Atlanta II: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Winner "The entire Budweiser Dodge team did great. The pit stops were awesome. (Kevin) Harvick was best on the long run, but when we got that last caution and the restart with 11 to go, I knew we had a...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Winner

"The entire Budweiser Dodge team did great. The pit stops were awesome. (Kevin) Harvick was best on the long run, but when we got that last caution and the restart with 11 to go, I knew we had a shot at the victory. It's all about making the Chase. That certainly put us in a better position going to Richmond. I knew Harvick and (Juan Pablo) Montoya were going to be tough. I hadn't gotten through the gears all night and (David) Reutimann gave me a push on the front stretch and got me going. It was a great win for Richard Petty Motorsports and the Budweiser Dodge team."


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

"That was something else. I said about three-quarters through the race that if it came down to a short run, we might have a shot at it (the win). Man, when that caution came out, it was perfect for us. Kasey took off with a great restart, got the lead and drove away. I just couldn't believe it. The guys did a great job all night. The pit stops were flawless. We picked up spots just about every stop. The car was real good on that short run. It got a little too loose on the long run, but it still wasn't bad. It just played into our hand today. We just thank the Lord for making us smart enough to make the right decisions."


ROBBIE LOOMIS (Vice President of Race Operations, RPM)

"Just a great night for Richard Petty Motorsports. Kenny Francis (Crew Chief, No. 9 Dodge Charger) did a great job all night. All the guys on the team did such a great job rebounding from last weekend at Bristol; we really got beat up in Bristol. Our confidence was shaken a lot. Kasey Kahne was fantastic tonight. The whole Budweiser team did a great job all night."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 38th

"I had a loose race car all night. We just couldn't get the handle of our Mille Lite Dodge. I was sideways and I guess the 43 hit us, he had nowhere to go. It was a real hard hit; that was a bummer. We were just trying to get a handle on it. We just couldn't do it. I felt like we were on the spring (race) tires and everybody else was on the fall (race) tires.

"I was trying to hang on to it and get to the next pit stop, but it kept getting looser and looser all night. It's hard when you had a dominant car (at the spring race) and we didn't want to change too much on it. We just got bit tonight by the loose bug."


ROY MCCAULEY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger)

"Loose (laughs). David (Stremme) did a great job. The Penske Dodge was good at times, but longer runs were where we were at our best tonight. We got a little bit loose on that last stint and lost a few spots. We put some tires on it and tightened it up a bit and got it home. David did a great job.

"There was some variance in tires tonight. There was a couple times that we did nothing but put tires on and the car would change. Goodyear did a pretty good job bringing a tire here. Our car was the best after about 15 laps. A 60 lap run was good for us, but obviously we didn't have a lot of those tonight."


SAM HORNISH, JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 35th

"A tough race for our Mobil 1 Dodge. The car wasn't good at the beginning of the race and we struggled to make it better. We had tires go flat, problems on pit road and the driver made mistakes too. Not a good day."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"I'm so happy for the 9 guys - that is a big deal for them and our race team. We had a tough night right from the start, but Wally (Rogers) and I worked through it and brought home the best finish we could in the Stanley Dodge. We'll take it and head to Richmond. Just really happy for the Budweiser team and Kasey Kahne."


REED SORENSON (No. 43 Air Force Dodge Charger) Finished 27th

"Cool for Kasey and the 9 guys and everyone who works at RPM. That was awesome. For the 43 tonight, we were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. We hit Kurt (Busch) pretty good and just hung on the rest of the race. Until then, we were fast and thought we could have pulled out a real good finish."


AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge Charger) Finished 20th

"Man that win is awesome for Richard Petty Motorsports. That will be a huge lift for our company. The 9 guys deserved that. For us, that was a weird night. We were either really good on a run or just terrible. With practically no changes, the car would go to junk - then the next stop, be really good - then go back to junk. It was pretty frustrating but when we were good we were good."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports