KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 2nd
Note: Fifth Runner-up finish in 2004. Moved to Ninth in Series Standings.
"Mark was pretty strong on the long runs, so I guess second is the best I was going to get either way. I was getting tired of 'em (runner-up finishes), but I guess it's a good thing. We have to keep running second until we get our win. It was exciting. I was real surprised the 38 was as good as it was. I was thinking the 6 was going to be real strong. Elliott was pretty darn good there at the end. It made for an interesting finish. I had a lot of fun. I wish we had had a couple more laps to see if we could have raced with 'em. I wish the car could have been a little looser, but that's all we had.
"We've got the same story, different week next week. Every week has been so close. Everybody has been within just a few points there. I know Jamie gained some good points there, and Mark Martin is right there. I'm there, Jeremy, Ryan Newman, we'll see what happens. It'll be exciting. It's going to be that final finish that decides the top 10.
"It was a great race. We had a great car all day. We had great pit stops. The car got better every pit stop. We just never got it quite loose enough, quite fast enough for the long runs. It took off pretty good a few times, but the last time we were a little bit tighter than I wanted it. Elliott got away there. He started coming back to us at the end, but it was a little bit too late. Elliott Sadler was really good at the end, and Mark was right there. A few more laps there would have been three cars battling for the lead.
"I was thinking that (Texas finish) on the last lap. I was thinking I was going to catch him again. At least here we weren't quite as dominant as we were in Texas. Mark had the dominant car here on the long runs for sure. We were right around with Elliott most of the race. We were the second or third quickest car and we got second so I was pretty happy with that.
"Mainly they just did air pressure and tried to free the car up some more (on final pit stop). We were trying to make it cut through the corner better. On the restart I was just hoping it would and I could get on the outside of some of those guys and pass 'em. Elliott moved up a little bit and blocked me from going on the outside, and it put me at the bottom. I couldn't do anything at the bottom. We were too tight to run down there, especially early on. He did a good job by moving up. It just killed our momentum, and he ended up winning.
"It's going to be where you finish (at Richmond) if you're going to make the cut or not. I really don't know where the points are right now. We're ninth, so that's an improvement. We did what we needed to do here today. It would have been nice to win, but second is darn good. We led some laps, got five points there. We'll go on to Richmond and keep all the fenders on it, hopefully in the top 10, and we'll have a shot at making that top 10."