KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 QUAKER STATE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SECOND
THAT WAS A HECK OF A BATTLE BETWEEN YOU AND BRAD KESELOWSKI THERE IN THE CLOSING LAPS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?
“Yeah, we had a great race. I was on two (tires) and he was on four (tires) and he could just move around a little bit better. I was trying to move around, but I was just a little bit on the tight side with the front end, then I would get loose if I got the front working. I was doing all I could and felt pretty good, but he made some nice moves and just really had some speed there late in the race and was able to get by me.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S DOVER WHITE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED FOURTH
ON THAT FINAL RESTART IT LOOKED LIKE YOU DROPPED BACK A LITTLE BIT, BUT THEN CAME BACK AND HAD A GREAT BATTLE WITH KASEY. WHAT HAPPENED THERE THAT YOU DROPPED BACK?
“Down in (turns) one and two just in the dirty air I pushed the No. 5 off into (turn) one. He didn’t get the best restart and something to do with that combo got me off the bottom and a couple of cars got into the side of me. If we could have come out second which was really close with the No. 24 and start on the front row I think it would have been a much different result for us, but it didn’t happen. We led some laps tonight, had a good car. I’m not sure what happened in the points, but I know it’s awfully tight up there right now.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SIXTH
IT WAS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS YOU GUYS JUST KEPT SWINGING AWAY AND GOT A DECENT FINISH OUT OF IT:
“Yeah, we got a decent finish, but our car was terrible all night. I just have to thank all my Jimmy John’s guys for working hard and keeping the car on the lead lap. Then just the restart went our way there at the end and we were able to get a decent finish out of it. We survived.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SEVENTH
HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT? YOU HAD A REALLY STRONG CAR
“I don’t know about that. It was a solid night. I was really good out front there in the beginning. We really struggled all day on Friday and tonight we could just not get it to take off good and then be good on the long runs. It looked like some guys were maybe a little bit freer than us on the shorter runs, but we were still able to maintain some good laps times and then be good on the long runs. It was a solid effort. It was a great call there to try to make two (tires) work. Our car was just way too tight to be able to do it. We lost a few more positions than I was hoping. But it was still solid.”
DID THE LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS NOT GIVE ENOUGH TIME TO ADJUST ON THE CAR?
“We’ve been adjusting on it all weekend. I don’t know. We had a very fast race car but just trying to get the balance is really temperamental. I don’t know. That’s why we debrief and keep working at it. We were very strong and overall it was a good weekend for us. But I was definitely anticipating or hoping to be a little bit better than that.”
DO YOU THINK THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY LOST WITH HOW STRONG YOU THOUGHT YOUR CAR WAS ALL WEEKEND?
“It was certainly an opportunity. You want to take advantage of that number one pit stall but we didn’t have enough cautions to do that. We need more cautions. We needed more cautions because when we had the track position we seemed to be able to maintain it, but once we lost it there was no getting it back. And all those green flag stops just didn’t really suit us. So, we still had a solid effort tonight. But yeah, when you look at the guys who finished ahead of us, they are all the guys we are racing.”
YOU ARE 36 BACK IN FOURTH; FIVE RACES IN. HOW GOOD IS THAT?
“I’m pretty impressed with that, to be honest. We’ve got to be realistic and while we’ve been really strong ever since the Chase started, we also came into this thing barely making it in and one week we probably weren’t in it and then the next week we’re in it and then we came from 13th to where we are. So I’m very proud of that and I’m not going to let this get us down. But, I also feel like we’ve been knocking on the door to get a win and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
TALLADEGA IS CONSIDERED THE WILD CARD RACE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TALLADEGA AND MARTINSVILLE?
“I’m looking forward to Martinsville. I don’t know if anybody is looking forward to Talladega but it’s part of it. And you’ve got to go in there with a positive attitude and fight and do your best and try to avoid whatever may occur there or what’s going to occur there and hope that you come out with a race car, it doesn’t even have to be in one piece, it just needs to get across the line with a decent finish.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED EIGHTH
ON HIS NIGHT:
“We struggled all night on the short run. Our Quicken Loans Chevrolet was really good as the run went on; it would come to life 20 or 25 laps into the run. But by then, we’d lost track position and couldn’t get it back. We weren’t able to capitalize on the speed we had in the car. Matt Borland (crew chief) kept adjusting on the car all night, but we couldn’t get it where we needed it to be. At the end of the day, we came home eighth, which means we’ll pay 10 mortgages for 10 fans thanks to the “Bring it Home” sweepstakes, and Monday will be a Bloomin’ Monday at Outback Steakhouse.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/DENVER MATTRESS CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 14TH
ON HIS RACE:
“We lost the handling of the car and it was a struggle the entire night. We had an upbeat feeling about tonight after two strong practices on Friday but nothing really materialized for us to make a charge. It’s disappointing to finish where we did (14th) after having a number of solid runs on the mile-and-a-halfs, including last week’s runner-up finish in Kansas. Next week we’ll give it another go in the Wonder bread car at Talladega.”
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 15TH
TALK ABOUT YOUR NIGHT:
“The car just got really tight. We’ve got to take it back and something moved. Something in the set-up moved, but the car was real quick at the start of the race. We were just kind of real happy with the speed. The No. 5 was really good and the No. 48 got real good. Still thought we had a top-five car and I don’t know what happened. We lost a rubber out of the right-rear spring or something like that. It just would not turn at all the last half of the race pretty much. We are just kind of trying to figure out what is going on. We will get it back and figure it out when we get to the shop on Monday. It was still a good effort by all the guys on this Time Warner Cable Chevrolet. We are having some pretty good cars we just something happened tonight we are not quite sure what it was. We will find something I’m sure. The car just doesn’t get that tight from running that good without any adjustments. We were freeing it up, moving the trackbar, taking wedge out and just getting tighter and tighter something wrong with it.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 20TH
“We didn’t have a great starting spot with our GoDaddy Chevy, and as always at these mile-and-a-halfs, track position is really important just because how tough it is to run in traffic and as a result pass. It really was just a little tight the first couple of runs and then man, I don’t know what else we could have done to fix the balance. All we needed really was track position and more yellows so we could get back on the lead lap. The team did a really great job of working through practices and my pit crew did an awesome job of getting me out in record time. We just needed track position.”