Texas: Dodge teams race quotes

SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) -- 7th "This was good for us, but we had a lot better car than a seventh-place car. We worked our tails off all day long to get up there and we kept trying to get good track position. We...

SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) -- 7th

"This was good for us, but we had a lot better car than a seventh-place car. We worked our tails off all day long to get up there and we kept trying to get good track position. We needed the good track position there at the end and we didn't get it. We came in on that last pit stop and got four tires and all day long the car just wouldn't get going on restarts. I was a good long run car. We played with air pressures and stuff like that and nothing would help it. Kasey's car got going on that last restart and he won the race. I don't know what happened to us. We just couldn't get going. I'm proud of all the guys, but I'm still disappointed because I thought we had a car that could have won the race.

"We were really strong on the long runs. I wish we could have had a long green flag run there at the end. If it had stayed green we would have had a shot at it, but you never know what's going to happen. We're getting better every week, but it's frustrating when you've got a good car. We didn't qualify very well, but we had a good, solid run going and I wish we could have finished up there where we deserved to be. That was closer to the front.

"On the long run, they said we were a tenth or two better than Kasey. That's what I wanted, the long run, not those restarts. Those restarts killed me. Two top 10s in a row is all right, but we were looking for a top five here for sure. Not getting it is just not any good."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 34th

"I don't know what he (Greg Biffle) was doing. I was a lapped car trying to get out of the way. He had trouble passing the 21, and he checked up down the straightaway. I tried not to get into him. I had nowhere to go. He had a fast racecar. He caught me from like 20 car lengths back in like a lap, so I don't know why he couldn't pass the 21. I was just trying to get out of the way."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- 10th

"We had a good car. It was in and out of the top 10 all day. We just couldn't get some of the track position we needed, and it wasn't quite as fast as we needed it to be at times. The guys did a good job. We could have had four top 10s in a row if things had gone a little more our way, but this is the best I've run on a big track in a long time, so I'm real excited about what we did today."

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KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Schwan's Home Service Dodge Charger) -- 39th

"We had engine trouble, and I think it's the same thing that happened last week, too. It's something in the valve train. We all sat down and discussed it, and I don't think any of us thought it would be an issue at a place like this. We started off too tight today, and then we got good. We got our lap back, and I think we were going to be really good."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge) -- 40th

"Something happened in front of us. I saw Casey Mears get sideways, but I'm pretty sure Sterling Marlin's hair piece just got in his eyes and he couldn't see what was going on. It was unfortunate. The Alltel Dodge, we were just minding our own business, staying in the back. We didn't have a good enough car to be up there in the top five or the top 10. We were just trying to stay clean and keep our nose clean. He pretty deliberately stuffed us.

"Sterling just dumped us, and it was unfortunate. We were minding our own business running around in the back there and trying to stay on the lead lap. We didn't have a car that was good in dirty air, and I'm pretty sure he deliberately dumped us. I don't know why. I don't have any idea why.

"I wouldn't say it's real rough, but you've got a few attitudes out there. We haven't run good most of the year. We were trying to stay on the lead lap, and we were doing that and doing just that, and trying to put ourselves in position to get track position at the end, but Sterling ended our day.

"The car was probably the best it's been on the mile and a half tracks so far this year. I guess that's a good thing to say, but we've still got a lot of work to do."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears