RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) NOTE: Newman finished fifth Sunday in the Pocono 500 and scored his third straight top five finish. He moved to 16th in the series standings and has gained 11 spots in the last three races. "That was...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Newman finished fifth Sunday in the Pocono 500 and scored his third straight top five finish. He moved to 16th in the series standings and has gained 11 spots in the last three races.
"That was another good run for the ALLTEL Dodge. Matt (crew chief Borland) and the guys did a great job today going in cold turkey without knowing what the race track was going to do because of all the rain and no practice yesterday. Looks like we've got our consistency back. We're finishing races now and that's the big difference. We had a bunch of problems earlier in the season, and we don't need to go through all those again. Clean air is so important here, and we were just back there hanging on. The car was real tight behind Junior, and he was real tight, too. I'm not discouraged finishing fifth. I'd rather be where Tony is right now. We'll take everything we learned today and hopefully get the car a lot better when we get back up here in a few weeks. We never got hung out today. We just had to keep working our way back to the front after that first pit stop. The car was good all day. It was our third straight top five, so we'll just try to carry it to Michigan and do it again."
LEE McCALL (Crew chief No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We had a good car today, and we never gave up after we had to come in early with that cut tire. We worked on the car all day. We were tight early and kept making small adjustments. That last set of tires didn't have as much grip as Sterling would have liked. All-in-all it was a good day. This is a good race car. It's the first time we've run it, and it looks like we might be taking it to Michigan next week. We were fighting lack of grip there at the end, so we were happy to come home with another top 10 finish. We moved back in the top 10 in the standings, so it was a pretty good day for the Coors Light Dodge."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"We had a poor qualifying run, and we made some decisions to keep working on the car and kept getting further back in the field. We probably should have gone for track position more to get up to the front because it was so hard to pass out there. I'd drive right up to the bumper on some cars and that was as far as I could go. It's amazing how that aero push kicked in real bad. We finished 16th. That wasn't a great run, but we didn't lose anything in the points. All-in-all it was a sub-par day at best. Looking at the car right now without any practice, I would have put more rebound in the right front shock, less spring in the right front and a lot of things we should have done differently to give it more grip. We loosened it up so much we probably got it too loose. I'll change a lot of things when we come back next time. I don't know if I'll know where to start or not because it'll probably be a hundred degrees when we come back up here."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"That's two weeks in a row we brought our race cars home in one piece. That's what we want to do, and we want to run up front. We're gaining on it. It feels good. The pit crew was on it again today, and that just shows how hard everybody is working on this team. We've been showing improvement every week, and I can't wait to get to Michigan and do it again."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"Someone got into us there at the end. I really don't know exactly what happened. We were making a run there at the end, but we just didn't get to finish like we should have. The car was pretty good at first. We got into the wall and that didn't help anything, but the guys never gave up today. I've got to take my hat off to them. I know my foot injury has been tough on the team, but the guys have really stayed behind me and I really appreciate that."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 Blair.com Dodge Intrepid)
"It kind of jerked around and hit backwards. The back end of this thing is awful soft. NASCAR has done so much with the safety stuff that it felt like a puppy hit."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"I think we had a better car than what we were showing. I really think we had a top-10 car. It got real tight on us. Mark Martin and some of those guys were running good, and we could run with them. We're not going to do that now. We're going to go out there and ride and collect points. I'm very disappointed with last week and this week, to go out that early. We didn't have a Happy Hour either weekend, and that makes it hard. We had a good car last week at Dover and got taken out by an accident. Weird stuff has been happening.
"It broke the housing right off. We had a good pit stop and went to take off and it just snapped the housing and broke the e-bolts and everything. I've never had that happen. I broke e-bolts before at Richmond, but I've never broken the rear end completely out. This has been my worst track for performance. My fans are here, hoping I can do good, and I've never really done anything for 'em. There's always July, so we're going to try harder next time.
"We'll get back out. We've got a lot of work to do to fix it, but we need to get back out there for those Winston Cup points. Where we are in the points is really hurting us. It's really put the dampener on us. We had a bad week last week and another one this week. I just hope it doesn't follow us to Michigan next week."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 91 Mountain Dew Live Wire Dodge Intrepid)
"It looks like we've got a broken valve spring, and that's unfortunate because we finally got track position and we were pulling away from Jimmie Johnson and those guys. I appreciate everybody giving me a shot to come and drive this Mountain Dew Live Wire Dodge. We didn't get the qualifying lap we needed, but Sammy Johns (crew chief) and the guys gave me a good pit stop and we got up front and were pulling away. The car was running great. It felt great to be back."