RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 6th "That was a great finish for a 15th-place car. The Alltel Dodge wasn't what we expected it to be. We were in the right place at the right time and capitalized late in the race. The guys...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 6th
"That was a great finish for a 15th-place car. The Alltel Dodge wasn't what we expected it to be. We were in the right place at the right time and capitalized late in the race. The guys never gave up. We took two tires late and made a great call on pit road. We made something out of not much.
"I don't think this new (COT) car has been much of a race car. I'm not at all happy with the racing that we have. I don't think the fans are enjoying it. The racing itself is poor. The cars aren't made to be a mobile race car. They're made to be versatile and that's not cool either."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 10th
"We were just decent tonight. We could never get it better. All that we could do is make it worse and get back to where we were. We could never make the car better like we needed to get us better than 10th. Our Budweiser Dodge was okay, but we needed it to be better than that. We ran in the top 10 for 390 laps, but just couldn't catch the guys in front of us."
DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief, No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Finished 12th
"This is kind of what Glove (Tony Glover, team manager) calls 'one of them blue collar days'. When you get back there were we are right now, in the danger zone, you've got to have days like this. We had a pretty good car. You have things happen like we had. The 20 knocked us off the jack there on pit road and that got us behind. We just never could get caught back up. Reed (Sorenson) kept his head in the game all night. We came out with the best we could do."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Speed Racer Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
"We were a lap down at lap 30 or 40. I can't believe we came and finished on the lead lap. We were just too far off at the start of the race. We worked on it and worked on it. Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) and the crew did a great job. It's just unfortunate we started off so bad. If we could start off better, hopefully, we would be better at the end. We never gave up; that's part of it. We gave up so much at the start; we couldn't tune on our car and had to make some guesses on the calls. We have to be better when we unload."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Finished 20th
"It was just a frustrating night for our team. We started eighth and ran pretty decent in the beginning only to have our brakes go away on us. We lost a ton of spots early and just couldn't get where we needed to after making adjustments. Once we took tape off the grill and brake ducts, the car responded and we held our own.
"Towards the end, all kinds of things were happening out there to keep it exciting. I was just trying to avoid all that and bring our Stanley Dodge home in one piece. The crew did a great job on pit road, we just need to get more consistent on the track and earn the good finishes this team is capable of achieving.
"I hate that big wreck took out my so many other cars for us to pick up spots, but we lost a bunch last week (Talladega) the same way. It was typical short track racing where things happen so fast. We'll just get all we can out of the Charlotte test this week and then head for Darlington."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) 23rd
"We didn't have that great of a car. We just pretty much stayed out of trouble. We only had one incident. We got hit by a car that was coming off the wall but it was okay. I'm real happy that we made it to the end. We did everything that we needed to do. The car was pretty good towards the end of the race. We just needed to get it better at the beginning and not go a lap down that early. I'm real proud of all the guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge. Pit stops were pretty good tonight. Every time we stopped we gained something on a couple of people, kind of a heads-up thing back and forth. I was just real happy that we made it to the end in one piece. I don't know what it does for the points but it couldn't have hurt us too bad."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 41st
"Things happen so fast, you don't know where to go. The 10 car was on the inside spinning around and he ricocheted back up into the group of us. I had my front brakes all locked up. I had nowhere to go. We're just not getting our cars to turn. When you're not getting the car to turn, you're running heavy in the pack. You're just not breaking thru into that top five pack where things are a bit calmer. We just struggling to get our car to turn and have been testing our rear ends off trying to come up with something."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 LifeLock Dodge Charger) Finished 43rd
"It was a pinball ride. I mean, down the backstretch I saw the crash happening. I was trying to go to the inside to avoid it, slowing down and I think I got hit from behind, spun around and then hit the inside rail almost accelerated back to corner three and got into the cars and everybody got into me. It was a pretty hard hit. Thanks for the carbon fiber seat that they've got inside the car now. It was not too bad. Knocked the wind out of me, but we're okay. These wrecks happen fast and just trying to avoid it."
"It was too bad. I'm still learning trying to stick with the leaders there was tough and running around made the car better and better and at the end was pretty decent. I was just trying to pass a couple of cars trying to be the Lucky Dog."
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