Phoenix: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "Guess I've seen it all this time. The window net fell down with about 25 laps to go, and I was driving and trying to get it latched back up at the same time. They finally black flagged us and we had...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"Guess I've seen it all this time. The window net fell down with about 25 laps to go, and I was driving and trying to get it latched back up at the same time. They finally black flagged us and we had to come in with four laps to go to get it back up to their approval. We just had too much cross weight in the car. We'll get it figured out and get it all turned around sooner or later. We just missed the handle on it tonight. The car would run real good when it had fresh tires on it at the beginning of the race. It got real tight as the race went on."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"We worked hard to get there and had great fuel mileage. The engine ran great and the fuel mileage was there, too. It was definitely good we had all that so we could pass a couple of those guys that ran out at the end. It wasn't the best car we've had all year, but a sixth-place with that was a great team effort. The guys did a great job. It sounds like it could be a good points' night, too. I got Jimmie on the last lap. It's tough to say how good the car really was tonight. It felt decent, but it wasn't what we really wanted. We drove it to the pits, and that's all that matters."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

"I don't think I ran it hard enough that last run to run us out of gas. We were too loose and never could get back in the throttle. I backed off a little the last five laps because I knew I couldn't catch the 9 car. I didn't want anybody catching me. That's three out of four top 10s. How's that? We've still got some work to do. We're here, but we need to move it up. How do we get there? We've just got to keep clawing at it. We're finding all the little things that make big things. We didn't tear anything up tonight because we don't have enough cars to tear up. We finished in the top 10. We're good to go to Talladega. We've got a brand new car for Talladega, so bring it on. I'm ready."


CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

"I think our car was better than a 20th-place car, but that's where we ended up. We managed to hang on to 10th place, but we've got to get things turned around if we're planning to stay there. We started the season off right at Daytona with a runner-up finish and we're headed to Talladega. Those two tracks are a lot more different than people think, and we're not taking the same car to Talladega but it sure would be nice to get similar results."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"They bunched up and got crossed up in front of me and I had nowhere to go. I think I locked the brakes up and got into the wall, but there was no way to miss the crash. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our Alltel Dodge was really good there at that point. We needed track position, and we were working on that. The car was really good. I had no complaints with the car at all. The guys did an awesome job. We kind of held our ground all night and were waiting to make a run. I think the 8 got into the 45 before all that stuff happened, but it's typical Phoenix off turn four. When one car gets spun everybody does. We were racing real hard, and I've been on both ends of that one here at Phoenix. The bottom line it was just a chain reaction. I didn't think there was anything wrong with the way anyone was driving. We went almost 100 laps under green. It was good racing I thought. We ran good tonight. We just never got to be able to move up. We weren't the strongest car our there. I'm not saying that, but this was one of the highlights so far this season for us, and that's a good thing. The track came to us like we anticipated, and it's just unfortunate it ended the way it did."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

"I really don't know what happened, but it didn't look good. I know we hit the right side pretty hard. We got hit by somebody. Obviously a bunch of cars were involved, but I'm not sure what started it. It's hard to see with that sun. That's probably what caused a lot of it. I got on the brakes and the next thing I know we got turned around and into the wall. We weren't real good before that. We came in just before that and made some real big changes. We went back out and that's the first time we were able to pass anybody all night. We got it a little bit better and then we wrecked, so we didn't really get a chance to see what we could do."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"I just got loose exiting the turn and looped around on the backstretch. It was my fault. We are all trying not to make mistakes on this Valvoline Evernham Racing team because we have seen how much potential we have. It's real disappointing because the guys built me a great car. Rodney made some great changes after happy hour, and the team picked me up four spots of pit road just before I spun. We were all the way up to 13th and heading for another strong finish. We will just have to get them next week at Talladega."

-dodge motorsports-

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