Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger, finished 9th) HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE A TOP 10 FINISH? "It feels pretty good. It's only our second one of the year. The guys did a really good job. We qualified in the top five and had...
Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger, finished 9th)
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE A TOP 10 FINISH? "It feels pretty good. It's only our second one of the year. The guys did a really good job. We qualified in the top five and had a pretty good first practice. The second practice we weren't as good and Doug made some good calls in the race. The car gave up a little bit throughout the day but definitely not like it did here the first race. We made some head-way on that and had a really smooth weekend."
HOW IS IT WORKING WITH DOUG? "It worked really well. I think he works really well with the guys and I've known Doug for a long time. I've never worked with him before. I think he has a great demeanor about him. I think that is just what the doctor ordered."
Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger, finished 16th)
"I would like to congratulate Kurt, but we gave one away. The guys didn't do well on pit road. I had some sharp things come off and couldn't hold a rivet in the race car. It was disappointing but we'll do better next time."
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger, finished 26th)
ON THE OPENING LAP SPIN "Yea we were lucky there. They just came down and hit us. We spun. Luckily we didn't hit anything. Then we came back. We had a strong car. Then on one of the long runs we came in and changed tires. The balance went and we lost over half a second a lap."
Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, finished 31st)
"Same story different weekend. We struggle when rubber gets on the track and in traffic. It's no fun. That's just the way it is.
"I'm looking forward to Bristol the COT stuff has been better for us. And Bristol has been a lot better with the COT than some of the other places .So I'm looking forward to that and hopefully our first good finish of the year."
Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, finished 32nd)
"I just couldn't do anything with the car. It was loose entering the corner and everything we tried just didn't help the situation. On one occasion, I though I had a flat tire, but after changing all four the crew found that wasn't the case. It's frustrating. We didn't practice that bad and we had a good qualifying effort. We just didn't' get the car hooked up with the track. That's a problem here. If you don't have your racecar hooked up in the corners, you have no momentum off the corners. Bristol is next. We had a great car there earlier this year, the first for the COT."
Scott Riggs (No. 10 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Dodge Charger, finished 36th)
"We had great pit stops all day and at the end of the race the car was handling the best it has all weekend. But this was not the finish we were looking for. We struggled to find the right balance with the car. It would react to adjustments but was always loose somewhere in the turns. I will be happy to get to Bristol next week, and get another shot at a top finish."
John Andretti (No. 49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Charger, finished 37th)
"We started off, the car was good. Then all of a sudden on the second run it was loose, loose, loose. There was nothing we could do. We made some changes but weren't catching up on it. It is unfortunate because I thought that we had a pretty good car. In the race it was good then was just couldn't get caught back up.
"In reality something happened. We had to get shocks off. It was a balance issue. It started off just fine and then we could never get in back. I think we accomplished a lot this weekend and we'll continue to do that throughout the rest of the year."
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