KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 35th "Certainly not the day that we anticipated with our Miller Lite Dodge. We had great expectations starting on the pole here at my home track and Lady Luck wasn't on our side. We...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 35th "Certainly not the day that we anticipated with our Miller Lite Dodge. We had great expectations starting on the pole here at my home track and Lady Luck wasn't on our side. We struggled a bit early with the slick track conditions, but I knew that Steve (Addington, crew chief) had the game plan to tighten us up during that first (pit) stop. We talked on the radio and we both knew that there was plenty of race left to get our Miller Lite Dodge back to the front. We got the car back underneath us, but then we got caught up in the wreck with the 1 (McMurray) and 42 (Montoya) on Lap 94 that basically ended our day. It was a bit confusing and I'm still not sure what happened. We were 11th on the board on the restart and the next thing I knew we're positioned on the outside of Row 6 in 12th. I was a sitting duck for the wreck in front of us. Do we get collected if we're on the inside lane? Who knows? It happened and we have to move on. The Miller Lite guys did all that they could to get the right side fixed so that I could go out, makes some laps and finish the race."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
"It was a long day. We thought that we were going to be faster than we were today. It just wasn't in the cards for our Penske Dodge. We worked really hard all day trying to make it faster and better, we just couldn't find that one thing that could makes us really good. It's disappointing. It's a long season. We've got a lot more work to do and keep working hard every time that we head to the race track."
ARE THERE CERTAIN TAKE-AWAYS THAT YOU'LL PUT IN YOUR MEMORY BANK FOR THE FUTURE? "You're always learning. The biggest thing is that we have to keep working on performing for the whole weekend. You know--what it takes to qualify fast, have solid practices and apply that to race day. I'm proud of my team. I'm learning as a driver to driver better and communicate better with Jay (Guy, crew chief). There are a ton of things that you go through in the learning process. Las Vegas is behind us. We'll load up and head to Atlanta and try it again."
IS PART OF THAT LEARNING CURVE JUST TRYING TO GET BETTER DURING THE RACE? "For sure it is for me. There are so many factors, so many moving parts to it. From evaluating yourself to evaluating the car, you're constantly looking to improve and apply the things that you do well and work on the things that you have to get better at inside the race car."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 28th
"We were way off early. We had a set of tires yesterday in practice that we were pretty tight on and kept adjusting the car thinking the track was getting tighter and tighter. When the race started and we realized we had made adjustments on a bad set of tires, the car was too free. We tried to hold onto it as long as we could. I turned right more than I did left today. Once we got a decent handle on it, we were two laps down and then I was speeding on pit road. We stayed out trying to catch a yellow and lost another lap. It was one of those days we started digging a hole and it kept getting deeper and we didn't figure out how to put dirt back in it."
-source: dodge motorsports