Homestead: Dodge race quotes

JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) "It was a good day for us. We've been struggling lately, so to come home with a top-five is nice. Thanks to help of these Ultra Bad Boys, we've had a pretty good year even though we didn't win a...

JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram)

"It was a good day for us. We've been struggling lately, so to come home with a top-five is nice. Thanks to help of these Ultra Bad Boys, we've had a pretty good year even though we didn't win a race. Our Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram was competitive today. It's just disappointing that we had problems with some lap traffic in the end. We were racing hard, but that's just the way it goes. That's racing."

"Well we ended up with a top-five run for us, which we're always happy to get. I owe a lot of thanks to all of the guys. They did a good job. Tim Kohuth made a good call at the end, so we stayed out there when that yellow came out. That put us on top of about five trucks on the lead lap. It's been a good year for us. We haven't won a race yet, but we've finished in second place six times, got eight poles and had a chance to win a lot of races. It could've been a lot worse. I've got to thank Team ASE, CARQUEST, Dodge, Arrington Engines and everybody at the shop.

"When Rick Crawford pitted ahead of everybody he probably wasn't getting quite as good gas mileage as we were. If you take a chance you can pit early when your truck's handling bad and come out on fresh tires and make a lot of time up to everybody that's still running on old tires. It's just a gamble, and then the caution came out and he lost. We took two tires on that last stop, and that got us second to behind Ron Hornaday. It would've been nice to race him, but we just didn't get a chance there. Crawford held us back pretty bad."

"As it was getting towards the end of the race you're doing whatever it takes to win. It's just hard racing. The No. 14, when you get down there towards the end of the race, the truck should give the leaders respect and let them go on and win the race. I'd do the same thing for him. I'm just really disappointed that we didn't get a chance to race for the win. We basically lost because of a lapped car."

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 18 Square D/Dickies Racing Dodge Ram)

"I'll tell you what, we had a nice little Dodge under us today. I've got to thank Dickies, Bobby Hamilton and all of the guys over in Tennessee for a run like this. We had a little mess up there in qualifying. We got caught up on something, but it really didn't matter there. The rules are the same for everybody. I just wish we would've had another caution or something, so we could've caught up a little bit sooner. But heck, we'll take it."

BILL LESTER (No. 8 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram)

"Well, we weren't able to meet one of our goals in bringing home a top-10 finish this year. It hurts me, but what can I say? I do the best that I can with what I have. I'm just hopeful that we'll be able to work on this platform next year, so we can use the experience that we got this year and build upon it. I'm optimistic for the future."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 NAPA/Orleans Dodge Ram)

"This was my first time to Homestead. I gave up one spot to Matt Crafton late in the race. He got to watch me take Mr. Toad's Wild ride. This is a fun place. You can flirt with the outside, but you get in the rubber. I talked to Jimmie Johnson before the race and he said, 'Don't flirt with the outside. There isn't any banking, the rubber just sits there and it'll take three laps to clear it off your tires.' But sure as hell, I kept trying to flirt with it. We almost got a top-10 today. We wanted to end in a really good way for NAPA. We'll take 11th I guess. We're 11th in points. Maybe that's just what place team we are. But I can promise you next year that we're a better team than that. Dodge is coming with a lot more support for us next year. We're going to find us a primary sponsor, get more money than we had this year and come out ready to win a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship in 2003.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jimmie Johnson , Rick Crawford , Matt Crafton