REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- 7th, top Raybestos rookie finisher, best finishing Dodge "We ran well all day. The car was solid all day. I don't think we ever really ran outside the top 10. We ran in the top five a little bit and...
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- 7th, top Raybestos rookie finisher, best finishing Dodge
"We ran well all day. The car was solid all day. I don't think we ever really ran outside the top 10. We ran in the top five a little bit and this is probably one of the best cars we've had all year. The cautions hurt us at the end. In fact, if the whole race had gone green we would have been good to go. We're not having problems. We've just had some bad luck here and there. Today we finally got the finish we deserved. That's where we ran and that's where we finished and we just need to do this more often. We'd like to get back in the rookie race, but Denny obviously runs well every weekend. It's going to be tough. We're more concerned with just running consistent every weekend and finish up as high as we can in points."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 8th
NOTE: Busch finished eighth and pushed his streak of top 10 finishes to five straight. He also has three top fives during the last five races.
"It was a nice, solid run to keep our top 10 streak going. We learned a lot today for the mile and a half tracks. To say the least we had good team chemistry everywhere. We just didn't have enough to challenge for the win. We could pass cars today, but track position was more important. We used some good pit strategy to get up in the top 10 and once we got up there we managed to stay. It gets pretty frustrating chasing the car the whole race, but we got it the best it was all day long after the final pit stop. We wound up pretty close to how we started chassis wise. Only with a track bar adjustment and a half rubber put in the right rear. We're getting better and better on these mile and a half tracks, and we'll eventually get it figured out. We're going to Loudon next week and then back to Pocono. Those have been really good tracks for us. We're just hoping to keep the momentum going."
CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 25th
"Really we had about a 15th place car. We really weren't that good. We were good at Michigan, but we didn't get to run that whole race. We just haven't been good on the mile and a half tracks this year like we usually are. I was trying to make more out of what we had than what we had. We'd gain spots on restarts and starts and try to hold guys off as long as I could. We'd get 15-20 laps on our tires and everybody would start going by us. The 17 spun out and I guess Marlin didn't realize it (on last lap). The 17 was sideways and smoke was everywhere. I started easing out of the gas and Marlin got into the back of me and spun me out."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) -- 15th
"It was a rough day for us. We fell back at the beginning. We were way too loose off the corner. Then we kinda got it driving good off the corner and were too tight in the center. We came in and made some adjustments to help in the center and then we tried to free it up a little bit off. About three-quarters through the race we got our car dialed in, but at a place like this where track position is so critical it's hard to claw your way back up there through those guys. We got back up there when the 42 spun in front of us, and that cost us about five positions. That put us back there with all the guys that had fresh tires. We just hung on to it and got a 15th-place finish today. If the 42 hadn't spun, we might have finished four or five positions better. We didn't need all those last cautions."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW "Ask Dr. Z" Dodge Charger) -- 24th
"I think today was a good sign that this team can work together. We didn't have a great car, but it was decent. What we didn't do was try to fix a million things to make it better, only to make it worse. We just made small adjustments and worked with what we had. We got better and better on the longer runs, but weren't real good starting out. All the cautions at the end killed us. We could have had a lot better finish if we'd stayed green."
Did this morning's press conference help get the team motivated?
"I think clearing the air this morning really helped everyone. We've got a better sense of where we stand and we know that Ray is behind us. We know we can be a good race team. We've just all got to work together. We did a better job communicating today -- I tried to provide better feedback and they tried to give me more input on the changes they were making on the car." What was the highlight of the day? "We brought Dr. Z back in one piece again with hardly a scratch on him. If he gives me another shot to run his Dr. Z paint scheme, we'll try to get him a better finish."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 McDonald's/Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 23rd
"That wasn't the finish we were looking for today. Track position was critical today and we lost it early in the race. We stayed out while the leaders pitted around lap 140 (second caution) and had the opportunity to start in front of the leader at the tail end of the lead-lap cars. We managed to pull away from the leader and when (Matt) Kenseth moved back into the lead, we were able to match his lap times. Clean air was the key. We managed to work our way back up to 15th, but the car was bouncing and loose in traffic. I really had to just hold on the last 20-25 laps. Out front, our car could turn good laps. In traffic, it was a hand full."