Rockingham: Dodge Motorsports post-race quotes

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I'm not really sure what happened. The first time I went into turn one and hit the wall a little bit. I don't know if that had anything to do with the next two or three times or not. I would...

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I'm not really sure what happened. The first time I went into turn one and hit the wall a little bit. I don't know if that had anything to do with the next two or three times or not. I would go into the corner and straight into the wall, and one time off the corner. Right there at the end, the guys did a good job of adjustment. Had it gone green, I think we could have still got a top 10. It was just one of those days. You could have had a 30th place car, and we brought it home 13th. When we started, it was awesome. I guess driver error or spring collapse or something went wrong. I have no idea. I couldn't run any more after I hit the first time because I was afraid I was going to hit again."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I think we had a good car, and then the 7 car got spun and two Petty cars got involved big time. I had to bump the wall to squeeze between them. After that the car got tight. We took out 17 rounds of bite. That's not an exaggeration. That's exactly what we did. Luckily we caught some cautions and thanks to my fellow Dodge driver Sterling Marlin we managed to stay on the lead lap. The car was pretty good. We got up to 10th and then that happened. My car was set up for longer runs. I like the one-engine rule. We've only got to concentrate on one engine. I think our engine did a great job today. It was the best we've had in a long time."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"The ignition box went out early. We were running 10th and that dropped us to 20th. Then we battled loose. If the ignition box hadn't gone out, we might have been able to stay on the lead lap. We finished 20th and I think the car might have been better than that. We'll just have to try again next week at Vegas. We had a good test out there, so we'll see what happens."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)

"We had a lot of fun out there today. The guys did a great job, but the car kept pushing. We made some changes during the race, and the car got pretty good at the end and we moved up. I guess 11 is our lucky number this year. That's the second straight 11th-place finish, and we're eighth in the points, so we're gaining on it."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We struggled a little bit at first, but the car got pretty good, and I think we could have had a top 10 finish. We were running with the leaders. I got hit from behind coming out of turn two, and I just couldn't save it."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)

"We got involved in that wreck, and then the car was tight the rest of the day. We kept chasing it, but we couldn't get a break. I think the car was good enough for a top 10 finish today, but you've got to stay out of trouble before you know for sure."

TIM CULBERTSON (Program Manager, Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Engineering)

"We've got two drivers ranked 1-2 in the standings after the first two races, and that indicates consistency. That's what you need to contend for the championship. We've got three drivers in the top eight, and we're really proud of that. If things had gone a little differently today, the 40 could have won the race, but he slipped in some oil and lost the lead. We didn't have any engine failures today, so it looks like the hard work we put in on the engine program over the winter paid off. We kept hearing about Dodge having to contend with the sophomore jinx this season, but our teams look like a bunch of seniors right now."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin