DONNIE WINGO, (Crew Chief, No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Gum Dodge Charger) Finished 13th HOW HARD WAS IT TO GET A TOP-15 TODAY? "We started where we started back there (started 29th) and we finally got some track position, but the car was pretty...
DONNIE WINGO, (Crew Chief, No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Gum Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
HOW HARD WAS IT TO GET A TOP-15 TODAY? "We started where we started back there (started 29th) and we finally got some track position, but the car was pretty much off all day. We never got the forward bite that we needed. In the longer runs it would really kill us, so there at the end it would go pretty good to start with - we just couldn't do what we needed to at the end."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 McDonalds Dodge Charger) Finished 15th
HOW DOES YOUR BACK FEEL AFTER 500 LAPS "I feel pretty good. I appreciate Dennis Setzer working with us the last two days giving me a little break on Friday and Saturday and that made a big difference today. My doctor (Dr. Mike Anderson) came up this weekend from home - that's pretty special for him to come in here and get me all straightened this morning and loosened up like I needed to. I took a few Tylenol and I felt great during the race. I'm a little sore. I'll definitely be feeling this in the morning. My back did not get any worse during the race; it stayed at the same level of soreness the whole time."
HOW DID THE RACE CAR WORK FOR YOU TODAY? "The car was pretty good; just a little tight on some runs. We couldn't get the tightness out of the car. But, we'll take a 15th place here at Martinsville where bad things can happen. We had a couple of close calls today, and making contact with anything out there today wasn't something I wanted, at all."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 17th
HOW WAS YOUR DAY TODAY? "We just didn't have a good race car all day. The first 150 laps we were just trying to fight for track position and stay inside the top-10. Our Budweiser Dodge Charger was OK on the short runs, but once the racing started to spread out, we just could never find the combination to make our car work right. It's disappointing because we qualified well on Friday and had some nice momentum coming into today from Bristol."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 19th
HOW TOUGH OF A BATTLE WAS IT FOR YOU TODAY? "We just missed it today -- plain and simple. I had my hands full all day with the Alltel Dodge. Looking at the day, it could have been a lot worse and we did recover to get a top-20 finish, but I know we are a lot better than that."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Kennametal Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd
YOU MUST BE HAPPY WITH A 22ND PLACE FINISH? "I think all the fenders are on it just none of them are the shape they were at the start of the race. We finished 22nd and it was a great job today by everybody on the Kennametal team. The boys did a good job with the car and called a great race, great pit stops. I just stayed out of trouble and got as quick as I could and that was it. We'll keep working at it."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Finished 25th
DID THE ON-TRACK CONTACT CHANGE THE OUTLOOK OF YOUR DAY? "We were OK until we got turned around there (lap 52). The splitter was dragging, so we had to work on it. It doesn't take much to get behind. We fought back and did all we could under those conditions."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 28th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE RACING AT MARTINSVILLE? "We got a lot of experience today. It was unfortunate that the car wasn't any better. We struggled to stay on the lead lap at first and then we were doing a pretty good job of staying one lap down when we were there. We were able to start moving around some guys and we made a bad call as far as a change that we wanted to make and ended up getting hit and spun and then got two laps down and then everybody that was a lap down basically got their lap back then. It was a tough day for us for sure but I'm real proud of all the guys in the Mobil 1 Dodge. They don't ever give up. We're just going to keep working at it and try to do the best we can."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No, 10 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Finished 29th
YOU RAN WELL DURING THE MIDDLE STAGES OF THE RACE. "I'm really happy. I mean, it's a learning process. It's something to do one lap but to learn to run with these guys for the race, that's the problem. At first I was running not too bad and then I started getting spin out and I was lucky I didn't hit the wall and spun me twice and we kept going. I was 'Man, when is this going to stop [laughs]?' It seemed like it was getting from bad to worse and I was in everybody's way until I understood at the end that I needed to roll the center a lot faster than what I was doing. I was kind of like driving it like qualifying which is very different than what it needs to be. At the same time, when you drive it like that, the setup is very different so I'm learning to understand. That's what it is, you know, all those three races you miss you get behind. You don't learn that stuff. You stay home, you watch and you don't learn nothing. So making the race this weekend was an amazing thing, especially for a short track."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Finished 40th
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD A PRETTY CONSISTENT RACE CAR? "At 300 laps, we were sitting there 15th. It must have been a locker that broke, not the rear gear. I don't know why. It's the first time I've ever broke one of those. Obviously, we're going to have to research it. Who knows how many races it had on it before we got to use it? That's one of the things we have to start addressing. This is one of the unfortunate things when you use outside services. You let them control your destiny a little bit. The car was plenty fast. We should not have finished 40th. An easy top 20 cars; maybe even between 10 and 15. That's the disappointing part. We had a pretty good car."
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