Pocono: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) 1st "It was a great afternoon. The Budweiser Dodge ran so well. There was nothing close when we were out front. I was hoping it would be that way; we had such a good car all weekend from the time ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) 1st

"It was a great afternoon. The Budweiser Dodge ran so well. There was nothing close when we were out front. I was hoping it would be that way; we had such a good car all weekend from the time practice started to qualifying first and then winning. Kenny (Francis, team director) does a great job, better than anybody I've ever worked with. It's great to work with Kenny and Chad (Johnston, team engineer). Gillett Evernham Motorsports guys do a great job. Our pit stops were awesome all day. Everybody has stepped up and I feel like I have also."

***

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) 8th

"We were struggling early with a real loose racecar and at the end we were very, very tight. I just don't know what we're missing. (Kasey) Kahne looked like he was struggling a few weeks back, but now he's winning races. So maybe it's just right around the corner for us."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW YOU FOUGHT YOUR WAY BACK INTO THE TOP-10 AFTER YOUR EARLY SPIN? "It worked out perfect with those yellows (caution flags) during the mid-portion of the race. We were able to do fuel only one time. We were able to do two tires the next and probably leap-frog15 guys. Maybe the Miller Lite Dodge didn't finish eighth with speed, but we did it with pit strategy. It's been a long year without a top-10, so maybe it's time."

***

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) 11th

"Oh man, it was a little difficult. I can't say enough about our Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge. The crew did a great job all-race long. We didn't unload that good and we definitely have a fast racecar (in the race). We could run about 15 laps into the run with the leaders, but then we would level off. We used some great pit strategy late in the race and took a fuel load and ran it out to the end. That put us on older tires compared to some guys who were running on a fresh set (of tires). I got into the wall with about three laps to go running seventh there at the end. I can't be any more proud of my team. Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) did a great job giving us some track position. It was a long, hot day and we battled and brought home an 11th place finish. It wasn't a 10th spot, but it was better then where we started."

***

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) 34th

"This was just a frustrating way to end a fairly good race for this Stanley Tools Dodge team. We were good in practice and could have done better on the qualifying run. We were able to lead some laps and run in the top-10 and top-15 for quite awhile during the race. Our pit strategy worked for us for most of the race, but those late cautions didn't help us one bit. At the end, I don't know if I had a tire going down or something happened to the car. But I just couldn't get it to go through the turns and stay in the track like it did earlier. Good job by Kasey and the whole nine team. That's a good win for them and all of Gillett Evernham."

***

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) 38th

"(Clint) Bowyer, I think, spun and I had no where to go. When I saw (Bowyer) spinning, the 29 moved and the next thing I had the guy in front of me and T-boned the car and that was it for us. We had a pretty good racecar. It was so hard to pass. If you got in traffic, it was near impossible (to pass). I want to thank everybody at Texaco/Havoline Dodge and Chip Ganassi. We've been working hard the last few races to make things better. We still have to learn a little bit to make things better with which way to go with the changes we make--a couple of really good ones and a couple of really bad ones. If you start falling behind a little bit (in the race), it's pretty hard (to make up ground)."

DID YOU SEE THE FIRE ON THE BACK OF THE CAR? "They said it (the car) was on fire. I looked and saw smoke and said it's not a big deal. It kept rolling pretty easy and I said, 'You've got to get out'. So I just jumped out as fast as I could out of there."

***

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Target Dodge Charger) 41st

"Our pit crew did a great job on pit road. I don't think that we were really that quick. The balance of the car was good, but we're too slow on the straightaways. I think the strategy of the guys on the Target crew took was really good. We kept taking two tires and keeping ourselves up there and that seemed to be working. It wasn't a bad day, but when we got together with the Yates car and then the Hornish (on-track incident) deal.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE HORNISH JR. INCIDENT? "I went in there pretty deep compared to everyone else I was racing with and braking about the same point all day and I got into the apex and (Hornish Jr.) drilled us. He must have been doing 50 miles per hour more. Maybe his brakes failed or his brain failed, I don't know. A really bad day for the Target guys. They didn't deserve this."

***

SAM HORNISH JR., (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) 42nd

"A pretty bad day for us for sure. We got involved in a couple of altercations early and (this last incident) was my fault. I just got in the corner and couldn't keep the backend underneath me and got up in the 40 car. Not a very good weekend for us for sure."

-credit: dodge motorsports

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi