"We just beat them. I can tell you for a sure thing, we're not cheating and we don't cheat. That's basically it. They can think what they want, and they can say what they want. Everybody on this team does an awesome job, and the engine company does an awesome job." - Ryan Newman

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - 37th:NOTE: Started from the rear of the field due to an engine change and crashed into the outside wall in turn two on lap 171, losing 56 laps before returning to the track.
"It was a typical day for us. I have to give my UAW-Delphi guys a lot of credit. We lost an engine earlier, and the car wasn't handling very good. Today, we started out fighting a really loose racecar. We couldn't get it tight enough for the first 20 laps of a run. That last run we made some big, big changes to get it tighter, and it felt good. But it did a big snap loose and I couldn't keep up with it. It snapped so far sideways, it just slid up the track...it was a tough day."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - 41st/Accident: NOTE: Craven cut a tyre on lap 174, doing heavy damage to his Pontiac before a blown engine ended his day. Has now finished 30th or worse in four of the last five races.
"It was just a rotten day, one you'd like to forget. It was just a bad day."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - 39th/Accident on lap 197: NOTE: Waltrip spun twice during he race, the first on lap 69 when he collected points leader Matt Kenseth and the second time with 70 laps remaining in turns three and four. After winning last weekend, Waltrip has now finished 26th or worse in six of the last seven races
"We put a set of tires on during that first green-flag stop and that made the car way loose. I lost it [on lap 69] That messed us up. I think something rubbed a hole in the tire there at the end or I drove over something and just cut the tire. I spun out and it ended our day."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - 35th/Accident on lap 249: NOTE: Benson ran as high as fourth in the late stages until contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. under a caution flag caused him to pit for repairs. He was working his way back through the field when he hit the wall on the front stretch after contact with Mark Martin, ending his day. He has now failed to complete all three NWC races held at Kansas Speedway to date.WHAT HAPPENED?
"I'm not sure. I was just riding down the front stretch and the next thing I know I got turned around. I'm not sure who was behind me, but they ran into us. It's the first time I've wrecked on the straightaway, which is kind of odd. The Valvoline Pontiac was running pretty good and I thought we were going to have a pretty good run, but we got the fender knocked off by Junior doing that lucky dog deal and that put us behind. It's our fault for getting ourselves in that position."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 4th:NOTE: Stewart recorded his third straight top five finish, moving from eleventh to eighth in points during that span. Was also his best Kansas finish to date.
"It was a pretty good day for the Home Depot Monte Carlo. We got decent track position, but we never got good track position. This is a pretty good run considering you get back in the Kansas tornado back there, from about 8th or 10th on back, and I couldn't do anything. Fun parade in Kansas today."

TYPICAL TRACK POSITION RACE TODAY?
"Yeah, and a guy wins it on fuel mileage again. I hate to say anything, because Michael Waltrip loves to bash me if I talk about fuel-mileage races, but some guys would rather win than just finish fourth. We have a lot to be proud of, because we had one of the best cars today. We drove away from Ryan Newman all day, so track position means everything. This just proves it."

HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
"We had a couple of really good pit stops and we passed a lot of cars to get some track position. It was amazing how good the car drove once we got in the top five and we could get in relatively clean air. I'm pretty happy for this race team."

DID THE CAR CHANGE MUCH ON YOU TODAY?
"No. It drove like crap in the back of the pack and drove good in the front of the pack, so it's amazing what air does."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 5thNOTE: Despite failing to win in Kansas for the first time, Gordon finished in the time five for the third straight race. Failed to lead a lap for the first time since the Southern 500 at Darlington six races ago.
"We made quite a few changes today. At the start of the race, we were really good. I was pretty happy with it. It just got tighter and tighter and tighter as the day went on. We were pretty good on new tires for a couple of laps, and then it would get real tight. We needed clean air, needed that track position and we really couldn't get it. Luckily we were able to fight our way back up there at the end to fifth. I got into it a little bit with Jamie McMurray and I hated that. He had a run on the outside and I slid up in front of him. That probably cost him a couple of spots, so sorry to Jamie, but we were fighting hard for that top-five."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 6th,NOTE: Outscored Matt Kenseth for the tenth time in the last 12 races, gaining 95 points on the points leader and reducing his lead to 259, the smallest gap between 1st and 2nd since after Watkins Glen, nine races ago.
"We're digging, and they [the 17 car] are having trouble, but if we keep knocking it off 80 or 100 points at a time, we're going to be in good shape in a couple of weeks."

ARE YOU GETTING HUNGRY DOWN THE STRETCH FOR THE POINT RACE?
"You have to. You just go out and do everything you can every week. We have to keep doing what we're doing week in and week out, and the biggest thing is that you race a little harder when you have something that big to shoot for."

WERE YOU CONSERVATIVE TODAY WITH THE NEW TIRES?
"No. we were pretty much gung-ho the whole day, and the groove spread out so nice that you could really race and that made it a lot more fun than it usually is. I'm just pissed off that the 15th-place car wins the race and can go 15 laps farther on fuel than the rest of us. If he can do that with his foot, then he's a magician, and I'll kiss his butt if he's doing it with his foot."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 18th:NOTE: Qualified on pole but promoted to pole when Jimmie Johnson went to the back. Led nine laps in the early going before falling to his sixth sub-top 10 finish in the last ten races
"We were tight all day long. We would be good for a few laps on new tires, and I could pass, but no matter what we did, after a few laps I just couldn't turn it."
JASON LEFFLER, NO. 0 NETZERO HISPEED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 30thNOTE: Led five laps but lost two laps when he ran out of fuel under green flag conditions on lap 152
"We had a good car today. I don't know exactly what happened there when we ran out of fuel, but it got us two laps down, and with the new rules it was impossible to get them back even though we could race up there with the leaders on the restarts. I'm sure some day it will work in our favour, but today it was frustrating."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 7thNOTE: After winning the pole in track-record fashion, a crash in Saturday's Happy Hour practice session forced him to a backup car and he started 43rd, last. He led three times for 20 laps in Sunday's race and has finished in the top 10 in both Kansas appearances to date.WERE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR RUN TODAY?
"What do you think? We were leading and hauling butt, so yeah. The guys did awesome. The car wasn't that good when we unloaded and they had to do a lot of work to it. They did a great job. The strategy at the end bit us, but, heck, we overcame so much we can't even look at that strategy being a problem. I'm so proud of my guys. It was just a great day. To overcome everything we did is amazing. The guys could have gotten down and they didn't. They stepped it up, didn't let it get them down. It was just an awesome, awesome day. I'm so proud of my team."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 1stNOTE: Won his eighth race of 2003 and his sixth in the last 13 races. With six races remaining, Newman trails Matt Kenseth by 364 points. Newman has gained 224 points on Kenseth in the past two races and has moved to fourth in the series standings -- his highest ranking ever. Newman is now just 39 points behind third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 105 points behind second-place Kevin Harvick. Newman has won six of the last 13 races and has moved from 16th to fourth in the series standings during that stretch.
"Well, we were out front in the first part of the race, but we got back there caught with the guys racing side-by-side and I just couldn't go anywhere. I finally got some track position when we stayed out. Luckily the cautions worked our way. I've got to thank everyone from ALLTEL and Dodge for making this happen. Those guys did a great job.

"I don't think his tires (the No. 19) were quite as good as ours, and I got him coming off of four there. I think he was in fuel strategy mode just as well as us, and I don't think he wanted to race side-by-side for too many laps knowing there was competition behind us.

"We let it hang out at the end. Bill was fast and our car got pushing there pretty good at the end but we were able to hang on. There were worries (about fuel), for sure."

"It was eventful, by all means. We had a really good car to start. We got out of our cycle, kind of off sequence. We kind of hurt ourselves there. We just kind of got back in the pack. We got basically on the tail end of the lead lap and then we went off a different strategy based off of that. Fortunately, it worked out for us. The car was good at the end, and that's when we needed it to be good - out in clean air.

"We go out and we do the best job we can with what we've got to work with. When there's an opportunity to try and stretch it to the end, we're going to try to stretch it to the end. We're as much points racing as we are racing for the win, so we've got to be considerate of both. Luckily we were able to make it. It was as much luck as it was skill in some instances because we had the yellow flag.

"We just beat them. I can tell you for a sure thing, we're not cheating and we don't cheat. That's basically it. They can think what they want, and they can say what they want. Everybody on this team does an awesome job, and the engine company does an awesome job.

"It's kind of like football. In order to be a good team you've got to have a good offense and a good defense. When you're trying to figure out how to beat everybody else, sometimes it's defense and sometimes it's offense. The defensive part, you're trying to cover all of your bases, and I guess in football terms you've got to prepare for the fake punt.

"I don't want to put anybody down, but we had really bad pit stops all day. Usually you can win some races on pit stops. We were just in an off-sequence strategy from what the leaders were to get be able to get back and get position on the racetrack.

"We go out and do the best job we can each week with what we have to work with. That goes for qualifying, race practice and the race itself. Sometimes the points are coming to you. Sometimes you're in the points, and sometimes you take the points away from yourself. We just try to maximize the good and minimize the bad.

"The fastest lap, it was the first time we had been out front basically on a restart all day to have cool tires. We had a fast racecar, no doubt. It put down the fastest lap on used tires late in the race. I think the track was in good shape. I think the track was awesome all day as far as racing. By far, it was the most two-wide racing and sometimes three-wide racing we've ever seen here.

On other driver's speculation about his fuel mileage...
"I'm not tired of it, but it's hard when you're criticized for doing good. It's hard to have a smart answer for a dumb question - I've said that before. When you get told comments by other drivers and things like that it's hard to put some of that stuff behind you. It's hard to be un-witty about it. That's it, basically. I just tell it like it is."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 2ndNOTE: Led a race high 115 laps and went from 15th to 2nd in the final 60 laps. However he refused to attend the official post race press conference. Elliott and Rusty Wallace are tied for 13th in the standings. Elliott has earned top-five finishes in three of his last six starts.
"It was a good day, but we just couldn't get there. We had a good car, but it was just one of them days. We didn't change anything (on the No. 9 Dodge)."

MIKE FORD (Crew Chief, No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"You can opt for fuel mileage and you can opt for power, but it's very difficult to get both. We go into each race and figure how much priority do you put on fuel mileage because there is a tradeoff for horsepower. We opted to go for the power today. We fell a little bit short on fuel mileage, but we didn't want to give anything up on the racetrack. If we had to do it again, we'd do the same thing. I don't think that we were going to be able to make it from the fuel window that they (the No. 12 team) were able to make it from. When you have a good handling racecar you're on throttle here a lot, and you won't get as good of fuel mileage as these other guys.

"I'm sure he (Elliott) was a little bit frustrated. He was in a zone of his own this week. Coming here after our test, we all knew we had the car to beat. I think finishing second was just a little bit frustrating to him.

"He (Newman) had a really good car at the end of the race. If you watched the race, he had a really good car all day. He got caught in traffic in his pit sequence and wasn't able to get back to the front. But, once he did get back to the front and got in the clean air he had a good car as well. I don't think we were able to see that all day, because we were in a different sequence than he was.

"Earlier in the race we decided for four tires. A lot of guys took gas only. Some guys got two tires, and we were able to drive away from those guys in a hurry. Toward the end of the race we did the same thing and had the same result other than a couple of cautions there at the end. It burned some laps for us to not be able to catch the leaders. To second-guess the last call, I couldn't do that.

"(Good fuel mileage) is something that we all strive for every day. They (No. 12 team) have a good package. They had a good racecar all day long, and we weren't able to see it like we were our car because we were up front. But they had a good car all day long, and with pit sequences and being in traffic, when they finally got into fresh air you were able to see how good the racecar was.

"This racetrack really seems to suit Bill's driving style. It's a wide racetrack and it's fast. You have to be smooth and carry momentum, and that really suits his driving style. We've always seem to click here, and we're able to dial the car in quick. This racetrack doesn't seem to change much as the day goes on. We never made the first adjustment to our car all day.

"We never made a chassis adjustment all day long. From the point that we started the race to the point where we ended the race it was the same. The balance of the car didn't change. That's what we had. Bill never commented that it felt like the tires weren't as good. We just got caught behind and didn't get caught up.

"Charlotte's a lot different. It's a lot rougher racetrack. The speeds are fast if you have a good aero-balance here. It'll be similar at Charlotte. As far as chassis though, you're in different realm of chassis components. It's a little different for next week.

"There were several cars that were going to gamble (on fuel) including our teammate. We knew that they couldn't make it had the race gone green. That's what we were hoping to happen, but we got several cautions there and got some laps to save some fuel. That wasn't what we wanted in our game plan. We weren't in that sequence to be able to look forward to that. We wanted to go green as long as we could to be able to run laps, and hopefully those other guys would use up their fuel. But it didn't happen.

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 3rdNOTE: After finishing third today, Mayfield moves up four spots in the standings to 20th. He has finished third or better in three of the last five races and has top-10s in five of the last seven races.On how much fuel he had left...
"Well, we drove it home, so that's the main thing. My hat is off to this team. They did a great job on this Dodge. They really got it working good today. We just missed our handling a little bit into the race and got too tight. We just kept fighting back. That's the first time we've ever been up there on fuel mileage, so I'm happy about that. To come home with a top-five like the day we had is pretty awesome. It's just a great team effort here.

On teammate Elliott's testing at Kansas...
"It helped a lot, you know? They had a good run, you know. They had a good run. They really ran good all day. I thought at the end we had a shot at running with him, and we let him go there. I think it helped both teams. It's just a total team effort for both of us."

"I think the second groove seemed like it came in today, and a lot of cars ran up there. It happened yesterday in the Busch race. I watched that and saw how Michael Waltrip and them guys were passing on the outside. I think it has just come in better. I guess you could say the track is wearing into the surface or whatever, and it's able to allow enough grip up there where you can pass and move around. I think today was probably as good of race as we've had, as far as for the fans. We were able to pass and race, and that's all we could ask for. "It was very important to be up front today. We were able to get a jump that one time we were leading, but my car wasn't very good on old tires. We'd run them up top pretty hard and then I still had a little bit of push at the end even by myself. That's just normal NASCAR racing for you. These cars get tight for some reason, and when you're in traffic it just makes it a lot worse.

"We just kind of ran our own race today as far as strategy goes. We just knew where our fuel mileage was and stayed consistent all day. Then at the end we were supposedly going to come up about three laps short, and we just kept saving, saving and saving. We were able to come home at the end there. But, I think it was clear today who had the car out there. It was the No. 9 Dodge. It was by far - as far as performance-wise - the best car. I think we saw who the best car was at Dover, and it comes up short on fuel mileage. I think it shows for Evernham Motorsports that what our Dodges are doing right now is pretty awesome. We've had the one of the fastest cars at the racetrack for the last six or eight weeks now.

"When you're making so much horsepower, it takes so much fuel to make that. When you make the horsepower that they're making (the No. 12 team) and burning the fuel that everybody's burning, then you've either got more fuel or you're really good at saving fuel. You're doing something different because they're certainly not giving up any power, and the fuel mileage they're getting is pretty neat. I don't know how they're doing it. We just barely made it through. At the end of the race we were saving all of the fuel that we could just to make it to the end. He was sitting there doing burnouts on the front stretch and everything else. I don't know if we could do that or not. That's about six or seven races that he's won on fuel mileage this year.

"If (NASCAR) made it a 10-gallon tank and everyone had those, I don't think it'd make any difference. If you run 30 laps on 10 gallons, he'd probably run 45 or 50. I don't think the solution is going to a smaller cell - it's probably just figuring out how they're doing it. You've got to have so much fuel in there to make so much horsepower. They're certainly not giving up horsepower, I think you can see that.

"It's frustrating because you get beat (on fuel mileage). But I've got to be happy here today, because it allowed us to finish third instead of 12th, or 10th or something. So, I'm happy too with our fuel mileage program, and the way it went for us today."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 8thNOTE: Was the best placed rookie for the seventh race in a row but lost two spots on the last lap after late race contact with Jeff Gordon damaged his left front fender
"It was a good day. We never really had our car balanced right. We made some pretty good adjustments to it and got a top-10. I got into the No. 24 car with about five laps to go and knocked the fenders into the tire. Fenders are really important here. Our car got pretty tight. We had a good battle with Jimmie (Johnson), Kevin (Harvick) and Jeff (Gordon) right there at the end. It wasn't a bad day for us, but it wasn't great either.

"We battled with Jimmie back and forth. That's fun. Generally you don't get to do that very often. So, that made it interesting at the very end of the race. That was a good time. Even though we didn't finish great today, I had a good time racing. This team has been really good lately. We've been a top-10 car in just about every race. I had a top-five car today, I felt like. We just didn't do it at the end. The caution flags keep biting us at the end of the race. It happened at Indy, Fontana, and it happened here again. I don't know, we're pretty happy with today."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 9thNOTE: Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace are tied for 13th in the standings. Wallace's ninth-place finish today was his fourth straight top-10.
"Well, we led a lot and had a good car all day. Then I got tight at one point. Then we had a bunch of that stupid, 'Stay out, don't pit, fuel mileage crap,' happen again. It bit me again. It didn't really bite me, I just got too tight at the end there. I got myself into a situation where I just had old tires and no track position, and it just killed me."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - Finished 24thNOTE: Finished on the lead lap for the first time in seven races
"We were loose most of the race. We made some adjustments but we just couldn't get it. The crew guys worked hard today, and we'll just have to get it next week at Charlotte."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 42nd/Accident)NOTE: Sadler crashed for the second race in a row to record his fifth DNF in eleven races, dropping three further places in the points table to 23rd
"I'm in great shape actually. We just blew a right front. I don't know why - if I ran over something or what. I was just going into turn one and there was no warning at all. It just let go and hit the wall really hard, but I seem to be OK. The seat did its job. The head restraint did its job. I couldn't get out of the car like I wanted to when it was on fire, so that hatch can't come quick enough. I'll be really glad when we put a hatch in that 38 car, but I want to tell everybody at home I'm OK and I hope we'll get 'em next week."

A LOT OF GUYS HAVE HAD TIRE PROBLEMS THIS WEEKEND.
"I don't know. We'll have to get back and look at it. It didn't give me any warning at all. We've seen a few right-front problems this weekend, but we don't really know. I don't think the camber was too much. That's something we really worked on yesterday and that's something Todd's good at, so I could have just run over something. I didn't even have that many laps on that set of tires, so it shouldn't have blown that soon. I probably ran over something, but we'll get back and look at it and hope for better luck next week."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 40th/Engine)NOTE: Blew an engine on lap 181 and dropped to ninth in points, his worst position since after the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan eight races ago.
"We're OK. We had something going bad from the get-go with it and it finally went, so it's kind of a bummer deal."

YOU COULD SEE THE OIL ALL OVER THE INSIDE OF THE CAR. WHAT WAS CAUSING IT?
"My oxygen reading wasn't all that hot inside there either. It's just a bummer deal. I don't know what went wrong and we never really got it fixed."

IS THAT THE FASTEST YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN OUT OF A RACE CAR?
"Yeah, we've been practicing it. I actually practiced it here at the test at Kansas. Maybe I should have knocked on wood while I was doing it."

WHEN YOU SEE OIL IN THE CAR DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE TAKING A CHANCE BY CONTINUING?
"I know that I've got trust in my crew to fix it and that's the only thing that a driver can do. That's what we were trying to do is fix it."

THE FLAMES WERE COMING IN THE CAR PRETTY STRONG. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?
"I've blown a lot of motors but I've never really had a fire inside the car. The spotter said to stop in turn two. I got the window net down and got my helmet hose pulled, and I was able to get out of the car."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 10th)NOTE: Was the only Ford to finish inside the top ten. Was Rudd's third top ten finish in five races and has now been running on the lead lap in five of the last six races.
"We just had a good, steady run all day. Track position was important and we finally got it near the end of the race. We had some smart calls in the beginning by putting four tires on and our strategy finally got us up front when we needed it at the right time."

WHAT WAS THE KEY?
"We came in and topped off and put on four tires. We were one of the only few that did that, so we ran a few laps and the caution came back out. We couldn't make it on fuel and do what Newman did, so we had to come back in. We just came in and did a gas-and-go while just about everybody else had to put on tires, but we had put on tires just before that."

A TOP 10 FINISH.
"Yeah, it's just a good, solid run again. We've been running really well in recent weeks and this is just a continuation of that. We need to be better, but it was a solid top-10 run."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 36th) NOTE: Kenseth lost almost 50 laps when he spun and hit the inside wall on the back straight while trying to avoid Michael Waltrip on lap 69. Returned to the track in 43rd position but picked up seven spots and 21 points after returning to the track.
"It's been a tough week really. It started last week breaking an engine and then this week I wrecked the first lap on the track. Ultimately, this weekend was 80 or 90 percent my fault. We didn't really have our backup car prepared properly. We kind of took some time off the track (during practice) and got us in the back, but when we did wreck I still don't really know what happened. I saw Michael wrecking and I went a little lower to miss him and instead of just staying on the gas and going by him, I thought I'd slow up a little bit more in case he came down the track. The next thing I knew the thing just spun out on me. I wasn't even going fast, so I'm kind of puzzled with what happened."

EVERYBODY SAID YOU HADN'T HAD ANY BAD LUCK ALL YEAR, BUT THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS YOU HAVE.
"Yeah, we've had a couple tough weeks, that's for sure. A lot of times you create your own luck. Last week, breaking an engine wasn't bad luck, it was poor decisions. This week, it wasn't really bad luck it was poor driving by me and poor decisions with the car, so I can't really blame it on luck. We're doing it to ourselves."

IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE.
"Yeah, it can always be worse. We're walking out of here and we get to go to Charlotte next week. I'm looking forward to going there and, hopefully, do a better job there."

WAS THE BACKUP CAR NOT AS GOOD AS THE PRIMARY?
"There was nothing wrong with the car, we just didn't get much time with it. We weren't prepared properly. We haven't ever been in this position before to have to use the backup and this car wasn't ready for this track, it was ready for a short track. That took about an hour-and-a-half of track time away from us that we really could have used to get this car figured out."

WAS THIS BOUND TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE YEAR ENDED?
"I don't know if you ever think it's bound to happen, but I've been saying all along that the thing is not over and you could have bad luck at anytime and things could go wrong at anytime. I realize how fast everything can change on you in this sport and we just have to keep our chin up and do the best we can. We still are in pretty good position for the rest of the year, we just have to go and run hard."

WHAT ABOUT CHARLOTTE?
"It's water over the dam. Next week is a different week. You've just got to go there and concentrate on one week at a time."

THE TEAM GOT THE CAR BACK OUT THERE.
"Yeah, they did a great job of fixing everything. It's too bad I got them in that position, but they did a good job of getting us back out there."

SO YOU JUST KEEP YOUR CHIN UP?
"We've just got to go and take it one week at a time and run the best we can. As a group we've made some mistakes, especially me as the driver this week and we just need to go correct that and be smarter and do a better job and get back to running up front."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 20th)
"I just spun it out running 14th and finished 20th. We ran better than I thought we were going to, but that was about all we were gonna do. I wish we would have run 14th instead of 20th, but we just had a tangle."

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ACCIDENT WITH JOHNNY?
"I got on the outside of him coming off of four and he started coming up and I knew he wasn't gonna leave me room. I rolled out of the throttle and still caught him with the left front. I hate it that Johnny wrecked. I did let off, but I didn't let off soon enough because I thought he was gonna leave me room out there because I was out there. It caught right in the left-front corner. I was up there. It was late and we needed to go and I waited a long time for him to leave me room and we tangled. The guys did a great job with the car. We were a 35th-place car here all weekend and we raced about 15th, so I'm sorry we finished about 20th."

TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Finished 11th)NOTE: Bounced back from failing to qualify at Talladega with his best finish since the Pennsylvania 500, race 20 on the schedule
"It was a great run for the National Guard Ford. We were up and down all day with the car being tight and then loose, but Gary worked on it and got it pretty good at the end. I drove my butt off the last 20 to get those spots. It was a great day for us. We needed this. This is a great team. We're probably not considered one of the better teams but we are. We've just got to get our act together every week like this. We can run up front, we've just got to do it."

WHAT WAS THE KEY TO YOUR DAY?
"We probably pitted more than most guys. When the next-to-last yellow came out the car was just terrible so Gary made some more adjustment and got it back. We went from 20th to 11th on that last green, so we did what we had to do."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 12th)NOTE: Twice benefited from NASCAR's new 'lucky dog' rule that puts the first car one lap down back on the lead lap every caution
"I was trying to figure out what was wrong with the car. It was doing crazy stuff. It would be loose, tight, loose, tight and I couldn't drive it. Guys would get in front of me and it would get worse. I fought it all day and then we got to talking a little bit and we finally got the car to come alive. We adjusted some wedge and spring rubbers and things. We got it going at the end. I wish it would have been another couple hundred miles. I think we had a top five car, we just needed to adjust it into the top five."

 

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