JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished Fifth "We're doing the best we can. That's all we can do. We were kind of in a hole to start with and we're just going to keep digging our way out. I'm real proud of my guys. They...
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished Fifth
"We're doing the best we can. That's all we can do. We were kind of in a hole to start with and we're just going to keep digging our way out. I'm real proud of my guys. They fought hard today. It was a good day. We probably had a car that could have won. Strategy just got us, but my hat's off to all my guys. We had to come in to get fuel, and I think some of those guys gambled and stayed out a little bit. We had a great day. This Evernham Motorsports HEMI Dodge ran good all day. My hat's off to the guys back at the engine shop, and we had great pit stops all day. I hate (having to play fuel strategy game). It was fuel mileage and a strategy deal, but we'll take a top five. We had a good car there at the end. If we had a few more laps maybe we would have caught 'em, but you hate that. What do you do? I know we had a great car.
"We were pretty good up to the end. We had to pit for gas with Biffle and the rest of us. Maybe we could have made it, but we weren't sure and we didn't want to take that chance. We had a good car and a good run going. We had to come home with a good finish, and that's what we did. I think it was a two groove racetrack today. Sometimes we were three wide, so I think it was a great race, surely for the fans it was, just watching them pass and stuff. It's real competitive and real tough, and you've got to have track position to be there at the end, and that's what we were missing a little bit. It was still a good day for us.
"We're moving up. I think we're (25) points out of eighth. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and get all we can every week and let the points fall where they may and see where we end up. Overall our Evernham Motorsports Dodges are running good, and that's what we're concerned about week in and week out. We've still got next year.
"I'm real excited about getting to Charlotte next week, and even today. Coming here and run like we did today with our HEMI Dodge, we had a HEMI logo on there today and it looked pretty good, but to run like that is a good sign for the future. The good thing about it now is we feel like we're just chipping at the surface. We've got a long way to go yet.
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Seventh
"We stayed out there and kinda gambled on our fuel. I thought once we got out in clean air we'd be really good, but the car was really loose on that set of tires. I just couldn't hang on. We needed those cautions to make it. We gambled for sure. If it had gone green and we had won, you'd look like a hero. Typically we always have a lot of cautions here at the end. You look back at the history of races and this place always has cautions. It was worth taking a shot. If we just keep doing this every week we'll be good in the standings. My mom and sister and brother-in-law were here today, but I saw more Havoline hats and shirts than I've ever seen, so that was pretty cool."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Finished 33rd
"We've just got to go to every race and try to win it just like we did today. We just didn't win it today. I just got loose and stuck it in the fence. I was the wreck. I just got loose. We've got six to go. We took a double-barrel shotgun and shot ourselves in the foot today. We can fight back. We've done it before." DO YOU HAVE TO WIN THE LAST SIX RACES? "It would be nice. We can. I know we can."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge) -- Finished 10th
"Great job for the Armed Forces, Army, Air Force, National Guard. It doesn't mean those guys in the top 10 are going to win every race. They're not going to be top 10 in every race. There are not 10 teams here. There are 43 teams out there and they're all racing. It's good the Chase for the Cup teams are going to get extra press, but we have great race teams through the field.
"I hate this tire. I'd love to go back to next year's Goodyear tire. I was actually sponsored by Goodyear in the off-road days with Walker Evans. They've been my sponsor and I've tested for them. I love Goodyear. I just hate the tire we've got now. It reminds me of the tire we had in 2000 and 2001. I went into turn two and I was headed toward the wall. Some guys get a better handle on it. We're a team that's still trying to get a handle on it. You've just got to drive it.
"This is just what the doctor ordered. It's two straight top 10s. We were the top finishing Dodge in the Penske Organization, and we're supposed to be a top Dodge program. To come up there and represent Kodak in the top 10 two races in a row, you'd better watch out. We might do something right before the season is out.
"I'm hoping the guys don't stop writing about us. The Kodak guys love the press we've been getting. The team has a lot of confidence now, and so do I. Inside the doors of the Penske/Jasper shop we know what's going on, and no matter what anyone says, most people won't print it if it's not the story they want to go with. This team can do it. If we finish the next six in the top 10 that would be a great way to finish up the rookie season."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 12th
"I had a good car all day, just went back and forth all day. We got so loose there at the end trying to get the front to cut. We were still going as fast as we could. We just couldn't get the front to cut as good as we wanted all day."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge) -- Finished 34th
"Something was weird going down the back straightaway coming to take the green. I radioed to the crew that something wasn't right. It was one of those deals where you think it's going to get better, but we took the green in second gear and it just exploded. The driveshaft flew out and it was just a mess. I hate it for everyone on the Coors Light team. This is a big Coors Light market out here We wanted to run good, but crazy stuff just keeps happening. This track really hasn't been too good to me. I broke my neck two years ago, and last year we were running ninth and ran out of gas with 10 laps to go. We ran fifth here in 2001, so it hasn't been all bad."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Finished 31st
"They had that last caution because there was some brake rotor on the track. I thought I might have run over something, but the previous set was kind of the same. I felt a little bit of vibration, but I came in right away. This time I felt a little bit of vibration but I had to go one more time around to make it to the pits. We didn't make it all the way back around. I don't know if it was the same type of issue or if it was something different. It's too bad. We've been working so hard to run good, and there's been such an improvement over last year. All I want to do is run good and today we did. We ran well, but it's just too bad we didn't bring it home. We're working on it. We're going to get things refined this year and go get 'em next year. We had a really good car. I was happy with the way we ran today. To be able to go up and lead and run inside the top five like we were was something we really needed. Unfortunately we need to bring it hard and it hasn't happened yet. We've had a lot of things happen like that this year -- blow a tire, lose a motor. We haven't lost many motors. We lost one in Atlanta, but we were running really well. Those kinds of things will put you back in the points where we are. We had just gotten back up to 18th and we're probably going to get shuffled back to 20th again. If we can just not have those unlucky breaks, we could be sitting in the top 15. We've just got to keep fighting. We've got good cars and a great team, so we'll just keep doing the best we can and see what happens."