RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 2nd "That's all it had on the first lap (40th fastest). We were sliding around on cold tires, but it was a good run, especially with a backup car. I know we had a shot for the pole. I wish...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 2nd
"That's all it had on the first lap (40th fastest). We were sliding around on cold tires, but it was a good run, especially with a backup car. I know we had a shot for the pole. I wish we could have got the ALLTEL Dodge on the pole, but we look forward to the race. I think we've got a good piece to work with. We were sliding around pretty good on the first lap, but we got everything we could out of it.
"The other car was the preferred car, but it no longer is, so this car is the second best option. I wish we could have got the pole, but I think we've got a good car. We went back on old tires with this car and we didn't even tune on it, so I think we'll race good.
"(Second) is a good place to start. We'll have decent pit selection. Maybe we can stay out of the first crash and have a chance to lead some laps. I wish we could have got the pole, but I got up in the marbles in practice and got up into the fence. That's about it. We brought the primary (car) for a reason, but we've got a good backup. Obviously it wasn't the car we preferred, but it'll work here fine.
"In a way we still do (consider the backup car a secondary car). They're all built by hand. Both of them have a little different body on it whether it was trying to be duplicated or not. No two cars are built the same. That's why we choose one car over another.
"It's easy to say it (Darlington) was a no win situation and we still could have won. My best answer for you there is sarcastic in a way, but the best situation would have been if Carl Edwards wasn't as good a driver as he is and spun out we would have won the rest. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, situation that didn't work out in our favor. We were in the right place at the wrong time. We'll never know if there's a better answer than what we did.
"This track doesn't change a whole lot. It usually just kind of slows down when it gets hotter. You can tune it (changes) in your racecar before the start of the race. We'll just have to see, but that's not going to bother me at all.
"(The practice crash) moved the engine over inside. The rear end was knocked over a couple of inches. I don't know what suspension damage there was in the front."