BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd "I just can't believe what a great track this has turned into for the Nationwide Series. The last few races have been phenomenal for what I can remember. I don't know if it's the...
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd
"I just can't believe what a great track this has turned into for the Nationwide Series. The last few races have been phenomenal for what I can remember. I don't know if it's the daylight racing or what it is, but we never saw racing like this here before. Our Dodge was pretty good. We were terrible at the start, but at the end, we really seem to come on strong. At the end, I felt like we were as good as Greg and the two Gibbs cars. It was a track-position race. We made a little mistake on pit road and got behind. I was ready just to finish the race in fourth and then the yellow came out and all heck broke loose. I had a run at it down the back stretch, had the opportunity to go in there and clear them all out and win the race, but I needed to think a little bigger picture than that and bring home a good finish for Roger and a brand new team. This is a good start to our relationship together. I'm excited to see how we're going to grow together. I think we're just going to keep on getting better."
YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GREEN-WHITE CHECKERED FLAG FINISH: "It just seems to really work out. Once you get us side by side, we can't seem to break it apart without running over each other. It was just good racing. We're all getting pretty stubborn not trying to give up a spot. We race each other pretty hard. We did a lot of drafting and side-drafting; the double-file restart has a lot to do with it."
CHAD WALTER (Crew chief, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger)
"I thought that we had a pretty strong car all day. We had an issue with speeding on pit lane and it cost us track position at the end of the day. When you get inside 30 laps at these big tracks, that's hard to come back from and challenge. We got a timely caution to be able to come back and get tires. We had a great restart and the Verizon Dodge ended up in the top 10 for the second week in a row."
JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Finished 9th
"The speeding penalty was disappointing. I was 50 RPMs short of where I thought we needed to be to be safe. That's frustrating for the Verizon Dodge guys. They deserved a lot better finish. I felt like we could run with Brad and be up there with our teammate. We did come back. As far back as we were there at the end and come out with a good top-10 finish, it came out all right. We've got to build points. We had a bad day and came out all right. I can't complain.
"The pit crew was awesome today. We had one bad stop, but all of them can't be perfect. They worked hard during the off season and got the pit stops a lot better. I couldn't be more proud of my guys. I hate it for them as they shouldn't have been in the situation they were in."
PATIENCE PAID OFF WITH A TOP-10 FINISH: "A year ago, we would have either crashed or we would have done something wrong. I would have missed my pit box or something and we would not have had a decent finish. That was one of the most patient races I've driven. Unfortunately, I don't know how to explain what happened there in the middle of the race with the speeding on pit road, but everything else I tried to be methodical about it. I tried not to mess with anybody for too many laps and get slowed down. It pays off in the end. We got a good run out of it. I wish it could have been a little better.
THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU AND CHAD (WALTER, crew chief for the No. 12 Verizon Dodge) CONTINUES TO IMPROVE. "Actually, it's really good. From last year to this year, we've worked really hard and gotten ourselves where we're really on the same page and understand each other very well. I tell him what I need to be better and he gives me whatever I need to be better. That's the kind of adjustments that need to be made each and every week. He's doing a good job with that."
PARKER KLIGERMAN (No. 42 Team 42 Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd
"We put ourselves in a position in qualifying to have to start 28th and that put us behind. I think that we improved the car throughout the day. We started off early in the race and really couldn't run 25th and by the end of the day, I think that we had a top-15 car. We just had that one restart where we stayed out and weren't exactly sure where we should be. Everyone went by and we should have been the first car a lap down. So when the yellow flag came out late, we should have been the Lucky Dog. Thanks to Penske and Dodge. Everyone worked hard to give me a strong car."
-source: dodge motorsport