JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished 12th "We were okay. We had a pretty good car; it's just not fast enough yet. We are making a little bit of progress." DID YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM START TO COME TOGETHER THIS...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished 12th
"We were okay. We had a pretty good car; it's just not fast enough yet. We are making a little bit of progress."
DID YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM START TO COME TOGETHER THIS WEEK? "A little, but we are still miles off the pace to be winning races."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) -- Finished 18th
"It's a long day for sure. We should have been a lot better than where we ended up there. I screwed up and sped out of pit lane and that kind of hurts us for sure. I think we would have had a top-15 car so maybe it hurt us like three spots, maybe a little bit more. Just real happy with how everything went. The Penske Truck Rental guys did a great job for me in the pits. I feel like these are the finishes that we should have been having all year and we had tire problems and just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I feel like we're starting to turn the corner a little bit so hopefully we'll keep it going."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PIT HERE AND NOT GET A SPEEDING PENALTY? "Mine was just stupid. I was watching the No. 38 car in my mirror and when I looked back to see where he was at to see if I could move up. I looked down and I was over the speed limit and I knew that we were going to get called. I just should have worried about myself at that point in time. Nothing he did wrong, it's just a tough pit road to get on and off of, especially on just because you've got a lot of speed there on the concrete and you come down to a flat asphalt sealed surface, three things that are going against you when you come off of concrete. It definitely made the car petty loose getting on there but I felt like we did a pretty good job with it. We picked up some spots when other people stopped and when we all stepped and kind of shuffled around so I thought that I was doing a pretty good job. I'm just real happy. At least that was going right for us [smiles].
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE DURING THE RACE? "For us it started off and it was a little bit tight and then we went loose on that first run. And then we made some adjustments and then we were just really tight after that. We seemed to make it better on the last run and I don't know if a little bit of that was the track changing or the changes we made on the last stop. But I felt like a couple of changes that we made I wish we would have done a little bit earlier because it seemed to help the car quite a bit."
HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING WAS THE RACE? "Well the red flags never help. I understand red flags when there's 10 laps to go and the fans are going to see a good finish. But when we're only 20 laps into the race I say we keep going and put laps on the board because to sit there for 25 minutes in the car, whatever it is and just bake, it makes the day really long for you. It's hot, it's physical. This is the most physical place I've been in a stock car. I had a lot of fun out there today but the neck muscles are going to be a little bit sore tomorrow."
HOW MUCH DID YOU LEARN THAT WILL HELP YOU WHEN YOU COME BACK HERE IN SEPTEMBER? "Just learned a ton of things. I feel like we've always got a big learning progress and we've got more things to learn but we just need to keep working on it, figuring out what the changes are and I need to be able to put those in my mental bank and move forward with it. I'm just real happy that we're finally starting to get the finishes that we should be getting."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger) -- Finished 19th
"I had a really good car at the end of the race. I ran the last two fuel runs with Jeff Gordon the whole time, within about five car lengths of him, and he finished fifth. I think that's the bright side of it. The other bright side is after the last two weekends where we've had part failures and bad finishes, it's OK to get a 19th and go to the bank with it. We needed to get through here and then Pocono and Michigan so we can go to Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) and be a serious threat for the pole and not worry about making the race."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished 20th
"We were so loose at the beginning of the race that I was about to crash it every lap. The front of the car was pushing and the rear was loose. We went down six rounds on the track bar and it was still one of the most wicked-handling cars I've driven in my career. We were still hanging on the lead lap until wehad to pit under green and the dry-break in the fuel system had broken. We went from running top-15 and on the lead lap to running laps down and just trying to hang on and finish. We tried to stay out longer than the leaders hoping to get a caution and make up some ground, but the yellows never came when we needed them. It was another day at the track that we can't be very proud of."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 40 Target Dodge Charger) -- Finished 25th
"Our race wasn't bad. We got some points and that's what we wanted to do. We just had a good safe day. We were a little tight all day and never could get it fixed. Overall for the first time out it was petty good. We qualified 10th and finished in the top-25. We wanted a better day than that, but we just couldn't seem to get freed up for some reason. Overall it was a good day."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Dodge Charger) -- Finished 29th
"I'm pretty happy. We struggled so much the last few races. A top-30 is pretty good for us. We lost a lap down in the pits and then gained it back after that. I was just slow at the beginning of the race and I just learned about driving different race lines. We were up on the top of the track and on the bottom when the car is tight. We learned a lot today, so it was good. Man, there is a lot to learn in this thing. We gained about four tenths every lap just by switching lanes. By following Kasey (Kahne) I learned that. It was good. We're very happy."
WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE 'MONSTER MILE'? "I think it's a fast track, a tough track. You have to get in your rhythm and be careful on exit because it's going to bite you. It was good. It was fun."
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SO FAR THIS SEASON? "We've had good qualifying runs pretty much since the beginning -- not the best, but we've made most of the races, you know. We have to get better in the races. We have to get better during the race for more points and today we did. We stayed on track and ran and ran and ran. We learned a lot so I am very happy."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) -- Finished 31st
"We got the right front messed up in that early wreck and the car wouldn't turn the rest of the race. For 380 laps, it wouldn't turn. We just tried to survive. The guys worked hard to try to fix it the best they could. It's very tough to go fast when these cars are perfect and impossible if you have any type of damage to them.
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) -- Finished 42nd
ON COLLISION: "I don't know (what happened). I haven't looked at the replay yet, but I was trying to go under the No. 77 (It was the No. 40) to pass him and then the No. 38 I guess was coming in under me. We made it three wide and I think he just got into the back of me a little bit. All of the sudden I got loose. I haven't seen the replay yet though. I was concentrating on the No. 77 and trying to give him plenty of room and I didn't know that David (Gilliland) was going to make it three wide. I didn't know he was there. I don't have to look at it. There were just a lot of good cars taken out of the race today. It's not a good day. It's not the way that we wanted to race here in the Best Buy 400."
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