RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Samsung HDTV/Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 4th DESPITE GOING A LAP DOWN WHILE IN 11TH POSITION, HOW DID YOU BATTLE BACK TO A TOP 10 TODAY? "We started 'off', I mean really 'off'. Roy (McCauley, crew chief)) did a good job of...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Samsung HDTV/Alltel Dodge Charger) Finished 4th
DESPITE GOING A LAP DOWN WHILE IN 11TH POSITION, HOW DID YOU BATTLE BACK TO A TOP 10 TODAY? "We started 'off', I mean really 'off'. Roy (McCauley, crew chief)) did a good job of adjusting on the car. We kept working on it and we made some good adjustments to make the car better and better all day. We eventually got a lap down, but when you're 11th and going a lap down, that's not too shabby. We've got some work to do. We made some adjustments and made the Alltel/Samsung Dodge Charger better and got a top 10 out of it."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
YOUR CAR SEEMED TO WORK BEST ON LONG RUNS TODAY? "Our No. 41 Target Dodge Charger was pretty good on some long green runs. We struggled a bit at the start of runs, but I think a lot of people did. I just wish that we could have started out faster because I think that as the race went on, we seemed to find what the car liked. Overall, we probably finished where we deserved."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 25th
YOU HAD A TOP 15 CAR MOST OF THE DAY, WHAT HAPPENDED TO THE CAR LATE IN THE RACE? "I'm not sure yet. Before we had our problem (front vibration), I think we were getting the car better and up to a top 10 position. We ran from 10th to 12th for the majority of the race. I'm not sure what happened, but I felt a vibration and thought that a tire may be going down, so I had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop. It ended up being the front splitter issue and I lost a ton or track position."
KENNY FRANCIS (Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
HOW HARD WAS IT TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS ON THIS SLICK TRACK TODAY? "With these hard tires on a slick track like Texas, it really makes it tough on everyone. We're on a really hard tire here and I think that makes all the adjustments super-sensitive. You can kind of be tight - doing a pound of air or a round of wedge on an adjustment - and then all of a sudden 'bam' you're loose. It's just hard to find where that fine line of making the right adjustment is right now. You can be fine and making adjustments and helping the car, then all of a sudden it's completely different."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy/Garmin Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN? "This was just a frustrating race for the Best Buy Dodge team. We had problems with the front end sticking to the track as it went through the turns. Rodney (Childers, Team Director) and the guys had great pit stops, but we just had trouble finding the right air pressure and chassis adjustments. If the car would have responded better, we would have finished better because we were flying there for quite awhile.
"At around the halfway point, they told me we were running top-15 lap times but were stuck one lap down in 25th. I don't if things would have been different if we got the Lucky Dog, but it would have been nice to find out."
YOU HAD TO SWITCH IGNITION BOXES AT LAP 100? "Yeah, the car just slowed down and I went to the apron to get out of the way. I first thought it was the motor, but then realized it was electrical and quickly switched ignition boxes. Once I did that, the car went back to full power and we had no problems the rest of the race in that area."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 28th
HOW HAPPY WERE YOU WITH YOUR RUN TODAY? "I'm really happy. We're getting better in the race time and that's important. We need to get those points and a couple of top-30s there so I'm pretty happy about that. When you spend so much time qualifying it takes the whole race to get the car to work properly, you know, just sliding and sliding and sliding and fixing it and fixing it. You get in the race and we made some changes this morning and the Valvoline Dodge was pretty good at the end. I decided to go out the back. I didn't want to risk it and just get the points. We're still in a safe mode as we say. I don't want to race anybody so I just wave them by. I can't wait to start racing. We need the points."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger) Finished 30th
YOUR CAR SEEMED TO BE A HANDFUL EARLY ON IN THE RACE? "There's no doubt about that. I think that I hit the wall about nine times today. We just completely missed the set up on our Jim Beam Dodge Charger. And as tricky as the track was today, you had to be spot-on to get your car to run well. We've got some work to do that's for sure."
SAM HORNISH JR., (No 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 34th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY? "We had a pretty good car to start out with. We made some adjustments that just didn't get the car to react the way we wanted it to. Then I got into some traffic and flat-sided the car. When that happened, it started to let some of the exhaust into the car which made it a lot hotter inside for me. The guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge Charger did what they needed to keep us in the top 35. Obviously it wasn't the kind of day that we wanted, but it could have been worse. It is what it is and we just have to keep moving forward and working on our car in trying to make it better."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE INCIDENT WITH DAVID REUTIMANN? "He saw that I got a run on him and went to go to the inside and he tried to block me and we got together. And then I got a little bit mad and decided to bump him. It was an interesting half a lap."
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