KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Yes, we had an excellent chance at winning, that's what you always shoot for. Coming down to the end to have four of us battling it out on the track, that's exciting and fun. I love the pressure being...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
Yes, we had an excellent chance at winning, that's what you always shoot for. Coming down to the end to have four of us battling it out on the track, that's exciting and fun. I love the pressure being in my hands to get the job done. But, it's just like you push a mute button on me after that, I don't know what to say towards the end."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PITS? "Well we had pit stops where we would come in first second or third and go out 12th. We did that twice today. And then the last stop everybody took two tires and we took four, so it was none of their fault. We just had one time on pit road where we gained spots. It's just tough. I'm scared to come down pit road because our crew isn't quite hitting on all eight cylinders or that we just didn't make the right decisions on pit calls."
CAN YOU COMMENT ON THE NEXT TO THE LAST RESTART? "Denny [Hamlin] had us real slow. Nobody's got any grip with the rear tires and it was just a junkyard derby after that."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"I'm happy. It was fun to drive a car like that again. We were one of the top three of four cars all day long. I had a blast. You could drive it sideways if you wanted. It was so fast. It was something that we haven't had all year. It was nice to be on a track like this, like we did last year, and like this team can run.
"We didn't need that last caution. I think we could of got a couple more spots. But we still finished ninth which is good. A few guys got lucky taking two tires and got good runs out of it. We still had a top 10 and we were definitely a top 10 car all day."
KENNY FRANCIS (team director, No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We ran pretty good all day. The car was pretty good. At times it was the best car out there. Then other times it would get a little too tight. On one stop we got something messed up and got too loose. Then we over adjusted and got it too tight. We were getting it back together. There at the end all those cars took two tires. We figured we would go with four and see what happened. I was surprised that many cars took two [tires], I figured a few of them would. We just really never had a chance to go there on the last restart and see what we had.
ON THE LAST CAUTION "We had a right front getting down to the cord. We were close on fuel like everyone else. Everyone wanted to see a caution. But everyone needed it 10 laps sooner. We were lucky to not run out of gas and not have a bad tire."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger)
"Yeah, that was a really good day for our guys. Billy [Wilburn] and the guys on this Marathon Dodge team just put together a great effort. Our pit stops were good, and the car was just good all day. We didn't play too much with it since the beginning. We kept up with the track and I think we just avoided everything at the end. You know, we led a lap and finished in the top 15. That's big for Petty Enterprises and all our sponsors with Marathon, Wells Fargo, Tire Kingdom because we put some distance on ourselves and the 35th spot. We're closing in on some other guys too. It was a good day for all of us."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We had a good car today. We lost track position early in the race and had to work hard the rest of the race to rebound. There's no two-tire strategy at Atlanta. If you make a pit stop, you want four tires. When the caution came out with eight laps to go, there was no question we were taking four tires. Some teams gambled with two. When we had another caution on the restart, that played into the hands of those that took two tires. Otherwise, I think they would have been passed by those with four fresh tires. We finished 14th, worked together as a team and made good adjustments as the race went along. We definitely had a top 15 car and with a break here or there, it could have been a top-10 finish. The good part, we stayed out of a major mishap and was running competitively at the end. We're looking forward to racing our Dodge Charger a couple more times this year before we move on to the car of tomorrow for all races next year."
Scott Riggs (No. 10 Sears Auto Center/Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"We were pretty loose at the start and we fell a lap down early on. Rodney [Childers] made some good changes and we got our lap back, then made it up to the top 20. But I had to short pit when a vibration developed. Just our luck the caution came out the next lap and locked us two down. There is not much we could do at that point, we had a lot better car than when we finished. If we hadn't pitted we would have brought out the caution ourselves."
Juan montoya (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"Hey, we had a good car and I think that is very important. Reed [Sorenson] finished third and that's great for the team. I think we probably had a car to win the race. The beginning of the race we we're coming towards the top 10 easily. Blew up a tire and killed the car, they kinda fixed it and blew up another tire and damaged the suspension. Came in and fixed the whole car and brought it around and brought it to the end. It's a little frustrating, but your know in a way you always hope the guys around you in the points around don't have a good day when you don't and they all didn't, so it's probably the good thing. The only car I think that ran really well was the 9."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE TWO TIRES IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE RACE? "Ask him he's the tire man (pointing to a crew man). I know the first one just blew. It came out of the corner, if I would [have blown the tire a] hundred yards earlier I would have killed the car."
Ryan Newman (No. 12 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) COMMENTS ON ENGINE FAILURE
"We had a good car; just a good car. It was a top ten car. I don't know if it was a winning car. The Mobil 1 Dodge was competitive at times. We got too loose at the end and dropped a cylinder, then dropped the rest of that cylinder and then she blew up. It was unfortunate. We're struggling with these engines, [the] engine company has been letting us down a few times but we'll keep with it and keep going."
HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO TEXAS? "Texas, I am looking forward to it yes, if we go 500 miles."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light/St. Jude Dodge Charger)
AFTER ACCIDENT "Real disappointing. We had a pretty decent car and we got a pit road penalty early and got stuck in the back. We had been fighting a real loose race car all day and we spun out and rebounded from that. We were moving up and the right rear let go going into turn one. There's not much I can do there, it was just holding on. We tore up the St. Jude/Coors Light car pretty good. Just a shame. I thought we definitely had a top 15 maybe a top 10 car. The guys will work hard to try and get it back out."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
AFTER CONTACT WITH THE WALL IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR "We just went down into the corner and something let go. I'm not sure what it was. We haven't put the finger on it yet; until we investigate a little bit more but obviously something broke or something went away and it just went straight up into the wall. I tried to get off the brake to get it to turn but it was just going too fast. Just a little bad luck caught us today; you know we're running really good and we've had this for awhile and we'll break out of it next week."
ANY CONCERN WHEN YOU SEE ANOTHER DRIVER HAVE TWO TIRE ISSUES EARLY IN THE RACE? "No, he [Montoya] might have had more camber, more dynamic camber, different spindles or something like that, you don't know. I don't know anyway. Somebody knows. Not really. We felt pretty good about it. I think something broke on ours. Something broke something or run over something."
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