Las Vegas: Dodge teams race quotes

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 11th "It so easy to get behind when things aren't going exactly right. As a team, the guys have done a great job so far getting the best finish while trying to make the least amount of...

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 11th

"It so easy to get behind when things aren't going exactly right. As a team, the guys have done a great job so far getting the best finish while trying to make the least amount of mistakes to get the best results. We're getting better. We still have some work to do. To come out of here with an 11th-place finish is good because we really worked hard trying to get our car better all day."

DID THE WARMER WEATHER TODAY CHANGE THE SETUPS ON THESE CARS? "It changed it a bunch. Some of the teams seemed alright with it, but (the weather) changed our balance a good bit and it took us a good while to get back to where we were on Saturday with the handling of our car. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) stayed with it all day and really wrenched on making our Budweiser Dodge better and better. We'll take the points and move on to Atlanta."

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Kenny Francis (Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"We'll take it. We've been struggling a bit and just kept working on it as hard as we could all day and ended up 11th. It was a good finish for our Budweiser Dodge. We' just keep trying to get the best finishes that we can and build up some points while we keep working on our stuff to make it better."

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Roy McCauley (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger)

"We you lose track position like we did; you really have to fight to get it back. We had an air gun failure on the first green flag stop. Then we got spun with the 99 (Car Edwards) and lost a bunch of track position and had to fight our way back. Then we got caught when we had just pitted under green and the yellow (flag) came out a lap later and ended up finishing up 14th. I thought that we had a top-10 car all day. Once you lose track position in a race, it's hard to get it back and you have to take your time working your way back up."

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Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 23rd

"We'll take it for being on seven cylinders most of the race. We like the car that we had in California and the Miller Lite Dodge felt great running up front again today here in Las Vegas. I felt like I had a car capable of winning the race. We just ran into a tough break that didn't allow us to run the entire race on full power. We found a weak link today, but we'll put our heads together and fix it and try to push as hard as we can next week in Atlanta."

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Pat Tryson (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We had a good day. We had a good handling car. We just broke something in the valve train and it is what it is today. We managed to make the most out of what we could running on only seven cylinders considering some guys finished a lot worse than we did being in the same situation as us. We didn't take too big of a hit in points, so we'll head to Atlanta and keep on doing what we're doing in trying to give Kurt (Busch) the best car we can."

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Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"We had a real good car. The Mobil 1 Dodge was pretty darn stout most of the day. When it counted there at the end when we were trying to get our lap back, we had a set of tires that made the car too tight, but we were able to stay where we were and get the lucky dog. On the last couple of restarts, we tried to tape up the front of the car and get a little more down force, but that made it way too loose. I couldn't drive it. We're pretty happy to get 16th out of it and move on to next weekend. We're definitely showing improvement. To have as many problems as we had today and still finish 16th, it shows that we were pretty quick."

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Travis Geisler (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

"We had a great car today. We were running in the top 10 until we had some issues; we had a loose left rear tire and had to come in and fix it. So, we had to keep battling back all day. We got the lucky dog which was huge; we raced really hard to get that. To finish 16th here with everything that happened, I think it's a really good step forward for our whole program. All three cars (Penske Racing) were good today. We all fought some adversity and ended up with reasonable finishes out of it.

"At the end of last year, we all knew we had to make something happen at the start of this season. We didn't have a lot of testing to do it with. We went to work at the shop, got some talented new people and went after it. We didn't leave any stone unturned. It's a group effort from everybody. We've got a different chassis, different bodies, the new R6 engine...fortunately, it looks like everything we did was in the right direction. Fortunately, we did enough to really move ourselves up."

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Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 29th

"It was a tough day for the Stanley Dodge. It wasn't 10 laps into the race and I was already in two wrecks. The second one got us pretty bad and caused some major damage to the front end. I was just coming out of (Turn) 2 and the 25 (Brad Keselowski) spun in front of me. I had nowhere to go and ended up running into another car trying to check up. It tore the right front up real bad. We kept working on it the rest of the race, and got it back pretty good there for a bit. We did our best to just finish the race with as many points as we could. I'm incredibly proud of my crew, they worked extremely hard today and did a lot of work to keep the Stanley Dodge headed in the right direction. It was just racing fate today...a little bad luck. We'll regroup and get ready for Atlanta next weekend."

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Reed Sorenson (No. 43 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Finished 34th

"We started pretty good. We were going to the front. I thought we were going to have a really good finish. The Valvoline Dodge was fast. We just got messed up on the backstretch when I brushed the wall and that did some damage. There are going to be days like this. It is a long season and we just have to battle through it. A lot of teams had trouble today. We weren't the only ones. It was all about survival out there."

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AJ Allmendinger (No. 44 Harrah's Dodge Charger) Finished 33rd

"That was just a tough day for the Harrah's Dodge. When the race began, we were so tight that I couldn't turn the car and we lost a lot of ground. We didn't give up. We kept working at it and finished the race. A lot of guys couldn't say that today. Let's hope Atlanta is a better weekend for us. We aren't going to give up."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske