Sears Point: Dodge drivers race quotes

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) finished fourth "I almost got another spot there at the end, but I tried not to get too excited. I'm proud of these guys. It was a good run for the Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. The Dodge camp ...

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) finished fourth

"I almost got another spot there at the end, but I tried not to get too excited. I'm proud of these guys. It was a good run for the Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. The Dodge camp needed that awful bad. We had a good race car. We just couldn't get in the right position. A couple of cautions helped us get to the end, but I'm proud of what these guys have accomplished. We ended up with a little strategy. We've worked hard, and the last three or four weeks have been a struggle. To come out and have a good day like this makes us all feel good."

"It's been me some, but it seems like we just hadn't hit the combination. I've been nursing this foot along, and everything has gone well, but we needed this for the second half of the season. It'll give us the inspiration we need to get the second half started right. I need to get this foot better, but we had a good, dependable car today and that's what we need."

"I had a lot of close calls today. Guys were moving around pretty good out there. The foot didn't bother me today. When you're running good, it doesn't bother you at all. Nothing bothers you when you're running good."

"I enjoyed it. We had a good afternoon. The car held together, we got good gas mileage and got track position and I'm ready to go home now. I'm tired."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) -- finished fifth

NOTE: Newman has finished ninth, second and fifth in three road course races in his NASCAR Winston Cup career. It was also his third top-five finish in his last four starts.

"The team gave me a good car, and this ALLTEL Dodge was pretty good today. It's all about car control, and Matt (crew chief Borland) and the guys did a good job giving me a good car today. Road course racing is all right. It's not really good racing. You've got to out brake people and things like that. It was a good run for the ALLTEL Dodge, and hopefully we can carry the momentum into the second half of the season. We passed a few cars today, and we got passed, but it was just a long day at the races."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) -- finished eighth

"I wanted to bring it home third because I didn't think Kevin Harvick could get around me. I went into the turn and hit the brake pedal and it went all the way to the floor. I wheel hopped the thing and about spun it out and got off course. We ended up finishing eighth, and for two big disasters that was a pretty good finish. It's good to come out of here with a top 10 finish, but I'm upset at myself because I was driving the car too hard. The brakes were real good all day long, but I was really hustling the car at the end and messed it up. I thought I was at least going to get a third-place finish after that last restart. We had a really good car. The driver was about 80 percent today."

"We ran 47 laps on fuel and the only thing that saved us was those two caution flags. The same thing happened to me at Watkins Glen last year. There were so many caution flags, and that's what got me in trouble. We just pulled up to the gas pumps and that baby held 21.8 gallons, so there wasn't much left in it. We got lucky and brought it home eighth. I made some mistakes today that I don't usually make, but at least we brought it home."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -- finished 10th

"It seems like we're getting better and better every week. We've raced on several race tracks now that we struggled on in the past. We're learning more about each other and we feel like the last three weeks that the chemistry has really come together on this team. We were real conservative at the start today, but as the race went on we started taking more chances. At the end, we were giving it all we had. Kenny (Francis) made some great calls in the pits. The team effort is there, and that's pretty cool. I feel real good about our speedway program, and I'm ready to go to Daytona. I'm sure our engines are going to be good. Our speedway program has been good in the past, so we're going to go down there and try to qualify up front and stay there."

RAY EVERNHAM (Car Owner Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepids)

"I know the potential is here and I know Jeremy and I have had to put up with a lot of stuff. This is their third straight top 15, and I hope everybody can relax a little more. I know I'm going with Kyle and those guys on the charity ride for the first time in my life. I'm going for two days and relax. Honestly we haven't put a lot of effort into the road course program. That just goes to show how strong the two teams are. The guys work together well and today they both got top-10 finishes."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick