Chicagoland: Dodge teams race quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft Dodge Charger) -- Finished 12th "We had a good car today, and we had another good points day I think. I thought we were going to get our first top 10 finish here at Chicagoland, but we were just too...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft Dodge Charger) -- Finished 12th

"We had a good car today, and we had another good points day I think. I thought we were going to get our first top 10 finish here at Chicagoland, but we were just too tight all day. We should have taken two tires at the end. That killed us. We took four tires and came out 15th and I knew we were in trouble. I think we could have made it on two tires. Staying out might even have been a good deal. We went for four. Larry (crew chief Carter) and I talked it over and we know we shouldn't have done it. That cost us a lot of positions. We ended up 12th but with a little luck we could have been in the top five and we easily had a top 10 car. We moved up to fourth in the standings, and we've only got eight races left to make The Chase, so we can't let up."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target/Kraft Dodge Charger) -- Finished 9th

"We had a nice solid run, but we're missing a little bit. My car felt this good at Michigan, but we're just not quite good enough to run in the top three. We're missing something, but we'll keep working at it. Maybe we need to work a little more on the downforce thing. The cars are good. We've just got to do our homework and find the downforce. We cooked the motor early. On the first two runs the water was running 245-250 and it hurt the motor right out of the gate. When we finally got the tape off of it and it was running cool enough the motor wasn't wanting to run. We hurt ourselves there a little bit. It's just the little things. We didn't have any tire problems at all. Our car was fairly well balanced all day. We didn't see the temperatures we saw in practice. We were trying to make it to the front on the last run. We passed a couple of guys and then Ricky Rudd got me back. We didn't quite finish where we needed to, but we got Biffle there on the outside on one of those last restarts and we had a good run. I thought we would have a lot more for 'em there at the end, but this place is so fast. Track position is huge. We've always run good here, but this was our best finish here."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 6th

"My goal was to leave here in the top 10 and we made it (moved up two spots to ninth). I knew I had to hang on to a good top 10 finish at the end and we did. I'm so proud of my guys. We had a good car. We've been working hard getting our intermediate stuff right, and it really paid off today. The first few laps of a green-flag run we'd lose some spots, but we'd gain 'em back. We were real good on long runs. That pit road speeding penalty hurt us for sure, but we came right back from it. I don't think it hurt us in the end, but it cost me."

DAVID STREMME (No. 39 U.S. Navy Dodge Charger) -- Finished 16th

NOTE: Stremme finished 16th in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start in a Ganassi-Sabates Dodge Charger.

"It was really cool. The first 50-60 laps I was trying to feel things out. It's a lot different in the pack with this aero package here. Our car was a little tight at the beginning. When we went to avoid the 9 car and we hit the apron it busted the fender brace and hurt us. I almost achieved my goal of a top 15, but I'm still real excited. We showed a lot. We raced hard, and I think we earned a lot of respect."

"We had 15 laps on our tires, so we stayed out on one of those cautions to get track position. We knew we were going to fall a couple of spots, but we achieved our goal of what we needed to do. The main thing was to stay in one piece, get me experience. The team's goal was a top 20. My goal was a top 15 and we almost achieved both of those. The car's in one piece, so we'll take it to Charlotte."

"I felt a lot more tired in the Busch race than I did in the Cup race. I don't know why. I think my cool box isn't working in my Busch car. I was comfortable all day today. I didn't even drink much water. I was worried a little bit about being tired, but I felt great all day. It was warm, but I think I could run another 200 laps right now."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 41st

"I just ran out of racetrack. We were trying to race and the front wouldn't turn for a little bit on sticker tires. It wouldn't turn for four or five laps. I was getting freight trained by everybody, and I had to check up or I thought I was going to get run into the wall. When I checked up McMurray had nowhere to go and ran into the back of me. After about 10 or 15 laps our car would pretty much work everywhere. It was just those first 15 laps it wouldn't go good at all. I don't know why that was. After those first 15 laps our Dodge Dealers car was pretty fast. On a very long run it was probably the best car on the racetrack. It's another bad way to finish here at Chicago. We thought we had a pretty good car on long runs. The short runs were terrible and we don't know why that is. We didn't change anything from yesterday. It's a weird situation. We had one small problem in the pits. They just missed a lug or a lug fell off or something. I have a great pit crew, so that was the least of my worries today. They did a great job on the other stops. We just needed to have some long green-flag runs and we would have been all right."

TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Jasper Engines/Kodak Dodge Charger) -- Finished 43rd

"Our Jasper Engines Dodge was really good today. We were making a few passes early. I told the guys I was going to ride out here for a few laps and cool the tires back down. That's when we started losing a cylinder. They're going to tear it apart and see what we can find, but they can't get one of the spark plugs out, and that's never a good sign. It's unfortunate. This is my home track, and I've got a lot of friends and family here. It's a big disappointment. We had a good car. We were going to have a really good day. We knew all weekend long we had a fast car. We were looking forward to getting to the second half of the year and getting some good finishes. We started toward the front and made a couple of passes early. We were just getting settled in the car. It felt really good. I told Shane (crew chief Wilson) that we were a little tight, just let me ride around a little bit here. We didn't get a chance to start riding it out. We lost a cylinder. Penske-Jasper power, this is the first one I've had any problems with, and I think it might be the first one all year. We rarely have problems, but I know the guys in the engine shop are working hard trying to build horsepower. Sometimes it comes at an expense."

-dodge motorsports

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