RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger) "It was a good run for us to finish in the top five with the alltel Dodge. Nevertheless, we didn't have the best racecar on the short run. We had a decent racecar in the long runs. The short runs got us...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger)
"It was a good run for us to finish in the top five with the alltel Dodge. Nevertheless, we didn't have the best racecar on the short run. We had a decent racecar in the long runs. The short runs got us behind and we had a few of those there at the end. The two tire call was a good one to get track position. We just didn't have a fast enough racecar to stay up front."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"It was a tough day. We finished not where we were running. The Miller Lite Dodge was a little better, but we just kept getting too loose."
RODNEY CHILDERS (Team Director, No.19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
HOW DID YOUR FIRST RACE AS CREW CHIEF FOR ELLIOTT SADLER GO? "I think it went good. We just have to bring a better car to the racetrack. That wasn't Elliott's favorite car in the world but it was all we had left. We're building a new car for Homestead with a new body on it. I'm looking forward to the next two weeks. Everybody on the crew and on the team did a really good job all weekend. They've all treated me really good and we all got along. I felt like the radio communication between Elliott and I during the race went really well so we're looking forward to (the next two weeks).
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM EARLY IN THE RACE? "We just got real tight there one time. We had a little trouble with tires all night. It seemed like we had about three sets that weren't very good at all and we had one set that was just really outstanding. So, you just don't ever know what you're getting these days. This weekends been worse than most. It seemed like every set of tires we put on it did something different. So, we got there about three quarters of the way through the race and we just quit making any changes because we didn't know what it was going to do anyway. So, we kept firing tires on it every time a caution came out and ended up pretty good."
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT NEXT WEEK IN PHOENIX? "I'll be honest with you Phoenix hasn't been a good racetrack for Gillett Evernham Motorsports. I felt like when I was with the 10 in the spring we qualified fourth, had a good car in the race and we got caught up in a wreck early. We've learned some since then. We're going to use some of what we ran with the 10 back in the spring and we're going to use some of what we've learned in the past few months and hopefully it will be good. Elliott didn't have a whole lot of fun out there in Phoenix in the spring and didn't have a good car at all. This team has been through a lot and we're just ready to get it turned around."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No.19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"That's a couple of top-15 finishes in a row for the 19 Dodge Charger. It was a good first race with Rodney Childers who has stepped in as team director on our car. The communication was good. We had a good team effort. It's fun when you're making progress and we've done that in recent weeks. We want to turn those top-15 finishes into top 10s these final two races."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Proto/Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR LAST RUN IN THE VALVOLINE DODGE CHARGER? "It was okay. We were way off at the beginning there, which typically we are and I think it's because we don't get a chance to get a good direction on Fridays because we're so worried about nothing but qualifying. So, we don't get a good direction for the race. So, we were off at the beginning as usual and we just kept digging and making adjustments on it. It came around there at the end; it was pretty good. We had a, finished, what, 13th or something like that. It was bittersweet, the last race with these guys this year. I respect them all and hope they look back and know I drove my guts our every race for them."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Dodge Charger)
"We struggled all day. We were tight to start with, tight all night and struggled with getting a good feel for the car."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We had a top-10 car, but cut down a tire and had to make an unscheduled stop under green. That put us at a deficit we just never got the opportunity to overcome. Our car was fast and Kenny (Francis, team director) and the crew did a good job keeping up with the track. We ran up front with the leaders throughout the last 300 miles, but never got the opportunity to get back on the lead lap. We will take this Dodge Charger to Homestead and see if we can close out with a win in the final race for the old cars before we move on to the COT next year."
KENNY FRANCIS (Team Director, No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"Our car was decent. We had that flat tire and fell two laps down and could never get one of them back to get in position to work our way back to the lead lap. We hung in there all day and kept trying to make the car a little better. We definitely had a good shot at a top 10 if we could have gotten our lap back, but it just wasn't meant to be. It should be a good car for Homestead so we're looking forward to that."
DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"We started off pretty good. We had a pretty good car. He was just biding his time. It was a little bit loose through the middle part of the race there and he was just riding along there and we were adjusting on it a little bit. Something happened and it broke a valve spring, broke a valve or something. But we were lucky to finish and didn't lose too bad."
EARLY IN THE RACE YOU LOST A LITTLE TRACK POSITION WHEN YOU DECIDED TO CHANGE FOUR TIRES AND OTHERS CHANGED TWO. DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD LOSE THAT MUCH? "Not really. I think we lost four spots and we were the first car with four tires. We got by a few of 'em on the restart. I think we got back up to third. Probably the next stop was the stop that maybe we should have pitted and didn't. We just wanted to stay up front, stay out of trouble. But that's not what got us. Dropping the valve, that just killed us."
YOU HAD A BAD NIGHT, BUT DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY? "Oh, we're very lucky. We were just lucky that it broke a valve in the head and it didn't kick nothing else out. It was just sitting there riding along. We're very lucky."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger)
"We got behind; we had a bad set of tires, got behind and we were coming through. We had a left rear tire starting to go down and we knew it. So, I got to the bottom and we were on the apron and it blew out and shot me up the track. Then, Bill and I don't know who else come in there; it was tough luck for them. It's just one of them weeks."
WILL THE TEAM BE ABLE TO REPAIR THE CAR? "I don't know its hurt pretty bad."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 National Tire & Battery Dodge Charger)
"The No. 40 car cut a tire and came up the race track. He just had a flat tire."
-credit: dodge motorsports