KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) "That was a real good run for us. Tommy Baldwin and the whole Dodge Dealers/UAW team did a great job today. We were good for the final run there. It's pretty cool to be here at Michigan. We had newer...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"That was a real good run for us. Tommy Baldwin and the whole Dodge Dealers/UAW team did a great job today. We were good for the final run there. It's pretty cool to be here at Michigan. We had newer tires, and I think at any time we could have caught him. It took us about three pit stops. The first one we actually went the wrong direction. Tommy Baldwin made some good choices. It was fun to come back after being a lap down."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We had a real good car. We kept adjusting on it. It was too tight, and we finally got it where we needed it. That last set of tires we adjusted the air pressure just a wee little bit. It started bottoming out a lot. We had 'em. They threw a caution. It was another one of those debris cautions. I never did see any debris, but that's it. That cost us the win up here last year. We pushed those last few laps, and I had to lift. It just got too tight."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"We just missed it today. I was very excited about this race. We tested that car and it ran good. Every practice session it ran good. We started the race and didn't run very good. I don't know what happened. I have no idea."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Dodge)
"We were decent on long runs today. The car was just a touch snug, but it came back to us on longer runs. We came in on that last caution and took four tires. That helped. We were able to rebound back to a top-20 finish. All-in-all it was a pretty good day for us."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
"Something in the motor broke and ended our day. We had a really good car. That's the first time since Darlington that I felt like we had a car capable of winning. We started 30th and the car was good all day long. We didn't make that many adjustments. We were just kind of riding around there. This place is really hard on motors. We turned about 9,500 (rpm) today and it stays there for a really long time. We thought we had the motor stuff figured out. We broke a motor in Atlanta. It was the same thing. We went back and we felt like we'd figured it out. We ran the 600 and turned a ton of rpm's there. I thought everything was OK, but we'll just have to keep working on it. It was really tough. I saw Kasey (Kahne) was a lap down and Ryan Newman was a lap down. I thought we had a shot to win the race, so you think you're going to have a really good points' day if you just finish. Then to have stuff like that happen, but that's just part of it."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Jasper/Kodak Dodge)
"Good day, bad day, good day, bad day, good day. Racing is an up and down deal. The guys worked their tails off. The Kodak/Jasper team led our first laps, real official laps of the year. It put this team where it belongs, and that's up front. Congratulations to Ryan Newman. Way to kick some butt. We were pretty darn good, and something happened one lap and shot me up the racetrack. I still don't know what happened. It hurt our day a little bit, but the Kodak team battled back. Tires, no tires and it got us back up to 16th. We'll take it. It felt good to let 'em know we're really coming around. I'm used to running up front, and I need to get back to being used to that. We gained five or six spots putting tires on with a few laps to go, so I'm happy."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"We were decent at times today. We didn't pit that one time and got up front. I'm not sure what happened, but we ended up on seven cylinders and that was that."