Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd YOU HAD A RESPECTABLE RUN TONIGHT: "Yeah, we're right where we were at Charlotte and Atlanta. I think we were 22nd at one (Lowe's) and 24th at the other (Atlanta). Just...
Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd
YOU HAD A RESPECTABLE RUN TONIGHT: "Yeah, we're right where we were at Charlotte and Atlanta. I think we were 22nd at one (Lowe's) and 24th at the other (Atlanta). Just can't get it up where we need to be, obviously, plus we get up there in the clean air and we can run well, but we just can't get there. We're real happy with the guys that worked on the Penske Truck Rental Dodge. They gave me a decent car. We were just off on it too much early to be able to be where we needed to be. I needed Carl (Edwards) to keep going there, but I guess they scored us ahead of Kasey (Kahne). I guess he was a lap behind us. It was a comeback for us out there...a long night out there for sure."
WAS TONIGHT A SMALL IMPROVEMENT VERUS HOW YOU STRUGGLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON? "Yeah, but no improvement we had over last week because I didn't run into the wall on lap three. We just need to keep working on our program. I think it's getting better; it's just going to take some time. Unfortunately, we don't have a whole lot of time (smiles), so we're going to keep working at it."
COULD YOU USE THIS CAR AGAIN AT HOMESTEAD? "Probably. This was a brand new car. I think we've got some more new stuff coming out so hopefully we'll have something good for there. Maybe we'll have the Charlotte car back for Homestead. That (car) was a little bit better."
Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
HOW WAS YOUR CAR TONIGHT? "Our car was pretty good tonight. We were probably going to finish around Mark Martin or Jeff Burton. We battled with those guys all night before we had to come in under green because of a loose lug nut. This was probably the best racecar that I've had the last few races. We got behind early and could never get our Dodge Charger back on the lead lap."
AJ Allmendinger (No. 10 Country Crock Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE? "It was an OK night for us. We just seemed to be a hair off all night. We could never get the car to tighten up or free up enough when we needed it to. I'm not sure if it's geometry or what, but we just missed a little bit. I'm proud of my guys on the 10 team. They worked hard all race. I'm mad at myself for the late penalty on pit road where I hit the cone. It probably cost us four or five spots."
OUTSIDE OF THE 99 AND 44, YOUR CAR MAY HAVE BEEN THE BEST CAR ON THE RACE TRACK? "We've got some stuff to learn with this COT still. We've made huge improvements since mid-June and July. I'm encouraged because the guys are working real hard. Juan (Pablo Montoya) has been driving his butt off and we've been able to bring some new cars to the track that are running well. It was a brand new car that got killed tonight. We just have to continue to build the cars lighter and faster for next year."
Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 41st
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY? "It was a really tough day out there for our Miller Lite Dodge. It reminded me a lot of our race at Kansas from a handling standpoint. We were either way too loose or way too tight. We got a lap down about halfway through the race, but hung close to the 99 trying to get the lucky dog. The caution flag came out and the 20 got the break we needed and wanted.
"We got to start up front on the restart and the car really took off. I felt really good out there. But just like at Chicago, we had the same thing happen here. We just ran the motor so hard running out front to get out lap back that it took its toll on the engine. We dropped a cylinder about 30 laps later and ended up just running on six (cylinders). We went back to the garage to patch her up so that we could get back out there and run enough laps to pass the 42 and 38 cars. After running so strong at Charlotte and Atlanta, we were hoping for another good run here for our Miller Lite Dodge, but it just wasn't meant to be."
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Finished 43rd
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ON-TRACK INCIDENT WITH THE 38 CAR? "I was running high the lap before and he went inside of me. He (No. 38) ran straight to the wall and I tried to get away. He put me into the wall. So I went into one and I punted him just a little bit to say, hey, you're running like 50 laps behind. I hit him a little bit. If I had wanted to wreck him, I would have wrecked him. He came out of four and just wrecked us. It's very disappointing. It has been great for everybody at Ganassi; we've got great cars now. It's just frustrating to have that happen.
"We had been running the high line all day. About 10 laps in the run we would start running high. We changed the air pressure a little bit, so I tried to run (high) a little bit earlier. I had a good run off the corner and he run me to the wall. I did all I could, but I still hit the wall. So I went into one and just hit him a little bit to say, hey, I was there, know what I mean. It was like he said I'm better than him, so I'm going to wreck him. The decent thing is not doing it, but if I had wrecked him, it would have been fine. It's frustrating when people do things like that."
Our Texaco/Havoline Dodge was great all day. It's a shame. We had another top-10 racecar today and weren't able to finish the race. Our car was good in the heat of the day and was getting better as the sun went down. It is disappointing because the last few races, we've had new cars and ran really strong. I don't know what the 38 was thinking."
Brian Pattie (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
YOU HAD ANOTHER TOP-10 RACECAR THAT DOESN'T GET TO SEE THE END OF THE RACE. WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY TO THE 42 TEAM THE LAST FEW RACES? "From Indy on, we've had a real good package coming to the race track. People don't understand, I never looked at a COT car until this past May. It's taken me a little while to get comfortable and now the last six weeks, I feel real comfortable coming to the race track for these guys. If we can start the season like we've run the last five, I think that we should have a top-10 car for sure. That's what our goal is."
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