RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) NOTE: Newman wrecked his Charger with about 30 minutes left in practice. The team switched to a backup Charger for Saturday's race. "I got a little high getting in and got the tires in the stuff...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Newman wrecked his Charger with about 30 minutes left in practice. The team switched to a backup Charger for Saturday's race.
"I got a little high getting in and got the tires in the stuff and that was it. Our backup car seems to be really good. It's a brand new racecar and I felt pretty comfortable with it in the last 20 minutes of practice. I think the one we wrecked is one we've run at Martinsville, but it's been in the stable about three years ago.
"We got about 25 laps on the backup car, and it felt pretty good. To my knowledge everything is as it was before. I believe you can still win the pole. That's my understanding. If you change after the impound procedure then you have to go to the back. We go out last in qualifying, so we'll see what happens.
"I put the car in a vulnerable position going into turn one. It caught the marbles a little bit and shot it up the racetrack into the fence. That's something to learn from. We had a real fast car. I'm disappointed in that, but I'm pretty confident that our backup car was about 98 percent of what that one was. We've got a shot at the pole.
"I'm happy to be running good. Some people struggled to get a top five at Darlington, let alone on old tires. Some people struggle to be No. 1 in practice. We were able to do that. I'm happy to be running good. Obviously we wish the results were better, but at least we're running good.
"I'm really happy with the surface here. It's kind of like we come back to a brand new racetrack every time they run off the sealer and wait for the racing to get good. I think the Busch race will be pretty good tonight. We had a good Busch test at Charlotte. It's a lot of fun, and that should be a good experience for us. It's a big race, anything in the backyard is big for bragging rights, but we're going with the same amount of effort no matter where or when.
"I drove home and got a speeding ticket (Saturday night after Darlington race). I know today is Friday the 13th, but it's Friday the 13th for everybody. It's just another number. We haven't had a lot of good luck lately, but you never use up your bad luck. We thought we'd done that before, but it doesn't work out that way."