Texas: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th "We were hoping that the sun didn't come out, that's for sure. The track temperature went up drastically and the affected our setup a bit. Not a bad lap for our Discount Tire ...

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th

"We were hoping that the sun didn't come out, that's for sure. The track temperature went up drastically and the affected our setup a bit. Not a bad lap for our Discount Tire Dodge. A little free, but that's because the sun came out and made the track a little slicker. We'll just have to deal with it, but I think our car is pretty fast."

WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING THE POINT LEADER? "A really cool feeling. Ever since my family has been racing -- going all the way back to the NASCAR Truck days -- nobody in our family has been leading the points. Personally, it's very gratifying. It's been a lot of hard work to get to this point, but we know there's a lot of work left to do."

ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR THAT MAKES BEING THE POINT LEADER SPECIAL? "For this entire Penske Discount Tire team, it's a great accomplishment. We're a new team that has started from virtually nothing to take the points lead in only six races. Amazing! It's a great team and I'm proud to be racing for these guys."

JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Qualified 18th

"The sun came out and there just wasn't any grip out there when we went to qualify our Verizon Wireless Dodge. It's a little disappointing because our car was fast in both practices and I really thought that we had a shot at the pole this afternoon. That's racing. We'll deal with it. We just have to start a little further back in the field than we really want to tomorrow night. We know that we brought a fast car to Texas and the race is long enough that you'll have plenty of time to move up through the field. Our teammate Brad (Keselowski) is fast too. Pit strategy and pit stops are always critical. We'll just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow."

YOU HAD A TOUGH ENDING TO THE RACE LAST WEEKEND IN PHOENIX WITH THE INCIDENT ON PIT ROAD. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THAT EXPERIENCE? "That it's a long year and things are going to happen during the race and the year that you just don't have control over. It's a roller coaster of a season and you can't get too high or too low at any one point in the season. We were definitely on a high coming off the win at Bristol and thought that we were on our way to another top-five when we get hit exiting pit road. We just have to stay focus and give it our all every week and let the chips fall where they may."

-source: dodge motorsports

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