KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 8th, top Raybestos rookie "It started off pretty good. We were a little too loose and got the car better and drove up to four or fifth I think. On the yellow I tried following the 20 too...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 8th, top Raybestos rookie
"It started off pretty good. We were a little too loose and got the car better and drove up to four or fifth I think. On the yellow I tried following the 20 too long down pit road and didn't get into my pit stall soon enough and slid through it when I did get to it. I lost 15 spots or something because of that. We had a pretty good racecar, so we had to pass 'em back, but I lost too much track position. Hopefully we gained some points there. We need to get in the top 10, but it's hard to do. We ran up front most of the day and had a good finish, so we're looking forward to going back to Pocono. We ran pretty good there earlier this season until I hit the wall, so we should be good to go back.
"It really seems to be pretty good being a flat track. You can pass a lot better than I thought coming into it. It's definitely not easy to pass. It takes lap after lap usually to get it done, but you can go outside, inside and just try to work somebody until you finally get 'em."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Finished 30th
"He (Dale Jarrett) just got into my rear end coming off turn four. I don't know what happened, but it was just tight racing and it was getting late in the race. I was looking in my rear view mirror and I was getting held up by that 8 car that was two laps down. I don't know if he was blocking for his teammate or what. We kept trying to move him out of the way, and he wouldn't get out of the way. Michael got underneath me and I thought I was OK there. Then the 88 got into me. That was uncharacteristic of Dale, so I don't have a problem with that. He's a good guy and I know he just made a mistake. Those other guys, I don't know about that.
"Every single race this car is in the top 10 or top five and something goofy happens. That's the most stupid thing I've ever seen. I like Dale a lot. He just made a mistake. That's all there is to it. All those restarts and that lapped 8 car was just in the way. That was unbelievably unrespectful for him to do something like that. It was ridiculous."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished 7th
"I ran third most of the day. We just got beat in the pits again. We didn't have bad pit stops. They just weren't quite quick enough to run up there with the leaders. We're just going to have to work on it. When you lose two or three spots every time you pit there's not much we can do about it. I thought we had a car fast enough to win the race, but you've just got to have good track position. I'm not sure what kind of points day it's going to turn out to be. It looks like everybody we're racing is right there with us. We probably didn't gain a lot or lose a lot. We've just got to keep digging and keep finishing."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 10th
"This hasn't been one of our best tracks. We came out of here today with a top 10, and we're really happy with that. We wanted to win here, but we'll take what we got and keep going. The track changed on us a little bit today, and we just couldn't adjust fast enough. It kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter, but we came home 10th and that's OK. This is one of the places we were really concerned about, and to get a top 10 here is a step in the right direction. I couldn't believe all those restarts, but I'm glad we had 'em there at the end. It probably really helped us. Our car was just too tight to do anything with it."
No. 9 CREW VAN HIT EN ROUTE TO NHIS -- Six members of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW team were hit from behind in the team van en route to New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday morning. The van was stopped in traffic and rear-ended while stopped. The impact knocked the van into another car, but no one was seriously injured. Jeff Seaburg, driver of the No. 9 transport truck, was sitting in the rear of the van. He complained of back pains later Sunday morning and was taken to a Concord hospital for tests. He has a strained back but was released from the hospital and returned to the track in time for the start of the race. Seaburg, a Las Vegas native, will not drive the team transporter back home to Statesville, N.C.
FERNANDEZ FINISHES SECOND IN SCCA RACE AT LIMEROCK -- John Fernandez, Director of Dodge Motorsports Operations, finished second Saturday in the SCCA T-2 Division race in Limerock, Conn, driving a Dodge SRT-4.
"We had Larry Webster from Car & Driver in the second car, and he was running really well," Fermandez said. "He qualified third and was running third in the race after three laps and had an electrical problem of some kind and blew the fuel line fuse and shut the fuel pump down. We had a lot of fun. I've won three times this year in the T-2 division, but second is the best we could do yesterday."