Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 13th "We had to play strategy, play catch up every time by not pitting when everybody else pitted and taking two (tires) when everybody else took four. We didn't have good enough car to keep up...
Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
"We had to play strategy, play catch up every time by not pitting when everybody else pitted and taking two (tires) when everybody else took four. We didn't have good enough car to keep up with them and that's the only way we could stay on the lead lap. It's disappointing."
Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Finished 14th
"We just couldn't seem to get our Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge to turn good in the center of the corners -- especially the grip in the back of the car. I fought it all day. Fortunately, we had a couple Lucky Dogs that put us on the lead lap again and we were able to get the car good enough to bring home a top-15 finish. I'm proud of my guys. Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) did a good job on top of the pit box all day trying to get our car better and better. It wasn't a great day, but it could have been a lot worse."
Robby Gordon (No. 7 Menards Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd
"Our car was really, really loose on re-starts with fresh tires and low pressures. We maintained all day. We were able to bring home a 22nd-place finish -- I wouldn't say a great day, but I won't say it was a bad day either."
Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
"I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating today was for our team. "It seems like everything we did to the car today never really helped, especially on a shorter run. We struggled with the handling, but the guys never quit trying to adjust on the car and the team kept up its good pit work which helped on a day like today."
Kurt Bush (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 34th
"Our day pretty much ended on the first lap out there. I thought I gave him (David Gilliland) the high line and plenty of room getting into the corner - he just washed up into me. We got back out and got the Lucky Dog, but we just weren't handling well enough to stay up on the lead lap. It was just on the razor's edge -- loose, tight, loose, and tight. We lost more laps when we had to pit late in the race to cut off the right-rear quarter panel. Looking at our Miller Lite Dodge after the race and seeing all the damage, I guess we should be proud just to be running at the finish."
Brian Pattie (Crew Chief, No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Finished 39th
"We started off really good running a certain line and Juan (Pablo Montoya) was doing a fantastic job behind the wheel. We still had 30 more laps to go before we had to make a pit stop and we came off of Turn 4 and got up into the wall a bit and cut a tire down. It was disappointing because I think we had a better car than what our finished showed today. That's racing."
Patrick Carpentier (No. 10 Charter Dodge Charger) Finished 41st
"Long day. That's it, just a long day, spun out. Jimmie got close to me and took the air out somehow and just -- 'whooo'- spun around. I don't know if it's my fault or he got too close or lost it there anyway and that was it."
Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 42nd
"The car was real loose all day. I ended up getting squished up between the 83 car and myself -- we broke something and ended up in the wall between (turns) 1 and 2. I'm not blaming the 83. He got loose; we were both loose coming off the corner. It's one of those things. It wasn't a good day for the Mobil 1 Dodge. The car was just terrible after the damage. I don't want to be out there and cause a wreck for somebody else. As loose as it was before that, it was twice as bad afterwards. I was just fighting it (handling) all the way around out there. I'm hoping that we'll get some of these bad days behind us."
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