JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Finished 6th "It was a good racecar. It wasn't as fast as we need to be, but overall it was pretty good. You know it was one of those deals where we were hoping for a little bit more. The...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Finished 6th
"It was a good racecar. It wasn't as fast as we need to be, but overall it was pretty good. You know it was one of those deals where we were hoping for a little bit more. The team did a great job on the pit stops and we were competitive, we just got tangled up with the No. 21 and it cost us a few spots."
BRIAN PATTIE (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"Our day was pretty uneventful except for one lap with the No. 21 car. The guys did an excellent job on pit stops, engineering and gas mileage. Everyone in the motor shop did an excellent job too. My engineer had the gas figured out to the hundredth and it was perfect, so we had no issues. It was just frustrating because we were running at the front and ended up finishing sixth, so that kind of sucks."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 7th
"Our strategy was off. We had to pass way more cars than we should have to get back up there. We had some racing luck too with a couple guys spinning out to help put us back up there, but the Alltel Dodge got a top-10 finish. We finished seventh, but we need to be better than that. (Our car) was better than a seventh in the race, so finishing seventh is not satisfactory."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 19th
"I can't say enough about this Stanley Tools Dodge this weekend. We qualified well, ran in the top-10 and top-15 all day and were looking for a real good finish there at the end. Just after the second last caution I thought I felt the right rear (tire) going down. We were okay on the restart then that big wreck happened and we sat under the red flag. That allowed the tire to lose more air and you saw what happened there on the last lap as we went from fourth to finishing 19th. I hate the finish we ended up with, I really do. But the good part is we know we can run good at road courses and we'll go get 'em at Watkins Glen."
RODNEY CHILDERS (Crew Chief, No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger)
"The red flag came out there and we had a right rear (tire) going down -- it was basically flat. There were about 35 cars on the lead lap, so there wasn't much point in pitting. If we would have pitted we would have finished 35th, so we just tried to ride it out and get the best finish that we could. The guys did an awesome job all weekend and we definitely had a top five or top-10 car. We just need a little luck."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd
"I could see that Kasey (Kahne) had the same car I did, similar, and I would see his front wheel. I said 'Oh he's going to flip that thing' and then it would come back down. And that was on the straightaway. We need to do some work with that. Elliott seemed to have a good package. I don't know what happened to him at the end but it seemed to be pretty good. We'll see what he's got and start with some of that. Absolutely no power down and can't put the power down and when the car moves it's even worse. At one point we lowered the track bar and it helped it, but the car moves so much. We've got to fix that. That's what we've got to fix, that's what we're lacking. The braking was amazing, going into the corners but I can't get out so we need to fix that."
ROAD RACING, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, IS NOT EASY. "It's not easy. Where were the road course guys? I didn't see one of them up front, I'll tell you that. It's not true anymore. It's something that used to be true 10-15 years ago but it's not like it used to be. They're all racers and they can drive anything, basically. They can drive road courses, ovals, whatever it is. Take Kyle Busch and put him in a good F1 car and he's going to up to the front, I'll tell you that. A good racer is a good racer and you've got to have a good car. We couldn't put the power down and nothing we can do about it. Everybody is driving pretty hard. You can see some of the guys that have decent cars sometime the lines they use are a little shaky, it's like 'He's lucky he's got a good car.' But they're all pretty good. You've got to have good equipment to do it.
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR DAY HERE? "Yeah, I'm very happy. Two top-25s is pretty good. We should have got a top-15 at the other one but two top-25s is good for us. We're just starting to get back a little bit. We've been horrible on road course testing so I was hoping we could salvage something here and when we switched yesterday that helped a lot. We'll go back testing and keep improving and we've got something in the book to go from."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 31st
"Pretty awful day for us. We kept it on track all day until it counted there at the end. Just old tires and way too loose and that's what we fought all day long. I couldn't get the car to get off the corners. It's unfortunate but the guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge worked really hard this weekend. We didn't get where we needed it to be but we'll keep working."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd
"We just have to get better at the bumpstop stuff. Our Miller Lite Dodge started off pretty decent, but after a few laps, it got mushy and we lost all front tire grip. We tried adjusting air pressures and that made it worse. The day really went bad when we were back there battling with the No. 41 (Scott Pruett) and No. 01 (Ron Fellows). We got the sheet metal bent in against the tire and I had to pit under green when we were not anywhere near our pit window. I don't know what to say. It's just typical of how this year is going--.the same story but a different day."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 33rd
"It just wasn't our day. The car was extremely loose. I was pretty much spinning my tires everywhere on the track. It's just unfortunate given the fact that we started on the pole. I really can't explain what happened today."
SCOTT PRUETT (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Finished 38th
"It was a great opportunity to come here to Infineon and race, unfortunately things didn't go as well as we would have liked. We were having a solid run that would have helped gain some points, but at the end of the day we got hit pretty hard from behind by the No. 20 and it really ruined our day. It's unfortunate and disappointing. The Target Dodge was pretty solid all day, but sometimes things happen on the track and you don't always get the finish that you deserve."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Finished 39th
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU CAR AT THE END? "Something electrical (ended our day) -- I don't know what happened to it.
HOW WAS YOUR CAR HANDLING BEFORE THE ELECTRICAL GAVE OUT? "We were fast. I spun out early, then I was fast and you can only pass so many cars at a time. It was alright."
-credit: dodge motorsports