Indianapolis: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) I was trying to get in a battle with all those guys for position, sixth, seventh, eighth right in there. I had to block Edwards and come back to Stewart. Trying to pass Stewart I got loose.

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

I was trying to get in a battle with all those guys for position, sixth, seventh, eighth right in there. I had to block Edwards and come back to Stewart. Trying to pass Stewart I got loose. Stewart got right down on me and I got loose and then I just tried staying off Tony I guess and ran into the wall. It hurt. It still hurts, but that's racing. I can't believe it happened. We battled that car, battled the tires, battled everything all day trying to get a top 10 and didn't make it back.

"I haven't seen the points, but I imagine it puts us in it pretty deep. We've been battling. We've been trying hard, but we haven't had the best of breaks in probably the last two months. We still have plenty of time to get in it.

"It's normal. It's been this way the past two months. We're good in practice. We have a chance to win every race after practice and you get in the race and you can't do anything. That's just the way our cars have been lately. We haven't figured it out. Hopefully we do here soon.

"It makes you mad. You want to race good. Going into the race you think you have a shot to win the Allstate 400. You battle as hard as you can for 15th and at the end we start going forward. It takes us all day to figure it out and it's just kind of a pain to race like that. It's the same stuff. I just think everybody else got better."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We were listed as 10th at the end, but man we had to struggle today. The backup car gave us some signs of hope, but it was real tight at times and loose at others. We just couldn't quite nail it down. Jimmie has been great every year. He's a solid guy. We were fast at times today, especially early on but when the track got rubbered in our car got tight and we had to hang on. It was a good finish, but we really need to crack the top five if we want to make this Chase easier on ourselves. Tenth is good and we'll take it, especially with a backup car, but on pit road is where we made up most of our spots. We've just got to make the car a little better. A top 10 was all we had in mind today. About halfway we were pleased with the progress we had made. We even had to go back to the back again after a left front was loose. We had a hard-fought day. Indy challenges you in so many ways. It's good to have The Captain on my side and we finished 10th. We got the most points out of today possible, more than we deserved actually, but a top 10 feels good."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)

"We were better than 21st After being tight center for the first half of the race, we made some changes that freed us up and we were the fastest car on the track. We should have had a Top 10 finish, but the last caution allowed for several different pit strategies and in hindsight we should have gone with two tires. Four tires put us restarting 20th. We had to check up because the 18 car spun in front of us on the last restart, and we lost another five spots. Track position is important, and it was tough to recover."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"It wasn't the car I wanted to have. It seemed like we were missing a little bit with the pressures, getting going. We were good at the end of a run, but we just never could get going. That hurt us on that last restart. We didn't know what would happen (by staying out on last caution) because nobody had tried it in this race to see what it would be like, but we definitely made the most of it."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)

"All in all I'd say we had a pretty decent weekend at The Brickyard. We qualified 24th and finished 18th and this is my first race here. That wasn't our best finish of the season, but it might have been our biggest payday. We've had some decent runs since Daytona in July and hopefully we'll keep getting better as the second half of the season goes along. I can't wait to get back to some of these tracks and see how we stack up the second time around."

-dodge motorsports

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