Daytona II: Dodge teams race report

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) Finished 4th YOU MUST BE SATISIFIED WITH YOUR FINISH? "A great finish for our Miller Lite Dodge. It was a hard fought day. We came into the pits and changed a right front shock which you don't normally do. We...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) Finished 4th

YOU MUST BE SATISIFIED WITH YOUR FINISH? "A great finish for our Miller Lite Dodge. It was a hard fought day. We came into the pits and changed a right front shock which you don't normally do. We changed the left side track bar and that takes wrenches out of your tool box. You normally don't do that. We just fought all day with making changes trying to make our car better. It was about the same setup that we had here in February and (the setup) showed up right there at the end tonight. I just need to calm down and play it cool a little bit, whether it's a 500 or 400 mile race here.

"Our Miller Lite Dodge really was running at the end when everybody was bumping and grinding. Our car pushed well and got pushed well. It was a good day for us."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LAST 10 LAPS OF THE RACE? "It's like that every time here. The more I'm right in the middle of the lead pack, the more comfortable I am in the car. I feel like I learn something each time I'm in that position, especially how to survive it and get a good finish out of it. To finish with two top fives in a row is a good twist of fate for our team and we'll try to build on it."

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Dodge Charger) Finished 6th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LATE PART OF THE RACE? "I know everybody is out to win this thing. I definitely think if we had some help there at the end, we had a shot at the win. For us to come back after getting shuffled out, getting stuck in the middle and still finish sixth, it shows how strong our little team is getting in this world that everybody tells us single-car teams can't compete. We have been very fast lately. We seem to mess it up when it comes to race time, but we're been eliminating those mistakes lately. We didn't mess up tonight."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 7th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN? "I was having a blast. On the last 20 laps, guys got pretty aggressive. It stinks when you get hit like we did, but we survived a real bad crash and were able to come in with a decent finish. We probably had the best race car on the entire track with a mediocre engine in it and still finished seventh. Our Dodge handled perfect all night long."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Pillsbury/Cinnabon Dodge Charger) Finished 13th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN? "It was pretty calm for a long time and looked like it was going to be a single-car or two-car wreck and then all of a sudden it got wild there at the end. It usually does. We made it through all the wrecks and looks like we got a top-15 finish."

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PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Auto Value Parts Dodge) Finished 14th

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE RACE? "It was crazy, but fun. We fought a real loose race car early on in the race and kept working on it all night long. Our Auto Value Parts Dodge kept on getting better and better the more changes we made on it. I had a great engine, maybe the best I've had all year."

CARS WERE BUMPING AND BANGING TOGETHER AND GOING SO FAST; "I've never see that [laughs]. It almost becomes normal but not really. It was fun. The cars are so hard to drive. They're loose and sideways and the trick that did it for us at the end was we put some stickers on so we gained a lot of places the last couple of laps and we came through the wreck. I was right behind the 43 when we exited the wreck in Turn 1 so hopefully we're good."

ON THE LAST WRECK RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU; "I saw cars going everywhere. I just hammered the throttle and stayed in it (laughs)."

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TERRY LABONTE (No. 45 Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE LAST 10-20 LAPS OF THE RACE? "Any time you have a restrictor-plate race with all the cars running so close together, that's the kind of results you have. A bunch of stuff gets torn up. It's exciting for the fans I know, but it's not much fun when you're the driver. Our car really didn't drive as good as I wished it had. You can't fix them during the race. It was too loose in traffic. We survived."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge) Finished 29th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN? "We had a pretty good car all night long. I just kept getting hung out a bit the last 20 laps and I'm not sure why. I made a couple mistakes during the race by going with the wrong line of cars, but that's what you learn about racing here at Daytona. Our car is all beat up -- it's the same car that we ran here in February -- hopefully we'll get some new skins and be a little bit quicker the next time that we race here."

THINGS WERE GOING CRAZY AT THE END OF THE RACE. HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN ANYTHING THAT WILD? "I don't even know where to start. I think I finished with four flat tires. Man, it was pretty nuts out there for a little while. Everybody knows it's coming down to the end there and it's green-white-checker and all that stuff and just the way it turned out it was unfortunate for us. I thought we had a pretty good car. We probably should have been a top-10 car. It was what it was tonight. We brought the Penske Truck Rental Dodge home. It's all beat up but it was another experience at Daytona, another one for the mental logbook and hopefully we'll have some more things that I'll know to be able to do better next time."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 36th

ON GETTING HIT THREE TIMES TONIGHT; "Well we didn't give up we were at the mercy of a lot of untalented drivers. Three times I was either hit or got hit by somebody that ran out of talent, that was disappointing but the guys did a good job fighting back. But in the end that's not going to make a difference, we lost a lot of points today."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR CHASE CHANCES? "I don't know obviously the No. 1 car is going to have a dilemma to deal with come Tuesday. But we'll see what the points look like."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Slim Pack) Finished 38th

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE INCIDENT WITH GREG BIFFLE? "I was on the outside of him (Biffle) and when you're beside someone, they're suppose to give you room. He didn't give me any room. As far as I remember, that's the rule here. This is my fourth or fifth time in a restrictor plate race and most of the time when somebody is on the outside, you back off and give him room. If I would have hit him from behind it would have been my fault. But if you look where he hit me, and the way he started to turn, I was outside and he never even lifted. I think that his spotter didn't tell him that I was there or he just ignored it."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy/GARMIN Dodge Charger) Finished 39th

TAKE US THROUGH THE ACCIDENT; "A right front (tire) went down. I'm alright. It's just frustrating. We had a top five car and cut a tire. It's disappointing. I'm proud of my Best Buy/GARMIN guys, they gave me a good race car tonight and our Dodge was fast. It's unfortunate because we made a move back up the field after I made a mistake during a pit stop and fell back to twenty-something. It's a shame that a good racecar is all tore up."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
Teams CIP