Pocono: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 14th "We just started really tight. We had a tight racecar, and the guys fixed it. I think we had a great racecar toward the center part of the race, and I was passing Dale Jarrett on the...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished 14th

"We just started really tight. We had a tight racecar, and the guys fixed it. I think we had a great racecar toward the center part of the race, and I was passing Dale Jarrett on the outside in turn three and got into the wall off the corner there. It just screwed up our right front fender. But from there it was just way too tight.

"There at the end we loosened it up enough that the car was pretty decent again. We just needed some laps. We needed laps to run, and everyone kept crashing. I had a big run at the end, and Greg Biffle put it to us. I was going by him on the outside and was all the way up to his door, and he ran me all the way into the wall. I had to lift or else drill the wall and take, probably, five or six cars out. I don't know why he did it.

"The second time (the No. 17 and No. 29) spun, Harvick came spinning right in front of me, and then he floored it in the grass and jumped back out on the track in front of me. So, I had to hit my brakes or else hit him, and then wait until he moved. I don't know what happened. I think they were just running into each other."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Finished Ninth

"We got lucky today. We messed up our pit strategy. Then it worked for us. It seemed like one set of tires was really bad and it made us go all the way back to 25th or 26th. They need to figure out exactly what they want us to do and we'll do it. I don't know why we have a drivers' meeting and they say this is what we're going to do and then not do it. Regardless if the guy has the flag up or not, they told us in the meeting that you had to go by twice. We thought we'd made a great call and they stuck it to us."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Finished 10th

"I feel like we had a good top-five car, at least sixth or seventh, but we just didn't get any race laps at the end. If we could have got in a few more green flag laps I think we could have passed a few more cars. We'd get a couple of laps and the caution would come out. The car was really good. Every time we'd get going we'd have to stop. It took us a couple of laps to get going. Three laps in we were really good. These top 10s are nice, but we're looking for some top fives."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge)--Finished 30th

"I guess Robby Gordon just ran out of talent."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- Finished 15th

"The car was really loose. I thought we had a flat, but we were just struggling with the car bouncing. We made a shock adjustment and the car had good balance the rest of the day. It was just a good day for this Cheerios team (best finish of the season). I'm really proud of these guys. They gave me a good car at the end, and we were able to get a good finish."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)--Finished 32nd

"We lost the brakes. We went in down the back straightaway going into the tunnel turn right behind Michael and hit the brakes going into the tunnel and it went right to the floor. It looks like it's only got about a quarter inch of brakes left on the right front wheel. I popped 'em and got the brakes back right now. When I went in there and hit them there was nothing there. I had a good one going. We were in pretty decent shape. I got kinda blown off on the restart there, but the car has been a struggle all weekend long. It hasn't been running as well as I wanted it to. Brakes go out all the time, but I had no indication whatsoever that I was going to lose any brakes. It's sickening to fall out like we did just now. I thought we were going to gain some points today."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge)--Finished 39th

"Pocono is a fun racetrack. Driver error hurt us today. I zinged the motor, and missed a shift on the front straightaway and put it way up above the rpm's these Dodges can handle. They're strong, but they're not that strong."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny Dodge)--Finished 37th

"It just blew up. It came out the bottom, but that's about right. We've been blowing one out of every four, so 25-30 percent of our engines we've been blowing up, so that's the way it is. We thought we had the problem solved, but evidently we don't. We blew up again, and we can't work this way. We've got to figure something out and make this thing work because even when we run bad they blow up. When we run good they blow up, so we've got to get if fixed."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)--Finished 31st

"It looked like the 18 dropped some oil and the 22 got in it. The 22 got loose and looked like he gassed it up to get down and he hung us in the right rear and turned us around. There was nothing anyone could do. We'd been pretty good. We got tight and couldn't ever get the balance back on it. We led a little bit and got up to 11th on the start. We were running fourth and cut a tire down. We got back in the back and were coming up through there. I feel bad for the guys on the Coors Light team. It's just been one of them years. We can't get things going, but this bunch doesn't give up. We're going to keep on working hard and get things turned around."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon