Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Las Vegas Post-Race Quotes

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

“We were a little bit off at the start and then we made a lot of adjustments to our Budweiser Ford. As we got further to the front and the weather changed a little bit, it was doing the opposite of what was going on earlier. It was kind of a different setup than what we’ve run in the past, so we just need to work on that a little more and figure out exactly what happened there, but I was pleased. From where we were the first 100 laps, we made big gains.”


PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Moen/Menards Ford Fusion
Finished 17th

Crew Chief Slugger Labbe on the Las Vegas Event: “I kind of got us in trouble on the first start because I had Paul go a little quicker than the tire changer could finish his job, so that was my fault. We got behind and then we put two tires on during the third stop in the race and the Menards Ford just didn’t react like we had hoped and it got too loose. Our car turned good all day long, which is a good thing, so we’ll take these three top twenties in a row. It’s something Paul has never done in his career, so we’ll just keep building on that. I feel really good about our cars, what we’re doing, and the pit crew. Paul’s feedback is awesome and I think everyone is growing together and that’s positive, so we’ll just keep getting good finishes and move forward.”


AJ ALLMENDINGER -- No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion
Finished 25th

“I’m not sure exactly why, but we just missed the set up we needed to have to be successful this weekend. Mike Shiplett and this Valvoline crew worked really hard all day to make the handling better for me, but we just couldn’t get it to where it needed to be. That was certainly a hard-fought 25th-place finish, that’s for sure. It just proves you can’t give up during these races and that’s one thing our Richard Petty Motorsports team just won’t do. We’ll put this one behind us, head to Atlanta and see what we can do there.”


ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion
Finished 27th

“We really thought our Stanley Ford Fusion was going to be a lot better than that on race day. I’m not sure why we were so far off for a while, but by the time we started to make the changes that we needed to really get our car better, it was just too late. It’s disappointing, but sometimes you have days like these. I’m proud of my crew for working so hard. I’m sure everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports will put their heads together this week and make sure we have a better weekend in Atlanta.”

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