Memphis: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 6th "The Budweiser Dodge was pretty decent. We got off a little bit, but the last two runs, last 100 laps, we were a top three or four car. The two tires didn't help us at the end. We thought...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 6th

"The Budweiser Dodge was pretty decent. We got off a little bit, but the last two runs, last 100 laps, we were a top three or four car. The two tires didn't help us at the end. We thought more would take two. It seemed to work for some earlier in the race. Looking back, we probably should have taken four. Maybe we could have been top five with four. We decided on that together. We had a good car all day. We got behind there at one point, but fought back and got the Budweiser Dodge where it needed to be. We weren't that good on restarts; it just takes my car too long to get going, so the late cautions didn't help. Other than that, we had a solid day. We've always run pretty strong in all these Chase races and have pretty good cars this time of the year. I think we should be good in the final seven races. We're definitely a ways back (in the Chase point standings), but we gained a little today. It was an all-right day. This is a really good team. They do a great job. Last week, we fought hard and got eighth. This week, we actually had a good car. It's just tough battling all those guys, they run so good. California is another good track for us, a track we're pretty good at. We'll try to be solid top-10 again."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 11th

"Overall, it was a solid day for the Miller Lite Dodge. We started in a hole by qualifying 39th, but we battled and got track position back midway through the race. We could never find the right balance between tight and loose. Our fuel mileage allowed us to stay out in green flag stops that allowed us to lead a lap and get those valuable bonus points. When you look at the leader board and see 11 out of the top 12 guys Chase drivers, it makes it really tough to gain spots and earn points. We'll take our notes, learn from them and head to California."

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MICHAEL NELSON (Vice-President of Operations, Penske Racing)

"We had a tough start to the day, but we soldiered through the day, moved up through the pack, had some misfortunes at times but were able to rally back and get an 11th-place finish. We didn't have the day that we wanted to have, but we had a day that we needed to and kept ourselves in contention for the Chase."

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PAT TRYSON (Crew-Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"Our Miller Lite Dodge was pretty good today. We had a little problem with a loose wheel that set up back. We pitted the one time and then the caution came out and went a lap down. We had to come from the back twice, so to finish11th was great. We were just too loose there at the end to really make up any ground."

ELEVEN OF THE TOP 12 DRIVERS OF THE RACE TODAY WERE CHASE CONTENDERS. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT HOW COMPETITIVE THE CHASE IS?

"It's competitive. Fortunately the 5 and 48 didn't end up all that great either today. We didn't lose as many points as we could have. It's a dog fight and it's going to be that way all the way to Homestead. Hopefully we can gain some ground next weekend at California."

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KENNY FRANCIS (Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"We had a decent finish. The Budweiser Dodge ended up sixth. The guys worked hard today. Kasey worked hard driving the car. It came down to strategy there at the end. It's tough to know what to do. Two tires had worked good for a lot of guys all day. We hadn't tried it all day, but thought, well, let's go ahead and try it even though there were a lot of laps left. It got us up front track-position wise. We had been running third to fourth and that moved us up to second. Too many of the others took four and they just overtook us. Sixth place is a real good finish for the Budweiser Dodge. We're happy with that. We had a little problem with debris that caused the car to overheat a little early. We finally got tape off and then it run too cool. That hurt us a little bit. The guys did a real good job. The car handled pretty good all day. The motor ran pretty good all day. All in all, it was a good day. It's tough when you get up there in front. I figured more would take two. I thought for sure some of the guys in the back would take two, but it didn't happen. That was a lot of laps to take two tires. We tried two. It was a good finish for us."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 17th

"Well, as bad as we struggled in practice on Saturday, I knew we had our work cut out for us today and we didn't run too bad. We struggled at the start of every run and then it would get going. The track was pretty tough today with the seams, but we got a decent finish out of it."

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TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger) Hornish Jr. Finished 18th

"It was a hard-fought top-20 for us. It's not a position we've really been able to achieve this year. I don't know if we even have a teens finish. It seems like it's feast or famine for this 77 right now. Obviously, we're rather run better than 18th, but we had some issues on pit road with a pit road speeding penalty and had the car in the box a little tight for the guys on a stop. Everybody recovered and stuck with it all day. To come out of here 18th feels like a pretty good day for us."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 20th

"That was some day. Our Dodge dodged wrecks all afternoon but we made it through. We are getting better and better each week. I think Wally Rodgers and I are making progress and that's showing in our results. Today was about survival. When you start 42nd and finish in the top 20, you have done something in this sport."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 McDonald's Monopoly Dodge Charger) Finished 26th

"That was a tough race for us. We struggled with the handling. It seemed like everything we threw at it didn't help. We were just so loose at times I couldn't drive it and did all I could not to wreck. Kansas is a pretty tough track."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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