KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "The guys did a good job today. We kept the car in one piece. It was a long day, and it was a tough race. We're happy. It was a good run for us. It's the best run I've had here yet as far as ...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"The guys did a good job today. We kept the car in one piece. It was a long day, and it was a tough race. We're happy. It was a good run for us. It's the best run I've had here yet as far as the finish goes. I'm happy we got a top 10 and brought it home in one piece. We'll keep working on it and try to bring it back next time and do better. We worked on the car all day. We just didn't make it a lot better. We made it better at times, but we never got that little bit we were looking for. We came close. We weren't far from it. I think traffic slowed you down, but we just needed a little bit more and we could have passed cars and got to the front. I feel good about where we're at. It was a good points day. We're halfway to The Chase. We've just got to keep being consistent in these next 13 races and we'll be in good shape."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
"We had a top five car pretty much all day with the exception of track position and a bad pit stop that set us back and we never did recover. It seemed like the 6 and 99 had similar situations. Once they got in the back and they couldn't recover. They didn't have time to recover I don't guess. It was a decent run for the Alltel Dodge. It wasn't a good finishing position to run as well as we did most of the race. We ran in the top five most of the race and that's more than we can say about most races this season. We're still working to get things going in the right direction and today was a step in that direction. Pocono has been a good track. We've got to hit our things right and have a good day there. We can still make up the points and get in The Chase. We've got to work really hard. Fourteenth-place finishes won't cut it. We've got to have top fives and top 10s from here on out."
CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"We were OK there for awhile and could run decent on a long run. We were pretty slow on the first 10 or 15 laps. We just couldn't go. We got a loose set of tires in the middle of the race and the next set of tires tightened up the car. The car was way too tight then and we fought that the rest of the way. The last set of tires we left the left rear loose and it was shaking real bad that whole run and we lost a lot of spots."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
"It wasn't too bad. We started off pretty good. We were at our best midway in the race. We just got a little bit off and got a lap down on a green flag stop. We battled back and got our lap back and ended up 13th. It was a pretty good day. We picked up a couple of spots in the standings, but we've just got to keep working hard and getting better."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We learned some things today, and it shows our program is making progress. We could have had a better finish, but it wasn't because we had to chase the track all day. We led laps early and ran extremely well the first 100 miles. The car was really loose midway through the race, so we had a lot of work to do to regain the handling. We managed to do that over the last 100 laps. We're making progress and will be going to two tracks where we have run well and won at in the past. We're looking forward to the next two weeks."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"We got a bad set of tires early in the race that made the car extremely tight, and that's when we fell a lap down. Rodney (team director Childers) never gave up adjusting on the car, and the crew knocked off some pretty strong pit stops to get us in the "Lucky Dog" position. In the end this car was way too sensitive to the adjustments we threw at it. I don't know if that is something tire or body-wise, but we plan on figuring that out before we bring it back to the track."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"We worked hard today and learned a lot that will hopefully help us when we come back to Dover in the fall. That'll be on of The Chase races, and we've got 13 races left to work our way back into the top 10. We're at the halfway point and we're not that far out of 10th place (265 points). We'll have to work hard and start getting top fives and top 10s, but we've got some good tracks coming up. It'll be a challenge, but it'll be fun trying."