today. Shane Wilson (crew chief) and those guys worked hard. When it comes to strategy they were good. Our Dodge wasn't great all day, but it was good enough to get up there. If we had finished, I think we would have been in the top 15. The Penske-Jasper horsepower doesn't make many mistakes, so when they make one it doesn't bother me. It just went. We were battling our way back up through the field, playing some fuel strategy. We came out of turn three and put it to the floor and it started to miss and started getting worse and worse. This team is so smart, and that's what I like about these guys. We have such a smart team. We'll be back."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished fourth, 15th in standings, 70 points out of 10th place, gained 29 points on 10th
"I came out of the pits ahead of him (Kasey Kahne), and I didn't think he'd be able to pass me. Those guys have been good all year long. Kasey got by on the outside of me, and it looked like he might have got tight after four or five laps. I caught him back, and we had a really good race. We didn't get into each other. This is a real good racetrack to race on. It's a lot of fun racing two or three wide. It's just good racing.
"Kasey finished behind me and Dale finished right in front of me. That's all we can do, go and try to win every race. Unfortunately for us those other guys had real good days. Everyone in the top 15 in points is capable of running good and winning races. It'll be interesting to see what happens at Bristol next week. We've got three to go to make the top 10 and when one of those three is Bristol, anything could happen."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL/Justice League Dodge) -- Finished 14th, dropped to 13th in standings, 44 points out of 10th. Lost 15 points to 10th place Sunday.
"The team did a good job of fighting back. It was just a matter of track position there at the end. We had a fast car. I think we showed that when we came up through there a couple of times. When we were a lap down and had to race it back, it showed how good the car was, too. It was a tough day. Obviously it wasn't the finish we wanted, but we'll go to Bristol and do our best.
"We've had a couple of these this year, but it was a great team effort to come back and have the performance we did. I just wish it could have been better. We knew we were capable of more today. We fought through overheating twice. We cut a valve cap on pit road and it cut the tire down to the cord, so we changed tires before the green flag ever dropped and went to the back. Just to come back from things like that, going back to the tail end three times and coming home 14th it was a good day for us.
"It was pretty bizarre (trash on grille), but it's something that has happened before. You just gotta take the good with the bad. We're that (44 points out of 10th place) and we're 506 out of the lead, so we've got a shot in two different directions. If we finish in the top five in these next three races there won't even be a question.
"You just fight through it. You do what you have to. We could have stayed out and burned it up and not finished. We had to make the right calls today, and Matt (crew chief Borland) did a good job of that. Track position killed us today. We're going to test
Tuesday and Wednesday in Richmond. You can't focus on what's in the past because you can't change that. You can focus on what you can do from the past to make the future better. We'll go with the flow and go on.
"We won here in the spring and finished 14th today. We know what the potential to go downhill is and we'll just try our best and maybe next time we'll do better."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Finished 36th
"I blew an engine. We don't know what went wrong. We broke a valve or piston or something. The car was running great and handling great. We were third and at times we had the fastest car in the field, by far the best car I've had all year long. I don't know what's wrong with it. Our engine guys are pulling the valve covers off to see if they can find anything there, but it's pretty terminal, I can guarantee you that. This was a really great car. It ran great, but the bad luck just keeps continuing. We just can't get the durability. We've run out of gas, transmissions here, blown motor there, blown motor here. We're trying like heck. We've got the speed. We just can't get the thing to the end. I think it's pretty well done (opportunity to make the top 10 cut after 26th race), but I don't give up."