JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) NOTE: Montoya was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie for the second straight race and unofficially took the Raybestos Rookie of the Year lead by one point over David Ragan. Montoya's...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Montoya was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie for the second straight race and unofficially took the Raybestos Rookie of the Year lead by one point over David Ragan. Montoya's fifth-place finish was also his first top five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition.
COMMENT ON RACING WITH OTHER TOP CUP DRIVERS "I think it's been great. I've been very respectful of them, and I think they're great drivers. They're making my life tough. It's hard work, but something that's amazing is how clean they race. You can tell better they are, the cleaner they race. It's great. They give you room if you get a run, and they get a run on them you'd better give them room. You learn to play that way, and it just makes racing awesome."
CHIP GANASSI (Car owner Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
NOTE: Ganassi's Dodge finished fifth, ninth and 13th today.
"Montoya never saw this place before Friday. We'll take it. I'm a little surprised in a way and I'm not surprised in another way. The whole team had a good day today. Sorenson needed a good run. We were a little worried about him. David was nice and steady. Things are looking better."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"The adjustments we made on the final two pits tops didn't give us the results we needed. The car was tight center, loose off much of the race. We just needed some help there at the end. We were pretty good early in the race and wanted to have our Dodge Charger in position to challenge at the end. We were there, but didn't take advantage of the opportunity. It's disappointing we didn't finish better."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"When something happens, there's just no place to go. The accident happened right in front of me and that was it. I tried to turn left, but I just didn't have enough time. We got a lap down early but managed to get the handling straightened out on the next two pit stops and be in position to get our lap back with a caution. The caution never came. The accident messed up the handling. Kenny (Francis, team director) will be back next week, and we'll be ready for Bristol."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"The car was good all day. We were sixth before that last pit stop, and we didn't need that last caution. We had just got our car going. It took 20 laps for our car to come in really good. The first 10 or 15 laps weren't as fast, and then we were fast after 20, so we didn't need that last caution. The car was good all day. I think we were in the top 10 all day long. I think we could have got one or two more spots it it had stayed green, but we have cautions at the end of all these races now for debris. We get debris cautions every week with 10-20-30 laps to go. It's amazing. Usually they tend to find something out there because there's all kinds of stuff out there, so you get debris cautions. You can count on that. It was a brand new car. It ran good all weekend. We knew we had a good car, so we'll take it to Texas. We need some points. We've got to start our march from 30th to the front, so we need these every week."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)
"That's another top 15 finish and that was our goal at the beginning of the season for the first few races. We stayed 11th in the standings, and everything is still really tight. I wish we could have finished better today. I think we had a top 10 car, but 13th ain't bad, so we'll take it and go to Bristol and try to have another good run up there with the Avenger next week."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"We had a fast car today. It felt good to lead some laps, and I think we could have had a top 10 with a little luck. We had a few problems in the pits, so we'll work on that. We picked up a few spots in the standings today with that 11th-place run, so that was positive. We'll just keep digging and it'll pay off soon."
SCOTT RIGGS (Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)
"We lost the engine. I think it dropped a valve. I hate it for Stanley Tools and those guys. We had them on board at California and only made a few laps and crashed there. The guys in the engine shop do a great job and give us good horsepower every week. We were hoping to make a good showing today. We need to make a good showing for the points. It's not from lack of effort. Everybody is doing a good job. We've just got to buckle down and keep digging ourselves out of the hole we've created for ourselves.
"We were trying to take care of the car today and get a good finish. We kept making the car better and better with adjustments in the pits. We had some great pit stops. We stayed on the lead lap and worked our way back up there and were getting in good position. All of a sudden we lost a cylinder and it started to slow down pretty bad and then we lost a couple more cylinders. I wish we could have had a better day.
"We dug ourselves a hole here in the first three races by not having much luck. We brought a great racecar to Atlanta. We were doing everything right. It's not from lack of effort. Everybody is doing a good job. We just need to get better finishes."
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