Dodge drivers have hard time in Atlanta qualifying

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 21st
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “Just missed it in Turns 1 and 2. Once I lost all that momentum I just couldn’t get back up to speed and it really hurt my lap. You’re on such a fine line here and we were on the wrong side of it today in qualifying with the Miller Lite Dodge. It’s a bummer because we were fast right off the truck and grabbed a late qualifying position. We just weren’t able to capitalize on it.”

Sam Hornish Jr., Penske Racing Dodge
Sam Hornish Jr., Penske Racing Dodge

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HOW SLICK WAS THE RACE TRACK TODAY? “The grey is slowly turning into black. Quite honestly it makes it slicker. The track just keeps losing grip; it’s a fine balance right now. Paul Wolfe and the No. 2 car guys are working at it really hard trying to get a balance on it. With an changing race track you have to keep throwing a set-up at it and hope to stumble into something that you like for the race on Sunday.”

Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 15th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “Compared to where we were when we unloaded the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger earlier today it was a solid qualifying effort. Just a little bit too tight trying to pick the throttle back up and (I) never could get back on the throttle coming off of Turn 2 and that’s where we lost a lot of our time. For where I thought the car was at the beginning of practice and where we ended up, I just wish we were a touch more free.”

Todd Gordon (Crew Chief, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T “We struggled off the truck. We were trying some different things and with Sam not having raced here in the Cup Series in a few years everything compounded for a tough start to the day. We got it better. The guys worked hard and got decent race balance in the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. We came back at the end of practice and ran a respectable qualifying run. I just wish I didn’t have the car so tight for qualifying. I wanted Sam to be a little tighter than looser and we may have gone a tad too far.”

Source: SRT Motorsports

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