Indianapolis: Dodge teams race quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Finished 4th "This is a great weekend for us to bring a new car here and qualify sixth, and run in the top seven or eight the whole day. I actually got pushed back to 13th or 14th with 40 laps...

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Finished 4th

"This is a great weekend for us to bring a new car here and qualify sixth, and run in the top seven or eight the whole day. I actually got pushed back to 13th or 14th with 40 laps to go and passed a lot of cars to come back to the front. I'm proud of my guys. It's pretty cool to come out with the new car, and get a good run in a Stanley Dodge. We've had a lot of bad luck this year. I'm proud of my guys to finish a good race here at the Brickyard."

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

"It was a great day for our Gillett Evernham Budweiser Dodge team. We had a really good racecar that handled great all day. We had a problem with our exhaust header coming off the engine and lost a lot of power and couldn't run down the straightaway."

DID THE TIRE SITUATION MAKE THIS A FRUSTRATING RACE TO DRIVE? "Not really. It's disappointing, but it was what it was. I'm sure the fans didn't like it. It's disappointing. There really wasn't much you could do about the tire situation. All the teams did a great job conserving tires to make it to the end of the race. It's what we were dealt and we took care of it. That's way it goes, that's racing."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 13th

"That wasn't a race today. It's ridiculous. That's a lack of preparation from NASCAR to Goodyear to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to put on a show like they did for the fans today. It's disrespectful to the fans and I wish that it didn't have to be that way. That's not the way NASCAR racing is suppose to be."

DESPITE THE CONDITIONS, DOES A TOP-15 FINISH HELP EASE YOUR FRUSTRATION? "I think so. I had to drive a smart race. Our Alltel Dodge wasn't the fastest racecar, but it was a good consistent racecar. Basically we had 10 laps to figure out our car and that's a tough task on everyone involved. In the end there's still a winner. Congratulations to Jimmie (Johnson) and his team."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Totino's Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"It's frustrating when you run 10 laps and the right-rear and right-front tires are worn out. You just wanted to scream and hope that you could stretch out your runs. The track wasn't taking any rubber and there was no way that we could make long runs. (NASCAR) finally decided to go to 10-lap runs just to try finish the race. Ten laps and a caution, ten laps and a caution, that's not racing."

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PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Sears Auto Center/Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 18th

"It was crazy out there today. I felt sorry for the fans and the people that spent a lot of money to come watch us race. You realize that it's happened here before in F1 and NASCAR decided to run the race with the way that the track was and there was nothing that teams could do about it. At the end of the race, it got a little bit better and the fans got a bit of a show. I think Goodyear and IMS need to do something about the track to try and improve it. With the COT, the center of gravity is so high that it just makes it really difficult to drive these cars under situations like today."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"The big thing for me was just continuing to move forward. I felt like I raced pretty hard today, maybe a little bit more so than some of the other guys. At the end, we pretty much held our own."

CAN YOU COMPARE THIS TO YOUR INDY 500 DEBUT IN 2000? "First time with and Indy Car, I didn't even finish, so it's a lot better than that. I think we had a little bit better car than where we finished. We'll improve on it and it will be better next year."

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CHRIS CARRIER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

"He (Sam Hornish Jr.) did a great job today. He dealt with some adverse conditions. I told him before the race, 'there's nothing anybody can do about the tire situation. Everybody has done their best; the tire situation isn't very good and that's not a slam on anybody. They're going to run this race the best they can.' We did OK. He's learning this deal. He's learning it week by week. Some weeks go better than others. It's called experience. You don't buy it. No store has it. You just have to live it. He's doing it. I look forward to coming back here with Sam next year at this time. I think he will be one of the guys."

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TERRY LABONTE (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge) Finished 27th

"Our car handled great. It's a shame they had an issue with the tires. I don't think it was Goodyear's fault. If you walk out on the track and feel the surface, I don't think you can build a tire would work on it with these cars. They (the new car) don't have the down force the old card did and we're just shredding the tires. I wish it would have been better. Our car handled good, but the runs weren't long enough for us to utilize the advantage we might have had with the handling."

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville Dodge Charger) Finished 33rd

"The first 80 laps, I had to idle around to keep from wearing the tires out. Whoever tested the tires here made a big mistake. Obviously, one car wins the race, but everybody else struggled today trying to keep tires on the car. We just couldn't run. Our setup was way too hard on the right rear. We did some 10-lap runs in practice, five laps at a time, and thought we were going to be OK to run 10 laps. We couldn't run seven hard laps. We corded the right rear and I had two flat tires. We did pretty much all we could do."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) 39th

HOW ARE YOU FEELING? "I'm doing OK. It's frustrating because our Big Red Dodge was amazing today. We blew off the right-rear tire and broke some right side panels. We came in and fixed (the car) and thought we had it taken care of but every time I lifted off the throttle, header flames were coming into the car and it was just burning me up."

HOW DIFFICULT WAS THE TIRE ISSUE TODAY? "Yeah, it's tough for everyone. I think NASCAR is doing the best that they can in trying to manage the race with what they have to work with."

WAS THE TIRE SITUATION SIMILAR TO YOUR EXPERIENCE HERE IN F1 THREE YEARS AGO? "Yeah, the difference is that NASCAR finds ways to make things happen positively where in F1 they didn't."

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KURT BUSCH (No 2. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 40th

"A tough day for our Miller Lite Dodge team. We started the race a little tight in some areas and loose in others. I was just trying to hold position waiting for the competition yellow to fly on lap 10 when I got loose and just overcorrected into the 29 car."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sam Hornish Jr.