Bristol: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished Fifth "The car went away a touch there at the end of that last segment of the race, but it was still a good run for our Budweiser Dodge Charger today. The guys did a great job in the pits....

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished Fifth

"The car went away a touch there at the end of that last segment of the race, but it was still a good run for our Budweiser Dodge Charger today. The guys did a great job in the pits. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) gave me a solid car all day and we ended up with a top-five run and another great day in the points. Today was a good day for us."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR TEAM IS BACK ON TRACK? "We've made gains the last two weeks. The first three races, I felt like we were on the edge and not sure really what way we were going. The last two weeks, everybody at Petty Motorsports has done an awesome job on this Budweiser Dodge Charger and we've made some nice gains."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 11th

"We had a great Miller Lite Dodge. We just got in trouble early on. We kept battling back. On long green runs, that's where we thought we could catch up. Man, everybody had good cars today. We came home 11th, one shy of a top 10. The overall big picture, we just need to get our cars to turn better at the short tracks. I think we've fixed the mile-and-half stuff."

WHAT WAS IT LIKE PASSING 21 CARS AFTER STARTING 32ND? "That's a lot of cars. This track, it's not like the old Bristol. You get guys side-by-side and you have nowhere to go. Guys from behind can catch you real easy. You're in a mess."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Charter Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"It was a finish at Bristol, that's all that matters. The car was pretty good. I think if we could have gotten track position, we could have run up there. I had used all my tires up trying to get around everybody. Overall, a good points day. There are definitely some things we still to work on to help with track position."

A NEW SEASON START FOR YOU AT MARTINSVILLE (Allmendinger was outside the top 35 and had to qualify for the first five races this year; with the 2009 owner points determining the top 35 starting at Martinsville, Allmendinger has a spot in the top 35) "We won't have to worry about qualifying. The pressure to qualify up front is still there, but we know we won't be going home."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 20th

"Just a tough day. We fought a tight car all day long. Robbie (Loomis) and the guys did a good job on the adjustments. We just needed about one or two more stops to make the Best Buy Dodge a little bit better. Not what we wanted, but not a bad day either. We'll take this and get all the points we can and move on to Martinsville next week."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd

"It was tight at the beginning and stayed that way. We tried, but could never get it better. That was all we could do."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 31st

"It wasn't a great day for us by any means. We did what we came here to do -- finish the race. We had a mistake on pit road and it ended up costing us a lap. I've got a lot more learning to do here at Bristol, but about halfway through the race I figured out a little bit about how to make the car better and make it do what it's supposed to or maybe what I'm supposed to be doing. We'll keep working away at it"

-credit: dodge motorsports

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