WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "It looks like the transmission broke. It's unfortunate for us. We've struggled a little bit the last month or so, but nobody is giving up on this team. We've still got a lot of good things to...
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It looks like the transmission broke. It's unfortunate for us. We've struggled a little bit the last month or so, but nobody is giving up on this team. We've still got a lot of good things to look forward to, but it was really disappointing today. We had a really good car and a good shot at winning the race. It's not going to be today.
"It seemed like the groove was moving up. The sealer was getting worn off. Even when you had lapped cars, you could go around them on the outside. That was pretty hard last night.
"The car was still good today. We only had to race three or four guys. We just had to be there at the end of the race. I was trying to be real careful on my part. It's just an unfortunate thing that happened. It's hard for me to understand how a transmission breaks as much as those guys work on them.
We had two incidences of it last year, but that's the first time it's happened this year. We were just sitting there riding around in fourth gear and the gear broke, no indication whatsoever. It's a shame. The guys have been really working hard, and we could have won this race today."
BILL DAVIS (Car owner Bill Davis Racing Dodge Intrepid R/Ts)
"Ward had a great car and even with the way it ended up, it was still a great day for us. We don't run good on short tracks traditionally, but to sit on the pole and run like we did... Ward was out there pacing himself, running no harder than he had to. It's a real shame. The transmission casings cracked and broke the drive shaft. It's something internal with the transmission. It was in fourth gear and Ward was digging and boom, no vibration or anything. It just broke. That's about as freak as it gets. These things never break in fourth gear. This was a race-winning car. We haven't had too many of those this year. We were in pretty good shape at Darlington and didn't have a bad car at Rockingham, but this was definitely a race-winning car. We need to validate what we did in Daytona. We've had some pretty good cars and we've had some cars that weren't so good. We certainly haven't put up any numbers like we need to. This is a big step here. This was our first in-house short track car. We're proud of the guys that built the chassis and body. We'll be back with it."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We got tangled up there with Jimmie Johnson. I had a good day. I'm not mad at anybody. We were a little tight all day, but I guess everybody was. We had a car capable of winning the race and a top 10 is all we got out of it. Track position was critical. Lapped cars were tough to pass, but I can't complain. Jimmie just made a little mistake there. I came up a little bit off turn two and he got a run at me. It put us in a bad position. We lost the lead then and had to pit. We flat spotted our tires. Our pit stops are awesome. Andy Graves and Tony Glover and my guys do whatever it takes for this team to be successful. I can't say enough about Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. All the Target people out there, keep your thumbs up because this car is going to get in the winner's circle before long."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm real happy. This team has come around. We needed that. We had a good car. That's the best we've been all year. I'm just happy to get that Dodge up there. This was better than we were in Las Vegas. We're gaining on it every week, and we're really starting to put it together. This is what I've been waiting for, and we know what we did to get there. If we had track position at the end, I think we could have been racing for the win. We were as fast as anybody on the long greens. All those cautions were just slowing me down. We learned a lot about what I like today. I'm real happy and proud of the team. This was the best car I've ever had here. I don't think we made any changes to it."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We didn't run good, and we were lucky to finish 11th. We had some bad luck, but I guess all-in-all we had some good luck, too. We almost pulled out another top 10, but if you can't finish in the top 10, I guess 11th is the next best thing. We managed to gain some more points on everybody except Kenseth. A lot of people had bad luck today, but that 17 car (Matt Kenseth) drove a heck of a race. Someone said he made up three laps, and he finished sixth, so that's a heck of a day. Looks like we're going to have to beat him and a bunch of other people, if we're going to win this championship. It's still early, but every race counts. You can't afford to let anything get away."
STEVE GRISSOM (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The motor program is awesome. Robin Pemberton coming over means a lot. We've got all the pieces to run competitive. We keep trying to get better and better and that's all we can do from here. We'll take this run and go to Charlotte and see if we can improve on it. It says a lot for these guys. They've worked hard and haven't given up and they've got a great attitude. We came in and blended and we were able to get a good finish today. This is our third start with this team. It gives you a lot of confidence as a driver, but it's not like it's a third race on a totally new deal. I've tested these cars for all the Petty teams, so it's not a totally new deal. I haven't driven a Winston Cup car since 2000 and to come back and have a top 10 finish, yeah, I'm tickled. Testing has kinda been my job since the introduction of the Dodge Intrepid. We've got three cars in one team. We want to keep stepping up. We've got to get a tick better with our adjustments. We put this combination in right here and it might not have been the right one, but not being greedy, this was a solid day for us and we'll go from there."
HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I ran into the back of Joe Nemechek in the 10 car when they all checked up. It knocked the grille in the radiator and caused the water to start leaking. Finally, all the water leaked out of it and it caused the motor to blow. It was just an unfortunate thing. We were real lucky all day long. Our car was killer good on the long runs. All the guys did a great job on that Hills Bros Dodge, getting it adjusted where we could drive it. I couldn't be happier. It just shows we're getting better and better every week."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That was a pretty decent finish and we seem to keep gaining on it a little bit. We'll take a little break and then go to Charlotte and see if we can't have a good run there and work our way back up into the top 10. We should have been better today, but it didn't turn out too bad."