Dodge teams Charlotte 500 qualifying quotes

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Kurt Busch, Penske Racing Dodge
Kurt Busch, Penske Racing Dodge

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ultra Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 20th

“A fun lap, just too loose for our car and we’ll see where we end up. You know when it goes into nightfall the track get fast, you just don’t know what to expect exactly.”

COMMENT ON THE CHANGE IN TRACK CONDITIONS FROM PRACTICE THIS AFTERNOON TO QUALIFYING TONIGHT. “You get the daytime and track temperature up and now tonight the cooler track conditions make it harder to exactly feel it but you know you’ve going to be faster.”

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 26th

“I was just too loose. As a team, Penske Racing has been working really, really hard to make sure we have our best cars for the last five or six races. And we brought a brand new car here to Charlotte and it’s really, really good. It was so good, it was better than we thought it was going to be and just missed the change over coming into the night. That is as excited as I can be about a car that’s probably going to qualify 25th or 30th because I know if it drives like it did with the front grip that it had, it’s going to be amazing.”

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy/Harris Teeter Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 43rd

“That’s slower than what I went in practice (laughs). That’s obviously not going to be very good. We unloaded and we were on the left side of the board most of the day and then we just didn’t pick up. It was kind of weird. You know, I’m happy with getting in the show. That’s what we needed to do. We were fast enough to make the show again and that’s obviously the most important thing for us right now.”

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO KEEP LEARNING AT A TEMPERATURE-SENSITIVE TRACK LIKE CHARLOTTE? “Well, to be honest, we were horrible last time here at Charlotte, like really bad, and if I wasn’t locked in the top 35 we would have missed the show. So, I would say we’ve gained from where we were last time. The car drove good, just got a little wiggle in Turns 1 and 2, got a little wiggle in 3 and 4.”

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