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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 7th "We had a really good day in our Budweiser Dodge Charger. If the rain hadn't ended the race early, we had a great shot at winning the 600 again. Man, we were close. "Even when NASCAR...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 7th

"We had a really good day in our Budweiser Dodge Charger. If the rain hadn't ended the race early, we had a great shot at winning the 600 again. Man, we were close.

"Even when NASCAR had to red flag the race a few times for rain, Kenny (Francis) did a great job adjusting on our car making in really consistent. We ran inside the top 10 for the entire race and that's a credit to everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports who built this car. It was great to run with the leaders all day."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO RUN WELL HERE AT LOWE'S. "It's always important to run well here. I've got a top-notch race car; it's really nice. The guys back at the shop are doing a good job building the race cars. We get the new Dodge R6P8 (engine) next week at Dover, so that will be cool. My team is great. The pit stops were great today, and that put me up near the front all day."

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MOMENT OF REMEMBERENCE THAT NASCAR CONDUCTED DURING THE RACE? "I thought that it was really cool. To honor the men and women who have served our country, and be able to participate in such a really special deal was great. During the moment of silence, I just sat in my car and thought about what the men and women of the Armed Services have done for our country. I'm proud of NASCAR and all the drivers and crews for such a great moment."

WERE ALL THE RAIN DELAYS FRUSTRATING? "A little bit. There is really nothing that you can do about the weather, you just have to sit and wait it out. It would have been more frustrating if our Budweiser Dodge wasn't running well, but our car was great."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd

"I hate we did not get to finish all 400 laps. Roy McCauley (Crew-Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge) made some changes before the last segment that really helped the car rotate. We had a top-15 car and I really wanted to finish. We had the car as good as it had been all day right there before the last red flag. You can't control the weather. That moment of silence was awesome. To see all the crew guys standing on the pit lane, and all the fans in the stands remembering what this day is really about is just awesome. It is an honor to be a part of such a great sport with the best fans in the world."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd

"We kept adjusting on it and by the end there our lap times were pretty good. But I'm so sick of the rain. It seemed like just as we were starting to get some rhythm it would let loose and wash all the rubber off the track."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 34th

"We were just so unbelievably tight after going back to green after the prior red flag. The right front (tire) really had been feeling a little weird for the last two runs, but this time it started vibrating so bad that we had to come in for right-side tires under the green. That put us a lap down and dropped us from about 15th all the way to 35th.

We had another vibration on the right front before pitting for four tires when the yellow flew for rain the last time. That put us in the catch-up mode and we were focusing on getting a shot at the Lucky Dog. Unfortunately, the rain just wouldn't stop for any length of time and we never got the chance to get back out there and try to make up some of the spots we lost."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Air Force Dodge Charger) Finished 35th

"We had a pretty tough time of it today. We could never get the handling we needed. We had such little track time this week then with the rain today, whenever we had a chance to adjust our car, it would rain and the track would change."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports