KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 33rd "We started off good. The car felt really good, but it just kind of gave up on long runs. It got real tight. I think the track changed a ton. We just weren't quite good enough. We were...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 33rd
"We started off good. The car felt really good, but it just kind of gave up on long runs. It got real tight. I think the track changed a ton. We just weren't quite good enough. We were probably a seventh-12th-place car at the end, and we just missed it on fuel. There's a lot of places we have good fuel mileage, and some cars made it today. We were definitely on the conservative side, so I don't know what happened. They were telling me to conserve, and I was conserving the whole run from start to finish. We thought we were going to have a real good day, and we were going to have an OK day, but that's the way it goes."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- 43rd
"I got loose and got in the wall a little bit going into two. I went into turn three about half speed and I was just trying to wait for a caution. I just got out of control. I don't know if we had a flat tire or something. The right front is flat right now, but it's hard to say what happened if anything. We're going to try to get back out there and get some points."
MATT BORLAND (Crew Chief No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 24th
HOW WAS YOUR DAY AS THE DIRECTOR OF A HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL? "Not good (laughing). That's not nice. It was just a pretty ugly day all around, but at least the fuel gamble worked at the end so we got one little break that was a positive. But it's still not what we're looking for."
WERE YOU BATTLING WITH AN EVIL, GREASY RACETRACK OR WAS IT MORE THAN THAT? "I think it was the same thing that we've been battling all year. We just still don't have a handle on what's going on, on these intermediate (tracks)."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) -- 34th
"I'm just waiting for Clint (Boyer) to talk to him and to make sure he's not mad (Riggs waited behind Clint Bowyer's hauler for nearly 10 minutes after the race). I don't really see what Clint would have to be mad at. I was two laps down and trying to get up there, so if I could get one of my laps back, then I could race for the Lucky Dog, (but) without passing the leaders myself I wouldn't have been eligible for the Lucky Dog.
"I passed Clint there, and he passed me back. I was two laps down and I was trying not to race him too hard, but I was a lot faster than he was. Then I got back by him and got about three car lengths ahead of him and all of a sudden he spun, and they told me on the radio that the 07 (Bowyer) had spun behind me.
"I just hate that for him. I asked one of his (crew) guys about it, and he said (Bowyer) was upset at me for racing him. I understand him being upset, but it's not like I raced him hard. I gave him a lot of room, and I just hate it for him because he had a good car today."
YOU DODGED A COUPLE BULLETS TODAY "Man, we dodged a lot of bullets (laughing). The 11 car (Hamlin) got sideways and hit the wall, and I kept coming down, down, down and finally I had to jerk the wheel real hard to try to miss him -- and I just did miss him. Over on the backstretch, who was that, that wrecked? The 26 (Jamie McMurray) wrecked over there off Turn 2 and I just did manage to miss him, too."
WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE SPINS WE SAW TODAY? "I just think that the way our cars are these days, with our setups, that they're so finicky and there is such a fine line to try to get the car to work right that it's easy to make one small adjustment and to get it over (adjusted) one way.
"I don't think there's anybody out there that would say (their) car was perfect. I think everybody was fighting a little tight or a little loose -- something, you know? It was just whoever had the least amount of trouble -- push, loose or whatever it may be. Whoever had the least amount of that all day, and those that kept it as neutral as they could all day, kind of stayed up front all day in the clean air and had a good shot to win it."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 40th
"We had a top-10 racecar, but we didn't get a chance to show just how good the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger was. It's disappointing to get a car damaged on pit road, but those things happen. The crew did good job making repairs. We couldn't gain any more positions with about 30 laps to go and debated about parking it because it was so hot in the car to the point the seat burned me. I just couldn't do it, thinking there was something we could do to help Kasey (Kahne) in those final laps. I couldn't do anything when he ran out of gas, but my crew helped push him down pit road to the 10 pit (Scott Riggs) and they pushed him the rest of the way. Evernham Motorsports came here with three good racecars, but we didn't get the results. I guess it just wasn't our day."
-credit: dodge motorsports