KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) "We started off the race strong after we had that tire go down it was too hard to make up ground after that." *** PAT TRYSON (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) "It was just a long day...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)
"We started off the race strong after we had that tire go down it was too hard to make up ground after that."
PAT TRYSON (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) "It was just a long day from the get go. We were OK at the start of the race then we got back in traffic and got messed up a little bit. We had the tire go down and got a lap down, bent the suspension. We were able to get the lucky dog and get back on the lead lap; twice. There at the end we got hit on the restart and busted our transmission. I guess that is just the nature of the beast right now. Nothing seems to be going our way."
JUAN MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"We had a good day. We worked on the car all day and couldn't get where we wanted to be, but I think in general it was a great day. A top 10 here, it's a big thing."
IS THIS ONE OF THE BEST RACES THAT YOU HAVE DRIVEN ALL YEAR? "Probably Indy. This was pretty good for a short track. We did the ultimate: qualify bad and race good and that is pretty good."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"The car was good on long runs. With 20 cautions, there weren't that many long runs. We managed to keep the car pretty clean through the first 400 laps, but that wasn't the case the rest of the way. That didn't help us as we had to make a couple of extra pit stops. At one point just past the halfway mark, our Dodge Avenger was turning the same lap time in traffic as the leader was in the open. We're gaining with the car of tomorrow. We should have had a top 10 here today."
Scott Riggs (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)
"It was a good race for the No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge. We avoided the wrecks and stayed on the lead lap. The car was too tight at the start but the track got slicker as the race went on. Rodney (Team Director Rodney Childers) adjusted on the car every stop and by the end of the race we had it pretty well dialed in."
"I really want to apologize to my teammate Elliott (Sadler). It certainly was not intentional that I got into him. I was trying to avoid the 07 car and I started wheel hopping entering turn one and made contact with him. It's hard to enjoy this finish when you know your teammate's day was ruined."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Avenger)
ON MAKING HIS 810TH START TODAY MOVING HIM INTO FIFTH PLACE ALL-TIME "It's pretty cool to think you've run 800 some races and my father [Richard Petty] has run over 1,000. I look at guys like Ricky [Rudd] and I stand in awe. You look at the races he has run and the wrecks he has been in. I'm humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys. When we started that's how it was; drivers expected to run into their late 40's. It means I've been here a long time."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Goody's Headache Powders Dodge Avenger)
"We're getting better. Our guys are doing a good job. We just have to keep hammering away. We keep running well but our finishes aren't vindictive of what we've been running."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Target House Dodge Avenger)
"We had a pretty rough day today. We got a lap down but the car was a little loose on the long run. It's too tough to pass out there. At the end of the day everybody will walk away, they'll be a little bit mad. It's just a product of the racing around here. Everyone has the same car."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"We had a good car today, I think a top 15 at least. Unfortunately, that opportunity was taken away from us before we had completed 100 laps. After my crew made all the repairs and we came back out, the car still handled well in the corners and that's the key to success here at Martinsville. The rest of the race, we worked on different things, trying to find anything that could help us at Phoenix. We certainly didn't get the kind of finish our car was capable of today."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Avenger)
"The motor went out. It is always the drivers fault. We just had some problems getting into second gear. The car was good and everybody did a real good job getting this car ready. It was actually pretty good the last 20 laps. The pit crew did a good job. The guys are getting really good at getting these cars better so it's a shame."
-credit: dodge motorsports