KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd "It was a solid day for us. We made some good adjustments in the pits. My biggest downside was restarts, slipping the tires and getting forward bite going through the gears. I just...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd
"It was a solid day for us. We made some good adjustments in the pits. My biggest downside was restarts, slipping the tires and getting forward bite going through the gears. I just couldn't get the car to stay low. With our pit crew, we had some off stops, but then we had some on (good) stops that kept us bouncing around out there. But when the time came to push really hard, the car was there. The crew gave me a great stop and we were reeling in what I thought was the leader...the 24...and about the same time (Steve) Letarte told him (Jeff Gordon) that he was in second. Pat Tryson told me that I was in third and it was as if that it took all the wind out of our sails. The rains were there. I was catching Jeff, but we just ran out of time. Overall, last year, to drive into Victory Lane and do it in a rain-shortened race and then today where we were fast enough to win and not get the win, that's how this sport evens itself out. You have your good and your bad luck and overall it was a good day for our Miller Lite Dodge."
HOW WHACKY WAS IT THAT THE RACE WINNER (JOEY) LOGANO BROUGHT OUT THE NINTH CAUTION, PITTED AND HAD ENOUGH FUEL TO WIN THE RACE? "What's ironic is we had this race, I don't know how many years ago, where we stopped racing back to the yellow and created the "lucky dog," and I think he (Logano) got two of them, maybe three of them today. You take a car that's not able to stay on the lead lap and get the lucky dog and pit and make it enough fuel to get to the end, its funny how it happened here at this track. We had a smart crew chief (Greg Zipadelli) take advantage of the situation.
"It's just one of those things. You win some, you lose some, and what's tough, congratulations to him (Logano). He's the youngest winner, but it takes away from Kyle, my little brother, who is the youngest winner in NASCAR history. A little sentimental history, but hey, when you win, it's a win. And I've been on the other side of the fence, so I can't complain.
"It's a tough balance, and this track really challenged the double file restarts. It was after 150 (laps), the race would have been complete, I actually had raindrops on my windshield, and so I pushed the go button, over stepped the line, rubbed Jeff a little bit and knew the boundary line that I crossed. But yet if I was on the outside and he was on the inside restarting, he probably would have slid up into us. It's just a slick track. You need five or six laps to start get going and then start racing.
PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"I think it was a good day for our Miller Lite Dodge Charger. The difference in this one is that the guy that had a couple of problems was able to run further on fuel than everyone. We were trying to race the 24 and a couple more laps, the 20 would have been off and we would have been racing for the win. Third-place isn't bad. It was a good point's day and we'll go on (to Daytona)."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 10th
"The Budweiser Dodge ran great today and we were working our way back toward the front when the rain came. There were a lot of cars that got lucky at the end when the rain came in. The guys gave me another great car and something to build on for the upcoming weeks."
KENNY FRANCIS, (Crew Chief, No. Budweiser Dodge Charger)
"We had a great race car. The Budweiser Dodge was really, really strong today. Loudon's a tough place to call a race and I made a bad call in the middle of the race and got us messed up on track position. I took four (tires) when I should have taken two. The crew guys did a great job and Kasey (Kahne) did a really good job driving. I think that there was a couple of stretches during the race that he was the fastest car and you can't ask for more than that. We'll just keep after it and try to get them at Daytona."
HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT FOR YOUR TEAM TO HAVE ANOTHER GOOD PERFORMANCE ON A SHORT-TRACK LIKE LOUDON? "It's just real important to be gaining on our problem tracks. Loudon is probably one of our worse tracks and of course Sonoma was our old nemesis and we won there. We felt like our car could have won this race. It's just nice to know that we can gain on it and feel like we're a lot more consistent week to week and that's what we're shooting for."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) Finished 8th
"We had a really good car today. The Penske Dodge ran real well. It's just unfortunate we didn't get to finish the race out. I'm real proud of all the guys working on the car. Obviously, we're thankful for Mobil 1 and AAA standing behind us. That's what we need to continue doing...going out there and getting top fives and top 10s. Then you can win races. We'll keep working away at it. I'm really happy with what Penske Racing has been able to do this year. We didn't do well at short tracks last year, but this year they've been a lot better for us. I think getting track time to know what the cars need to do has been the key. We'll see what happens at Bristol and Martinsville when we go back. Those weren't too stellar for us earlier this year. I think we're going to have some real good days coming up here. That's what we need to keep doing. We had a pretty darn good point's day today."
TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief, No. 77 AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger)
"It was a real good day. We started 26th, but felt we could have started a little better had we been able to qualify on Friday. Sam marched his way up there and really, we just kind of kept methodically working our way up. We never had anything go wrong. We were able to capitalize on having a good car and Sam made some great moves on restarts. I think without the rain we were definitely a top-five car. We were running fourth there when everybody pitted. Some of those guys had nothing to lose and stayed out. To come home with another top 10, three short-track top 10s in a row and that was probably going to be a top five which would have been our best, it was an awesome day for the AAA/Mobil 1 Dodge. Sam did a good job. We had a good package."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 McDonald's McCafe Dodge Charger) Finished 17th
"That was a heck-of-a-lot of hard work for 17th. We ran pretty well today. There were guys up in front of us that I passed a couple of times today that are going to finish better than us. That's frustrating. We ran well today, that's the key and we can take this on to Daytona.
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Finished 26th
"We just missed it a little bit from the start. We were dragging the front splitter pretty bad and had to make some adjustments, but got better about half-way through the race. Our team is working to get every point we can each week. This Best Buy Dodge team never gives up. I'm proud of my guys and excited to get back to Daytona and take care of some unfinished business."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd
"It was a tough day for the Berlin City Auto Group Dodge. With rain cancelling qualifying, we had to start in the back of the field and it's so hard to gain track position that it made it tough right from the start. We we're starting to work our way up the field when there was a multi-car spin in front of me. I had a lane to squeeze through the wreck, but then a car slid up, nipped my front-right quarter and caused enough damage to send us to the garage. We lost a ton of laps and it ended our day."
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