KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Third runner-up finish of the season. Moved up four spots to seventh in series standings. Leads Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings by 32 points (102-70) over Scott Wimmer. "We got caught on...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Third runner-up finish of the season. Moved up four spots to seventh in series standings. Leads Raybestos Rookie of the Year Standings by 32 points (102-70) over Scott Wimmer.
"We got caught on that caution that Jeff stayed out for. We had to pit because we were one lap away from running out. We got caught on that and had to start eighth and then came yellows and yellows and yellows. I think NASCAR needs to look into those yellows. That track was almost completely cleaned up. We probably ran 15-20 laps that didn't need to be run (under yellow).
"The aero push here is tough. The 38 car was good, and once I got to him I was really tight. I would never be able to pass him unless I started trying the outside. I could get to him, but I was a little too tight. With about three or four laps to go I had a run off turn four. I used up the chassis. I don't know if I'm tired of it (finishing second), but I'm tired of running second by .1 or .01 or whatever it ends up being. Hopefully next time we can be the winners on that side of it.
"The aero push was huge. That's why we didn't pass him. We were definitely better. If we had passed him we would have pulled away. That was the story of the day, but I tried making the top work. I just about got it, but he was just a little too fast through the center of the corner, and I couldn't get beside him soon enough.
"It was really an up day all day long except for that yellow that put us at the tail end of the lead lap. Actually we got it back with the Lucky Dog Rule. It was a tough day, but man we had a great racecar. It was another great run for us. People wondered if we'd come back after Bristol, and I think we did, We qualified third and led the most laps today and finished second. We're definitely going to be a team to beat this year.
"I didn't see any debris out there half the time. They're putting speedy dry down the bottom of the backstretch where nobody runs. It's just ridiculous how long they took. That's something NASCAR really needs to look at. They do the one-lap safety rule and that's great. The extra eight, 10, 20 laps they run is ridiculous.
"I felt we were the best car all day. We caught up to (Sadler) there at the end, and I just got too tight. We needed another two or three laps and didn't have it. Martinsville is going to be a tough race. I don't know when we'll get another chance to win, hopefully Martinsville. It's satisfying but a little frustrating today. I didn't need much longer. Once I got to the outside of him we were going to go by him. It was just a matter of getting there. I got there coming off the corner. I don't know why I couldn't get there the lap before."
"Tommy Baldwin and everybody on the Dodge Dealers team did a great job. We had great pit stops. We got behind because of that one caution. Other than that, we would have been all right. The other ones (runner-up finishes) were great. This one kind of sucks. We still gained a lot of points today and got back in the top 10.
"There's another race we had a really good racecar and got in a wreck early and lost a lot of points that day. We needed to rebound. We've been running so well this year."