Daytona Duels: Dodge teams race two quotes

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- Finished Fourth "We started in the front, went to the back and came back to the front. Now we've just got to figure out a way to get closer to the front. A top five finish in the 150...

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- Finished Fourth

"We started in the front, went to the back and came back to the front. Now we've just got to figure out a way to get closer to the front. A top five finish in the 150 is a good start. It gives us something to build on for Sunday. Kyle had a good run today, too, so I'm optimistic about our chances in the 500."


KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Financial Dodge Charger) -- Finished Sixth

"Both cars had a good day, and Bobby drove his tail off. I think he's got something to prove. Paul made a great call when we got two tires, and it got me up there. I felt like we had a good enough car to run in the top five or top 10 if we could get up there, but I never could get up there. I got hung up back there with a bunch of monkeys on time and almost never got up there. Then Paul made the two-tire call and we got up there and we were good. The 42 car and 40 car helped me a bunch, both of the Ganassi Dodges pushed me. It was a real good day for Petty Enterprises. To come down here and have one car qualify like Bobby did -- we had some trouble just like some of the Evernham cars with gears -- but I think we had two cars speedwise of being in the top 10. Then to put both cars in the top 10 in that group was great. I can't say enough about Evernham engines. I've said it all winter long. They're really stout. They've made huge gains on their restrictor plate stuff. It's really good."


JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 15th

"The balance was off from the start. The motor was good. We had the power. It felt like there was no downforce on the front of the car...the nose wanted to slide. We made adjustments during the first pit stop and that helped. We're still not where we need to be, but we have a couple more practice sessions to get things sorted out. We're close, real close."


CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished Seventh

"I thought everybody did a good job. I hope NASCAR looks at that race and sees that everything was pretty safe. We really didn't race a whole lot different than we've been in the 500. I think that race was a little more indicative of how we normally race. I think if they took away bump drafting this race would be boring. That's the only thing that's any fun. I watched the first part of that first 150. Nobody was bump drafting anybody and that was like watching paint dry. Everybody was just running the same line. I think they did a good job of scaring everybody and making them clean up their act a little bit. We all bump drafted a little bit, but we did it where we were supposed to and it was a good day. We didn't have enough speed and we got killed on the restarts. We've got to work on that. We were still a little bit tight there at the end. We've got to work on getting a little more front grip without taking too much away from the rear."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished Ninth

"I'm not satisfied with the results, but I'm satisfied with the performance of the car. It was really good. I have no complaints about that. It was a pretty tame race until the last lap. It got pretty hairy going to the start/finish line, but it was a good day for the Alltel Dodge. We kept our nose clean, and that was my main objective today. We've got to work on a little balance and that's pretty much it. I'm happy with the car. We were stuck back there in the back for quite awhile, and I was playing it conservative to keep my bumpers clean. We came away with the car in one piece. We don't have to do that Sunday afternoon."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) -- Finished 13th and failed to qualify for Daytona 500

"There's nothing negative I can say about anybody on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge team. Everybody put in a great effort. I've got to thank everybody at the fab shop and the motor shop and chassis shop. Everybody at Evernham Motorsports gave me what I needed. That's the kind of risk you take when you come down here with no points. I think without the gear failure in qualifying we wouldn't be in this situation. I hate it, but that's racin' and we'll regroup and go on from here."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Finished 11th, highest finishing rookie

"Well, we were dead last for a little bit. We just didn't really have the right gear to run the bottom. We finally moved up to the top there near the end and got a couple good runs. We had a really good run when that caution came out for the green white checkered. It wasn't very fun until we moved up to the high side there, and then it was pretty cool."


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