Daytona 500: Dodge teams race quotes

REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) ON THE RACE: "The first half of the race was so hot and slick. You could see everyone out here separating. We took the conservative side on tires. We just tried to keep an eye on the leaders -- if we...

REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

ON THE RACE: "The first half of the race was so hot and slick. You could see everyone out here separating. We took the conservative side on tires. We just tried to keep an eye on the leaders -- if we could still see them we were happy. We knew there were going to be cautions at the end. We just took care of the tires, took care of the car and went after it there at the end.

ON THE LAST FEW LAPS: "It was pretty fun there at the end. We had a lot more grip there at the end. We got two or three wide and pushed each other really hard and there happened to be about four Dodges lines up at the end. Everybody on the team has done a great job since we got here and I think that says a lot about what we can do this year."

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU CROSSED THE FINISH LINE: "I was happy. Everyone on the team was."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

ON THE RACE: "To give my teammate a shot and to push him victory makes me feel like we won this thing as well right along with him."

ON TEAMMATES AT DAYTONA: "You have to have teammates when you are restrictor plate racing. You have to work together whether you are on the track or off the track. Penske Racing deserves this. It's our first ever restrictor plate win and we came through with a one-two finish."

ON STARTING AT THE BACK: "We had to work our way to the front and then we got caught speeding on pit road. This is just a team effort and I'm really happy for this Miller Lite Dodge."

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DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

ON THE RACE: "Well, with about 12 to go it looked like it was going to be pretty good. We fought being loose all day. We finally got it pretty good and finally got the opportunity to kind of get wedged up in there and we kind of got shuffled out and somebody got in the left rear of us and knocked us out. It knocked the left-rear corner panel down on top of the tire and we had to come in and get it off or it was going to smoke the rest of the race and probably blow a tire out."

ON REED SORENSON'S FINISH: "We're tickled to death. Anytime one of our cars can run good, I mean that's good for the whole organization. That's what we're all in here together for."

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

ON THE RACE: "We were just trying to learn and make the car better every time we had a pit stop. It's a big thing for me to just try and learn more and more each time we go out there. I tried to just be smart and not get ourselves into too many problems."

HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WITH A 15TH-PLACE? "I'm about as happy as I can be with a 15th place finish. I want to win every time we go out there, not to be disappointed about it. We came in with a goal that if we were in the top-20 we would be happy with that. Not only were we able to do that, but we were able to see one of our teammates win so that was great."

ON PENSKE RACING TEAMMATES: "I'm stoked. This is a big puzzle that we're trying to put together here and put all of the right people in the right places. We're just moving forward and trying to do the best that we can. As far as the team as a whole, to have two veteran drivers finish first and second in the Daytona 500 and a rookie driver finish in the top-15 -- I feel pretty happy about that and I know that Roger (Penske) does too."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

ON THE RACE: "We just had a good car. We had a really good car all race long. I think we were in the top 10 all day long at all times. I was really happy with our Budweiser Dodge and Allstate and everybody that's a part of it. The team did a good job with the pit stops, the car was great, just everything was really good today. It was awesome. We got sixth."

ON WORKING WITH THE OTHER DODGE DRIVERS: "Yeah, everybody was up there. I lost Kurt (Busch) I was going to push him, and Reed (Sorenson) and Elliott (Sadler) were pushing me. I was pushing (Ryan) Newman. We all tried to help each other the best we could. A Dodge won, so that's pretty awesome for Dodge and all of us."

HOW GOOD DOES THIS FEEL AFTER THE FRUSTRATION OF LAST SEASON? "I finished seventh here last season, so it's a good start. We were much better today than we were last season when we should have finished about 20th, but I got through that wreck. It's a strong day for us today and hopefully it is like that all year long. Hopefully we'll run in the top 10."

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger)

ON THE DODGE DRIVERS: "First, second, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th -- pretty darn impressive. Hats off to all of the guys at GEM (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) and the motors and everybody else that worked on all these cars and hard work, so congratulations to Dodge and obviously the two Penske boys. It looks like they got their restrictor plate program figured out. They've always been there, but never had the results. I looks like they delivered today."

ON THE CAR: "My car was good. I was just surviving and trying not to put myself in position to tear my car up until about the last 40 laps."

HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH THE DODGE BOYS: "It was good. They said we were going to run the high line and I have to be honest with you I was good enough with a 10th-place finish that time. I didn't think we were going to go from 10th to first after the restart. We moved up a couple spots which is not bad and we were beating and banging pretty hard."

HOW MUCH MOMENTUM DOES THIS GIVE YOU HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK? "It's definitely a good start. Now we just have to see how many points we're going to get taken away from us. At least we got a good baseline before they start taking them."

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DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Dodge Journey Dodge Charger)

ON THE RACE: "We finished -- that's about all I can say right now. The guys gave it their absolute best and we had great pit stops all day long. The car was a little slow, but the problem was that anytime anyone got behind me and I was in the middle of the pack the car was unbelievably loose. I had to run at the back or I was going to crash. I think I need to work to give the guys better information to set the car up. We need to work on that, but we learned some stuff today, which was good, and I have a lot to learn about drafting."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jim Beam
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