BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 18th "It was a decent night for our Penske Dodge. We were never able to get our car better than 15th all night long. We feel like we had a really good package for this place, we...
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 18th
"It was a decent night for our Penske Dodge. We were never able to get our car better than 15th all night long. We feel like we had a really good package for this place, we just need to make it a little bit better. This is the best that we've run on a mile-and-a-half in a while. I'm proud of Jay (Guy, crew chief) and all the guys for hanging in there all night trying to tweak our car to make it faster. We were competitive, but we still have to get faster."
WHERE WAS THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE TONIGHT? "We were just off a little bit everywhere. It was definitely a struggle. There wasn't really one area that you can specifically identify. We have to be better a little bit in the corner and down the straightaway. We were just a little off on our car everywhere."
WAS IT A DIFFICULT TRANSITION WHEN THE RACE WENT FROM DAY TO NIGHT? "For us, it wasn't. We did a good job of being prepared for the transition. We were pretty consistent throughout the night."
TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
"You look at COT cars in general, when you miss it (the setup) by a little bit; it shows up huge because everybody is so close. It's tough. I wish we could be putting on better races for the fans in general. It was a tough night for the Mobil 1 Dodge, but I wish we could put on a better show.
"The track changes so much here throughout the race. When you start, it's sunny out. Then it goes to cool conditions in the night. I think another part that makes this a difficult place is we only come here once a year, we practice from 11:30 to 1:30 and race from 6:30 until 10 o'clock. It's a pretty major change from what you do during practice. Some cars respond well to it and some cars don't respond well."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
"It was just a tough night for our Miller Lite Dodge. This one has us scratching our heads a bit since we've been so strong on the mile-and-a-half tracks. We just missed it tonight. There was just something off on our Miller Lite Dodge and we couldn't get to the bottom of it. We were tight, loose; there was so much drag in the car that it was just slow. I told Steve (Addington, crew chief) that we need to put this car on the chassis dyno and back in the wind tunnel to figure out what went wrong. It's just strange. We got bad-loose and everything that we threw at it didn't make it better. We threw wholesale changes at it including front shocks midway through the race and that's about as good as our car was all night. We'll take our lumps tonight. We're still a strong team and our Miller Lite Dodge is really solid. We've got the off-week next weekend and then head to Indy. I'm confident that Steve and the team will have us ready to go for the Brickyard."
-source: dodge motorsports