Fontana II: Dodge teams race quotes

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 8th ON THE RACE TONIGHT: "Our Budweiser Dodge was a good racecar tonight. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) was making changes to it all night, but we just could never get over the hump and into...

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 8th

ON THE RACE TONIGHT: "Our Budweiser Dodge was a good racecar tonight. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) was making changes to it all night, but we just could never get over the hump and into the top-five. We came into the race with the mindset that we had to run inside the top-10 and finish in-front of Clint (Boyer) and David (Ragan) and we did. Unfortunately, just not enough. I'm proud of my guys and the racecar that they gave me."

ON THE CHASE BATTLE: "We gained a little in the points tonight, but not enough to make that much of difference. I said earlier in the week that not only do we have to run well to catch the guys in front of me, but they have to stumble a little to help us make up points. Tonight was pretty much a draw."

YOU'RE 48 POINTS OUT OF THE 12TH SPOT: "Forty-eight? That's better than 56 (points). We'll just run our best like we did tonight. We always run 15th to fifth there (Richmond). Hopefully they'll (Bowyer and Ragan) have a problem; that's our only way in (the Chase) I think is if somebody else has a problem. The other two drivers are strong. So we'll see what happens. Other than that, hopefully our Budweiser Dodge will be fast, get a win and get a bunch of points."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS HEADING TO RICHMOND: "We've had some success there, so we're down to 400 miles to decide if we will make it into the Chase. Just like Fontana, we can't worry about what the other guys are doing that are in front of us. We just have to prepare our racecar and let the chips fall where they may with the results. If we can qualify in the top-10 or so and start up front, I think that we'll have a good shot at a good finish. But as much as it is about what we have to do next week (to make the Chase), it's just as much about what the guys in 12th and 13th position do as well. Anything can happen. We have to keep our Budweiser Dodge out of trouble, race hard and see what happens."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"We had good strategy (two-tire pit stop during the sixth caution) which moved the No. 12 into the top 10). The car was decent in the corners but struggled on the straightaways. It looked like we were going to have a decent run with the Kodak Dodge at one point but just didn't' have it on the last run."


PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Sears Auto Center/Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 18th

"I'm really happy. For the first time this year we truly ran with the guys. We stayed with them pretty much the whole race. We lost a lap at one point but came back and fought with them the whole night. That was fun. It's my first time this year, so for me that's the best so far, so I'm pretty happy."


JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Finished 20th

"We had a top 10 car up until it got dark and then we just didn't hit on the right adjustments."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Betty Crocker/Totino's Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"We struggled with track position early.  We got a lap down and
then got it back.  We struggled down the straightaway.

We could have been better in the corners, but we just didn't have the momentum down the straightaways. We just didn't hit something right today. That's a little bit better than we've been on these mile-and-half tracks. We've come away with a little better feel about it for the next time."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Finished 27th

"Our night was OK. We were really bad at the start of the race. We were just way too loose and couldn't get the balance of the car right. Later in the race when the sun went down, the track tightened up and we seemed to be more competitive. We were just too loose the first 80% of the race."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 McDonald's Dodge Charger) Finished 34th

"We missed it a little bit and got hit from behind early (lap 43) that messed up the right rear quarter panel and that put us at a disadvantage for the rest of the night. It's a shame. The guys put a lot of hard work in this car to bring it here. We qualified well, but it wasn't meant to be tonight. We'll go to Richmond, our home track, and see if we can have better results."


PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 39th

"A cut tire, that will mess your day up. We lost a lap and then the race stays green which ended up costing us another lap. When you get two down, you're done. We got it better there at the end, but we didn't have a chance to make up the deficit."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne