RICHARD PETTY (Richard Petty Motorsports) "I'm very proud of the boys. They ran hard -- and smart -- all day long. This is one heck of a way to start the season. This is how we want Richard Petty Motorsports to start. I think George (Gillett...
RICHARD PETTY (Richard Petty Motorsports)
"I'm very proud of the boys. They ran hard -- and smart -- all day long. This is one heck of a way to start the season. This is how we want Richard Petty Motorsports to start. I think George (Gillett Jr.) and I have something good here. This is just the beginning and we're excited for the next couple races. Hopefully this isn't the last time that you see those boys at the front of the pack working together like that."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger)
YOU RACED YOUR WAY INTO THE 500. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON A THIRD PLACE FINISH? b^0x001cThe Valvoline Dodge, the car was really fast today. Could run up front all day. Was really consistent. Felt really good to be there and be able to run consistent up front with everybody. Everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports building great cars. I was hoping it was going to rain when Elliott was leading and Reed was second and I was fourth. That would have been a really great result for the team. I was trying to push Reed and Elliott as much as I could. They are the ones that got me into the race. It was my turn to return the favor and try to get them the win.
"Kevin had a great run and got under me. That kind of shuffled Reed out. I had to kind of dive down with him because I was going to get really shuffled out if I didn't get back in line.
"It's a great result. I kind of wish we could have been able to finish. I think the car was fast. Would have loved to have had a chance to win the race. To be top three with everything we went through in the off-season, hopefully get some more sponsors on the racecar, keep this thing going after race eight."
MIKE SHIPLETT (Crew Chief, No. 43 McDonald's Dodge Charger)
"Our McDonalds Dodge ran great all day. We got loose there in the middle of the race, but kept working on it with Reed (Sorenson), trying to get us some rear grip. Once we got up near the front, the car handled a lot better. We were in perfect position behind the 19 (Elliott Sadler) trying to protect the lead and then the 17 (Matt Kenseth) and the 29 (Kevin Harvick) just pushed up and got Reed loose which cost him some spots. Overall, it was a great top-10 finish for McDonald's, Dodge and Richard Petty Motorsports."
ELLIOTT SADLER (Driver, No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger)
"On one hand, I'm very happy and on the other, I'm really disappointed. We got a top-five finish for Stanley, Dodge and Richard Petty Motorsports and that's a great (Daytona) 500 finish for us. On the other hand, I was one lap from winning the Daytona 500 and that's hard to swallow. With the off-season that I've had, I feel like I deserved that win more than anyone. I really wanted to go to Victory Lane. I just needed to hang on for one more lap to win the 500."
MARK MCARDLE (Vice President of Competition, Richard Petty Motorsports)
"It was a good solid team performance by everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports. I'm very proud of everyone that contributed to a great day. We put ourselves in a position to win the race and it just didn't work out. It was a great job by the 44 (AJ Allmendinger) and 43 (Reed Sorenson) to push Elliott (Sadler) and protect him for the lead as long as they did. It was a great day for us."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"We ended up without a rear bumper, but with all the hard work that went into the preparation of this car, it feels good to have a top-10 finish with the Miller Lite Dodge and Penske Racing. Are we down on power a little bit? Yes, maybe! But the car is handling as good as we can make it. I had nowhere to go in one of the wrecks. I hit somebody, somebody hit me and I spun around. That tore the rear bumper off. I wasn't getting bump drafts from the back, but the car was going OK. It feels pretty good to be 10th after what we went through."
PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"The car was pretty good all race. It handled good. We ran most of the night in the top 10. We would have liked an opportunity to get a little more. The only problem, we didn't have a rear bumper, so it was hard for people to push us. We had decent speed. I thought we could get another spot or two, but overall, it was a pretty good night for the Miller Lite Dodge."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)
"We had a really fast car. We just overheated twice and had to go to the back of the pack and get some fresh air. We ended up having to pit two laps early versus what everybody else had to do because the temperature went over 300 degrees and the engine started shooting water out. It's just unfortunate. We can't figure out how to keep it cool. We've got twice as much opening (tape on the grille) as everybody else. We've got a small problem somewhere."
-credit: dodge motorsports