Richmond: Dodge race quotes

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) - Finished 29th "I'm very upset you know. This was the 200th start for our sponsor, Team ASE, and I really think we could have won this race, but not when a guy gets into you. You can't run ...

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) - Finished 29th "I'm very upset you know. This was the 200th start for our sponsor, Team ASE, and I really think we could have won this race, but not when a guy gets into you. You can't run three-wide around here. You just can't do it.

"It's really frustrating. We had a great Dodge Ram tonight. I didn't push the issue, because I knew this truck was good. We had a good practice today. I was just trying to get oriented to the truck. You know, the steering wheel sits at a different angle compared to the Winston Cup cars. What a truck, though. Dennis (crew chief, Connor) and the guys did an awesome job. To run the 200th race for Team ASE was pretty neat. I really feel like I could've won the race, simply because our truck was so good on 40, 50, 60-lap tires."

"I guess we got three-wide there, and somebody bumped somebody - you know lapped trucks, or whatever. Man, it really hurts. We're upset about it, but there's always New Hampshire next week."

"I didn't realize it until afterwards (he was one of the first drivers to test the soft-walls at Richmond,) but that's a big step. I never even got dazed. It was a hard hit, too. The worst side you can hit with is the left side. I didn't even get anything. It never even knocked the wind out of me. There's no question that the soft walls/safer walls are working."

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 59 Harris Trucking/Melling Engine Dodge Ram) - Finished Second

"We were trying everything we could in the end, but we just ran out of time. This Jim Harris Dodge was very, very fast all day. We just had a lot of thing we had going around, making up ground on the racetrack. There's one thing about it, we passed about 100 trucks in the last couple weeks. We just didn't get it full of gas and had to go back in. That really hurt us a lot. There's wasn't anybody even close to us on the long runs. That's what I needed, is just for us to run 200 green-flag laps. All of those cautions there, it just absolutely killed us."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram) - Finished Third

"That was pretty good. Robert Pressley must have had fresher tires, and he got me at the end. Tony (Stewart) and I were going to go after it there for awhile. I cooled my jets because I was a little loose, and I came back on him and then Robert stuck his nose in there and took away my chance for a win. I'm proud, though, you know. The Mopar team did good. This was a good points day for us. It could have been a lot worse, let's put it that way. We're working for the big championship. Congratulations to Tony for coming in and winning. I'm just sorry for Jimmy (Spencer) my teammate. But, our team did pretty good. This was a good one for the guys."

"If you didn't go up there and look at it (SAFER barriers), you didn't even know it was there. I don't know how any of the wrecks turned out, if anybody saved their trucks or they didn't get hurt, but it looks like a great deal."

"Track position meant a lot tonight. It was a little hard to pass because a bunch of these trucks are so evenly matched. You just had to wait your turn more or less. No, our truck didn't go away in the end, we just had a bad pit stop."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 Orleans Hotel/Dodge Dodge Ram) -Seventh

"This was another super NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish. We're wild to the end. We ran the same Dodge that we took to St. Louis, and I don't think it's fixable. Maybe I came up on him (Bobby Hamilton), I don't know. Everyone seems to be telling me that I should go down there and yell at him. But, Bobby's been racing a long, long time, and I can't see him doing something like that intentionally like that. It probably had to be an accident, and I'll go down and ask him about it. We had a hell of a Dodge Ram tonight. We had a flat tire, and we came back from it. This was just another great championship-form run from the Orleans team tonight. Those guys kicked some butt tonight through adversity, and then a $5,000 point-position cost us a $100,000 Dodge. The math just doesn't quite work on that."

"This racetrack definitely needed some rubber on it after all of that rain this afternoon. We came in with an aggressive camber setup. This Dodge won at St. Louis, and it was a great truck. I just went high a little too early in the race, and that was my own fault. It gave us a flat. Goodyear makes a great tire, but we just went high too early and wore it out a little bit. But these Orleans guys were moving in championship-form. We came it and changed it. They took their time to fix it and stay on the lead-lap. We came back to grab a seventh-place finish and retake the points lead. Some bad stuff happens in the end, but it's not going to keep us from trying to take this championship for Dodge."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -Eighth

"The Mopar Dodge took out the Square D Dodge. We had a good truck tonight. The guys did a great job. They've done a lot of testing to straighten our stuff out with a lot of help from Dodge. A lot of their engineers all pitched in. We didn't have to touch a thing on this truck all night. I wasn't really concerned about Tony getting by me, because I was so much better on the outside than he was. I knew I could get it back, and I think Ted knew that too."

CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram) -11th

"We really kind of struggled today. We just weren't how we've been lately. Of course, we didn't qualify, so we started 12th. You know, that was about what we had tonight. I could pass two or three guys, but then some of the guys in the back could pass me. Every time everything cycled out, we were about a 12 or 13th-place truck. Attrition helped us tonight. We got spun out. The lapped trucks out here aren't very considerate, and that's just part of it. But, I did come down on a fellow."

"Our Dodge got faster all night. We just ran out of time. Those wrecks were helping us because we'd pick up a spot, but then we would run 10 caution laps. We really thought that with another 10 or 15 more laps we could have passed five or six more guys, but that's just the way it is."

BILL LESTER (No. 8 Strauss Auto Parts/The Club Dodge Ram) -30th

"We fought a truck that was free on entry, and tight off. We just never could get that thing corrected. I ran a line where I was just trying to hook the corners to try and turn me. I was encouraged to try and widen my line out a little bit, and all that did was take away exit. That wound up biting us in the end. We just ran out of road. I kept turning the wheel, and the thing just kept going straight. I'm frustrated because this team deserves better. I'm doing all I can behind the wheel, believe me. I'm asking for change. I'm asking for what it needs, but so far we just haven't hit the nail on the head."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Pressley