Phoenix II: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 7th "The front wouldn't turn and the back was loose in order to try to make it turn. It wasn't a fun car to drive, but it was decent. It was a top 10 car and we had a better race than we ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 7th

"The front wouldn't turn and the back was loose in order to try to make it turn. It wasn't a fun car to drive, but it was decent. It was a top 10 car and we had a better race than we expected. I couldn't see anything. The sun is straight in your eyes all the way until you have to brake. You just guess and make sure you don't hit the guy in front of you on restarts. He gasses first and then you go. That's just the way it is. I think they should start the race an hour earlier. That causes wrecks."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 8th

"We ran really good early on and seemed to fade in the end. That's kind of the MO. We're working on it. We finished strong at the end. We capitalized on other people's mistakes, and I feel like I made a mistake by not taking two tires like Mark Martin did at the end. The crew chief wanted to make the call, but I just didn't feel like our chassis was strong enough. All-in-all we got another top 10 finish with the Miller Lite Dodge. It's amazingly difficult to see out there when the sun's going down. You just hope you have the right lane when you need it. If you're in a bad lane you can end up with a wrecked race car."

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CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 26th

"They were black-flagging the 07 to come in. I thought it was just tire smoke, but he was leading fluid. I was pinched down. I had nowhere to go but behind him because people were on the outside of me. He laid some water or oil down or something and we spun out. It was another one of those days when we were just hanging in there. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 15th

"That was a decent finish. We kept the fenders on it. I wish we could have done better, but getting spun out in that accident hurt us a little bit track position wise. I wish we could have come back up. It's nice to have tires at the end, but it just wasn't enough."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 17th

"It took a lot of patience out there today. It's tough racing that way. It's hard to have to give and take that much. We were able to. We got a 17th place finish, and that's what we needed to do make our spot a little bit better for top 35. We built ourselves a little bit of a cushion with the Dodge Charger before we get to Homestead. That's our main goal. It's hard racing that way -- I had to be so careful and not really be aggressive on the track. We couldn't take any chances. Seventeenth is what we needed to have today to beat everybody we're racing."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) -- 22nd

"This was a good day for us. We had to overcome a lot, starting with our qualifying result. The car wasn't handling well early on in the race, and we went a lap down which is easy to do when you start in the rear. But Rodney (Team Director Childers) made the right adjustments, and we finally got the lucky dog late in the race and were able to climb up to 22nd. Our Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger was a better car than that, but we will take it and move on to next week."

COMMENT ON THE FLU SYMPTONS YOU FOUGHT ALL WEEKEND "I was pretty sick this morning, but after a visit to the care center, the NASCAR medical staff got me hydrated and I was good to go for the race."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin