AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 5th "The Valvoline Dodge, it was good. We needed people to work with me. I really couldn't do it on my own. I always needed a push and we got left out a few times. That was tough. On that...
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 5th
"The Valvoline Dodge, it was good. We needed people to work with me. I really couldn't do it on my own. I always needed a push and we got left out a few times. That was tough. On that last restart, we were fifth. (Jamie) McMurray moved to the outside line and I couldn't get to Carl (Edwards) to push him. We just needed some help.
"Man that was crazy out there. I don't know how we got through all that. There's a lot of stuff that we learned and had the team working together. If we have to use it in the Duels, we have the experience now."
SAMMY JOHNS (Team Director, No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger)
"He did a wonderful job. This whole deal got put together late. We're happy Valvoline came on board. AJ has a ton of talent. I'm really looking forward to working with him these eight races and see if we can make it a full deal. Our goal tonight was to get out there and learn things that will help us for the 150s. I think he got the respect of a lot of guys tonight.
"He did a very good job drafting. Jimmy Johnson pushed us all the way to the front there one time. AJ worked with guys all night. He got hung out a couple of times, but came back. He learned how to utilize the middle. He just did a good job."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 6th
"It was a fun night. Our Budweiser Dodge was great. I had a fun time, a great racecar. I ended up sixth, not far enough up front, but I think we had a car better than (sixth). I made one mistake when I pushed Kyle (Busch) too far out front and (Jeff) Gordon got a run on us and I ended up dropping to 15th. From there, I had to work my way back up to the front. I think we had a top-five car all night."
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVES THAT YOU TAKE AWAY FROM TONIGHT? "Everything. I take the whole race...the car, the engine -- everything. That was probably one of the best racecars that I've ever had at Daytona."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 9th
"We had a different setup in our Miller Lite Dodge than what we ran last year here. It was a great experimental run. We worked our way up, we got pushed back and then we worked our way back up to the front again...typical for a restrictor plate race here at Daytona. It just felt like I hesitated a couple times to throw (the car) three-wide and should have went in a hole when I had the chance. Overall it was a good night for us. The car isn't totally destroyed. We'll just keep on trying to get ready for next week."
DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 16th
"It was a tough night. It started when I got hit early and got shuffled back. It really tore the car up...ripped the splitter up. The guys did a great job repairing it, but it wasn't really the same after that. Once you get in the back of the field, it's wild. It was a great experience. I got into Greg (Biffle) twice and it was my fault. It was a crazy race...I hope the (Daytona) won't be like that because it could be a long day."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 21st
"I was a little free in the Stanley Dodge, but was doing OK. We were making some time on the top of track, just kind of riding around saving my right side tires. I knew we had enough fuel to make it to the end. I got bumped by (David) Stremme...nothing he did wrong. I was just a little free and got bumped and turned around.
"We learned a ton about our car tonight, especially about handling. The car was free enough at the beginning of a run to make it good as we started to burn fuel. The engine shop gave me a great bullet that we were able to work on all day. We learned of a couple things that will definitely help us Thursday."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 McDonalds Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd
"I'm not sure what happened. I had to get out of the car because it was getting tough to breath. That's the most smoke that I've ever had with an engine problem. There was no indication that the engine was about to let go. I was just kind of truckin' along there...made it through a few of the other wrecks and thought that we had a decent car. I think that we learned a lot for next weekend. It was fun to be back inside the McDonalds Dodge and get racing again. I just wish that we hadn't had the engine problem, but it's better today than next Sunday in the (Daytona) 500."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger) Finished 27th "I don't know what happened. It looked like the 48 was in front of the 6. He (Ragan) ducked down to go three-wide. He might have checked up. I got into the back of him and just didn't see the closing speed...my fault."
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