SAM HORNISH JR, (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 15th "Today was awesome up until the last four laps. The Mobil 1 Dodge was really good all day long. I could push well and get up to the front and lead. I got caught speeding on pit lane,...
SAM HORNISH JR, (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 15th
"Today was awesome up until the last four laps. The Mobil 1 Dodge was really good all day long. I could push well and get up to the front and lead. I got caught speeding on pit lane, fell back and made our way all the way back to the front. For some reason on that last restart, we just didn't go. I was really happy with the Mobil 1 Dodge. I just wish that we had a couple more laps there at the end."
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU COULD PUT YOUR CAR WHEREVER YOU WANTED ON THE TRACK TODAY? "Our Dodge was really fast. We could run up front, fall to the back and power our way back to the front again. There were times when the run I could get in front of guys and get a great push. And then there were times where I would run up on someone and give them a huge push to the front. It was like that all day. I was trying to make friends all day, hoping we could get some help there at the end. Unfortunately, a couple of guys that I had worked with all day weren't in position at the end to help us out. I wish we had one more lap because our car was that good. We just weren't able to get a run there the last four laps and that was the deal. Our car was fast. The engine shop did an awesome job giving us fast cars. You just never know how these plate races are going to end."
TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)
"A really solid weekend overall for the Mobil 1 Dodge. I think the end result could have been a little better. We restarted fourth with four laps to go and had a great feeling that our day may end up in victory lane. A 15th is still a solid run for us here at Talladega. That's just the way plate racing shakes out. You never know what lane is going to go or what line is the one to be in. We got caught in what might not have been the best line and had to work our way back up to the front. Sam (Hornish) did a great job today. The guys at the Penske engine shop gave us great horsepower this weekend. Great stuff from the Dodge power plant under the hood."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (NO. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 10th
"A solid day for the Penske Dodge. I thought that we would be a little stronger. We're missing a little bit of speed to make our car draft better. This was the last run for this front end, so hopefully we can get a little stronger with the new nose before Daytona. We got a solid finish out of it and I'm proud of everyone at Penske that helped build this car."
TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST FOUR LAPS: "You just try every line and everything you can think of to get to the front. I picked a couple of good lines and gained a bunch of spots. If we would have had one more lap, I think we could have run up to the front. It's Talladega. We survived. The car is one piece and we ran strong most of the day. We'll take it."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 30th
"Typical Talladega. We were looking to draft to the front with the 56 car (Martin Truex Jr.) before the last caution. On the restart, we were stuck on the outside. The first two rows broke away, then it got three wide and we got shuffled back because the cars in front of our line just didn't go anywhere. It's disappointing. We ran in the top 10 all day and ready to make a run at the end, but never got the chance. Typical Talladega."
STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"We had a really fast Miller Lite Dodge, a lot of speed in the car. All weekend, we were pretty happy with the car. After that last caution, we got in that situation where we were in a line and it didn't go on the last restart. We were better at pushing; we pushed cars to the front all day long. We would have been alright if we had somebody that could go in front us. We had drafted with the 56 earlier and when we hooked up, we could really move. Throughout the race, it didn't matter if we got shuffled out, Kurt (Busch) could drive right back up there."
-source: dodge motorsports