Talladega: Dodge teams race quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished 11th "It was all right. We finished the race and didn't tear the car up too much, so it was good in that respect, but it's pretty embarrassing to the sport when fans throw beer cans all over ...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished 11th

"It was all right. We finished the race and didn't tear the car up too much, so it was good in that respect, but it's pretty embarrassing to the sport when fans throw beer cans all over the racetrack before the race is over. I guess it was all those Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans. I never got a real good push the last five laps before that last yellow. I was just kind of holding my own on the bottom. I had a good line. I had some cars in front of me, but I didn't have anyone behind me that would push me."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)

"The screen in front of the radiator came loose. Something went through the radiator and here we sit. We were running fourth or fifth when it happened, and I guess we cut a tire down about the same time. I'm lucky I slowed down. It started missing, and I got in turn three and almost wrecked. I had a flat tire and a hole in the radiator at the same time, and it's hard to win like that."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Finished Eighth

"I'm happy with it. I wanted to race for it, but it could have gone either way. We're sitting there in the top 10 and you want to race for it. I think we could have got at least a top three out of it. Considering how beat up this front end is, it's probably good we ended under caution. My nose got beat up bump drafting. We were beating the heck out of each other out there trying to get an advantage. That's about the only way you can get an advantage.

"The 8 has been doing it (bump drafting) a long time, and we have never been able to do it because we've never beefed up our front ends enough. We have to be easy on 'em. We finally put a few bars in this time, and it was hugely different. It helped so much. It was a good run for our Target Dodge all the way around. I'm really happy with it.

"It was awesome running out front. To be able to go out and lead laps like this and run up front at a place like this is a huge testament to the team. I've learned a lot with the draft, and it's all showing. We're having a lot of fun with it now. I've got donuts all over the car. I hit the wall a little bit avoiding a guy. It's more beat up than my Martinsville car was last week."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Ninth

"That was a lot worse than Martinsville. I've never been hit that hard on a superspeedway. It was cool, but the 29 and 20 hit me so hard it shoved me up in the lead a couple of times. I was trying to return the favors, but you've got to be in the right place at the right time at the end. I got into Casey's left rear one time. I got so tight off the corner and of all the people top get into it was Casey. He knows I didn't mean to do it. We both saved it and we both had good finishes today. I wish we could have had a green flag finish, but it might have been just a white-checkered and no one would have been able to pass. You've got to get up to speed before you can do it, so it wouldn't have been that exciting."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

"I really couldn't tell what happened. Somebody turned somebody in front of us. I was up high and all I could do was hope they didn't come up the track, and that's the way they went. I'm fine, but the car is injured pretty bad. I'm not sure what caused it, but Tony Stewart has been running into everything all year, so I wouldn't be surprised if he did it here, too. I get sick of getting knocked around, but it's part of racing I guess. At these tracks you can't really do anything about it. I didn't really cause either one of them. I was just in the middle of both of them. We'll get our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge fixed up and make some more laps. It's a ton of fun until something like that happens, then it's a lot of disappointment for everybody involved. Talladega and Daytona are fun races until the crashes happen."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

"There was a lot of beating and banging out there, a lot more banging than I've seen here in the past. It's always a nail-biter that's for sure. I was all the way up to the top of the racetrack. I had a good car. I was running up front, just hanging around at the top of the track. I was tired of getting in that mess. I moved down to the center for a few laps, and at that particular lap I had moved back up to the top. When the wreck happened it got three wide and I couldn't get back down.

"Racing is a lot different here. At Daytona cars get away from each other. Tires wear and handling gets into it. Everybody's cars are handling here. They're all on top of each other, bumper to bumper. I couldn't believe how forceful everybody was getting. There were a lot of people running into each other. Cars would come by me and their right sides were torn up, noses were bashed in and they were still running into people. It's an exciting races for the fans, but it's not too much fun for the drivers.

"The racing was very, very aggressive. Cars were all over each other. I got turned sideways one time, got hit in the rear end. The same guy that hit me in the rear end hit another guy in the rear end and turned him sideways. I think he's the one that caused the big wreck out there. For some reason there's a lot of beating and banging going. I just went to the top of the track logging laps. It just didn't look right out there. You knew there were going to be a lot of wrecks. The cars were on to of each other too much. They're running way to close together. There's no rhyme or reason for what's going on at all. The racing is just too tight with this aero package."


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Drivers Tony Stewart