Michigan: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd "It was a great effort by our Miller Lite Dodge team. We had a strong car early on. It seems like we lost a little bit of speed as the race went on, lost a little grip when the track ...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd

"It was a great effort by our Miller Lite Dodge team. We had a strong car early on. It seems like we lost a little bit of speed as the race went on, lost a little grip when the track rubbered in. We made good adjustments and had solid pit stops. That's what this game is all about. This is tough. There isn't any other racing in the world where, if you're off a little bit, people are going to go by you. Hats off to my guys, especially the guys back at the shop building these great cars. We keep advancing every time we bring our car to the race track. It was a good day here at Michigan. We qualified on the pole, led laps and finished third.

"It's definitely a weather game when you come to Michigan, as much as fuel mileage. Overall though, you've got to have the speed on the straightaways and the handling. This is a track that will test all different areas. That's why when one guy hits it right, they just check out. We had that early on. Kasey Kahne was in the mix. Denny Hamlin, once halfway rolled around, his car had really good grip that started to go away for us. The track got rubbered in and his car just kept gaining speed and ours lost a little bit of speed. To lead laps, sit on the pole and finish third with our Miller Lite Dodge, I was pulling hard for our Dodge. We're like David vs. Goliath out there. Overall, for all the hard work that's going on up here in Detroit and to see all these great fans here at Michigan Speedway, it means a lot to see our fan support out there and the support of all our manufacturers."

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STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"A real solid points day for our miller Lite Dodge. It really was an uneventful day to be honest. The Miller Lite Dodge was awesome off the truck this weekend. To earn a pole at Michigan is special because it's in Dodge's backyard and that's important to everyone at Penske. I told Kurt that we just need to keep building on solid finishes and focus in on making the Chase. We want to win, but the big picture is making the Chase. Making the Chase would be a big accomplishment for this team. Kurt (Busch) drove a great race. We'll take the third-place finish and head to Sonoma."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 26th

"We just weren't very good today from the start of the green. We did everything that we could to get track position and get the car to run better. We got the car better in the middle of the race, but just fell of late. Late in the race we had a problem on pit road during a green flag pit stop and that cost us a bunch of spots. It was a tough day for us. We'll move on to Sonoma and anything can happen on a road course."

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 27th

"It was a tough day for our Penske Dodge. We just missed it. I'm not sure what happened. We'll go back and take a look at the numbers and see where we missed."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Denny Hamlin
Teams Team Penske