Talladega: Winning team press conference

MARK MARTIN -6-Scotts Ford F-150 (Finished 1st) "There were a couple of keys to that thing working out today. The first thing was we overheated early in the race and got behind, we made a friend coming through in Mike Wallace. Mike and I worked...

MARK MARTIN -6-Scotts Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)

"There were a couple of keys to that thing working out today. The first thing was we overheated early in the race and got behind, we made a friend coming through in Mike Wallace. Mike and I worked together quite a bit, and there at the end when we were lined up there with all of those Toyotas it was not looking good there. Mike gave me the push that I really needed there on the restart. I know Mike Wallace real well. He still had plans for winning that race. We came off of turn two and everything got pretty crazy there behind him and he wound up getting caught up in the thing. The race was not over yet. There was still a lot of racing to go on from the center of the backstretch over here to the start-finish line, but unfortunately, there was wreck."

Q: ANY CHANCE TO HAVE MARK RUN THE NO. 6 TRUCK PART TIME NEXT YEAR?

JACK ROUSH -Team Owner

"That's an interesting prospect, but unless Ford changes their position on it and the other manufacturers would do the same, we really don't have the prerogative to mix our manufactures and our programs. I don't see that. I'll be talking to Cisco Codina on Sunday and I'll certainly bring that to his attention - is that a possibility? I'll bring that to his attention, but I think it's unlikely."

MARTIN: "No problem on my end."

Q: WHAT DID YOU LEARN HERE TODAY TO HELP YOU TOMORROW?

MARTIN: "The surface is really smooth. It's really good. The tire combination for it is incredible. It was good to race on. Today's race was better than I expected for new pavement and I expect tomorrow to be pretty crazy. I think everybody better hang on tight tomorrow. It's going to be exciting."

Q: TALK ABOUT THE DECISION TO PENALIZE BODINE.

MARTIN: "NASCAR has a rule that you can't pass below the yellow line and the leader is not going to give that inside line up. Todd, he got a big run and I wasn't going to give him the inside. He wouldn't for me; I've raced with Todd a long time. And, he pressed the issue, and when he pressed the issue I gave it up. But, he evidently was below the yellow line. He's the point leader. He's got to think about stuff like that. I've raced for points for a long time, and when you race for points you have to give those kind of considerations when you made decisions like that. I hate it for Todd, I really do, but he wasn't going get on the inside of me there at the end of the race."

Q: THE RACE WAS CLEAN UNTIL THE END.

MARTIN: "I think the guys did a spectacular job. It was the last lap and everybody got racy and there was an accident. Like you said, beyond that it was a really, really great race. It was a clean race. The pavement worked well. I was really concerned about it and the drivers did a spectacular job today. I was really impressed with everyone and I'm hoping that tomorrow goes just as well. As I said yesterday, it's hard to predict what's going to happen. We had a good indication today and we'll just have to hope and see if it goes that well tomorrow, too. The guys did a great job out there today. They didn't get over their heads or get too aggressive. They got to racing big on the last a lap and there was accident, but other than that, they really used their heads and did a fabulous job. I hope tomorrow goes that well."

"It's really awesome to drive that 6 truck. Mike Beam and that team are a dream to work with. They make such nice trucks to drive, and I sure had a good time."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace