Talladega: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 7th "We had a great day. We had a lugnut come off and we had to come back in, but we're a team. We're going to stick together no matter what happens out on the track. We brought it home in a good...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 7th

"We had a great day. We had a lugnut come off and we had to come back in, but we're a team. We're going to stick together no matter what happens out on the track. We brought it home in a good top-10 spot. It was a good day for the Miller Lite Dodge. If it had stayed green while we were leading, that's a tough call. I think we made the right decision to come in for tires. You have a hard time holding people off when you don't have good tires. We were poised for victory today. We had a good sniff at it, but we'll go play again in Daytona."

COMMENT ON GOING TO THE FRONT "You just draft the lane you need to draft. It seems like all three lanes want to go at times, but the thing you have to do is be in mass production. It has to be a productive line. That's the lane that's going."

COMMENT ON THE SOFT BUMPERS "It's tough to find a good balance between bump drafting and when you run into a guy too hard accidently. I remember about five years ago when the radiator opening was a bit too soft and if you ran into a guy too hard it started to overheat and you had to take off tape. The soft bumpers might be a good thing."


JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 13th

"We came in here knowing we had to play defense all day and protect what we had and stay out of trouble. You hate to lay around in the back all day. It doesn't matter where you're at during the race. It's where you finish, and that's the main thing we had to concentrate on today. That was a good top 15, and hopefully it will set us up for next week at Richmond. We had a lot of luck on our side today. You've got to lay back a little bit to have a little room to miss 'em. That's what we were able to do. I'm proud of the guys. We had great pit stops and everybody kept their heads up. We came in here about as low as you can get. We're down in the points and got everything stacked against us. Everybody has their heads up, and that's important to me. As long as we're going in the right direction I think everything is going to be fine. We knew we couldn't sit in the middle all day and take a chance. It might have looked like we were taking chances, but my car drove good all day, the motor ran great and the guys did a good job in the pits. That's the sign of a good race team. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing, and I think we're going to be in good shape."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 33rd

"I think we had a good car today. Unfortunately we ran into problems before we really got started. I'm really proud of the guys the way they got us back out there. They did a lot of work on the car, and they did an awesome job."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 9th

"I think we had a top-10 car. We kept getting shuffled back, and no cars would run on the bottom real good unless they had a big head of steam. We hung in there and stayed in the middle and high all day to take care of the racecar. We got four wide a couple of times and we tried to be smart there and not do anything stupid or abrupt to force the issue. It got aggressive there at the end. We came in and got four tires on that last stop, and I think we drove back up through there better than if we didn't have tires. I'm proud of all the guys on the team. We needed to finish and have a good run.

"I really didn't have anybody to work with on that last run. The 41 and 42 probably helped me out the most all day. I worked well with them. The 19 tried to help me at the end, but we never got hooked up. We want to keep knocking out these top 10s. We've got three in the last four races and we moved up a little in the standings (four spots to 25th) today. We've got a lot of good tracks coming up, so we're looking forward to Richmond and Darlington and Charlotte."


CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 20th

"If it could go wrong, it went wrong today. We finally lost third gear toward the end of the race, and we finally dropped out of the top 10 in the standings, too. We're only a few points out, but a few points is all it takes to miss or make The Chase. We need to start finishing like we were at the beginning of the season. Maybe we'll be able to get a break next week at Richmond."


DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 34th

"We're not even 10 laps into the race and we're four wide and doing stupid stuff. What are you going to do? They can soften those bumpers up all they want. They just need to park some guys and they'd have no problem then."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 39th

"Everybody went five wide and I knew something was going to happen. We were just in the wrong spot starting that far back. I wanted to stay back there and wait, but we got in the middle of everything and got in the first wreck. Holes open up in restrictor-plate racing, and as a driver you want to do it. As a driver you also have enough sense to wait until later in the race and do it when you can and make it through it. I don't know what happened, but it was definitely the wrong time for it to happen. It's too bad. I definitely think it was too early for it to get that wild out there."

-dodge motorsports-

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