RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished eighth, remains fourth in standings "That was another solid day for me. I'm pretty proud of it. We gained in points, and that was good. We picked up on the 48 and a lot of other guys,...
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished eighth, remains fourth in standings
"That was another solid day for me. I'm pretty proud of it. We gained in points, and that was good. We picked up on the 48 and a lot of other guys, too, so I'm happy with that. It came down to track position and a good handling car, although at the very end with about 100 to go everybody put tires on and everybody was going to stay out then, so there was nothing you could do with strategy. No one was pitting, so you had to have a better handling car and that was it. I've got one more time at New Hampshire. It's a real hard racetrack to drive. It's flat and hard to pass. I'm glad it's only 300 laps. Another good points day, and we've got to keep that up. We've got seven to go to make The Chase and that seems like a lot, but we'll give it all we've got and see where we end up. I'd love to be able to stay in the top five and not have to worry about staying in the top 10 with two or three to go before race 26, but we'll see how it goes."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished seventh, moved up to a tie for fifth in series standings
"It was a good day for the Alltel Dodge as far as speed went. We had a fast car. We had a couple of problems in pit lane, but that just means we'll be awesome next week. We'll take it a step at a time. We're happy when we have a fast car and we usually have a fast car here at Loudon. If not for the last lap we would have had the fastest Dodge. Kasey Kahne passed me on the last lap. We played around like we used to in the open wheel days, but he got me. If we can keep getting top 10s, it's going to be hard to be out of the top 10 going into that 27th race. That's not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to be in the top 10 and be first. We'd like to win each race, too. We'll take what comes to us and hopefully that's good enough to get us in the Chase and win the championship. You have to learn to like 'em (top 10 finishes). If you walk away without winning each time you're going to be a sore loser the rest of your life. Forty-two other cars are out there, and the odds are stacked against you. You've got to take what comes to you when it comes to this points' racing stuff, and a top 10 is what we got today."
SLUGGER LABBE (Crew chief No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) Labbe is a native of Saco, Maine.
"We had a flat tire and when we were on pit road the caution came out. I think we fought for 120 laps to get the Lucky Dog. When we finally did get it back we were within 100 to go and there's pit strategy then. Everybody stays out. We fought back. We were 33rd with less than 100 laps to go. We ended up 19th and moved up to eighth in the standings. That's the thing Jeremy has gotten better at this year when he has an off day. We can coach him and he keeps his head on straight to salvage a good day. We could have finished 33rd real easy today. We coached him through it. He's a good listener and a hard driver. He made the best of a bad day. We were running 12th when we had the flat tire, so we would have been right there. We'd probably be sixth in points if that hadn't happened, but flat tires are part of racing. I told him not to get down. We've just got to figure out how to recover from it. It was a good day. It wasn't what we wanted, but we salvaged it and now we're going to Pocono and we're excited about that. We're taking the Charger we finished good at Charlotte and Chicago with. We made some aero changes for that track, and I think we're going to have a real good package."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 6th
"That was the best the car's been in awhile. It's great to get another top 10. We were tight. It was real loose at the start of the runs, but the longer we ran the better it would get. We were at our best at the end of a real long run. The pit stops were good, and the cautions allowed us to keep working on the car and keep getting it better. It was a real good day in the pits. The pit calls were great. We were off just a little bit with the setup, but we kept getting it better. This was the Charger we won with at Richmond, and I was really confident with it going into the race. A top 10 finish is really what we needed. It was almost a top five, but we'll be back next week at Pocono and keep plugging away."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"I don't know what happened, but we cut down a right rear tire just past the halfway mark and had to make a green-flag pit stop. The caution came out on the next lap, but we were a lap down. We got the lap back with about 80 laps to go, but passing here is no easy task. We gave it everything we had and managed to pick up about 10 spots."
"The car was loose in and tight off most of the day. Still, we had a top 15 car, probably better. It's tough to pass cars here, so track position is so important. The flat put is in the hole, but we battled to the end and got a top-20 finish. We moved up one spot in the point standings, so we'll take it and head for Pocono where we've had pretty good success in previous years."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"I'm really fortunate I have that carbon seat and the huge headrest. Hendrick has done an incredible job developing that. It hurt. That was a pretty good hit. I just pretty much got taken out. I had him (Kenseth) cleared on both deals, and when you wreck somebody there there's just no excuse in it. Matt must have been mad about something earlier in the year. I'm not sure. He raced me really hard. I finally got underneath him and had him cleared. Where he wrecked me was pretty deliberate. I couldn't even save it. It was unfortunate. I don't know what he was thinking. We were 30 laps into the race and usually you let guys go then. He raced me really hard, and my car was quite a bit better. I was just trying to be careful. I didn't want to get loose up underneath him and wreck him. As it turned out maybe I should have."