SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger) -- 8th "We made some pretty big changes on the car this morning. We talked about it last night, and we were pretty bad in Happy Hour yesterday. We made a lot of big changes, and we knew...
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger) -- 8th
"We made some pretty big changes on the car this morning. We talked about it last night, and we were pretty bad in Happy Hour yesterday. We made a lot of big changes, and we knew we needed to free it up to get it to rotate in the middle, but we had to keep that drive off. They made good changes. They made changes that would help the car through the middle of the corner. I was just a little too free on entry and exit. We kept putting wedge in it and tightening it up all day. We tightened it up a little bit and it got good and then all of a sudden the sun went in and it cooled off and it got really loose. We kept tightening it up and after that little rain shower we had and that little bit of red flag we tightened it up a little bit more and man we were hooked up. It was driving well. It's nice to recover like that. It's nice to keep working all weekend. I wish we could have got the car that good in final practice and we could have just kept fine-tuning all day and kept that track position and been up front.
"Some how all the bad luck we had all year didn't hit us today. We got a lap down and then we immediately got the Lucky Dog. That was definitely a blessing for us. We know we need to come in and do the best we can no matter where the points are or where we're at right now. We know we've got to go forward and keep getting better.
"The other two Evernham cars struggled today. At least we had one car that ran good this weekend, and hopefully we can go back and learn from that. Then everybody can have a little better prediction of what to expect when we come back at a place like this or other short tracks. I'm ready to go to Richmond and get this Avenger dialed in. I think that will be a good stepping stone for us. Then we'll get back in the Charger at Texas and see what we can do."
KASEY KAHNE (No 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger) -- 25th
"Bad car, bad adjustments and bad driver.The pit crew did a good job in the pits. They had good pit stops every time. But the adjustments weren't good. Nothing was good. It was a disappointing day for everybody. We got a little better toward the end, but we were still struggling. We struggled all weekend long. We qualified 41st and it didn't get any better from there. We've got a lot to learn about these cars (Car of Tomorrow), that's for sure."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger) -- 24th
"We're still trying to get a handle on what this Dodge Avenger needs in terms of adjustments. We kept trying different things, and we just couldn't get the car where we wanted it. We really worked on our pit strategy -- staying out on cautions and taking two tires instead of four. That helped us get out front and lead a few laps early in the race. But, we couldn't stay up there because we kept fighting the handling. We're going to test at Richmond and Rockingham this week, so hopefully we'll learn more about racing this new car."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 2 alltel Dodge Avenger) -- 14th
"I knocked the tow out when I hit the 00 and it just messed the car up. We had a fast race car. We drove it up to eighth and never got good track position and never got good strategy as far as getting track position. It just didn't work out today. The alltel Dodge was pretty good today. I'd say we had a top 10 car on a long run, but we didn't quite finish there. We should have taken tires at the end, but coulda, woulda, shoulda. We made it out of Martinsville with another COT.
"We got three wide on the back straightaway on that last restart and he (Montoya) overdrove turn one. I thought he turned left. He said I just ran him out of room. He was up against the wall. It was just racin'."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) -- 12th
"We started 12th and finished 12th, so I guess that means we had a 12th-place car, but I thought we could have finished a little better. It was a decent points day. We picked up three spots, so we'll go to Richmond and test the Avenger a couple of days this week and then head to Texas and see what happens there."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger) -- 35th
"It's been a horrible day. This is the worst day we've had all year. This reminds me of last year when our team was bad. Or whatever reason this car isn't good. We know we've got a good car from last week. We'll probably just take that one to Phoenix. We changed the whole setup this morning. We put in Reed's setup and it isn't any better. Maybe we should have taken Montoya's setup because his is better yet. We'll do the best we can and maybe we can come out of here with a decent day. I was kinda hoping they'd call it. I'd had all the fun I could take."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger) -- 16th
"Bristol was kinda hard, but this is good today. We knew we were going to have good and bad days. When the car is good you look good. If you come in and have a good car you're going to be fast. If you come in and the car isn't working you're going to have a tough time. The car is pretty good today. This is hard. It's a lot of hard work, but it's good. It really didn't matter to me if we started back or not. We've got a good car, so if it comes it comes. Points are points. I guess I'm surprising myself a little bit. We're doing good, but we'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Avenger) -- 43rd
"I went down into turn one and hit the brakes and they went all the way to the floor. Something had to go wrong. We had to break something. We didn't run long enough to have a brake problem, but we ran long enough for the brakes to have a problem. It gave us no indication of that. Something might have been rubbing or something might have broke somewhere in the system."
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