All-Star: Dodge teams race quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 5th "We've got some work to do. We'll take this car to the wind tunnel now and figure some things out. It was a good finish. I guess we were the best Dodge. It was a good effort, but we need some ...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 5th

"We've got some work to do. We'll take this car to the wind tunnel now and figure some things out. It was a good finish. I guess we were the best Dodge. It was a good effort, but we need some speed. We've got a better car for next week. The track still tore up a lot of racecars. I'd rather go fast and blow a right front, knowing we can slow down than the way everybody else crashed out there tonight."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 My Coke Rewards Dodge Charger) -- 8th

"I've been doing this a long time, in this sport, and I've been in this race a few times. I don't think I've ever been as humbled to have been voted into this thing. I'm smart enough to know I wasn't voted into this thing because my name is Kyle Petty. I'm humbled that these guys like Michael Waltrip and the Coca-Cola Racing Family that went out on a limb for me and all these fans whether they're Jeff Gordon fans or Kyle Petty fan or Tony Stewart fan or Kevin Harvick fan, it didn't make any difference. I was humbled to walk out on the stage in the presence of the drivers that were in the Nextel Cup all-star event and all the fans and know the fans were the ones that put you there. It's got nothing to do with what you did or anything like that. Those fans put you there. It was an incredibly humbling experience for me tonight, maybe moreso than any other time in my career."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"We went off the corner and everything was good and the next thing I knew it was backwards. I was just trying to get the lead and everything felt good all the way to the exit of the corner. Mark was tucked up beside me and took the air off my car, not a lot of grip as there is with this hard tire on this race surface. We're doing all we can to get these cars around it and instantly it was gone. It's nobody's fault. They made a super hard tire so it would last and we wouldn't blow out a right front. I had grip all the way through. I was surprised. Everything was good and the next thing I knew it was backwards and I was right in front of the whole pack. It was a bad deal. We won't be taking this car to the 600. It's going to be a long race. Obviously this race is a shootout. You want to go for everything. The 600 everybody is going to be cautious. If you're not cautious you're going to be crashed. We need to gain points. You're going to have to take it easy if you want to finish the race."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"There was a big pileup and once they started stacking up everybody was going everywhere. I hate it for the all-star race. It looks like a lot of good cars got in that mess. Overall, our Dodge felt pretty good tonight. We had a little trouble in the beginning with a plug wire and we got it fixed. This is probably the best car I've had all year. I've got to hand it to the guys."

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We just had something go wrong in the valve train, the motor itself. There's oil coming out somewhere because it was landing on the exhaust and made the smoke. We'll learn from it. I'm sure the engine department knew this was an all-star race and they were trying something out of the ordinary. It's a shame we couldn't go the whole distance, but we feel like we made gains on our setup as far as the way the car handles. We're making strides. We'll stick together. The Miller Lite team is very strong. The two previous laps to when it did finally poke a hole in something it started vibrating a little bit. I was checking the gauges and cars were going by us. I was just trying to yield and get out of the way.

"It's very beneficial to get out there and make some laps, and we feel like we gained on our setup a little bit. I'm not sure (about the tires). We had oil on ours. We'll definitely come back next Thursday and try some more things. We look forward to qualifying and then it's on to the 600 miles.

"Glass can be two things -- smooth and slick -- and I think it is that. I think we made some gains on our setup and got the Miller Lite Dodge closer. We just missed it with the motor. I'm sure the motor guys will let me know what happened Monday morning and we'll come back Thursday. This car is really good. It's better than what we had for our 600 car, so we'll think about it (running same Dodge Charger in 600) and go from there."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Kevin Harvick