Texas II: Dodge teams race quotes

CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) "It was kinda wild there at the end, but the closest thing we almost got into was the 10 there at the end when he crashed. We had about a 10th or 12th-place car all day long if we got it right.

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

"It was kinda wild there at the end, but the closest thing we almost got into was the 10 there at the end when he crashed. We had about a 10th or 12th-place car all day long if we got it right. Some guys didn't finish and we hung in there all day and made the right calls at the end and got some track position. We got a good finish out of it. It was tight all day and didn't turn real good. This is a great group of guys, and I like everybody here a lot. It's going to be tough to leave, but I'm excited about the new opportunity."


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

"It just happened and it was a bad deal, but we were fast. Kenny (Team Director Francis) and the guys did a good job. There was only one battle for the lead all night and that was me and Tony. We had a blast. I was flying, but he was a little better than I was. We had a good time. We had a good race. The good thing is we've got two races left. We can still have a shot at winning and we can look forward to next year. Tony was too good. I think if we could have had a caution with 20 to go and got four tires and worked on it a little bit, I think we had a shot, but he was too good.

"When it went to the caution I thought we were going to have a shot at Tony. I don't know if we could have got him. He was pretty strong all night, but we would have had a legitimate shot. The engine just broke under caution. It was a weird deal. I'm surprised that happened. That's racing, and we've got a couple to go this year and we'll try to make the best of them and come back and have some fun next year. It was my last chance to gain some points on some of the guys. Jimmie is running great again. Matt Kenseth is up there still. We probably could have run in the top five, but we're in The Chase and we're having fun. We've had some tough weekends. Last weekend was really hard, and this weekend is tough, too, but we look forward to the last two races. I started catching the 20 and my right rear was going flat. That's why the 20 started pulling away. That's why Jimmie got by. We were probably the best car on the end of that run until the right rear went down. We lost about 25 pounds in the tire before I pitted."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We're making strides. All in all it was a pretty good day. Most of the day we were loose in, tight in the center and loose off. We got really behind at the beginning with the stop when the lug fell off the right front, but we got back up to the top 10. The third from the last set of tires were just so tight it was crazy. We put four on it and went for it at the end. We missed the 41 when he crashed and dodged another bullet there when the 10 car crashed. We hit pit road and rolled the valance under. Coming down for the checkered, the 45 car was blowing up and it really got wild. I thought we got the 24 car, but they're saying we finished ninth."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools/"Cars" Dodge Charger)

"I don't know what happened. We weren'ts fast as the 20 and the 48, but we were on our way to a good finish. The 29 was behind us and all of a sudden we were loose and in the wall. It's a shame for everyone on this Valvoline/Stanley Tools team. They deserved a better finish for all of their hard work. We'll get one soon, it just wasn't our night tonight."


RODNEY CHILDERS (Team Director No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools/"Cars" Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON THE INCIDENT BETWEEN THE 10 AND 29 TEAMS "I was in the garage with the car, so I didn't see what happened. We're working with NASCAR right now to figure out exactly what happened out there. There are always different sides to the story, and we'll work with them to find out what the truth is."

COMMENT ON SCOTT'S RUN BEFORE THE ACCIDENT "We had a great car, and we were on our way to a great finish. The car was a lot better on longer runs, so that last caution wasn't what we needed. We wanted it to stay green so we could have a shot at winning our first race. I'd have to look at the tapes to see what happened on the track that caused Scott to get loose and end up in the wall. It's too bad that our day ended this way."


KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger)

"It was a great day. We had a great car in qualifying and I thought I'd run a really good lap and we ended up 36th. It started us behind. I felt like I was back at Martinsville. We passed more cars than anybody else. We had to start and come back, start and come back, but it was really good. Something got on the grille with about 20 to go and overheated it. I blew up coming out of turn four on the last lap, but you've got to give it to the Evernham engines. They will run at 250 or 260 for at least 30 laps. That's all I needed from 'em. It could have blown up early, but it stuck it out. It's a tough old engine, and I appreciate all those guys. Our guys have worked real hard, too, and that's two more times we've finished in the top 15. That's got for both Petty Enterprises cars.

"We've got some momentum at the end of the season and hopefully we can carry it over to the start of 2007. We've moved back to where we feel like we can race in the top 15 or top 20, and that's big. Bobby broke into it a few weeks ago, and we've learned some stuff from what they've done. Billy Wilburn (crew chief) has been huge for us. I can't say enough about what Billy has meant for us. These guys are really pumped up, and so am I. It makes me feel like I'm 22 again."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

"It was really good or a lot better at the beginning. Once the night came it seemed like it got tight and loose and had no grip. We couldn't quite keep it like I needed it to. It was great for Kyle tonight. He did a great job and that was great for the 45 team. I think something happened to him there at the end, but I think he made up a lot of ground on the 14 and that was his goal for the weekend."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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