BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Finished Second "A great day for the Discount Tire Dodge today. That 18 and 20 cars are really good and they paired up pretty good on the restart and out-drafted me. I feel like we had a ...
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Finished Second
"A great day for the Discount Tire Dodge today. That 18 and 20 cars are really good and they paired up pretty good on the restart and out-drafted me. I feel like we had a stronger car, but Kyle did a great job, great restart. Justin (Allgaier) and I worked well together. We just came up short. I'm still really proud of this team. We're coming away with top finishes every week and head to Nashville with the points lead which is cool. I wanted to go into Nashville ahead of Kyle knowing that we had the stand-alone races coming up. That feels really good.
"I'm really going to miss him (Kyle). We bring out the best and worse in each other. A good, strong day for our Discount Tire Dodge. I felt like if we had one more lap, we had a shot at it. The 18 and 20 did a great job working together on restarts, getting a good push away. It was just enough to give them a one-lap cushion to where I couldn't catch him. Kudos to them, they did a good job, but so did our team. We're doing everything we need to do; we still have the points lead. That really means a lot to this team. It's up to me to go into Nashville with the points lead before some of the Cup guys quit. This kind of proves that we can do this."
WOULD FOUR TIRES OR TWO TIRES MADE A DIFFERENCE ON RESTARTS? No. Our car was good. Kyle didn't take any tires. It was all about the restart and he just beat us."
DID YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH FUEL ON RESTARTS? "No. We were good. A couple more green-white wreckers (laughs) or whatever they call them and we would have been in trouble."
BEFORE THE LAST CAUTION, YOU WERE GETTING A GOOD RUN OFF OF TURN 4. DID YOU THINK THAT YOU HAD KYLE BEAT? "I don't know if I would have had a shot a Kyle. Kyle established track position and clean air. I would run up on him and just lose the air. We were pretty close to being equal. I was a little bit better one lap; he was a little bit better the next lap. I would push my car hard and he would conserve his and vise versa. We were just see-sawing. I was trying to make sure that I had something for him at the end."
HOW IS YOUR JAW FEELING? "Yeah, my jaw hurts pretty good. It's all tore up inside my face from the wreck on Thursday. It is what it is, that's what we get paid to do. My helmet and microphone just hit that hard and it all came up inside and busted my face up."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PREPARATIONS THAT YOU'VE MADE IN GETTING READY TO RUN THE NATIONWIDE STAND-ALONE RACES AND CUP RACES? "Quite honestly, I haven't made preparations. I really have just handed the ball off to different people and they make the preparations. I'm just going follow them and raise my hand like a kindergartner. I'm gonna miss racing Kyle because we bring out the best in each other, sometimes the worse. That's what I love about the sport."
PAUL WOLFE (Crew Chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger)
"It was a great day overall. We had a strong call all day. Everybody has worked so hard back at the shop to keep putting together new cars. To come out here and run like this is exciting. Obviously we want to win these races, but looking at the big picture, it was a good, solid day. If we keep putting down these finishes, we're going to be there at the end. I'm just proud of all the hard work by everyone. Brad drove a great race."
DID YOU HAVE ANY INTENTION TO PIT WHEN KYLE STAYED OUT? "No. Our car was good. I felt that Brad had enough tires underneath him to win the race. It was close. I wouldn't change a thing. We were kind of going off of what he did. He stayed out, so it was a no-brainer."
JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Finished Fourth
"We did battle some adversity today, but it shows what a good crew behind you can do. We had an awesome race car today. We worked on it and got the Verizon Wireless Dodge better toward the end. We made the choice to take four tires and I think it would have been the right choice had we not had so many cautions at the end. A top-five finish is a great day for us with the clutch problem and the adversity we had."
WAS THERE ANY QUESTION ABOUT TAKING FOUR TIRES ON THAT FINAL STOP? "No. There was no question. Chad (Walter, crew chief) made the call to come down and take four. We got bit by that at Richmond, so we felt that four tires was the way to go. It was realistically. If we didn't have all those cautions at the end, four tires would have been the best choice. To come home with a top-five finish and move on next week to Nashville, it's worth it.
"We've had a rough last five or six weeks. So to battle back from that adversity and to battle back from that adversity today on the pit stop, it feels good. When you're that far back, especially on a green-flag pit stop, you think you're day is over. It just shows what these guys do, they never give up. That's what it takes to win races and championships. Even though we lost some points to the guys we're racing, we could have lost a lot more."
A SOLID DAY BATTLING THROUGH THE ADVERSITY; HOW TOUGH IS IT TO MAINTAIN YOUR COMPOSURE? "That's one of the biggest things I've had to work on, keeping my composure when something does go wrong. Brad running second, we came home fourth. It's a great day for everybody at Penske Racing. That's what it takes to win championships."
CHAD WALTER (Crew Chief, No. 12 Verizon Dodge Charger)
"We had a little hiccup on the green flag pit stop. I'm not sure just what happened. The guys had killer pit stops. We had a lug nut fall over on that last pit stop. Otherwise, I thought we could have come out with little better track position. We caught come cautions there at the end which allowed us to line back up and get some restarts with four tires. I think that (four tires) was the right call. Who knows if it had gone green to the end I think maybe we could have got second or maybe even battled for the lead. All in all, a great day for the Verizon Dodge.
"There was no question about taking four tires, none whatsoever. We didn't have a car that was going to win without them. I've seen too many times where if you leave yourself out there, you're sitting ducks. Hats off to the 18 and 22 for making it last, but I think they might have been in trouble had the last two cautions not happened."
-source: dodge motorsports