KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger) Race Winner "It's unbelievable how much this is a team effort. I get the spoil job of driving an awesome Miller Lite Dodge like this. This is a great team. Everybody pulls the rope in the...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger) Race Winner
"It's unbelievable how much this is a team effort. I get the spoil job of driving an awesome Miller Lite Dodge like this. This is a great team. Everybody pulls the rope in the same direction. It's unbelievable to have a car that would stick that good. This being Memorial Day, I thought about the troops all day long. To all the men and women that serve and protect our freedom, thank you. We'll be celebrating on the lake tomorrow. Everybody should stop by their convenience store tomorrow and get these Miller Lite vortex bottles, that's what I'm talking about. And Tuesday, go buy a Dodge. Most important, Roger (Penske), this one was for you. I thought about that Ganassi car behind me. He wasn't going to get by.
"It's unbelievable with this team. To have a car to run that well last Saturday night on the short runs and to have a car today to make the long runs was awesome. This team deserves it. It's a special fete to win the All-Star race and the 600. It's just a fantastic day for all of our employees, all of our associates and Miller Lite of course and for Dodge. With this Dodge program, we're going strong."
"Yeah, this has been a dream come true, to be able to wrap up this special weekend, to put a bow on it with this Coca-Cola 600 win. It's a prestigious race, a tough race, and most of all it's a team race.
"This was a fantastic job by my guys that battled all day long to keep me up front. I don't know what our worst running position was, but I can't say it was worse than fifth or sixth maybe. Great pit stops, great calls by Steve Addington, Dave Winston, my guys. This was a race for the ages to. Have a car as good as it was in the daytime, I was afraid of it at night. I didn't know if it was going to be able to give me the handle like it had early on in the race. It played out in our favor. I'm speechless in the fact that we swept both races. But it's an unbelievable weekend for Miller Lite, their Vortex bottle, Memorial Day weekend for all of our troops giving us our freedom. I thought about those guys all day long. When you're out there racing your heart out, you see things come your way; you just have to thank the Lord as well. Things fell into our hands, especially at the end. To get a caution, quick adjustment, make our car even better. McMurray kept us honest. He was right there at the end. It wasn't like we faded back into the pack; he just separated himself from the pack to come and get us. He taught me a couple things about my line. I needed to adjust it. It helped us stay out in front of him at the end. Real happy we were able to bring this home, especially for Dodge. We're going to celebrate big Memorial Day with Miller Lites tomorrow. When the Dodge dealerships open up, when Kurt wins, you win. Hopefully whoever signed up is going to get a Dodge Challenger. Happy to bring that home for somebody."
STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger)
"It's all that guy that drives that car and that Dodge was absolutely amazing tonight. We came back and tried to get the car as close as we could to what we had last week. I'm just so pleased for Roger Penske and Penske Racing and all the guys that work on this 2 race car. And the guys back at the shop, Roy McCauley and that whole build team that work for us and Tom German on the engineering side, they've all been behind us 100 percent.
"That last caution fell our way. It came when we were able to run the same lap times, but couldn't catch him. It was the same at the end there, he could run the same lap times, but couldn't catch Kurt. To come here and win the All-Star race and the 600, that's awesome."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 17th
"A solid 17th-place finish for the Mobil 1 Dodge tonight. We weren't too good the first 500 miles but we kept working on our race car and it took life the last 100 miles. We were pretty good on the short run; we just struggled on the longer runs tonight. We got ourselves behind early in the race; I got caught speeding on pit road and bunch of little things that just didn't go our way. It was a good thing that we had 600 miles tonight (laughs). I'm proud of my guys. They hung in there all night and gave me a good race car when I needed it. We were a heck of a lot better than it looked at times."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 20th
A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE PENSKE DODGE, WHAT HAPPEDEND ON PIT ROAD WITH THE 18 CAR? "A really strong night for our Penske Dodge. To come back like we did after the pit road incident is a credit to all the guys on this team. They worked their butts off to keep our car on the lead lap despite the left-side damage. The pit road deal was just one of those racing deals. Nobody's fault really. The 18 and I came out at the same time, just racing. That's what happens when you have 43 cars trying to pit sometimes. To get a top-20 finish out of this is incredible. A hard fought race for sure."
JAY GUY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge)
"The effort on this 12 team was incredible. It's hard to put into words how hard the Penske Dodge guys worked tonight. The 18 guy hit us leaving the pits and we had to fight back. We had an overheating issue and losing water pressure; we already had the front end banged up. We had to come in and cut off all that patch (on the front end) to fix the overheating issue to try and keep us on the lead lap. To start dead last and finish and to have our teammate Kurt (Busch) win the race is a great night for everyone at Penske Racing."
-source: dodge motorsports