RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 8th, Top Dodge "We're happy based on what we've been running in the past. It was a good run for us. We're happy to have the Alltel Dodge in the top 10 on an intermediate track at the end of 400 ...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 8th, Top Dodge
"We're happy based on what we've been running in the past. It was a good run for us. We're happy to have the Alltel Dodge in the top 10 on an intermediate track at the end of 400 miles. We've got more things to work on. We were by far not the fastest car, but we've made huge improvements. Michael Nelson (crew chief) and the guys are doing a great job. The Penske/Jasper engines are strong. We've just got to keep on working making it stick in the corners. It's turning around. We've just got to get it back up to the top. We didn't have a good Friday here for sure. I was disappointed, but I didn't let it get me down. I knew we were a lot better than we qualified. It was a good effort for us to fight back the way we did. We avoided a lot of accidents. A lot of crazy things were happening today, but overall it was a good run for us. We needed a couple of good points races to get the season started off right and get the boys in the shop pumped up. That's big."
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON MOST FOR NEXT WEEK AT ATLANTA? "We need to take a lot of pictures of the 48 car I think. We've definitely got some things we need to work on, but we're going to work on them as a team."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 14th
"Today was frustrating. We had a great qualifying lap and great track position, but we just couldn't get a handle on the car. We were tight all day. The guys did a really good job on the car. We've just got to work better together on making changes during the race. We need to get our tire data and get a handle on these tires. We'd make one adjustment and it would go one way, then make the same adjustment the next stop and it would go the other way. It's just frustrating to lead laps in the first half of the race and spend the second half of the race struggling to finish 14th."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 35th
"We got it as good as we could get it, and I thought we could run in the top 10. Our McDonald's Dodge Charger was pretty decent, but we just couldn't go much better than eighth. I don't know what the 38 was doing. First off he's hard to pass. Then you get by him and he's two laps down and he starts battling. I let him him go and he still didn't pass me. I have no idea what he was thinking, but that's the way it goes. I was the tightest I'd been all day on that final run there, and then I got loose and spun out. It was just a bad situation. I'd been on the inside of a lot of cars all day and nothing happened. I don't understand it, but it's just a bad way to end a pretty good day.
"It was terrible all day and it's terrible right now, but it's the best that it's been all day. We were tight right there. I turned in under a car and spun out. It's just a bad situation. It's slippery and whether it's the front end or the back end, it's sliding around. There's not a whole lot of grip, but we hung in there all day long and then we didn't finish the race. You just can't get a hold of the racetrack.
"You had to slow down a little bit. You didn't want to race too much side by side. You had to lift early getting in when you had a car on the outside of you. The stuff I'd done all day I did right there and it didn't work. Things happen. The car wasn't turning that good and the next thing I know I'm backwards. The 38 was trying to battle me for some odd reason. I don't even know why. I just kind of let him go. I wasn't battling back and he wouldn't pass me. He's suddenly really fast and then he's suddenly really slow. Then we're crashed."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- 13th
"I thought yesterday we had a good car. I felt good about it, but you just don't know because right now the track is so temperamental with anything. We were really, really good all day. Then we put on a set of tires that were stickers because we didn't have time to scuff all of the tires. That got us behind and got us a lap down. It was a great effort since Friday afternoon about 3:30 when we had to unload a backup car. It's still kinda hard to tell about the car. I think it's better, no doubt. A lot of (Dodge) guys qualified good, but they didn't race as good as they qualified. I think that will come, but with the hard tires today, when you went through the corners..... I think if we had had softer tires everybody's aero package would be different."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 26th
"We were down on power about halfway through the race. We kept trying to battle back because we didn't have the power, so we'll go back and figure it out. We were trying to stay low and stay out of the way because we didn't have the power we needed."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- 31st
"We got caught with the car in third gear on a green flag stop. They went under the car and popped it out. Then we got a speeding penalty. I didn't have a gear coming to pit road so I didn't know how fast I was going. We had a pretty decent car. The first hundred laps we ran in the top 15 most of the time. We were OK. We were running decent lap times. We're not running this tire at Atlanta, so Atlanta will be back to a normal mile and a half track."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 20th
"The tire was inconsistent in the beginning. Then we got pretty good and couldn't get our lap back. It was the poorest race I've ever been in. It wasn't fun to drive. A lot of guys were out of control. Fortunately we came home in one piece. We found something at the end, but it was too late and that was about all we could do. I wish we could have stayed in the top 10, but that really doesn't matter that much right now. We're just three points out and we've got plenty of racing left. The car has been competitive off the truck this season, and we're going to Atlanta knowing it'll be that way again there."
-credit: dodge motorsports