Daytona 500: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "We had a good week until about 50 or 60 laps to go. We were running behind Stewart and I got him aero loose. He checked up in front of me, and I bumped into him. It looked awful, but I did all I...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We had a good week until about 50 or 60 laps to go. We were running behind Stewart and I got him aero loose. He checked up in front of me, and I bumped into him. It looked awful, but I did all I could to stay off of him. It ruined both of our chances to win the Daytona 500. I feel bad for him. He's been a good ally on the plate tracks. I feel bad for my team and my sponsor Miller Lite and Dodge and everybody that's involved. We led the most laps, but we don't have much to show for it. We'll get some big shovels and dig out of this hole. We go to California next week and we'll look to be strong there.

"You always hope you're in position to win one of these things, and today I was in position. It was one of the best shots I've ever had to win the Daytona 500, but I took myself out of position. You've got to get to the end. We (20 and 2) were definitely the class of the field, but when you wreck and a couple of other fast cars wreck it opens it up for somebody else to win."


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

"That's an unbelievable finish for the week we've had. I'm so proud of my guys and how hard they worked this week. Ray made some great calls on the pit box, especially the call for two tires at the end. We worked and worked and worked on our car and by the end of the race we had it handling a little better.

Our key today was just avoiding all the wrecks. We stayed out of trouble until the end of the race and put ourselves in a spot to bring home a top 10. The guys on this team did a great job. I'm not sure what happened there at the end. It looked like the No. 5 got spun then I had to go to the right to miss it. I couldn't really tell what was going on. I'll have to go back and watch the replay.

We're just going to put this week behind us and head to California. We had a great test at Vegas and that's the car we're taking to California. We're ready for a good race out there."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

"We came in and taped the hole up in the radiator. We came back up to 15th and we had to come back in and put some more water in it for the green-white-checkered. I went all the way up to the top in three and four and I guess we passed about 10 of them and ended up 13th. One car was flipping and one was spinning. One was hitting the wall. It was crazy, but I kept going. Then I saw the 38 coming back across. I went the opposite way, and I think he hit Stremme. I had a good time. If we had finished 20th or something, I wouldn't have been happy, but I'm glad to get out of here with a decent finish. We'll go to California with high hopes and go on with the rest of the year."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"We broke the radiator and that probably cooked the motor. When we shocked it with the water it probably broke a cylinder or blew a head gasket or cracked a block or something. We had a great car all day and consistently ran in the top five. That would have been a great start to the season but being in the garage early isn't. We had a great run here last year, and I thought we had a shot at the win on the last lap, but we ended up third. I thought we had a great shot to repeat that, but it didn't happen. Everybody was patient early today except for the accidents. That's just the way it works out. I thought it was good racing. We had a good racecar. We had grip for the long run, and I thought it was paying off, but we didn't make it to the end."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"Outside, middle, bottom -- the middle started moving and I would get in there. When I got three wide on the outside we just had no, every time I went to a line the other one was moving quicker and we could just not get past 15th. I got a car that's in one piece and that's tough to do at these races, so yeah, I'm happy we got a car in one piece we can work on and take to Talladega in a couple months.

"I was just trying to finish. I didn't know where to go. That last deal there, there were cars everywhere and Kole did a good job out there just kept telling me to stay high, there were cars wrecking so I put on the breaks and as soon as they cleared out I floored it got by a couple more cars and ended up not wrecking. We just got really lucky. We needed to make up some points that we lost and we're still going to be behind in points, but we made up some ground. Go to California -- I look forward to that I can't wait to get out there. I'm glad we are out of here and we are going to the next one and we can start having some fun."


DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)

"We were strong all day. Our team was really good. I just thank all the safety equipment because that was a hard lick I took with the 38. I saw Clint on his roof and it was just nuts. You have this hard a tire and it comes down to the end you're going to have a problem. The whole first part of the day was really great. I was running in the top 10 most of the day. At the end, all of a sudden, people were coming from everywhere, going places they shouldn't be going and driving like they shouldn't be driving. It was causing a lot of problems. We got our front end tore up a couple of times just trying to stay out of trouble. It was crazy, but it didn't surprise me a lot at the end. Somebody hit me off the corner, and I just about lost it.

"I'm proud of all my guys. I think this shows that we can have a pretty good year. We took four tires at the end and we should have taken two. It's a little disappointing because we had a really good car. That's just the way it is at Daytona. We had a good test at Las Vegas, and we're going to California next week. I'm really looking forward to getting the season going.

"We had a strong car all day, but certain guys wouldn't work with me. It was crazy. They stacked up on that green-white-checkered and it was going to happen. There was no doubt about it after seeing the restart before. The 41 helped me out a ton. We had to go to the pits and get our stuff fixed. I think we restarted about 28th and ended up 10th. I guess I should be happy with that. It tore up the car pretty bad, but I think they'll be able to fix it."


JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

"Stock car racing is good. Here, it's easy. You just get a good handling car and put yourself in the right position to move forward. That's all you can do. The way it played out we missed every wreck was good. It started really bad. We were really tight, and we were struggling. The car was so bad, and I don't know what happened. We didn't change the car at all from the 150, and it just got tighter and tighter and tighter. Once we started running good we got to the pits and my crew chief told me to go to reverse. When I went to get out of gear and it got stuck between two gears and it broke half the gearbox. We're not even going to run and Tony (team manager Glover) is like 'drop the clutch.' I put it in fourth gear and said 'Guys push me back, push me out and let's go.' The transmission had second, and when I went to third it just broke it in pieces, got fourth and that was it. I was lucky to get a good run on the last restart. It's a shame. I think everybody at Texaco/Havoline Dodge and Chip Ganassi Racing did an amazing job. We had great motors here. A top-20 is kind of what I wanted to do here."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"We had a transmission break on us, and it probably happened when I had to back up in the pit stall. I am really proud of all the guys for getting the Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge back on the track so quick. We only lost about 20 laps and that helped us pick up about five positions. It was not the result we were looking for. But our guys are leaving here with our heads held high because they did a great job all weekend. We know we have some of our best tracks coming up on the schedule.

"I overshot my pits on the first pit stop and put it in reverse and backed up and the guys got it changed. We got the tires changed on the pit stop fine and never saw anything wrong. We probably put some kind of stress on a bearing and it started coming apart there. I wanted to come in and get if fixed before it did more damage. "

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi
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