BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 14th "We got a solid finish out of it. We didn't have the best handling Penske Dodge tonight, but we executed all night and that's a credit to Jay (Guy, crew chief) and this team. I'm real...
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 14th
"We got a solid finish out of it. We didn't have the best handling Penske Dodge tonight, but we executed all night and that's a credit to Jay (Guy, crew chief) and this team. I'm real proud of those guys tonight. We just need to keep working and getting a little more speed. With the way that we're executing, we can run up front with the leaders. We just need to get some speed."
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE SINCE YOU PRACTICED AND QUALIFIED IN THE DAYTIME, AND RACED AT NIGHT? "It changed a lot. That makes it difficult for sure. It was the same for everybody. We just had to work around it and try to make our car better on the long runs. I thought that we handled it well as a team. It was a learning process all night."
YOU'RE GOING TO FACE SIMILAR SITUATIONS NEXT WEEKEND IN DARLINGTON. WHAT CAN YOU TAKE AWAY AND APPLY FROM THIS RACE? "You're always learning about these cars. They're different animals, different beasts. Certainly handling is a big takeaway. I think we got some good notes from Richmond that we can apply to Darlington. I'm sure we'll take a look at our corner speed and drive-off. Darlington is a different monster, real fast. We'll just try and unload with a fast car and work on it from there all weekend."
JAY GUY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger)
"It certainly was a long night for the Penske Dodge. We worked hard on the car the entire race. Brad never gave up. We caught a break there and got the lucky dog. We raced them hard there at the end, but we had to keep the big picture in mind, the fact it could be a good points race for us. A top-15 here at Richmond after struggling most of the day, I'll take it. We just never found the handle all weekend for a long run. It's so unusual for Richmond we had these long runs. We had a car that could go pretty well for 60 laps, but we fell off really hard after that. We've got a lot of work to do. I feel confident we'll get it. We have a test coming up here in a few weeks at Milwaukee, so we'll see what we can find that will help."J
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 18th
"Just a struggle tonight with our Miller Lite Dodge. One of the keys to Richmond is to be able to get your car to turn in the center of the corners, and we just couldn't all night. No grip at all for us. It felt like I was on four banana peels at times with this tire. Loose in, tight in the center, loose off. Forward bite was an issue all night. This tire just got us again this year. Steve (Addington) and the guys threw everything at this car tonight, just a tough, tough track."
TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 36th
"It was a tough night for the Mobil 1 Dodge. We were tight in the center of the turns all night and we needed better drive off the corners. We just weren't able to get a handle on it tonight. The accident in the last laps of the race was unfortunate. It's our first DNF of the season."
-source: dodge motorsports