TED MUSGRAVE, No. 1 Mopar Dodge (started second, finished 14): "We blew out a right front tire in the middle of the corner. It started going down, we started losing some positions and knew something was up. It was starting to chatter and we said, OK, let’s hold on for a lap or two and see what goes on. Sure enough, it blew out. We might have run something over, because the tire pressure was going down, it was getting tighter.

"I don’t know about the right rear, I think I might have run it down to the cords and blew it through the canvas. That’s enough bad luck for one day. When all that happened, it ripped all the brake lines out and I had absolutely no brakes, either. I’m running around out there with a right front blown out, the right rear blew off, the front clip bent, the toe’s off and no brakes. So, look out."

[About the points chase] "It’s a pivotal point in the season. Hopefully it’ll be OK. We’ll go to Texas and see what we can get there."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge (started 31st, finished 15): "I don’t know what happened up front in the finish. It sure didn’t look too pretty. NASCAR has rules about how a checkered flag finish is supposed to be, but I think some of us forgot how to do it, because I definitely lifted. That was scary. Atlanta’s a big fast track. You come off that last turn four and you’re hauling the mail. You don’t want to go plowing into nobody like that.

[On his day] “We tried to be boring, but it was a handful. Our Dodges just aren’t working quite yet. We thought we had a handle on it, we had some brand new bodies that we thought were going to be the trick and apparently they weren’t. So, we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board and try to find out what’s wrong with these things. The Orleans team, we’ve always been self-sufficient. We’ll figure them out, we’ll come back and I guarantee you next year we’ll come back here, we’re going to kick some major butt.”