REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- Top rookie, second time past three races. Finished 12th "I'd never raced here before, so I didn't know what to expect. We made some changes and made it a lot better. We'll take it home and work on...
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- Top rookie, second time past three races. Finished 12th
"I'd never raced here before, so I didn't know what to expect. We made some changes and made it a lot better. We'll take it home and work on it and be better when we come back next time. I don't think we've been that bad. We just haven't had many finishes to show for it. I don't think we've had many problems. We've just had some bad luck, and now it looks like we've got some luck on our side."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Finished 18th
"They said I purposely caused a caution. I was obviously out of control, and by the time I regained control the engine had stalled. I hit the brakes so hard I stalled the engine. I guess that was the deal. It was unfortunate. We had a car that could have run in the top 10 at times today, but we just struggled today. We'll get 'em at Texas."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished 11th
"We were just wicked loose all day. I can't figure out what happened to the car between yesterday and today. It was great yesterday and way off today. We wound up taking a half rubber out of the right rear and that made the car at least good enough that I could get on the gas off the corners. Guess we're even with the 17 car. We'd gotten around him for seventh. He bumped me up the track and we fell back to 12th with about 40 to go. We came in and got four fresh tires there at the end, but we were just so darn loose that we couldn't use them to our advantage."
CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished 27th
"We broke a rear gear early on. We got a lap down early, but that was just because we started so far in the back. I really thought we had a decent car. I thought we'd be able to battle back and get our lap back and run pretty good, but the rear end gear broke. That's the second one we broke this weekend. We broke one Friday in practice. The 40 ended up breaking two gears. We've got some kind of issue with the gears at the shop."
COMMENT ON STAYING IN THE TOP 10 "I can't believe it. The way our last three races have gone, I can't believe we maintained 10th in the points. Bristol and Martinsville are probably two of our worst tracks. A lot of our strong tracks are starting to come up. I'm really looking forward to Texas and Darlington. We had two top fives last year at Texas, so I'm really looking forward to that."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 26th
"We were good all day. We've just got a monkey on our back and can't get it off for some reason. I don't know why. We had the car working good all day until right there at the end. The guys worked hard, and you can't really complain. We've just dug ourselves in a hole, and we've got to figure out how to dig out."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Riggs finished 10th at Martinsville, his first top-10 finish of the season. He moved up six spots to 30th in the series standings.
"We had a pretty decent car. We just needed track position. The car was really sliding the nose early in the race, but we adjusted on it and got it freed up. Track position was just really key today, and we had to pick the right time to make that call today. My Team Director Rodney Childers made a great call on adjustments toward the end. I was screaming about being tight, and he said it looked like I was having to turn to the right too much on entry. I just thought we had too much rear brake. We tightened it up so I could put more wheel in it sooner and that was a great call. I got a lap down there at one point when I wheel hoped entering the corners and spun with the 01. But we hung in there and got the lucky dog. It was a good, solid finish for us today."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Schwan's Home Service Dodge Charger) -- Finished 30th
"Ganassi's guys had gear trouble and we had gear trouble. Then I guess something started missing in the engines. I don't know what it is yet. It could be ignitions. It gets so hot up here. It missed on one ignition box and didn't miss on the other, but we were so many laps down by then it didn't make any difference."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 35th, tied for fourth in series standings
"It looks like it might have been a valve spring, something that wasn't too bad, but it ended up getting worse and worse and we couldn't run up front any more. We'll just have to look forward to going to Texas now. We ran in the top three the first half of the race. We got a little loose and dropped back to fourth, but we were just one or two adjustments from being a top three car. It was fun while it lasted. I think a valve spring broke or something. We had a great racecar. We finished second in this race last year, but this was the best car I'd ever had here at Martinsville. We were having a lot of fun out there. It just wasn't our day. These guys are doing a great job, and we just had a little problem today. We'll regroup and bounce back next week at Texas. I'm really looking forward to that race."