DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Energizer/Coors Light Dodge Avenger) "It was disappointing we didn't get a better finish, but we had a good run today. That's probably the best I've ever run in a Cup car at Bristol. We stayed 11th in the points, so we're...
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Energizer/Coors Light Dodge Avenger)
"It was disappointing we didn't get a better finish, but we had a good run today. That's probably the best I've ever run in a Cup car at Bristol. We stayed 11th in the points, so we're getting top 15 finishes and doing what we wanted to do to start the season. I think we easily had a top-10 car today, but we'll just keep working hard and eventually we'll get that top-10 finish."
KASEY KAHNE (No 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"We had a left rear tire going down before the contact with the 07. The splitter on the 07 apparently cut down the tire left rear tire, and I brushed the wall with the right rear. We lost three laps making the repairs. Our Dodge Avenger was very good through the first half of the race. We stayed in the top five and was running third when I radioed Kenny (Francis, the team director) a tire was going down or something had happened. The car was loose going over the bumps. The contact with the 07 happened before we had a chance to fully diagnose the problem. Our Dodge Avenger was fast in practice and in the race until the incident. Actually, despite the damage, it was fast when we returned to the track after the accident. We just couldn't overcome the three-lap deficit. We still picked up a lot of positions to finish in the top 20."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)
"We had a great car all weekend. I just cut a tire down early on and hit the wall. The caution didn't come out so by the time we pitted to fix it we were several laps down. We needed a top finish to keep from having to qualify on time at Martinsville, but this won't do it. However, there is no reason to get down on this team. They built a great Valvoline/Stanley Tools Avenger, Rodney (team director Childers) made the right adjustments, and we had awesome pit stops all day. If we keep doing a good job like this, things have to turn around for us."
MICHAEL NELSON (Crew Chief No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)
"I thought we had a really good car. We got two laps down early and were able to fight our way back and got one of those back. We were in 17th place and getting ready to get back on the lead lap and got in an accident. We were real happy with the way the car ran up to that point. We were pretty good in practice, but we really didn't know how the race would play out. We were a little bit too tight and we got the balance a little closer and the Avenger was running really well. To me there was really no difference from the old car. You lose front downforce when you have to cut part of the nose off. It was just like a typical Bristol."
DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"It was really hard to get a good balance on the car. You were going to be tight no matter what you did. We got in pretty good through the middle of the race. I thought Juan learned a lot today, and that was the main thing. We finished with the same water we started with, and a lot of guys didn't do that. We had some close calls. We got the grill knocked up in there and the water got to 250 or 260, but we got it back down. All-in-all I guess we were pretty lucky, but it wasn't what we're looking for. I don't think this race will help us much next week. I hope we don't have to run this much spring in the right front next week."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"Some days are just like this. We had a great car early in the race. But, we had some challenges in the pits later in the race, and we were just never able to regain our track position after that. We did pick up a few spots toward the end, and that helped us maintain our spot in the points' race."
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