NOTE: Dodge drivers comment on the penalties received today by the 24 and 48 cars, RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger) "I'm not sure what the infraction was, but that was a pretty prime penalty considering how important track position...
NOTE: Dodge drivers comment on the penalties received today by the 24 and 48 cars,
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)
"I'm not sure what the infraction was, but that was a pretty prime penalty considering how important track position is here. It'll be interesting to see if any points go along with it. They've always been pretty good here, the 24 more than the 48. I really wasn't that confident going into this race last year. We'd struggled for most of the season and came here and had a really good run. I was totally uncomfortable in the car. I was hot, had a blister on my butt, a Charlie Horse and everything else and still finished second. I guess sometimes adversity pays off."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)
"If NASCAR's intentions are to create an equal playing field for everybody with the COT and you step out of line like this you need to hands smacked I guess. DEI did it with their rear spoiler, and now you've got two Hendrick cars that are out of code. They really want this to be a controlled environment with the COT. It'll be interesting to see what happens. You lose a little bit of practice time, but it's only an hour and a half today. It's not much. It's going to suck with those two cars starting in the back because guys up front aren't going to get any TV time."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"I think they'll get a good setup tomorrow and be very good on Sunday. NASCAR is being very strict on what you can and can't do to the COT cars. You cross the line and you get stiff penalties. They've shown that already a couple of times."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Avenger)
"You have a rule book, and we have rules. NASCAR has been adamant about the COT. For 24 months they've been adamant about the COT. Don't mess with us on this. I think we've already seen it when a mistake was made by the 8 car. We saw how drastic they approached a mistake, so anytime you get into something they deem intentional it's gonna be big. With what's gone on today, they deemed it to be intentional, so it's gonna be a little harsher. As good as those guys are, as good as Jeff it, I think it challenges Jimmie. He wants to win anyhow, so I think it just focuses him more. As good as the Hendricks' teams have been this year, it's not an issue. Qualifying is important here, but race strategy is just as important. Jeff probably wished he'd known it. He'd probably have spent another day at home with his wife and new baby."
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