KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 2nd straight runner-up finish at Pocono; gained one spot to 13th in the standings, 166 points out of 10th with six races remaining to qualify for The Chase. Gained 40 points on 10th place. "It...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 2nd straight runner-up finish at Pocono; gained one spot to 13th in the standings, 166 points out of 10th with six races remaining to qualify for The Chase. Gained 40 points on 10th place.
"It was a good effort from our team. I was just told from our PR director that we didn't have a pit stop that was out of the 13-second bracket. That was phenomenal to have that consistency in the pits and to be able to gain a spot when we didn't quite pick the right strategy each time we came in. It was a nice, balanced effort. We really had to go off our setups from last time, and that really made it a Denny Hamlin charity race. We tried some things in our setup that were dramatically different from the first time we were here seven weeks ago from what we noticed in qualifying because of this left-side tire. The left-side tires made the cars tighter and we had to adjust for it. We kept trying to make the car better to catch that Fed Ex car but couldn't quite get it. We made a mistake one time with our adjustments, but we were able to fight back. We were able to stay out and lead a few laps at the end before we came in and got those two tires so we could get those very important five points. The guy sitting next to me (Jeff Gordon) is working real hard. He's moving up and we're trying to move up as well. Everybody around us is running well, and there's only room for 10 of us. It was a good day for us. We'll take it and move into the off weekend with a great celebration around the wedding. All of our great sponsors are chipping in. Miller is happy to come on down to the wedding and Penske Truck Rental and all of our great people at Kodak. Some great times are up ahead."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- 8th
"I spun out there on pit road and it got us back, but that kinda played in our favor. We were a little further back and those guys came in and got two tires and gas. We decided not to and then the caution came out and we came back around and we had good fortune by that. We came in and put tires on it and it was better. I had to be real careful, too, because I didn't want to mess it up. On that pit road deal, the 24 was sitting there and he was fixing to take off. I tried to charge it real fast to get in there, and I had a lot of rear brake in it. We'll take the other car to Indy. This one was OK, but our other one is better."
KENNY FRANCIS (Team Director No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 31st, Kasey Kahne dropped to 7th in standings, 53 points ahead of 11th place, 48 points behind 5th
"We struggled a lot during the day, but there at the end we got it going pretty good. He was moving back up. He got up to 13th (from 20th on final restart) and was really coming strong. Something in the engine with about 10 to go let go, no warning at all. All of a sudden he showed up there on pit road and we barely made the finish. We'll just have to regroup. I think we've got a good car for Indy. We'll have to go win it."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1/Alltel Dodge Charger)
"We kept trying, but we never got the car balanced today. The team kept trying and no one gave up, but we never hit on it."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley/Valvoline Dodge Charger)
"We were tight center for most of the race so Rodney (team director Childers) kept adjusting on it and by the second half we were pretty good. Just before halfway, I made contact with a tire on pit road, and we had to make an unscheduled stop after that, which put us at the rear of the field. I think we made the right call on the last stop to take two tires. We were better on two tires, but for some reason during those final 15 laps the car was way tight."