Homestead: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 4th "We had a great car and we put together a great effort tonight. We finished fourth tonight. We finished fourth overall in the season standings and we fought hard every race, every lap of...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 4th

"We had a great car and we put together a great effort tonight. We finished fourth tonight. We finished fourth overall in the season standings and we fought hard every race, every lap of the way. We got behind on pit strategy tonight at the end. Pat (Tryson, crew chief) said two tires and I said, 'Make sure nobody else does four (tires).' Everybody did four, but that's racing. We fought and fought all night. I found this weird line out on the race track where I could drive the car in really deep and it was just building the right-front tire pressure so much that I couldn't hang on to it at the end and Kevin (Harvick) caught us for third-place. That doesn't define our year. What defines our year was the perseverance, hard work and just being first in class this year. We fought hard to be fourth overall because those Hendrick cars are tough to beat."

HOW MUCH OF WHAT YOU LEARNED WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN 2010? "There's some stuff we learned here in the Chase with this car that will help for sure. We won in Texas and finished fourth with it here in Homestead and we need to translate that into week-in and week-out performances. These guys from Hendrick, they'll beat you left and right if you're not looking. We just have to keep pushing them, find new ideas and go after them in '10."

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PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"It was a great night for our Miller Lite Dodge. We struggled a little bit early in the race, but then we were able to get the car to come around and little bit. We took a chance there at the end by only taking two tires, maybe we shouldn't. It was a good night, it just didn't end the way that we wanted it."

THE DECISION TO TAKE TWO TIRES, WAS TRACK POSITION THAT IMPORTANT LATE IN THE RACE? "It looked like it was. It's hard to say how it was going to shake out. The 29 and 2 cars were the fastest on track at the end of the race and we thought that we had the right pit strategy. It just wasn't enough tonight."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 17th

"It was a hard-fought night for our Budweiser Dodge team. We fought a loose condition all night and every time that we tried to tighten it up, we made the front-end tighter and just couldn't find the balance in the car that we needed. We thought our car may change to the good when the race went from day to night, but it just didn't happen. I'm proud of all my guys. We made the Chase, finished 10th in points and were able to win two races. We got our first road course win (Sonoma) and ran strong throughout the season. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) and the guys did a great job all season. I just want to thank everyone at Budweiser and Dodge and all sponsors for their support.

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"We had a good day in our Mobil 1 Dodge. We just didn't quite make the adjustments early, but we were pretty good there in the end. I ended up touching the 17 and then he ended up getting into me going in Turn 3. I ended up tearing up our right-front fender a bit which made us a sitting duck from there. A good job by all the Mobil 1 guys. They've worked hard all year and we have a lot of things to build on for next year."

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 25th

"We fought hard all night; we just quite didn't have enough. The 12 team put in a great effort. We just couldn't get the speed out of the car that we needed. I've learned a lot in the few races that I have been in the seat of the 12 car. I'm excited about the off-season. We have a lot to build on for next year and we'll be ready to go by time that we get to Daytona."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Siemens Dodge Charger) Finished 40th

"Wow, I'm not sure what happened. We were coming to pit road and all that you can see is the guy in front of you, so I was pretty close to the 98. I saw him check up and I got on the brakes hard. Elliott (Sadler) was behind me and it looks like he got hit from behind, then he hit me from behind and I was a pinball in the middle. Elliott told me that the 96 was trying to come into the garage. It's a shame that something that stupid had to wreck this many cars."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 41st

"That was crazy. We were coming to pit road and the 43 looked like he stopped right in front of me. It looks like the 96 was trying to get into the garage when everyone was pitting. I'm not sure what they were doing or why they were doing that right in front of everybody. That's tough luck for our race team. That's kind of how our season has gone. I hate to end the season like this. It's just a tough deal. A lot of people from Best Buy and Stanley are here today and getting wrecked on pit road is just weird."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
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