Atlanta II: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 McDonald's/Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger) "We were out there battling. We had a great Dodge Charger. I thought we were going to be sitting good. The track was coming to us. Everything was working for the No. 9, I mean everything...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 McDonald's/Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger)

"We were out there battling. We had a great Dodge Charger. I thought we were going to be sitting good. The track was coming to us. Everything was working for the No. 9, I mean everything was. My spotter told me outside, outside, and I ran into him. I thought I had cleared him for some reason, but I totally knew he was there. I just thought I had cleared it. I don't know, just a brain fade. We lost a lot of points. We lost a great finish, maybe even a win for us today. These are the races you've got to step up and perform under pressure and do everything you need to do, and we didn't do that today. I think we were doing a great job for the first 250 laps. Then a bad deal happened, and I'll take total blame for it. It was all my fault. We went from running bad early to fourth. We were going forward. It was all about the racetrack and the car. It was there.

"I'm perfectly fine with him (David Stremme). I don't know what he's talking about. David came down and asked what happened, and I told him what happened. I told him it was all my fault. I ran him over. It was completely my fault and then he went on to tell me I'd screwed up, that I'd run him over. I just told him I'd run him over, so I don't know what he was talking about. He confused me. I took blame for the whole wreck. It cost my team a lot of points. I screwed up. I think we had a chance to win the race. We had a really, really good McDonald's Dodge Charger. That's the breaks of racing.

"I had passed him (Stremme) off turn four. He was out beside me. I was going down the front straightaway and my spotter said outside. I was looking ahead. I was looking at the cars I was racing with and by the time I got to the corner I had decided to go high. I thought that I had cleared him even though I knew he was there. I don't know what went thought my head. It was just an error.

"You just know that race is over and we had a shot at winning. That's all I wanted to do. I was just upset and frustrated with myself. There's no one you can blame. You just have to take it yourself. It's going to be tough to win it now unless everybody dropped out the last three races, which can happen. I guess we're still in it, but who knows?"


DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)

"I don't know what he (Kasey Kahne) was doing, but we both ended up in the wall. I couldn't do nothing. I understand he was faster, and I moved up on the top side to let him by, but it was pretty blatant what happened."

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cascadian Farms/Cheerios Dodge Charger)

"We got a piece of tear off on the windshield and the water went to 260. We pitted and we put tires on and went back out. The water temperature didn't come back down fast enough. I was afraid we spit out too much water, but the guys did a good job getting water through it. I took off again and we were three laps down. We got a couple of the laps back, but we just survived. A lot of guys had problems at the end, but we've had problems, too. Finishing 12th was good, but we had a car that was going to be in the top 10 anyway. I felt good that we had a fast car. We went from 20th to eighth before the first caution so that was exciting. This was much better than the car we had here for the first race. The other one just looked like it for a little bit."

ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE LAST THREE RACES? "Oh yeah." YOU GONNA WIN ONE? "Yep." WHICH ONE? "Texas is next and it would be great to win there, so we'll try to win that one."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"Wewere just too loose at the start, and we got caught a lap down. But when nighttime came the car tightened up. The adjustments we made kept it from getting too tight. We had a car that could run in the top 10, but we had to short pit for a vibration and the caution came out the next lap. Once you are more than one lap down there isn't much you can do."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"We got real, real loose, made adjustments on it and didn't get the handle on it until the end. The sun went down and the track tightened up. We had a 10th-place car at the end, but we just got too far behind early."


BILLY WILBURN (Crew Chief No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger)

"We ran better after the sun went down. We were out of the ball game early, but we made some adjustments after the 200-lap mark and we got better. We're making a lot of progress. This is my seventh race with the team, and Kyle is making a lot of progress and we're making a lot of progress with the cars. If we can run as well at Texas as we tested at Homestead we'll be OK. We're making gains and obviously the 43 is moving forward. Bobby's got four top 10s in the last six races and hasn't been worse than 17th in those races. That's really good. We'll get through these last three races and see if we can start 2007 even stronger."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , David Stremme