KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) ON THE RACE: "The car felt great. I was going with (Jeff) Gordon regardless. I thought maybe we could hook up and go good together. I got behind him and was pushing him real good, we were pushing ...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: "The car felt great. I was going with (Jeff) Gordon regardless. I thought maybe we could hook up and go good together. I got behind him and was pushing him real good, we were pushing (Denny) Hamlin and got by (Tony) Stewart and then Tony came right back. The Gibbs guys are really good. Stewart is tough. He went with his teammate and we ended up fourth. I was happy with the whole race, the pit stops, our tires stayed on the car and our fuel mileage was great. We had a lot of power in our Dodge Charger. I thought it was the best car Gillett Evernham has ever brought to the track compared to the field. It was a good team effort. Hopefully, this will give us a top-10 starting spot, not that really matters, but I've never started in the top 10 here. The car handled great. It was a little on the loose side, but handled really well and went around the corners fast. We need just a little more to run in the top 10 on Sunday."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: "It was pretty uneventful to be honest with you. My plan was to ride around until lap 50 and then go. I was good with Tony (Stewart) for a while, but then we got away from me. I got left on the inside. The car wasn't good in the high groove, but it's not that big of a deal. We have a decent race car and it's all still here. We'll learn from this race and we'll apply that to the (Daytona) 500."
ON HELPING OUT THE NO. 10 CAR: "Well we were going forward and then they said get behind the No. 10 car and at that point I think he was like 12th and I was like 13th, so I was running behind him and I saw him hit the wall. I was like, 'he hit the wall' and I wanted to run behind them. I knew he was very, very tight in the middle of the corners and I saw him smack the wall again. Unfortunately I checked up there at the end and that cost us a little bit of track position, but I was doing everything I could to help Patrick get in."
HOW MUCH DID THE PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLETT EVERNHAM HELP IN A RACE LIKE THIS? "There support is wonderful. I didn't use my teammates very much today just because that didn't fit into our strategy. We wanted to put ourselves in position to be there at the end and that caution came with too few of laps left. We needed it to come with about five more and we would have been in good shape."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger)
ON THE WRECK: "We went all the way to the max. The No. 10 Valvoline was fast all day, but it started to get really tight on me. I kept hitting the wall there the last four or five laps. I figured I might as well stay close to the wall so when that thing let go I would be right up there. I thought we were going to finish it there at the end with only a few laps to go. Our guys did a great job in the pits. There was nothing else you could do. We're going to go to Fontana and dig deeper to get into the field."
DID YOU PROVE THAT YOU CAN RUN WITH THESE GUYS? "It was fun. Elliott Sadler yesterday taught me a lot. Pete Barnwell, my spotter today, did a good job. They were explaining everything they can to me. They gave me so much information and with the team back and forth, so I think we are going to come out on top of this."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 HealthLife.com Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: "We didn't have enough speed. That was the problem."
WOULD YOU HAVE PITTED AND TAKEN ON TIRES AT THE END THERE? "We had to we were crippled when that last yellow came out. We had a right front messed up that wouldn't turn at all any more. It was crippled.
MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING CARS WERE ABLE TO HELP EACH OTHER GET INTO THE DAYTONA 500: "Everybody is on their own agenda. My problems aren't Michael's. I couldn't be more proud of Michael for getting all three of those cars in. We just weren't fast enough. That's what the bottom line is. It's not really hard to figure out."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Dodge Journey Dodge Charger)
ON THE WRECK: "By the time I saw what was going on, Jacques (Villeneuve) was already sideways. I don't know what caused that, but he was sideways and I think he tried to chase it and catch it and the car turned hard right on him. He took myself and the 26 (Jamie McMurray) and put us in the wall. We were innocent bystanders in it, but that's restrictor-plate racing."
ARE YOU OK? "Physically, I'm fine. I'm upset for my guys. We'll probably have to bring out the backup car out because I don't think there's much left of the primary which is a real shame. I was trying not to take any chances and hadn't taken any up to that point. Luckily, we're in the 500 thanks to the top 35 owner points. It's really unfortunate because we were running pretty well. It's frustrating when that happens. It wasn't like I was out there taking risks. I was being very conservative. I was following guys like Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart and trying to learn from those guys."
YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE OUT THERE; WHAT WAS IT LIKE? "It was intense. I was talking to Jamie (McMurray) coming back and the ambulance about how much we were lifting, how much we were pedaling. He said it caught him by surprise too; how much the cars are sliding around. We'll come back on Sunday and try again.
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