MARK MARTIN --60-- Winn Dixie Taurus (Finished 36th) -- "I think we cut a right-rear tire. It would have been OK, but it broke the brake rotor and everything, so I had no brakes there. I actually got lucky. I'm glad it didn't go in the...
MARK MARTIN --60-- Winn Dixie Taurus (Finished 36th) -- "I think we cut a right-rear tire. It would have been OK, but it broke the brake rotor and everything, so I had no brakes there. I actually got lucky. I'm glad it didn't go in the corner and me hit the fence. At least I didn't wreck and didn't get shook up. It was a great run for the Winn Dixie team. Some days just go that way." WHAT HAPPENED? "We had a right-rear tire go down and before I could get back to the pits we had some damage to the brakes. We had no brakes after that so we had to park it. We've got a good car for this track and a good setup. It was going well."
NOTE: Goodyear officials confirmed that Martin's tire suffered a significant cut, approximately two inches in from the shoulder and two inches long.
JEFF BURTON --9-- Track Gear Taurus (Finished 14th) -- "We had a fast car at the start of the race, but for whatever reason after a pit stop we took off and just couldn't run a lick. We just couldn't go at all. Yesterday we had run over something and cut a tire and that's what it felt like, so I pitted because I'd be scared not to pit if we had a tire going down. Then we went out and were one of the fastest cars on the track. I passed all the leaders and pretty much drove away from them, and there at the end of the race we were pulling away from the 24 and all those guys who were behind the ones that didn't pit. It's frustrating because I thought we had a really good race car and something happened there to where it wouldn't go a lick."
NOTE: Burton pitted under the green flag on lap 70 when he thought a tire was going down.
ELTON SAWYER --98-- Lysol Taurus (Finished 19th) -- "It wasn't what we were anticipating. It started out pretty good, the car was real neutral, and then it just got loose and I couldn't get it back. We worked hard and adjusted on it, but we never hit it. The car just stayed really on the loose side, especially later on in a run. It was OK for a little while, but then it would go to the loose side and I had to be too easy on the gas pedal. I couldn't use enough gas."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT WITH CONDITIONS BEING FAIRLY CONSISTENT CAR DIDN'T RESPOND? "A little bit because I thought the race track, under these conditions, would be extremely tight but it wasn't. Early on I could run hard and then I'd back up a little bit and run hard, but to run consistently hard enough to keep up where we needed to be, I couldn't do that."