KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "We were pretty close all day. We just didn't get that little bit that some of the other guys had. We saw a couple of those guys at the end, and they didn't have it then as much. Kenseth got it...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We were pretty close all day. We just didn't get that little bit that some of the other guys had. We saw a couple of those guys at the end, and they didn't have it then as much. Kenseth got it at the end. Jeff Gordon had it all day, and I don't think Junior was as strong at the end as he was early. We were about the same all day long. We tried to make it a little better, but we just couldn't find anything better. I'm just glad we finished.
"It was a little more slippery today than it was here the first race. We had to tighten our car up some from the last time we were here and we were still loose. It was a real good run, and the guys did an awesome job. We finally got the car back in one piece. Two weeks in a row I didn't. It's nice to do that. It's nice to race at Michigan. We had two top fives here this year.
"That's the way it's going to be. It's going to be tough to get back in there (top 10 points), but if we do our job hopefully it'll happen. You just never know in racing. It's an up and down sport, but it's definitely exciting. I think that's what keeps bringing the driver and teams and all the fans back.
"It was nice to finish the race. It'll be nice not to have to watch myself on TV screw up the last lap. The team did a great job in the pits all day. We just couldn't get that little extra we needed, but we ran fourth, fifth and sixth just about all day, and I'm pretty happy to be there. I'm happy we got some points, and we're looking good for those next three races.
"For Elliott to come in his first week and his guys to step up... Scott Riggs did a good job, too. I know he was a lap down at one point and fought back. Everybody did a good job. We were fighting hard, and we've got to keep fighting hard. We've raced well at these three upcoming tracks before. We finally had a good finish today, so we're excited to go to those three tracks. I'm not going to be mad at myself all week this week. I felt like I did a good job and the team definitely did a good job. We had the best Dodge out here by far today. We're looking forward to good things to come in these last 13 races. That's all I could get out of the car today. Somebody else might have been able to get more, but that was all I could get today. We tried to do everything we could, and fourth is the best we could do today.
"I saw Junior running out front today, then I saw him behind me, then I was racing with him. I'm not really worried about Junior. These are some good tracks coming up for him. I really think Junior is going to get in. I'm just confident we're going to run well, and if we do that, we're going to pass somebody else. I don't think it's going to be Junior. I think he's going to be good at these next three races.
"I'm happy we finished. I'm happy we got a top five. That was our first top five in awhile. I'm happy with the team, and I'm looking forward to these next three. We've got to keep it up and play hard to get in The Chase. There's lots of pressure. Every sponsor out there wants you in it. Every sponsor, teams, owners, family, drivers, we all want to be there. We're doing all we can and whatever happens, happens.
"All the guys in the top 12 or 13 are there for a reason. They've been there all year and at this point in the season they're the guys you're going to battle with each week. We need to beat those guys in order to gain a lot of points each week, and I don't know if that's going to happen. I was taking it easy (on last lap). I don't think I ran quite as fast on my last lap as I did on my second to last lap. If I had to battle somebody or raced somebody I would have probably battled them pretty hard. It was just racing on those other two deals, and I feel bad about it."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"Overall it was a pretty good day. We fought a loose car most of the day, and we made a bunch of changes like spring rubbers and track bar at the beginning of the race so we could gain track position at the end. It's pretty special to get this team their first top 10 this year on our first race together. The guys did a great job. I've got a lot to learn about what these Dodges want and that's going to be our focus. But now we've got something to build on."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"We struggled all day. We kept making changes. We'd come in and put on four new tires and it would be way too tight. We'd make a couple more changes and it would be too loose. I couldn't drive it. It was too loose on the long run. We had outstanding pit stops all day long and got the car decent at the end. We got a decent finish. We were fortunate to get our lap back and fortunate not to have it balled up in a wad. We've just got to keep digging and dig deep. This isn't the kind of finishes we want, but at least we're finishing. Fourteenth on a bad day is decent. We've got to keep learning and getting better."
RAY EVERNHAM (President, CEO Evernham Motorsports)
"I'm excited for this whole team. This shows that our cars, our people and our processes are good. We had good cars today -- not good enough to win but good enough to bring home three top-15 finishes. All three cars ran close set-ups and they were competitive all day. I knew that Sadler would help with the communication and attitude for this team. I think he's the best guy to get this team on the right path."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"I was just trying to drive too hard I guess. We had a car that was close enough. We actually led one lap. Then on that same set of tires we went to wrecking loose. Next week is Bristol, and it's a good track for us, but we're running out of time. It helps a little that we're going to Bristol, though. This year has been a long run trying to get in The Chase. We've been in it the past two years, but we're not disappointed in how we've run lately. I'm confused a little. We've been struggling on the mile and a half and two-mile tracks. We'll bounce back next week and try to win another one at Bristol. I had a fender rub after I brushed the wall, and that's what cut the tire today. We just got off on the setup and couldn't quite get it back underneath us."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
"We had a real good car at times. I don't know what happened to the last set of tires on that last run. We were just wicked loose, and I couldn't drive it and couldn't go anywhere in traffic. I'm excited we had a car that was good enough to get the lucky dog. We haven't got that in a long time. We qualified good, but we were just inconsistent in the race. We had knocked a hole in the grill. Something hit the grill and knocked a hole through it the size of a softball. That put us back for a big part of the race. That big long run we had was all of that. That got us a lap down. We fought back, but it wasn't the end result we should have had. I'm looking forward to Bristol. We had a good run there in the spring and obviously Kurt had a good run. We're going to race the Busch car and Cup car there the same weekend, so that should be fun."
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