Kansas: Dodge teams race quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger) "We dropped a cylinder there just a little bit after the rain delay. Then it went all together there at the end. It's just unfortunate. The Alltel Dodge was definitely fast. I had a fast car. I could...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger)

"We dropped a cylinder there just a little bit after the rain delay. Then it went all together there at the end. It's just unfortunate. The Alltel Dodge was definitely fast. I had a fast car. I could hold my own in the corner; actually I was gaining about four lengths in the corners and losing about six on each straightaway. Eventually it expired, so it's unfortunate for the Alltel Dodge."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

"Well, first of all we kind of struggled too much and fought between a tight and loose car. That was all fixable and we kept working on it and trying things and the guys never gave up. We had a great pit stop after the red flag and I don't know. We were running about 12th or 13th, we had a big wreck and I had to miss them all and I didn't"


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"I thought we had a really fast racecar, it just didn't pan out on the fuel strategy. Around half way when the rain came out, what it did is it took all the guys that were about 15th to 25th and put them up front, and we just got into Tony (Stewart) when he had a flat tire. That took our chances away at coming up through the pack. Eleventh is alright."


DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Energizer Dodge Charger)

"We just struggled all weekend. The car was way too loose, especially when the sun started going down. The track got a lot of grip and we were still too loose. It's better than what we have been and hopefully our luck has changed some."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"The car was good all day. We had the problem and had to make an unscheduled pit stop which got us a lap down, but we were able to make that up. Fortunately, we were able to come back after the long delay and run more laps. Actually, we would have preferred to run more laps because we were one of the fastest cars on the track at the end. It's good to see the two Dodge Dealer cars in the top 10 and competitive. We need to get the front end of our Charger a little better, but we're making progress and it showed today. Kenny (Francis, team director) and the crew will work on the front end the next couple of weeks, but I think we've got a good car to take to Charlotte."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"We were looking for a solid finish heading into this weekend and that's what we are leaving with. I am proud of all the guys on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge. We had a missed lug nut and a speeding penalty that put us in the back twice. But we fought back as a team, avoided the big wrecks and decided on the right pit strategy. I am real proud of my guys for putting us in position for a good finish."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO POST A TOP TEN? "Yeah, I mean today was a lot of fun. Probably the most fun I have had in a racecar in a long time. My guys have been working really hard on the bodies and things like that. It's by far the best racecar I've had and it was so much fun to drive. These guys deserve a top ten. They knock out great pit stops every week and don't really give them anything to show for it. To get a top ten, two cars in the top ten and three cars in the top 13 is a great day for Gillett Evernham Motorsports. We'll just keep working on it and get better and better.


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target/Lysol Dodge Charger)

"It's a good day. There at the end it was kind of crazy. We had a good battle with the No.19. I was on the bottom and he was a little bit better than me. Then I moved to the top and I was better than him. I think there at the end I could have gotten by the No. 29 and a couple others."

DID NASCAR MAKE THE RIGHT CALL TO END THE RACE WHEN THEY DID? "If it would have gone back green I think it would have been a mistake. It was just too dark for people to see."


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

"At the beginning it was terrible. After the restart at the end it came back to life, you know we got our laps back. It was just one of those days when things don't go your way. We run like 21st to 20th and then that happens with four laps to go, it's crazy. We got a 28th out of a car like that is pretty decent."

WHAT PUT YOU INTO THE WALL? "I guess I cut both right hand side tires and went straight to the wall.


KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger)

"Our days have been up and down. We tried to stay on the lead lap and kept getting caught out and had to start at the back. Billy Wilburn and those guys made a good call the last time. We were already at the back, they made a chassis adjustment and air pressure adjustment and the car hooked up."

HOW TOUGH IS THE BATTLE TO STAY IN THE TOP 35? "It will continue to snowball on you if you don't watch it. Here's the way I look at it, the ceiling is the champion and that's the ceiling everybody's trying to get to; the problem is NASCAR with 35 and that's not a problem I appreciate that 35th place, they put a floor in it. So now there's a floor. If you are out of the 35th you're in the basement and it's tough to get out of the basement to get back to the floor. If you're not in top 35 going into the winter then you know those first six races you have to make those first six races and you have to score points in those first six races. And, if you don't make them and don't score points, guess what, you're back in the basement again and another year has started and it's tough to dig out. It's a tough place. We race just as hard for 35th as those guys are running for the championship. There is a lot more money up there, don't get me wrong, but there's a lot more peace of mind being back there. At the end of the year the champion just goes into the next year as the champion. At the end of the year the 36th guy goes into the next year scrambling."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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