Dodge scores weekend victories in Cup, Trucks and ARCA Dodge motorsports drivers scored victories in two of NASCAR's top series and a pair of ARCA triumphs this weekend. Ryan Newman drove his No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid to a circuit-leading ...
Dodge scores weekend victories in Cup, Trucks and ARCA
Dodge motorsports drivers scored victories in two of NASCAR's top series and a pair of ARCA triumphs this weekend. Ryan Newman drove his No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid to a circuit-leading fourth victory of the season in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Pocono Raceway. On Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, Brendan Gaughan scored his second straight victory and fourth in the past seven races in the Sears 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Driving the No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram, the 28-year-old Las Vegas native won the fastest race in the history of the truck series. Gaughan also took a share of the series lead after 13 of 25 races. Last but not least, Winston Cup rookie Casey Mears drove the No. 77 Target Dodge Intrepid to back-to-back ARCA victories on Friday and Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"We had a great car. We were so damn conservative on our pit calls. We were basing everything on the race going green the rest of the way and we wouldn't have enough fuel. Ryan said to heck with that, we hope we have some cautions and we hope we can make it on fuel. They gambled, and it paid off and that's what we've got to do more of. Our cars were strong as hell today. Track position was the whole deal. I love my guys, but when I've got to hit pit road it scares me. Nothing has been getting any better. The last two years, I'll bet 10 victories have gone sour because of pit problems."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"Our motor was terrible. I hope we get something for next week. I thought we had a pretty good car, but it wouldn't run off the corners and then we got together with a guy out there and that didn't help anything. I don't know what else to say. The motor was just terrible."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We just didn't have the speed today. It just wouldn't go. We came away with a top 10 finish, and I think that's about our fourth straight here, but we've got some work to do before we get to Indy next week."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"We were going to be all right. The guys kept working on it and then I passed an idiot and he ran over me. We were a little loose and kept tightening it up. We had clearly passed the 31, and he just got into us. I never whine or say anything like that like most of these guys do, but he did it and it was uncalled for."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"We thought we were going to be pretty good today, but about halfway through the race we lost the handling on the car. It was really, really loose and it was hard to keep underneath me. It would have taken a miracle to win, but I think we could have had a solid finish. I came out of the pits driving real hard, trying to get up to speed. I got real loose and lost it and got in the wall. I feel bad for everybody involved. I drove real hard, but I just made a mistake."