JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Finished 4th CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "It was a great day for our Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger. The crew did a great job and we had a fantastic car. We got a little messed...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Finished 4th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "It was a great day for our Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger. The crew did a great job and we had a fantastic car. We got a little messed up on the second pit stop. I'm not sure what happened. The pit stop itself was OK, but the pit lane that we were in screwed us up a bit and we lost some spots. When you have to go back out and pass five or six guys that you've already passed, you just kill your brakes and makes it hard to run good laps. Other than that, we had a really clean race."
WAS IT TOUGH TO BE PATIENT WHILE RACING TODAY? "No, not really. People were running really clean. I really wanted to win, but my main focus was to get a good result. We've had so many problems the last few races that we needed to get a good race and try to gain in the driver point standings."
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE POSITIVE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN CREW CHIEF BRIAN PATTIE AND YOU IN A RACE LIKE THIS? "It's big because everybody on the team sees how important chemistry. And when the chemistry is good like it is now, you have to build on it and get the team 100% behind us."
BRIAN PATTIE (CREW CHIEF, No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger)
HOW WAS YOU CAR TODAY? "We had a great racecar, our day was just uneventful. To start 25th here and get a top-five finish is a credit to Juan (Pablo Montoya) and the entire Big Red team. We had a fast enough car to win the race, it's just a little frustrating that we came up a bit short. I love road racing and we have worked really hard to get this team better at it. The guys did a great job building this car and put us in position to win a race."
KURT BUSCH (No 2. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 10th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY? "We were about a 10th-place car. We could have been 15th or we could have been fifth. It was a great race for us. We hardly made any adjustments. We had to make sure we had enough fuel after last week. I'm happy for this team to get a top-10 finish. That was a good day for us right now."
PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
HOW WAS YOUR MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER TODAY? "We were OK. We probably were as fast as the guys who ran between fourth and seventh today. Watkins Glen is just one of those tracks where it's tough to get track position and when you start back in the field like we did, it makes it a tougher mountain to climb. Overall, the car wasn't too bad and we have some positive momentum heading into Michigan next week."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 14th
HOW WAS YOUR BUDWEISER DODGE TODAY? "We had a good car. It was a little bit loose all day. That's the best I could do today. The hardest part is having people dive bombing you. If you battle hard with them, you take a chance on losing a lot of points. I had that in the back of my mind all day.
The pit calls were great for fuel mileage. Things worked out for us. We kept it on the track and we got a top-15 finish."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 15th
HOW WAS YOUR CAR TODAY? "It was a decent day for our Best Buy Dodge Charger. Our car was just a little too free to be fast. We tried to play the fuel mileage game and it just didn't work out for us. To grab a top 15 is a solid day for us here at Watkins Glen."
RODNEY CHILDERS (Team Director -- No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY? "We started way back because of not having qualifying. I think if we had started in the top 10, we could have finished in the top 10. Starting back there, we just didn't have opportunities to get track position. Other than that, it was a good day for us. Elliott (Sadler) kept it on the track and it was a good points day."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Charter Dodge Charger) Finished 20th
HOW WAS YOUR DAY? "I'm pretty happy considering I got pretty sick last night and had to go to the hospital. It was a pretty tough day focusing. I made a few mistakes here and there. After the spin, I restarted at the back and had to come back. At the end, I was taking it easy. I'm happy, another top 20. We'll be a little closer to the top 35. It was just a tough day for me to focus."
BORIS SAID (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
"It's tough getting into someone else's car -- it's a little uncomfortable without any real practice. You just don't drive it like you drive your own car. At least I didn't -- I was about half the Boris today. I just drove a conservative race and brought them home a consistent finish with some points. If it were my car, I would have definitely been more aggressive. Overall, it was a fun day -- not a mark on the car. I was hoping for a top-10 or top-15 finish so I would get an autographed Richard Petty hat. But maybe since there are no marks on the car he still might give me one. I hope so. Yesterday, in the Nationwide race, I did nothing but make mistakes. Today, I was better and more conservative."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY? "Our day started out really well. I thought that we were going to have a real promising day. I just couldn't keep the handle on the car throughout the day and that's something that we have to work on at road courses. The Mobil 1 Dodge started out good -- the guys did a great job in the pits all day. I thought we were competitive and better then a 32nd-place finish represents."
FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, HOW BAD WAS THE WRECK ON LAP 83? "I was trying to get around the 78 car and the first thing that I saw was someone's radiator, so I turned and tried to get down on the track. It's not a good feeling to look down and see the end of pit wall coming up really fast. We got really lucky that we didn't damage the car any more then we did. It was a tough day for sure."
TYPICALLY THE BIG CRASH HAPPENS AT TALLADEGA, NOT USUALLY ON ROAD COURSES: "That's a really fast corner coming to the front straightaway and for these cars, there's not a lot of room for error. If you get out there and hit something, somebody is bound to collect you. Quite a few cars got collected in it, We were fortunate that we were able to get our Dodge home."
IS THAT ONE OF THE WORSE WRECKS THAT YOU'VE SEEN ON A ROAD COURSE? "Sometimes the slower corners can produce the biggest wrecks because people are giving each other a lot less room. I saw a car in the Camping World West do a front flip out in Sonoma, so anything can happen. Just because you're going slow doesn't mean that it will be any less spectacular."
WAS IT AS HARD OF A HIT AS IT LOOKED? "We got it right in the driver side door, so that wasn't the best place to be hit."
ARE YOU SORE? "I may be a little bit sore tomorrow. The wreck kind of spun me in the car a little bit. It wasn't a huge hit, but you don't like any hits."
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