Daytona Duel: Dodge teams race 2 quotes

MIKE ACCAVITTI (Director -- Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep Brand Marketing and Dodge Motorsports) "We're really excited to get seven Dodge's in the Daytona 500. To get all four Richard Petty Motorsports cars into the 500 was a true testament of teamwork ...

MIKE ACCAVITTI (Director -- Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep Brand Marketing and Dodge Motorsports)

"We're really excited to get seven Dodge's in the Daytona 500. To get all four Richard Petty Motorsports cars into the 500 was a true testament of teamwork between the 41 (Reed Sorenson) and the 19 (Elliott Sadler). Elliott had a really fast car and for him to back up a bit to help out a teammate was great.

"The Penske Racing guys -- Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. -- really looked to be strong in the first Duel. Overall it was a very good day for the entire Dodge group and we're thrilled to have seven cars in the Daytona 500 on Sunday."


MARK MCARDLE (Vice President of Competition, Richard Petty Motorsports)

"It was a stressful day, that's for sure. It was great teamwork between the 19 and the 43 to come back and pick up the 44 and stay with him the rest of the race and put us in a solid transfer spot. Everybody did a great job in the pits. It was just a really, really solid example of three cars working together in accomplishing the goal today which was to get that 44 in the 500. Now that we have all four (Richard Petty Motorsports) in, it's our job to make them faster."


AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 10th

"It means so much to the whole Richard Petty Motorsports organization, getting in the Daytona 500. The Valvoline Dodge, it wasn't what we wanted. We were struggling. I honestly have to thank my teammates Elliott and Reed and Stanley and McDonalds for halfway ruining their race to come back and save me. We were struggling really badly. I also have to thank the No. 9 guys, the Budweiser team, they pitted my car today. Obviously, it was a whole team effort. I'm proud of these 44 (Valvoline team) guys and everybody in the organization. My team worked hard to get this ready. This is such a tough race to make. I'm just happy to do what Valvoline and our team set out to do -- make the Daytona 500."

"We can celebrate a little tonight and then get ready to race in the 500. I haven't slept well for about a week and half now. This year, I felt like I deserved to be in this race. I earned my way in. This whole team deserved it for how hard they've worked the last few weeks after we put this program together. I feel like there was more pressure on my shoulders than there has ever been. The first half of the race, I wasn't happy, but my teammates came back there and saved me. They were running strong, but came back to get me."


SAMMY JOHNS (Crew Chief -- No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger)

"I can't say enough about the 19 and 43 and the 9 pit crew. That was teamwork right there. AJ did a whale of a job driving the racecar. We were way too loose, but he did what he needed to do. Our tires looked great when they came off which tells me he was doing an even better job than we realized. When we came in, the 9 crew did an awesome job on the pit stop and got us the track position that we needed. Then, the 19 and 43 took care of us."


DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 12th

"We were OK. We had a few problems in the pits and that backed us up a bit. There was nothing really exciting about our day. We need to find some more power to make us better. It was a good day for Dodge getting all seven cars in the 500. I'm really looking forward to the next few days trying to get our car batter for Sunday."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 17th

"Once the (qualifying) rules changed and we knew AJ (Allmendinger) wasn't in the (Daytona) 500, we knew it was our job to make sure we did everything we could to help him out. I feel like Reed (Sorenson) and I did all that we could to get that fourth RPM car in the biggest race of the year. When I saw him hung out by himself going into Turn 1 I was like, 'Oh Boy'. So I just fell back there behind him and hit him as hard as I could down the backstretch and kept trying to stay in-between (Allmendinger) and the 71 (Mike Wallace) and 78 (Joe Nemechek). It paid off. We got all four cars in the show and that's a great start to a new season."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 McDonalds Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"We were decent. The most important thing today was to make sure that the 44 got into the 500. Elliott (Sadler) and I saw AJ in the back of the field early in the run and we knew that it was our job to help push him to the front. Once we were all able to get together and give him (Allmendinger) a push, we felt pretty good that he was going to do his job to stay safe and make it into the 500. Mission accomplished."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports