KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 16th, 8th in points, 110 behind leader Kevin Harvick "We didn't qualify that well, but we worked our way into the top 10 in the first half of the race. Then, we had a tire going...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 16th, 8th in points, 110 behind leader Kevin Harvick
"We didn't qualify that well, but we worked our way into the top 10 in the first half of the race. Then, we had a tire going down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green. That put us two laps down, but we overcame that, got those laps back and we were running in the top 10 with 50 laps to go. On the last pit stop, we got blocked in and had to back up, so that cost us a couple of spots in track position. I still thought we could get a top 10, but the car was just too tight at the end and we couldn't go anywhere."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"It was a great day for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team, finishing in the top 10. I think it shows our team is jelling together. Josh (Browne, team director) made some awesome adjustments, and we went for track position there at the end and it worked in our favor. We improved our position in the owners' points, and that was our second top-10 in five races since I came to Evernham Motorsports. It was also our best finish here. All in all, it was a great weekend for the No. 19 team."
RAY EVERNHAM (Owner, CEO Evernham Motorsports)
"We didn't really have a great racecar today. We were a seventh, eight or ninth-place car. We had to keep trying different pit strategies. We would have probably finished there, but we got blocked in on that last pit stop. Once we lost track position, we had to take two tires and that killed us."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
"The track was actually pretty good. Our car got a little tighter as we went along. I'm not really sure what happened. We wrecked, but I need to see a replay to know for sure what happened."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)
"This was a tough day. The handling wasn't as good as we wanted. Our tire got cut entering Turn 3 and that put us in the outside wall and cost us a good finish. We worked hard on the car and avoided taking a DNF. In these final races we are gunning for some top finishes so we will be going straight from here to test tomorrow at Kentucky to do what we can to finish out the year strong."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1/Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 12th
"We had a good car. At times we showed skills of greatness. At times we were really good and then we had one bad run there at the end and didn't have the greatest track position at the end. I thought we had a pretty good car. We just couldn't show it, but I'm happy to say two weeks in a row that we had a better car than we finished. We haven't been able to say that a lot this year. I look forward to going to Dover. It's been one of my favorite tracks. New Hampshire has been one of my favorite tracks, too. Matt (crew chief Borland) said 15 laps into the run that we had the quickest car. We were sitting back in eighth position. We had a fast car. We just never got the right conditions to show it. We weren't up front when our car was good to be able to stay up front. I think we could have stayed up there. When we came in third and came out sixth or seventh on that last stop, that hurt a little bit."
FIRST SEASON YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN THE CHASE. WAS IT IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND TODAY? "Yeah, it sucks, no doubt. We know why we're not in The Chase, and we're trying to fix those things for this year and next year."
ROGER PENSKE JUST SAID HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TWO CARS IN THE CHASE NEXT YEAR "I think we should. There's no reason why we shouldn't. If your team has its game together, and we should -- we say we have the resources. We say we have the people. If we don't do it, then obviously we don't have those things."
ANY ADVICE FOR KASEY KAHNE IT BEING HIS FIRST TIME IN THE CHASE? "Just stay smart. You never know what's going to happen to people like Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. They're not out of it, but anything can come your way a lot easier than it can go away from you. There may be only one guy who doesn't have any problems in the final 10 races, but that just depends on if he's the guy to beat or not. If a guy runs mediocre, doesn't have a bad race and finishes 10th in all of them, he's got a good shot at winning the championship. A guy who wins the most races might not win the championship as we've seen in the past. It all depends on how the cookie crumbles."
IS YOUR TEAM EXPERIMENTING? "There's no such thing as experimenting. We're going out there racing, doing what we think is right to make our car fast. There's no such thing as experimenting on our part. We're trying things based on what we think is right to make the car go faster."
HOW MANY OF THE LAST NINE RACES CAN YOU WIN? "We're going to go into it saying we can win nine, but one of our strong suits is Talladega. Other tracks I look forward to are Dover, Martinsville and Charlotte. We'll do some homework for the rest of them and try to improve, but I'm really looking forward to most of these upcoming tracks."
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