SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) "It was a good effort by everyone on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge team. They worked so hard and made so many changes to this car. It was a completely different setup than we ...
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"It was a good effort by everyone on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge team. They worked so hard and made so many changes to this car. It was a completely different setup than we practiced. We knew we were taking a gamble, and the car was really tight in the first three-quarters of the race. I flat-spotted the right front, and the right front blew out and tore up the fender. We got a lap down on pit road trying to repair it, so we had a lot of things going on. We came back from that. Nobody got scatter-brained and we came back and got a decent finish like we deserve. We were closer to the back of the pack when we had that flat tire. We were trying to take care of it and luckily we were far enough back to get it wowed down and not get in the thick of that accident. This makes the low of having the parts failure in qualifying today seem like second nature now. We can swallow that and go on. We know we've got a good enough car to get in the Daytona 500. I hope we learned enough of what kind of changes to make to make sure our car is free enough to be able to handle good and drive good."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"The car was real good at first. It would run on the bottom of the racetrack. The other cars wouldn't pull me down like in the past. It felt like the engine was very strong. Everything was good. We just got up in a mess. I couldn't tell what really happened from where I was. The car was fine after that, but we were a lap down and you don't want to get up there and mix it up when it looks like it could happen again. Also, the right front fender was rubbing the tire and it flattened the right front again. I learned a lot today. I learned we've got good engines and good racecars and we've got a shot at running well."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
"The Alltel Dodge was fast. That first deal kinda set the tone for what was going to happen. We kept trying. We had great pit stops and everyone put in a great effort. It was a situation where it was all or nothing. I told them in a situation like this I either bring it back in victory lane or multiple pieces. Unfortunately that wasn't the case today as far as victory lane goes. I was happy with the car. We actually got up there and led at one point before we came in to pit. It wasn't real good in clean air. It had to have somebody pushing me, and it's hard to get someone to help you when your car looks that beat up. I learned to watch out for a couple of those guys out there, a couple of those Fords. I think they're in a situation of confusion."