KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 4th TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY? "It was a great Miller Lite Dodge. I felt like we had a car capable of winning the race today and we learned quite a bit about the draft and what we have to do...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 4th
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY? "It was a great Miller Lite Dodge. I felt like we had a car capable of winning the race today and we learned quite a bit about the draft and what we have to do for Sunday. I'm really excited about this car's potential and what we can do as a team to win the Daytona 500."
A STRONG DAY FOR PENSKE RACING AND DODGE! "Yeah, that's good stuff. A lot of improvement from the engine department and everyone polishing on these fast cars that we have here in Daytona. Hey, I made it through a race without wrecking so we're excited (laughs)."
TAKE US THROUGH THOSE LAST FIVE LAPS: "I didn't want to block too severely and chance wrecking the car. So I let those guys go by on the outside and nobody went with us. But the strength of this Miller Lite Dodge showed and that's awesome. We just need to figure out what racing line we need to be in at the end of the race."
HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DOES IT GIVE YOUR TEAM THAT THE BACK-UP CAR WAS SO STRONG? "It's awesome. This car is really strong. It qualified really well. We finished fourth today which will put us near the front to start the race and we're excited about our chances. I can't wait for Sunday's race."
STEVE ADDINGTON (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
HOW GOOD WAS YOUR CAR TODAY? "It was awesome. The car drove great all day. It got a little free, but we left it alone (during the pit stop) and I think we'll have something for them on Sunday. We just need to keep the nose clean until then for sure. I think we have something to work from and adjust on. Kurt (Busch) did a great job. I'm excited for Penske Racing and Dodge because I know that we have some stuff left to get us a little bit more horsepower in it. We found out who our friends were there late in the race. We kind of got hung out and I thought that we were going to fall back to 15th or so, but the car was stout enough to hang on and get us a top five out of it."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
"I'm not really sure what happened ... the car stopped pulling like it had been. Instead of taking a chance on blowing it up and spinning in our own oil or put something down for somebody else, we decided to pull it in. Unfortunately, we were running third when that happened. We were just hanging back waiting for the last couple of laps so we could try and make a run for the win. We're real happy with the Mobil 1 Dodge and how it handled. The best part about it is it's a long race and we've got a lot of opportunities on Sunday to be able to move forward if our car handles anywhere near as well as it did today. The car was pretty good and we could put it pretty much where we wanted too. It got a little tight on that last run, but all in all, you have to applaud Penske Racing and the work that everyone has done in the off season to make our stuff better. Kurt (Busch) and Brad (Keselowski) got out there and led some laps. I could never quite get to the front. I was trying to help Kurt there early on and got shuffled to the back, but was able to move all the way back up to the front. We did that two or three times. Hopefully, if we do that enough, people will notice that the car is pretty quick and be more willing to push us."
TRAVIS GEISLER (crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)
HOW WAS YOUR DAY AND WHAT HAPPENED TO SAM'S CAR LATE IN THE RACE? "We're real happy. Obviously the result wasn't what we wanted, but I think everyone knows that all three Penske Dodge we're up front racing for the lead all day. I think together, we're going to be able to work with each other on Sunday and make something special happen. We would have liked to finish higher, but Sam felt something in the car that he didn't like and decided to bring the car back to the trailer. It was a great decision. We had a top-five finishing car; it just doesn't show on the scoreboard. The car is in one piece; we'll take it. We'll be in good shape."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 12th
HOW WAS YOUR RACE TODAY? "A solid start to the weekend and get prepared for the (Daytona) 500. Congratulations to Kurt (Busch) and Sam (Hornish Jr.) on a great run today. I think we have a great idea on what we have to work on. We led some laps and ran up front and learned a lot. The car is in one piece. We did everything we needed to do to get ready for the 500."
-source: dodge motorsports