KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd "It was really a good effort all the way around for this Miller Lite Dodge team. I felt that the way that our car took off on green flag runs, the car just took too long to get going.
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd
"It was really a good effort all the way around for this Miller Lite Dodge team. I felt that the way that our car took off on green flag runs, the car just took too long to get going. That's a big mystery to us for sure and it's not anything you want in a 10-lap shootout. Overall, I thought that we had the best car on a 20-lap run, but that doesn't pay the big bucks tonight. We finished third, but that doesn't mean anything. If anything, we learned some things for next weekend's (Coca-Cola) 600 that hopefully we can apply and make our Miller Lite Dodge better.
"To take our Taste Protector Lid Dodge Charger up to the front like we did and hang on for some segments of the race and then to put on some good pressure in other segments gives us a good feeling, and a little bit of a sour feeling knowing that we came home (in) third. But the good thing is that our car seems to run a little better on the longer runs, it just didn't pay anything tonight. For us, to qualify second and to run top-five all night, and then put on some pressure at the end definitely felt solid for our Dodge team. The horsepower that we built and the handling that we have was right there, we just couldn't quite take off on restarts which hurt us. Once we got going, I felt that our lap times were very competitive. Overall, a good night for us ... I was just hoping that the 17 and the 14 would duke it up a little and we would be able to come sliding through the smoke and hoist up the trophy."
HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DOES IT GIVE YOU FOR NEXT WEEK THAT YOU WERE GOOD ON LONG RINS TONIGHT? "That's the good news of it. The fact that our car seemed like it would handle OK, but the other cars would come near us the longer that we ran. It's something that you don't know if you're setting-up into the car, it's just something that you're dealt. For a 600 mile race, you definitely want to be good on the long runs. What we can't do to ourselves is when we get to the end of the race, like it is right now...the track is cool...the temperatures have gone down...the lap times really pick up and that's where we've struggled a little bit... to lay those quick lap times down when tracks cool off."
WAS THIS A TYPICAL ALL-STAR RACE BECAUSE OF ALL THE CHAOS THE FINAL 10 LAPS? "This to me, I was excited about the format when they announced it. I think 50 laps to start off the race with a green flag pit stop separates who's going to be strong and who's just going to be hanging out. Once you get into the 20-lap segments...the two of them...pit strategy is involved. Kyle (Busch) decided that he needed two tires, we decided to stay out the second 20-lap segment just for track position because I figured that people would start to get a little dicey then. But yeah, the final 10 laps nobody is holding back and everybody is going for it and I applaud the format changes and everything that happened. Were there going to be lead changes up front? Yeah. Jimmie Johnson had a dominant car early and I was holding everybody up in second."
HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO GET IN CLEAN AIR TONIGHT? "It's really important with these cars. When we went to the COT, whoever gets out front and takes off is really hard to catch."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 14th
"We just missed it a little bit with our Budweiser Dodge. We were just tight and couldn't get the car to turn like we wanted it to. We just missed it and never could really get the track position and keep it if we were to get it anyways. It kind of turned into a test, trying things and we know kind of where, what direction not to go. Hopefully we will be better next week."
-credit: dodge motorsports