Talladega: Dodge drivers race quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) "I'm OK. My foot is beat up pretty good, but it's just unfortunate. I cut a tire or something going into turn one. I know we cut a tire, and it felt like the left rear. The same thing happened yesterday...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"I'm OK. My foot is beat up pretty good, but it's just unfortunate. I cut a tire or something going into turn one. I know we cut a tire, and it felt like the left rear. The same thing happened yesterday in the Busch race. We just cut a tire and that's all there is to it. It was a hard hit. I might have hit harder, but that was a hard hit. I guess it's better for it to happen now than at the end. It usually happens once. That's just the way these races are. We'll be good at Martinsville, you watch."

SOLUTION FOR RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACING?
"Don't come here. We've got other tracks we can go to."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)

"I guess Ryan blew out a left-rear tire. We just had nowhere to go. It's too bad. We had a rough start for the year. We had a good qualifying run in the Target Dodge and felt pretty good about it. I'm just glad it wasn't somebody who got into somebody that caused that thing. I feel bad for Ryan. Everybody else got caught up in it. The crash was right in front of me. I slowed down and got hit from the back. We all tried to miss it. I went high, but a bunch of other guys got in it and I couldn't do anything about it. It's always frustrating when you crash. I feel fine. It wasn't a real hard hit."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"Ryan cut a tire down, and there was no way to miss it. I just thank the Good Lord that nobody got hurt. It was a bad deal. You can't avoid it. It didn't take long. You could blame it on restrictor plates, but it wasn't restrictor plates. Something cut the tire down. Drivers have no control of the cars when they blow tires. I'm just glad nobody got hurt."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"Once you get spun around, you just hope everybody gets slowed down behind you. I don't know why the guys couldn't get slowed down today. In my mind, you know when you come here you're going to wreck. If you don't, that's great. I think the percentage of wrecking outweighs the percentage of finishing a race like this. You really can't race. It's cool to watch, but it's horrible for a driver."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"The car got real sideways with Ryan off turn four and he got down into one. It blew the left rear tire right off. He ran over a piece of debris. He turned sideways and just about took the whole field with him. It's nothing to do with Talladega racing. It's just one of those racing accidents. We're patching it back together right now. It's a big race in the garage area to see who can get back out and get a couple of points. I think about 20 of us are inside the garage right now. That's upsetting. In three laps we picked up 20 positions. That thing was screaming. Everybody was locked on the bottom of the race track, and I went to the top and passed everybody. When I got into two and I saw that 12 turn sideways I knew there was no saving it. When my luck changes it's really going to turn around because my cars all year long have been fast. I missed it last week in Texas, no doubt about that, because it got tight. Other than that, everything has been real good. We've just got to get this luck right. This really, really killed us in the points. We've got to get back out there before anybody else and get all the points we can right now."

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

"I was just there, and got to see it all. I'm just glad it's over. This ain't what my definition of racing is."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)

"This is the best car I've ever had here. The guys did a great job, and we backed up what we qualified and ran good. It looks like they gave it to the 8 car. He can do what he wants to do. After we got wrecked we just couldn't keep up with them. We kept working on it after that and got it better. We had a good car. They knew we were here, and we're getting better. I could have got the lap back, but there's a guy out there who doesn't like to give a guy his lap back."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"We were just out there trying to get what we could get. I think we're still off a little bit. I got the lead one time and they about ran over me going back by me."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)

"I don't know what happened to the 12 car, but that pretty much started the events for the day. It was just a matter of right place at the right time or wrong place at the wrong time. We had a little luck and we needed that. We had a good car. That's the best car I've had here in probably two years. We were going to be able to be a factor of who won it if we didn't win it, but one guy put a block on us late in the race and I had to get on the brakes. From there it was just catchup, but we needed this.

"That's a lot better than we've been running in restrictor plate races since we won the Daytona 500. We were able to drop back to 15th or 20th and come back today in the top five. We did it all day long. The manifold change and spring and swaybar change this morning brought that baby to life. That's great because now we've got something we can take to Daytona for a change."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid)

NOTE: Petty's 11th-place finish Sunday was his best of the season, following a 13th place run in the season opener at Daytona.

"That was pretty good. I wish we could have done better, but we'll take this and try to build on it. Maybe I should sit out more often if I can come back and have a run like this. We'll get ready for Martinsville next week, take a week off and get ready for the rest of the season."

-dodge motorsports-

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