Charlotte II: Dodge teams race quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COULD YOU TELL WHAT HAPPENED? "It seemed like something let go in the drive train. We were running pretty good but we weren't running great. We could have had a very competitive race car.

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

COULD YOU TELL WHAT HAPPENED? "It seemed like something let go in the drive train. We were running pretty good but we weren't running great. We could have had a very competitive race car. It's a shame. We'll just have to keep digging. "

YOU WERE HAVING HANDLING PROBLEMS EARLIER. WAS THE CAR GETTING BETTER? "We struggled with a too-tight car but it was getting better. The guys made a great call and they got us up front. You've got to take chances like that. I think things were going to work out for us. We had a lot of laps left. We'll just keep digging and go on to Martinsville. "


JOSH BROWNE ( Team Director, No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"Engine issues are a pretty rare thing for Evernham Motorsports. The car was running pretty well and seemed to be better through the night, we thought the track was going to come to us and that we'd be in great shape."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSED THE WRECK? "To be honest with you I don't know. As soon as they started [wrecking] I went with them. I don't know what happened. Somebody wrecked back there and we just wrecked with them."

WHAT HAPPENED WITH DALE JARRETT? "Honestly I don't know. I know I was trying to pass him, I went underneath him. Whether I came up on him or he came down on me I'm not sure. But if I came up on him im definitely going to apologize to him. I've raced with him all year and never had any kind of problem with him. So I'll just talk to him and hopefully it will be alright. "


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Bugles Dodge Charger) Started 21st, Finished 5th

HOW WAS YOUR CAR TONIGHT? "We had a good car -- I knew early on. But we fought a little bit loose, a little bit tight, trying to get track position. I don't that we ever had it, really, until we got a lap back with that caution and got back up there. We had a couple of good breaks. Everybody in the pits tonight did a good job. So it wasn't bad, we missed a couple of wrecks, so we were lucky and pretty good. Our Cheerios Dodge, we can't thank everybody enough. We're excited to have Bugles on this week. We've got three top 10s in the past four races so that's not bad."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE CAUTION FOR DEBRIS THAT GOT YOU BACK ON THE LEAD LAP? "That caution for debris was really important. We'd had actually gotten two tires when that caution came out and we weren't quite full of fuel so we needed a caution. That pretty well saved us because we weren't quite full on gas and would have been a few laps short. That was a good break for us. Our Cheerios Dodge was pretty decent all night. We had a couple of lucky breaks, we missed a couple of spins in front of us. Actually we got damage on the first lap of the race so to come back and finish fifth was great. We had a pretty good car and we got lucky, too."


CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Started 3rd, Finished 12th

"It was a decent finish. But we should have been better. We had a car that was capable of a top-five finish. We came on pit road and the caution came out and put half the field or more a lap down and then we just stayed there. We should have been fifth or fourth, somewhere around there. It's frustrating because that's the way the rules are but really we didn't do anything wrong. You just come down pit road to pit and then somebody else wrecks, the caution comes out and all the sudden we're a lap down and we didn't do anything wrong. That's frustrating because we had a car that could have been in the top-five and we ended up running 12th because of that caution. "


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) Started on Pole, Finished 17th

"We had a strong Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge early on in the race and led a few times. But our setup was just temperamental and we went the wrong way on adjustments midway through the race. The caution flags falling when they did didn't help us or anybody else either. We wanted to have a better run than this but there were a lot of positives to the weekend. We won the pole, we were fast and we led laps like we expected to. So, we'll try to carry that momentum on to next week."


RODNEY CHILDERS (Team Director, No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)

"We had a good car all weekend. We didn't have to make many changes to it early on. We ran basically the same setup we ran last time we were here. It was the type of setup we've had a lot of trouble with at other tracks this year but we didn't have trouble with it in the spring here. So going into it we were wondering if we were going to have trouble with it or not. That was the chance we took. The car was really fast so we didn't want to change anything. As it cooled off the track got faster and the car got away from us. We didn't have any way to adjust it back out of it. We still probably had a top-10 car under us had we not got caught a lap down as a result of the way the cautions fell."

BUT DOES THE RUN GIVE YOU GUYS ANY ENCOURAGEMENT AT ALL GOING INTO SOME OF THE REST OF THE 1.5 MILE TRACKS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? "Yeah. We feel pretty confident in all the big tracks coming up. We've been pretty good at all of them. We're going to take this same car back and do a little work on it and try and get it a little better than what it is now and try to go to Atlanta and Texas and get one there. "

YOU GUYS WERE FAST ALL WEEKEND, QUALIFIED ON THE POLE AND LED TONIGHT. IT WASN'T THE FINISH YOU WERE HOPPING FOR, BUT CAN YOU BRING ANY MOMENTUM FROM THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEKEND WITH YOU FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON ? "There's a little momentum going. The biggest thing is just keeping everybody's spirits up and our attitudes good. We've got really good cars sitting in the shop to take with us to all the rest of these places. I feel really confident about that. We've just got to do the right things at the right times. We've tried to pressure ourselves into winning a race before and that's not going to happen. You've got to wait for it to come to you. It didn't happen today. Hopefully it will come soon."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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