RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) Finishes 20th in race, 10th in standings after 26 races. Qualifies for final 10-race chase by 15 points. "The 15 points doesn't matter. I guess what matters is that we made it. We won the battle, but we ...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge)
Finishes 20th in race, 10th in standings after 26 races. Qualifies for final 10-race chase by 15 points.
"The 15 points doesn't matter. I guess what matters is that we made it. We won the battle, but we haven't won the war. We'll get our guns polished up for the last 10 races and do what we have to do as a team to stay focused and take the right racecars to the right race tracks and make the right calls. The driver will try not to make any mistakes and make sure we don't have any DNF's, engines failures and mechanical problems and go from there.
"I don't think it's right. It's just not right from a points system standpoint for it to be that way. The bottom line it is that way right now. It is what it is and we'll treat it that way. Everybody had an equal opportunity this year, and luckily we made it into the top 10. Luck if you want to call it that, but we made it in and we'll focus on what we have to do next.
"I knew with the 48 going out it was a good thing for us points-wise. As it turned out, it didn't make a lot of difference. Kasey having problems and us getting tight on that long green flag run, there was nothing we could do but try to hang on.
"Everybody is in the same boat now. It's just who gets to be a survivor. I feel good about it, but like I've said, it doesn't matter if it's this race or one in the last 10, any little thing can take you out -- any person, little debris, bad luck just like tonight getting caught a lap down. We were basically a hundred feet from getting past the 5 car to get the Lucky Dog deal. That would have changed our night totally, but it just didn't happen that way.
"It was only crazy for a few people. I think that's some of the most green flag runs I've seen here at Richmond. I think it was a pretty decent race. I don't think there was as much passing as it should have been, but we'll go on.
"We haven't had some of the performances, but I think we've got a lot of potential going into these last 10 races. We'll just have to do our best and see what happens."