Sunday, March 7, 2010

Atlanta Post-Race Quotes

KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion
Finished 4th

"We had a good run out there today. We had a really fast car and it was great most of the day. The track changed quite a bit the last 50 laps and we just didn't keep up quite like we needed to to win the race. I thought we had a third or fourth-place car at that time and that is where we finished, so it all worked out fine."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE SO MANY FORD'S IN THE TOP FIVE TODAY? "It is great for the Ford family, the RPM Ford's and Roush Ford's. It is nice to see the success and it is definitely something that we can build on."


PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion
Finished 5th

"It felt really good. The car was fast and a top five is a great way to start the year. The guys did their homework in the offseason and improved these cars so much.

WHAT ABOUT TAKING TWO TIRES ON THE FINAL PIT STOP? "Slugger made a helluva call there taking two tires at the end and get some clean track and we knew we probably weren't going to hold off four tires, but it at least got us in front of the excitement and I guess there was some at the end. We dodged a bullet there at the end with all the action out there.

HOW BIG A DAY WAS THIS IS FOR RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS? "These guys work their tails off all during the offseason, and it was a lot of fun out there today. All of our cars were fast this weekend. We got three of the top six finishers, so I think Richard Petty Motorsports is back."


AJ ALLMENDINGER -- No. 43 Insignia Best Buy Ford Fusion
Finished 6th

"It was a good run out there. The Insignia Best Buy Ford was good all day. I am really proud because we were a top-10 car all day and we kept fine-tuning it and got it right. I am really proud of the guys. I feel like we could have probably had a fourth of fifth out of it, but I am still really proud of the team.

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUALIFYING AND PRACTICE ROUNDS AND TODAY? "I am not very good qualifying here, but I love racing here. We got a solid baseline to start the race with today and I think that really helped us. That was a big difference.

ON HAVING RICHARD PETTY CONGRATULATE HIM ON PIT ROAD. "He is why I am here. We are learning. There are still some things we have to get better at but all in all, for the pit crew and myself, it was a really good day. Hopefully this is something we can build on the rest of the way."


ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 19 Hunt Brother's Pizza Ford Fusion
Finished 19th

"It was a frustrating day. We took a shim out of the left-front and that hurt us a lot. The front end of the car kept hitting off the race track and then we put a rubber in the right-rear and that kind of made it worse. Low and behold, that was the longest green-flag run of the day, so that put us way behind. We got our qualifying effort better on Friday, we just have to work on our communication and adjustments during the race."

ANY TIRE ISSUES FOR YOU? "No tire issues for us. I don't think any of our cars had tire issues."

WHAT ABOUT THE RESTARTS AT THE END? "That's wild. They're double-file restarts and everybody is trying to get all they can get."

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