Dodge driver Bill Elliott wins pole for The Winston BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - The Winston Pole Winner. Won The Winston in 1986 in Atlanta. Most recent Winston Pole came in 2000. Has won four of last seven poles for...
Dodge driver Bill Elliott wins pole for The Winston
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - The Winston Pole Winner. Won The Winston in 1986 in Atlanta. Most recent Winston Pole came in 2000. Has won four of last seven poles for The Winston.
"Qualifying hasn't been bad. It all came together tonight. Some nights everything goes your way, and some nights it don't. Tonight, everything went our way. We treated it like it was just another Saturday night under the lights. The team did a great job. They've been working real hard on pit stops and it paid off tonight. Ray has done a great job with this team, and we'll get ready and see if we can win that million dollars tomorrow night. We put it all together tonight, so we'll try to make it two for two."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)
"The rear end broke. We put a new gear in right before qualifying. I think a pinion broke, but I'm not sure. The Winston is a cool deal. It's a lot of fun. We brought our best stuff. It's unreal to race for that much money, but it won't make any difference when the race starts."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Cat Truck Engines Dodge Intrepid)
"We made a gear change and I had to be a little bit conservative coming down pit road. It was pretty good, but we were a little too conservative coming in and I got sideways going out. I think the driver lost a little time there. The team made a great pit stop. I know they can do it. We just want to be there for the last segment to have a shot."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"We weren't good in practice, but we made some changes and got better. If you get down to it, you need to be in the top five for the last segment, but if you get trapped back there it's tough to do much. I wish it was a longer run. We seem to do better on longer runs."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"The car was really good. Man I thought we had it. I never thought we'd have a loose lugnut. It's a team thing. This is the like the Union 76 pit stop contest. If you make one mistake, they look bad, but we know we've got great guys. I kind of like the format and I kind of don't. The car is really good. The lugnut in the left rear was about a sixteenth of an inch loose, and that's all it takes."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"I think we've got a good car for The Winston. We're starting in the middle, but that's OK. We didn't even have a starting spot for The Winston on Friday night last year. It'd be nice to win that million, but I'd race just as hard without the million."