Penske Racing Drivers Post Top-20 Finishes At Martinsville
KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 16th
“Just typical Martinsville racing, but under the additional pressure with the tire situation, but it was the same for everyone. We were way off on our setup at the beginning of the race and got a lap down only 50 laps into the race. We spent the next 175 laps trying to get the lucky dog (free pass). We had to play it conservative because we had used one more set of tires than the leaders when we got our lap back. I got into the back of the 47 car (Bobby Labonte) and really messed up the right front fender, so I had to be careful about any beating and banging for the final 200 laps.
“We went a lap down again during a long green, but used the wave around on the next caution and got back on the lead lap. Our goal was just to try to stay on the lead lap and out of trouble the rest of the day. We were able to do that until we pitted under green with 35 to go and then the caution came out. We just had to hang on and get all we could at the finish. That’s just our luck here.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 19th
“We probably had about a 10th-place car, but blew a right-front tire in the middle section of the race and lost two laps under green. We got one of them back and got in the lucky dog spot, but couldn’t catch a caution. We drove our butt off to put ourselves in position for good things to happen, but they didn’t. Then we pitted under green late in the race trying to have something good happen again, but another yellow came out and we lost two more laps. We got one of those back, but just couldn’t buy the break we really needed to get back on the lead lap. That’s part of racing. We just have to keep digging. We had decent speed today, probably good enough for a top-10 finish. I needed to do a little better job conserving the car and we needed to have a little more speed so I didn’t have to conserve the car.”
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Fast Five/SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 23rd
“We had a really good car today until somebody got into me and shoved me into another car. That messed the front end up; it seemed to overheat at that point. We had to pull some tape off which made the car tighter. It was an OK day. We would have rather run better with the movie “Fast Five” on the car. When the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski) had the flat tire, if they (NASCAR) had thrown the caution, we would have been back on the lead lap and there were just a few cars on the lead lap at that time. We would have been in good shape, but overall, it was a good day. That last stop, we pitted a little too early. We pitted under green and the caution came out. That put us two more laps down. We finished 23rd. It could have been a better finish with any luck.
--source: dodge motorsports