Martinsville: Dodge Motorsports post-race quotes

DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Duck Head Footwear Dodge Ram) "I forced between Morgan and another truck. It was early in the race, and I thought he'd give me a break. I guess he was carrying too much speed and couldn't get stopped. He got into the back...

DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Duck Head Footwear Dodge Ram)

"I forced between Morgan and another truck. It was early in the race, and I thought he'd give me a break. I guess he was carrying too much speed and couldn't get stopped. He got into the back of me and turned me around, but it really didn't make any difference. I was going to win this race. We had the best truck today. I love this truck.

"I honestly think in 30 years of racing this is the only time it's ever happened to me. It was an awesome truck. We got knocked around early, but I really thought we could win the race. I'm disappointed, but I had a lot of fun.

"I'd like to drive this truck in the race tomorrow. You've got to get it where it will turn, and we did. You've got to have some forward bite, and we did. Goodyear has done an incredible job with the new generation of tires. They last and last and they don't give up. You just hammer, hammer, hammer, hammer. They're tougher than I am, so they're pretty tough.

"It felt great, particularly to be in something as good as I was in today. I know I had a chance to win. I could have walked right through the field and got to the front. I was having a ball. I'd love to drive this truck again. It's a really good team and a good truck. When you come to Martinsville you never know about the gears. That's one of the weak links we have when we come here. Richmond, IRP, a couple of places I'd feel comfortable racing.

"The Dodge Ram is really great. It runs great. They've got a really good package. Dodge people should be very proud of what they've got. It's the first time I ever drove a Dodge. It might not be the last. We'll just have to wait and see."

BILL LESTER (No. 8 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram)

"It looked like the 90 ran into the back of me. I was a little loose coming off turn four. I sure didn't deserve what I think he gave me, which was a nice hit in the rear. It sent me right into the wall heading right. I'm disappointed, but I'm happy to be here. I'm living the dream. Ken Schrader got loose in turn four earlier, and everybody stacked up. I couldn't get to the right of him. Somebody punched me in the rear, and I hit him in the rear. I don't have any problems with this track. At this point, I'm starting to roll with the punches. I'm not dejected. I'm disappointed, but I'm not dejected. There will be another race."

JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE Racing Dodge Ram)

"We struggled. Right as Ted spun out, our truck went away. We just had problems turning in the center, but the guys did a great job. We hung in there and gave me a good truck. We just tried to stay out of trouble and get 'em at the end when it counted. That's all right. We finished one finally. It's a good day for points. We'll go to St. Louis where you can race a little harder and if you're faster you can get around guys easier. I'm just glad to finish. It was pretty rough, especially at the end. You've just got to go. You get aggressive at the end after a frustrating day and you want to get it over with and get as far up as you can. That's smart racing at Martinsville."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram)

"It was a good day to start out with. The truck was real good. We were riding out front, just biding our time. They gave me some lap times and told me what was going on. I eased up on the truck a little bit and the 2 truck came up, so I picked up the pace a little bit. We went from a 21.40 to a 21 flat. It's a typical deal. I can't believe some of these lapped trucks. They're laps down and they take out the leader. That's the second time it's happened to me, leading with a real good truck. That wasn't the end of the day. It was a big deal, but we hung in there and worked through traffic trying to save the tires and wait for pit stops. That's the third time we've had trouble with the brake calipers. It busted in half on the right rear and we didn't have any brakes. Three times and you're out. We're not going to run those brakes any more, no matter what. That's going to cost us the championship. It was just one thing after another it seemed like. There was nothing to gain at the end. A lot of guys lost their heads today. You can see that by what the trucks look like. There was a lot of stuff going on out there that was very unnecessary, very unnecessary, not even racing. It was a little beyond short track racing. Short track racing is all about beating and banging. I've seen stuff that was so deliberate. It wasn't racing. They were just trying to fist fight out there with trucks. I think later on we'll have a little something to talk about with some of these guys."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Ram)

"Not bad for a Dodge team that was going home 24 hours ago. We had a great truck. In practice, the NAPA Dodge was always in the top 13. We knew we had a great Dodge out there today. In qualifying, we were flabbergasted. We didn't know what was going on. When the whole deal happened, it breathed life into this team. We promised each other that we were not going to come out of this race empty handed. Thirty-sixth after blowing a motor. Dennis Setzer got to the front and we almost got there. We got to fourth a couple of times and kept spinning out. I guess t he driver needs to be a little more patient. We had great calls on pit stops all day, four tires, two tires. The guys did it well. We had the second fastest Dodge. We had a chance at Jason Leffler. We had a right front tire with a big gash in it. We were able to finish in the top 10, so as long as I beat one of the Ultra trucks I'm happy. TV doesn't do this track justice. Looking at the stands and the facilities, it's an awesome looking place. The Cup garage looks real nice from where I'm standing. It was a fun place. Everybody said we'd have trouble at Darlington and here. We didn't struggle at Darlington and we had a heck of a Dodge truck here. They always say take your worst body to a short track. The problem is all we've got are all new NAPA Dodges. We'll just make it brand new again. Now we can focus on getting that Cup car done for California, but our main goal is to win the Raybestos Rookie of the Year program for NAPA and Dodge and Orleans Racing and to be a championship contender."

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 18 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram)

"It was a long day. The best thing I heard was when they told I was 14th. Right off the bat we were just no good at all. We cut down a tire. I think somebody got into our left front. We were just a bullet out there trying not to get hit. I know where they get that truck racing commercial now. I'm so discouraged because this is a race I've really been looking forward to. We went to Lakeland, Fla., and did some testing, but we just got here and we were off. We're going to work on our communication and I think we'll be all right."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler , Ken Schrader , Dennis Setzer