KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 19th, led twice for race-leading 38 laps "We put ourselves in position for NASCAR to make a call and it didn't end up in our favor. Bottom line. We're going to stand here and discuss it, but it ...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 19th, led twice for race-leading 38 laps
"We put ourselves in position for NASCAR to make a call and it didn't end up in our favor. Bottom line. We're going to stand here and discuss it, but it doesn't do any good now because we're 21st. We were 10th going into the last lap. There was a yellow back in the inner loop and we spun to avoid it, but they didn't freeze the field like they did last week. Each week it's a new call and when you put yourself in position for them to make a call they're not going to make it. There was no missing the commitment line. I was on pit road when the green light was on when I made it.
"That was just to police myself (dropping back after the restart) because they said to drop to the back of the field, so to keep from getting black flagged and having to go all the way to the back and lose time, being a half a lap behind, we policed ourselves. If you don't, they're just going to go and double the penalty because they have control to do that.
"There was a lot of disappointed Miller Lite fans. I'm disappointed, but we'll go in the truck and we'll try to discuss it and see what we can do about it. It definitely was (our race to win), but we didn't win today. That was our scheduled pit. It was really hard to swerve back out because we were scheduled to pit. >From what I knew it was still green. NASCAR couldn't decided if I was up front or in the back (for the restart). I can't wait to see the replay.
"It's all right. We had a great weekend, two poles, a Busch win and we led a lot of laps today, I don't know if we led the most laps. Road courses have been good to us this year. Maybe we can come back next year and get a win.
"We were really digging hard to make up good ground. We ran a pace early with Tony to show him what kind of car we had and he backed off pace just because we were running that good. To go from first to 21st, that's a rough one, but we'll be back next week because we've got strong hearts and we definitely drove through some adversity yesterday to win."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 31st
"The motor mounts broke in the car with about 15 to go. The motor was just sitting there flopping around and the throttle was hanging on me wide open. I was using the kill switch to shut it off. That's why I dropped back those last two laps. It was hanging really bad. I had my hands full. Boris got into the back of me. I don't know what I did or what he did. It doesn't matter. I was using up a lot of the racetrack and he turned me around. We kept going and finished the race. It was a good run for the Alltel Dodge, but that wasn't the finish it should have been. I had my head pretty far up my back side there on that first pit stop. That was pretty unfortunate. That's the first time I've done that and hopefully the last. I was so focused on getting pit road speed right just because of how slow it is and they busted so many people yesterday. I didn't pay attention to where the pit stall was. I was going on down the street."
SCOTT PRUETT (No. 40 Lone Star Steakhouse Dodge Charger) -- 7th, top Dodge
"We did what we had to do. We were pretty conservative all day long. We were all about getting points. The Lonestar guys did a good job all day long, and the Dodge ran good. If we could have been more aggressive we could have possible got a top five, but it's so important to move the car up. I think we moved the car up from 35th to 32nd or 33rd, so it was a big day in points for the Lonestar car. I saw the big spin on the last lap. I looked at which way it was going and then the Dodge dodged right through it. It was a good day. That's it for me this year. It was fun."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) -- 23rd
"That was a decent run. We wanted to finish better than that, but we accomplished our goal of staying on the track and finishing on the lead lap. That last run I was so tight that I was giving up a lot in the center of the turns. Rodney made some excellent calls on pit road and that kept us in the hunt. We kept all four fenders straight except for a dent right above the Hellmann's sticker, so it wasn't a bad day."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 27th
"It was a tough day out there. At the beginning we were just taking it cool, trying not to make a mistake. We were tight in the corners early on, but stayed out on the cautions and that worked for a while. It really hurt us when something happened and we ended up in the kitty litter just before halfway into the race. We really didn't have a lot of damage, but there was a lot of dust. We made a bunch of changes after that and it made us really tight. We came in around lap 52 for gas only and the caution came out right after that. That gave us great track position, but we couldn't hold onto it. The car was really tight there at the end and we had a lot of problems in turn five. We just tried to hold on and bring it to the finish. We were pretty competitive at times but we could have been better."
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