Richmond: Dodge drivers race quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) "We had another great car and another great run. The car was great, and I came down the front straightaway there and I looked up and saw the back of Ryan's car wheel hopping. He got it in there...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"We had another great car and another great run. The car was great, and I came down the front straightaway there and I looked up and saw the back of Ryan's car wheel hopping. He got it in there and when the thing started wheel hopping it spun around and a couple of cars got together and it just wiped out everybody, including me.

"The guys have got this thing put back together. It was a good deal. We had four new tires, sitting there running 10th and if it had gone back to green we were going to finish fifth or so. All the new stuff we tried worked. We didn't use all of it, but what we went with a couple of things we learned at Memphis (test) and it worked well for us. I've got to say everything we've learned we've learned bits and pieces from all these little race tracks. Nothing was negative, that's for sure.

"We were gambling on the rain. If we had hit pit road and went out, we would have been leading and won. You don't know if it's going to rain, so you stay out. It dries up or it doesn't dry up. Who knows? I think the guys made all the right calls. We had a great car.

"It would have been nice to win tonight to celebrate the 600th straight start, but we got another top 10 and moved up to the top 10 in the points, and we've got a lot of racing left. We're heading in the right direction. We just need a break or two."

KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)

"I was sitting there running 11th, and it looked like we were on our way to a top 10. I guess somebody said Harvick cut up in front of somebody, but I just got in another accident. That's about all I can say. It's disappointing because I could have moved up in the points. It hurts like hell.

"A lot of people were hitting people tonight. People were running into people. I don't know why everybody was running into everybody. It's a great race track, but the deal is the outside is the fastest land and it's hard to get a grip on the inside. People dive down in there and they run into people and wreck people. I watched three or four accidents where people would hit people in the rear and just spin 'em out and wreck 'em. What are you going to do?"

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)

"The rain just came at the wrong time for us. Our guys did a good job tonight. We started last, and we were able to get up front. We put on four tires with like 25 to go to make a run, but the cautions and the rain didn't fall our way tonight."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)

"That's the best we've run in the last couple of weeks. I really feel bad about not getting the team a top 10 because we had a top 10 car. The zero car got crossed up. I don't know what he was doing up there anyway. There was a lot of smoke and I couldn't see. I slowed the car down and lost three positions there. We've got to cool the brakes off more than we have in the past because the brakes are really affecting the handling of the car. It was a good effort by the team. We just need a car we can adjust on and run in the top 15. Then we'll get back where we need to. Short tracks are not normally our big problem. It's the mile and a half tracks where we're out to lunch. This will be some good momentum for us. The 23 car ran similar stuff tonight. We're working well together. We've learned as much from them as they've learned from us. I'm not real happy right now. The guys worked their guts out, and we were sitting there seventh with a few laps to go. I'd rather finish 11th than tear up the race car."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"That was a pretty good run. It's tough to run one of these weather races. I thought we were going all the way, but we didn't quite make it. We almost got up there and finished in the top 10, but we moved up enough to finally get back in the top 10 in the standings. We're gaining on it, and we'll have this Coors Light Dodge back up there where we belong before long with a little luck."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"The ALLTEL Dodge was stout until things went haywire. There weren't any signs that anything was going wrong with the car. I took the lead, and it felt like the car was running on rails it was so good. But, then I started to smell something burning and hoped it was one of the cars in front of me, but it wasn't. NASCAR told me to pull it in for a look and at that point I knew my chances at a win were toast. I just pulled behind the wall and sat while the guys went to work.

"This crew has seriously been put to the test lately, and I can't say enough about their efforts and dedication. They did a ton of work tonight and never complained or quit. We all thought this was going to be our night to shine under the lights and get things back on track. Now, we need to turn it around at The Winston and if that doesn't do it for us, I don't know what will. Charlotte's our track."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"I can't believe my luck this year. I've been in the top five and the top 10 this year, this team has. I've never seen such bad luck. I think we had a couple more adjustments to make on the car, and I think we would have had a top-five car. I really hurt Mongo. I hit real hard. I'm all right, but no luck, no damn luck. The Sirius Dodge team is serious. I don't really know what happened, but we'll get 'em at Charlotte.

"Tommy (crew chief Baldwin) made some adjustments on it from last night. Tommy is awful smart. I'm sure glad all those other car owners didn't hire him and Jimmy Smith did. It makes me so proud to have Tommy and the cars he puts underneath me. Something broke. I don't know what. I know I just didn't drive it into the wall. The thing is we've been a strong team at a lot of events this year - running in the top 10 and top five a lot. We just haven't had any luck. We're not giving up. We're not getting down. We know what we can do in the shop.

"It almost felt like something broke in the left rear of my race car. I looked and nothing broke. All I know I went into the corner and it didn't turn. We were running sixth and I really felt like I had an opportunity to win this race tonight.


"Quit cussing. Keep believing in the Good Lord, and don't quit working hard."

-dodge motorsports-

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