KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) "We just never really had a hold of it. I crashed the car yesterday in practice, and we missed the last 45 minutes of practice. That really hurt. I think I damaged a few things we couldn't fix. That...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"We just never really had a hold of it. I crashed the car yesterday in practice, and we missed the last 45 minutes of practice. That really hurt. I think I damaged a few things we couldn't fix. That hurt us tonight. We just weren't that good tonight. It's going to be fun all the way through, but we need a couple of top-five finishes now.
"It felt like the longest race (of my life) at times. That long green flag run seemed like it took forever. It was a tough race for sure, especially with an ill-handling racecar. That made it even tougher. We just didn't get a hold of it.
"We're still hopeful. We're going to have some good cars the rest of the year, but I'm disappointed. We lost some good points today. We've got to run good at California and Richmond and hopefully we can come out in the top 10."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We qualified good and raced good. We had a good car, and the guys did a real good job on the car. We had a good weekend. That's two good runs this season at Bristol. Maybe they need to add a couple more races here for us. We're getting back on track. Nobody is giving up. We might not be able to make the top 10, but I hear finished 11th is going to be worthwhile, so if we can't finish 10th, we'll shoot for 11th, learn all we can and get ready for next season. It was a long race, and it was pretty hot out there tonight. I'm ready to go to the house."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
"I thought we had a car capable of winning at the beginning. The 8 car got better and we stayed the same or maybe got a little bit worse. Any time you can survive this, man I'm happy. This is actually one of the tracks where we thought we'd run good. I think 11th is my worst finish ever in a Cup car here. This is where I thought we'd gain some points. A couple of guys had trouble, so I'm pretty happy. We'll be good the next two races.
"We're getting close enough now where those 25 points I lost here last time is going to come into play. Hopefully we can overcome that. We felt like this would be one of our better tracks. Junior just kept getting better and better. We really checked out on that one long run. I really felt like we could adjust on it and make it better, but everything we did to it made it tight or loose. I thought we were about a fifth-place car, so I'm happy with our finish.
"California is going to be the race we need to get through. We struggled there in the spring. We ran in the top five in both Michigan races, and usually that's a good sign for Fontana. If we can just not have any DNFs in the next two, I think we can make the top 10."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"We had that hot rod hooked up, but things didn't work out. It was just a typical Bristol race and things didn't go our way tonight. We've got a lot of racing left this season, and like I've said before, there's no give up in this team."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Engines & Trans. Dodge)
"Nothing really went wrong. I don't know what happened. There were about five, six, seven, eight cars in front of us. It's a Bristol night race man. Somebody checked up and we all hit each other. We actually had a really good Dodge to run up front, run in open air as fast as the leaders and catching people. We had a good Dodge tonight. My guys rebuilt it and I love 'em. Shane (crew chief Wilson) does a great job making calls. They did a great job putting that racecar back together after we crashed in qualifying."