TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) "Kasey Kahne was really good, you know, and I was trying to chase him down but we got a little tight. We just experimented with a setup and we were just a little bit off. But, Ultra Motorsports came back ...
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram)
"Kasey Kahne was really good, you know, and I was trying to chase him down but we got a little tight. We just experimented with a setup and we were just a little bit off. But, Ultra Motorsports came back with the two top Dodges again, so that's pretty good. The Mopar team came on strong at the end of the season. We were just a flat tire away from a championship again.
"The teams vary. We fight for the championship every year and we just kind of had a little bit of bad luck at the end. As long as these guys hang together and build a good foundation for next year, we'll come out strong and try again."
"We were experimenting on a little setup there. We said, 'The heck with it. We're not going to win the championship, so let's try something kind of off the wall.' It was just one adjustment away from winning the race. That was pretty good, though, to see Kasey Kahne up there. I was chasing him down, but I got a little tight behind him so I had to ride so I didn't burn the tires up. It was pretty good run for us. The track condition a little bit and we got tighter and tighter because it got cooler conditions. That kind of threw us a little bit of a curve. We knew it was going to get a little tight, but we didn't know it was going to be this tight. I can't bark on it, and complain about it because everybody did their job really well. Our Mopar Dodge ran pretty awesome, we were happy with it all day. If you look back at the year, we're one of the teams that comes on really strong, and we're one of the best teams here. If we can gather that goal more or less from the start, hopefully we'll be on stage next time.
"I like to see Ultra Motorsports running 1-2, naturally. You've got to do that. It's just getting back on track like we used to be, having good luck. My hat is off to the guys here. You've got to look back at Dover and we were back in 17th in points and 200 some points out of the lead. So, we came out of a great big hole, more or less, a canyon to dig out of and come up for running to the championship. If it wasn't for the darn flat tire at Phoenix, we would've gad it. But, you know how it is. Would-haves, could-haves and all that stuff just doesn't work. We'll just try again next year.
"We're ready for a break, but we're ready for next season too. We've already tested at Talladega for Daytona. I've got my Daytona truck ready. We've got a couple of downforce trucks ready. Yeah, we've got to come out of the box kicking. We're trying to be ahead of the game for once. We've never done that before. So, this year coming up we're going to try and turn things around."
STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) --
"The Orleans Dodge was good at the beginning of the race. I don't know what to say. Obviously, it was a fast truck in the beginning of the race. Even on old tires we were fast. I don't know what to say. I didn't see how the race unfolded. I don't know when people changed tires or stopped for fuel. It is very disappointing to end the season this way. I thought we would win a race before the end of the year. Putting the team together in February is what, I think, kept us from winning. Then we took it apart again in April. Then we tried to put it together again. We spent the whole season trying to put the team together instead of concentrating on races. It wasn't until the last five or 10 races of the year that we were a team capable of consistently running in the top five. That is about as good as we got. I think the Craftsman Truck Series is great. I like the schedule. I like everything about it. The competition is fierce. The races, I think, are some of the best races out there. The races are probably not getting the credit they deserve, but they are slowly getting the credit they deserve. I'm really glad to be a part of the series. I had a good time this year. Dodge worked hard for the championship. I want to congratulate Bobby Hamilton. He flew the Dodge flag up front all year long. Congratulations to him. Dodge had done a wonderful job, not only winning the manufacturer's title but the series championship, too."