KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 5th AFTER A TOP 10 LAST WEEKEND AT DAYTONA, A TOP FIVE FINISH FOR YOU TONIGHT. NOT A BAD WAY TO START THE 2009 SEASON? "It was a good night for us. I felt that our car had a great set-up in...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 5th
AFTER A TOP 10 LAST WEEKEND AT DAYTONA, A TOP FIVE FINISH FOR YOU TONIGHT. NOT A BAD WAY TO START THE 2009 SEASON? "It was a good night for us. I felt that our car had a great set-up in it. Our crew on pit road did a great job on our stops with the Miller Lite Dodge. We're happy. A top-five finish is good. We need to make better adjustments during the race and maybe a little bit more power down the straightaways and we'll be right there. An excellent turnaround over the off-season. It's only one race, a long way to go. It was a good solid run for us. We ran in the top five all day and came home fifth. That's more than we expected. I think some of the off-season changes have helped. It's a good way to get a report card early. Still, we have to keep working on it, making good adjustments and putting ourselves in position to win."
PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"That was a good run for us. We ran in the top-five all day and finished fifth. We're doing some stuff different than we did last year, so it's a pretty good way to start the season. We've still have a lot to learn with this car, but two top 10s to start the season, that's good momentum. We still have more to do, but we've made a big step from where we were last year. Hopefully, we can keep tweaking on it and get ourselves where we can win some of these races."
KASEY KAHNE (No.43 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 12th
"The car was much better today. We still have some work to do. We just need keep working on it to get where we need to be. I think our car will be better next week at Vegas; we can keep our RPMs up higher and that will help our engine. We'll keep working on the setup. I feel like we still have some work to do to catch those front three or four. They are so much quicker. From sixth or seventh back, we're just a little off. Those front four or five, they were really tough today."
DAVID STREMME (No. 7 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
"With our finish at Daytona with that cut tire, we needed a solid finish. Roy (crew chief, McCauley) and all the guys did a good job. We were off in qualifying, but in practice we got a lot better. I felt like today we were going to be better and I would be better. It worked out. I'm real proud of the finish we had. We still have some more work, but as a team we haven't worked together with no testing. We had good pit calls and the car was good. We got off a little when we got into the night, but overall, it was still a pretty good race for our team."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Finished 21st
"Man that was a tough night for us. We struggled trying to get our car to turn in the center of the corner. There for a while, the only way I could get the car to turn was to pitch it sideways. That wasn't a lot of fun. We took some pretty big swings at the handling later in the race and it seemed to really help. For as much as we struggled, to walk out of here with the finish we did is a pretty good feeling. There were a lot of guys struggling out there tonight. We'll be better in Las Vegas."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd
"We had a pretty good car and could have had a better finish. We had a problem with the jack on a green flag pit stop and ended up losing a lap. Then I sped on pit road. We had a small problem and compounded it into a bigger problem. We just couldn't get the lap back. We should have been a lot better than 23rd. We got what we could out of it today. We ran a good race. The team worked together. I was happy with the Auto Club Dodge and the people working on it. This car was much better than the cars I've had out here the last couple times. That's what was disappointing. I feel like we had close to a top-10 car."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 25th
"The No. 19 Best Buy Dodge was really missing on the front end. We came a long way from practice yesterday, but we're still missing something. We tried some things that we learned at Rockingham during the off-season, but it didn't transfer as well as we would have liked to California. We had great pit stops all night long and I can't thank the No. 19 crew enough. They really worked hard tonight to get us as much as they could. Tonight may not have been exactly what we were looking for, but we learned some things and got as many points as we possibly could. What we learned tonight should help us get better next weekend in Las Vegas."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Finished 29th
"We had no front grip all night long no matter what changes we made. We tried to make a lot of changes to the Charter Dodge throughout the race, but nothing seemed to help the car gain front grip. We were so tight in the center that it just killed us. The penalty got us down early and we just couldn't recover. But I'll give my guys credit, they stayed with me and we worked on it throughout the race and got it pretty decent there at the end."
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