Darlington: Dodge teams race quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Finished 14th "I'm real proud of my guys on this Stanley Tools Dodge Charger tonight. The last time that we ran this car, we didn't run real with it. They took it back to the shop and figured...

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Finished 14th

"I'm real proud of my guys on this Stanley Tools Dodge Charger tonight. The last time that we ran this car, we didn't run real with it. They took it back to the shop and figured out how to put some more weight in it...maybe 40 or 50 pounds more weight in it than we've run all year... it made a hell of a difference. We could adjust on it all night and make it better throughout the race. We're still missing a few things. We had great pit stops all night. Baby steps, yes, but we're going to make it."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"It was a really tough night out there for the Miller Lite Dodge. We started eighth and that was as far up front as we ever ran (all night). We missed the setup really bad. We were so loose during the first part of the race, it was like I was going to crash every lap. When we started adjusting on it, we got it better, but really got the balance of the car messed up. The last 100 laps out there were about as wild as it gets. It was survival of the fittest. Guys running in the top-10 were spinning and hitting the wall. It was unbelievable how the pit stops kept shuffling everything around. We got our car too tight at the big end of the track and too loose at the little end. We were just way too loose with no side bite. We just started with a setup that was so loose that all the crutches that we used to tighten it up just killed the balance of it. It's amazing that we weren't wrecked in the garage."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Valvoline Crew Chief Car Dodge Charger) Finished 19th

"We stayed about the same the whole race. The back of the car felt real good. We were just too tight. We made a ton of adjustments, but couldn't make it better. The car was really good in one and two, but real tight off of four. If we could have gotten that better, I think we could have passed cars. I just couldn't pass cars. That's what killed us. We could hang with people after they got in front of us, but just couldn't pass anybody."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd

"It was a great effort. It felt good having a car capable of winning again. We made a lot of gains throughout the weekend, from setup to overall information on performance. We just ran into some bad luck there in the later stages of the race. But for sure, this gives us a lot of confidence heading into Charlotte next weekend."

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KENNY FRANCIS (Crew Chief -- No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"Our Budweiser Dodge was really good tonight. I thought we were one of the cars to beat there at the beginning. It's unfortunate we got in that little fender-bender there which tore the nose up pretty bad. We had enough cautions to work on it and got it pretty good there toward the end of the race. We just never could quite get back on the lead lap. Getting the nose knocked in, the car got hot and we had to pit under green and lost two laps. It's unfortunate because we had a really good car. I'm really proud of the guys and all the hard work we put in. We hit on some stuff that we've been doing a little bit different and it seemed to work, so we'll build on that and keep going. It's unfortunate for the results, but real happy and encouraged by the improvement in how the car was running."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 24th

"It was a tough night. We had a good race car early in the race until the 17 car used me up there in the end and put me in the fence. We had to pit under green and fell back to finish 24th. The Penske Racing Dodge guys did a good job getting the back-up car ready to race; it just wasn't the finish that we deserved."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 30th

"It was a long night for sure. We had a good race car to start out the race. We got a little behind on some adjustments; a couple guys took two tires, we took four on the first stop like everyone did and for as tight as we were getting, we probably should have just taken two. Then we got back in traffic and were trying to play with the line in (Turn) 2 and just spun our Mobil 1 Dodge around and it took almost 150 laps to get our lap back. Then we got turned around when Junior (Dale Earnhardt) and Matt (Kenseth) got together and had to pit under green because the yellow flag didn't come out. The car freed up after the pit stop and I ended up in the wall again with a lot of damage and that sent us to the garage."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt
Teams Team Penske