BOBBY HAMILTON. (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Finished 12th, leads standings by 99 points over Dennis Setzer, a gain of 15 points. "We ended up all right. You go out there and run up top, and I ran real good up top, but the lapped trucks were up...
BOBBY HAMILTON. (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Finished 12th, leads standings by 99 points over Dennis Setzer, a gain of 15 points.
"We ended up all right. You go out there and run up top, and I ran real good up top, but the lapped trucks were up there and at the end we passed. When Bill (Lester) went up under me and turned himself, I hit him and it towed it out a mile. It wasn't that good, but lap times we were a tenth or two tenths better than anybody. Track position killed us.
"It's Bristol, but I'm happy as hell coming out of here with a 12th place finish. I felt like when he (Setzer) got up there he'd start pushing the envelope and get greedy and try to win the race. I just said, 'we'll finish ahead of him.' Halfway through the race I knew we'd finish ahead of him, no big deal. What do you do? We were trying stuff, but once we got messed up we just tried some stuff and used it for a test session for next year.
"I feel good about the points, but I still don't like to talk about 'em right now. We'll wait until about five races to go and then we'll start talking."
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Dodge Ram) -- Finished 29th, dropped three spots to sixth in standings
"Every now and then you're going to have a bad race. It was so competitive tonight. I don't think we ever got higher than seventh. We were back there 13th or 14th and people were running into each other, pushing you up the track just for 15th spot. It was crazy. I got pushed into Ted and knocked him up into the wall. I respect Ted Musgrave a ton. I wouldn't do that on purpose. My other Dodge teammate tried to crash the 67, and instead of crashing him he just got him loose enough where he came up into me and knocked me into the wall. Dodge guys weren't helping each other out tonight. Here at Bristol it's kind of every man for himself. You can't predict what's going to happen, and you can't get away from people. I'm proud of my guys. We got back out, and we didn't get a DNF. They did a good job."
STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) -- Finished 9th, moved up a spot to 11th in standings.
"We just got tight, and I'm not sure why. We thought we could put the Orleans Dodge up at the front of the pack, and we just got tighter and tighter as the race went on. I'm not really sure why. We had problems with suspension parts when we tested, and it's something we've got to look at. We don't know if it was a spring collapsing or what. Bristol is tough on parts. I'm glad to see it for Carl. He's had a rough last couple of weeks. We were fast on that green-white-checkered and picked up a few positions. I got up on the wheel, and when the guys got knotted up in traffic, I forced my way through. We thought we'd be better, but we just got too tight."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) -- Finished 27th, dropped one spot to seventh in standings.
"It was kind of a long night-short night. The truck was pretty good. I was just hanging in the top 10. We went into turn three and four and Chaffin tried to make it three wide coming off turn four and put me up in the marbles. It was two by two and all of a sudden he stuck it in there and made it three wide right in the middle. It bent the front clip on my truck and all the front suspension. I thought the Dodges were going to work together, but two Dodges took each other out. What's going on there? It's just Bristol I guess. I think I could have salvaged a top five. I wasn't going to win it. We'll talk and get it straight."