RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL/Mobil 1 Dodge) -- Pole winner "In the grand scheme of things, not really (not winning from the pole in 2004). We won from the pole last year at Dover and once or twice, but we can prove it happens. The fact I believe...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL/Mobil 1 Dodge) -- Pole winner
"In the grand scheme of things, not really (not winning from the pole in 2004). We won from the pole last year at Dover and once or twice, but we can prove it happens. The fact I believe my first win at Loudon was from the pole. You win some, you lose some. Whether it's on Friday or Sunday, it's just stats. It's not necessarily disappointing. We wish we could have capitalized on having the fastest racecar.
"I don't ever not want to get along with anybody. In saying that, I'm not happy sitting here under the circumstances we've had this year. We haven't taken the time to discuss and we're going to ride things out and see what happens. That's the smooth part of it. I've always said this is one of the toughest if not the toughest team sport there is. Your teammates are also you competitors versus football or basketball where your teammates are someone who can assist you in scoring points. That happens in Nextel Cup also, but not in the way we like it to.
"I don't think there's a specific weakness or weaknesses. I think some of it is just variables. We've had some bad luck. Looking back at Charlotte when these last four poles started, the first of the poles we had a car capable of winning and got caught up in a wreck with Brendan and Jimmy Spencer, me and Mark Martin did. That was the first race. The second race we were running third and got beat out of the way for second and had the deal with Rusty at Martinsville. At Atlanta, we struggled with the balance a little bit and had to come in with a tire that was out of balance. Outside variables that you can't eliminate. Hopefully we don't run into those things this time.
"We know nobody is going to finish two minutes ahead of the closest competitor provided the track doesn't fall apart or something. A lot of it is just variables in respect to that. As far as the competition goes with poles and stuff and things like that, talking about the eight wins and 11 poles last year, there's no coincidence with that. It's just hard work and the way the timing of events. Sometimes you're on and sometimes you're not. The last four Fridays we've been on.
"Yes, we're definitely in The Chase. As long as we have a mathematical chance, consider us in. Is it a longshot? I wouldn't say it's a longshot, but we're not out of it. I won't say we're in it, but we still have a chance and that's all I ask for.
"I need to work out and watch my diet. Just getting great equipment and tuning everything around the new rules as far as the spoiler. Nothing any different or spectacular compared to what we've done in the past. Just applying the right ideas to the right situations, whether it's pit stops, the new body styles, the new engine package and gear rule, just getting everything where it matches up right so we can have performances like we did today."