RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) Finished 30th, led four times for 72 laps "Biffle had the best car. We had a really good car, one that could stay with him if it was exactly balanced right. It was pretty embarrassing that NASCAR didn't clean up...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) Finished 30th, led four times for 72 laps
"Biffle had the best car. We had a really good car, one that could stay with him if it was exactly balanced right. It was pretty embarrassing that NASCAR didn't clean up the track when it was in that condition. The track had a lot of debris on it all day. Before the race even started it looked like they couldn't even blow the debris off of it. They made mention in the drivers' meeting that they were going to keep everything clean. It's very disappointing, but it's pretty convenient and on par for NASCAR. We stayed seventh in the standings. We started the Chase 10th and finished seventh, but we should have done better. We're a championship team that had a lot of bad breaks."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge) -- Finished 6th, top Dodge, top rookie.
"We took a shot at fifth in the end. I didn't care about any Chase for the Championship. I wanted a top five for Kodak. I didn't care about the three championship guys. I drive for Kodak. I don't drive for Hendrick or Roush. I wanted a top five for Kodak. Congratulations to Kasey Kahne. He deserves the Raybestos Rookie of the Year championship by far. They gave us a racecar today, and we drove the heck out of it all the way to the end. It was nice to have something you could feel good about. I always feel good about things. It's been a peak and valley season, but there's one great thing about sports. It's next season already. This is an awesome track, and we had a good time today. We were as fast as the leaders. We just weren't faster than."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Fininshed 26th
"We had a pretty good car. We tried to stay out of trouble, but there were a lot of wrecks early in the back. We just got caught up in some and it knocked my right front fender off right off the bat. I think the repair work we did to the front might have cut the right front tire. We had a good car. We were sitting good at one point, but it turned out to be a long day. I'm ready for next year."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished 7th, captured 11th place in final standings
"We had a tough time in the pits again today. That kind of got us behind all day. We pitted at the end and I was going against what Donnie (crew chief Wingo) said to do. I didn't think there was any way we'd get that many cars. Tires were big at the end. I don't know what the story was with the tires. They were like that yesterday, and we had a couple in practice, too. I think the access roads might have had something to do with it. I'm not sure."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 38th
"I got loose and crashed it. It was a rough day. We were trying to fix it and trying to get better, trying to do anything we could. We were just tight. The front end wasn't working at all and when your front end isn't working it's hard to drive it. Once you get loose you can't save it. It was just a bad day.
"It's been a good year. We're happy about that. It was a pretty sad day today, but other than that, we're happy about the year. It's been fun working with these guys all year long, and we'll get better for next year. I wish we could have ended the year better than this, but today obviously wasn't our day. We weren't very good from the drop of the green flag. It kept getting worse and Tommy (Team Director Baldwin) kept trying to fix it.
"We really weren't that good in practice yesterday. It looked like we were good because I could run one fast lap and then after that we were junk. I wasn't too surprised. I thought we would have been better than that, but we got tight and couldn't get it fixed.
"It was a tough day. We didn't start out too good and I just lost it. I put it in the wall. It wasn't a good way to finish the year, but we'll think about it during the off season and we'll get better over the winter. It's disappointing we didn't win. We came close a lot of times, but we just didn't get it done. Either way, we had a good season. The guys did a good job and we'll be better next year for sure."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 35th
"I'm all right. We kept working on our Dodge. We were real tight and thought we had something going on out there. We got to working real good up high. Evidently we cut the right front down, but I'm not real sure what happened. We were getting better and better before all that happened, but we just didn't get a chance to get it exactly right. Kasey has problems and then a lap or two later we have problems. Hopefully we'll get all this bad luck out of the way and come back strong next season. It was great to make The Chase, but we want to do more than just make it next year."