Michigan II: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) "Overall, bringing home an 11th in our Budweiser Dodge was a great effort by everyone on this team. It was a great finish considering where we ran all day. We got the best finish that we could. The pit...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"Overall, bringing home an 11th in our Budweiser Dodge was a great effort by everyone on this team. It was a great finish considering where we ran all day. We got the best finish that we could. The pit crew did a great job. Considering we started 43rd, we had a lot of cars that we had to pass on a very slick race track and we were able to pass a lot of cars. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) did a great job on top of the box making adjustments to try and get our Budweiser Dodge to handle better. We'll take the points and be happy to head to Bristol next weekend."

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KENNY FRANCIS (Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"Our Budweiser Dodge had a decent day. It was a struggle. We ended up 11th there at the end which was kind of holding serve with the points. Obviously, we want to run better than that, but we had a little bit of adversity today by starting 43rd, but hung in there and work hard all day. I'm real proud of Kasey and the pit crew. Everybody hung in there for the full 200 laps of slipping and sliding here at Michigan."

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

"Yes, it was an eventful day to be sure. We've got to go back and work on a lot of things. We got the car right when we needed it to be. We all kept our heads down working at it and saved enough fuel to get to the end. It was a good day for us. Obviously, we want to be a little bit better. I'm happy about it and proud of all the guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge.

WAS FUEL MILEAGE A CONCERN? "We're going to find out when we get back and get the tank drained. I saved all the way on that last run. The first couple of laps right after we went back to green, I worked to get as far as I could, but as soon as the cars got singled out, I started saving. I didn't save as much as the 5 (Mark Martin) or some of the other guys did, but I've worked really hard on that to make sure I know where to let off so I use hardly any brakes. Basically, I'm only using the gas that I need to use to get around the track.

PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. IS THIS A BIG SWING FOR YOU GUYS? "At lap 130, I was very mad because we did about everything that we could possibly do wrong, but I guess that's why these races are as long as they are. You can screw it up for 140 laps and figure it out the last 60. The guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge, they stuck with it. It's a big day for me to come up here and get a top five at Michigan, my home track. It feels pretty darn good."

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TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

"Houdini was in the driver seat for us today. We certainly didn't have a great car for most of the race. I'd say the last 60 laps, we did have a good car and finally gained on it. It shows what this Mobil 1 Dodge team is capable of if we just keep getting after it and working hard together. We made some mistakes today in the pits. We had a couple bad stops under green today. I made a mistake when we got the Lucky Dog that cost us a lap. We didn't lose our composure. Everyone just buckled down, stayed after it and got Sam a top-five finish."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Dodge Charger)

"It wasn't too good today. We were better at the end of the race which is bad because that tells you how off we were earlier in the race. I thought that we had a decent car yesterday in happy hour. It just wasn't good today."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger)

"It was pretty crazy out there today. We had a lot better car than where we finished with our Penske Dodge. We got spun and took two tires and it didn't work out. We come back and finished 13th and was really happy about that finish.

HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO BE PATIENT OUT THERE TODAY? "You had to be really patient with the track bar because of how slippery the track was today. The lanes moved around so much that you had to continuously try and find the line that worked best for you. We kept digging all day and got a very respectable finish."

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ROY MCCAULEY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger)

HOW DIFFICULT WAS THIS TRACK TODAY? "We kind of guessed right today. We learned a lot from our last race here and anticipated on being too loose off and really built that into our combination. David (Stremme) did a good job today. We had a pretty solid car there running, 16, 15th, 14th, 13th... got a little bit behind when we spun, but hung in there and got a good finish. We started 34th with 40 laps to go and got 13th out of it. We'll take it."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"I felt like our car was really strong on restarts. The adjustment (pit stop during the third caution) made the car a little tight. I just had to wait on it and while I was waiting on it, the 6 car got loose in front of us. I originally thought I hit him, but after looking at the tape, he just spun on his own. I couldn't go left, (Carl) Edwards was there. If I had to do it all over again, I would have tried to take minimal damage, but nosing into the 6 car's door wasn't an option because there was no way I could stop. I tried to turn left, clipped him and it flung us right toward the inside fence. Then, after we got the car repaired, and went back out trying to salvage a finish and not get a DNF, we had a motor issue. I don't know if we run it out of water, oil or what, but the valve train came apart. A good day gone real, real bad. Hopefully, we've got all our bad luck out of the way."

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

"We just didn't need that to happen. That's the double-file restarts with everybody bunched up. The 6 (No. 6) just got loose and we got the worse end of it. Looking at the replay, we never touched him. We had a car very capable of a top-10 finish.

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Super 8 Dodge Charger)

"I'm proud of the guys. We kept fighting. Our biggest problem, we were terrible on short runs. We'd go green and I'd fall to the back and then after about 25 laps on the tires, I could run high and make up some spots. I put us behind the eight-ball yesterday, wrecking the car. That one is on me. We'll take it and head to Bristol."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"We were loose all day long. We tried to fix it. Unfortunately, I think something broke in the Stanley Dodge. It wouldn't stay tight at all, the back end kept kicking out. We weren't able to do much with it. Unfortunately, it wasn't the day we were looking for, but we head to Bristol next week looking for a great run there."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin
Teams Team Penske