Daytona 500: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) TALK ABOUT YOUR NIGHT TONIGHT: "Just a real long day. We were really good early in the day and led early on. I felt we were the car to beat just knowing that the car was going to tighten up. Then when...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

TALK ABOUT YOUR NIGHT TONIGHT: "Just a real long day. We were really good early in the day and led early on. I felt we were the car to beat just knowing that the car was going to tighten up. Then when we had the track issues with the holes, we went into night time and that changes the game. It brought cars alive that weren't good in the day time. We just set up around a day-time race and it ended under night.

"At the end, we were running third...should have stayed out...that was probably the right thing to do. Crew chief (Steve Addington) said to pit, we needed tires. So we pitted with six laps to go. Then it was yellow (flag) after yellow, you can't make it up. You just can't leap frog that many cars when you have to restart 22nd.

"On the pit strategy, we we're going to take two (tires). Then we decided to take four. That's the way it goes. You win as a team, you lose as a team. I'm real proud of our Miller Lite Dodge guys. We were running strong, running hard. We showed that we're going to be pretty good."

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STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

TAKE US THROUGH YOUR DAY? "It had its highs and lows. We led a lot of laps during the first part of the race and battled our way back after the car went away during the middle section of the race when we were back there in dirty air. We had a tight car that was really, really tight and then we finally got it freed up at the end. At the end of the race, we took a big swing at the setup and it got a little bit loose. But when the car got back to the front, the balance came back to us.

"That last call where I decided to take four tires, we had 28 laps on tires and I figured more guys would come and leave those guys up front out there for us to drive by them. We should have stayed out. That put us behind the eight ball. Kurt (Busch) did an awesome job and did what he had to do to put us in a position to win. We took a shot at gaining positions at the end of the race, it just didn't work out."

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BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I must have run over something with the right rear tire. I blew a tire going into Turn 1 and the car just took off. The tire just exploded and took the right-rear quarter panel out. I don't think that it was a problem with the tire, we just ran over something. It's a shame. You come here, work hard for two weeks trying to put a car together to do everything right... you study tapes...make all the right moves in the race and we only make six laps. We put a lot of effort into this race. The guys at Penske did a great job building a car that could win and we're pretty much done six laps into the race."

WAS THERE ANY WARNING THAT THE TIRE WAS GOING DOWN? "Yeah, I felt something coming off of Turn 4 and I was actually trying to work my way down the track, but I was in traffic and it's like trying to stop in the middle of the freeway. You do what you can, but the tire just exploded before I could get down off the track."

HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE DISAPPOINTMENT? "You just have to go on to next week. There's always California. That's the best thing about NASCAR racing is that you get more than one week to make up for it."

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

"We thought we had a good car for the race. We just didn't get a chance to see what we had, running only eight laps before we were in the garage. It's unfortunate that two Penske cars had problems early. It wasn't Brad's (Keselowski) fault. He had a flat tire. I tried to slow down, but just couldn't stop in time. We know our cars are better. We just need a little luck."

-source: dodge motorsports

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