Michigan: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) 2nd "We had a real loose racecar sideways all day, especially in entry and middle exit. We just tried to keep fixing it and getting the car better and we did at the end of the race. The final run was...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) 2nd

"We had a real loose racecar sideways all day, especially in entry and middle exit. We just tried to keep fixing it and getting the car better and we did at the end of the race. The final run was the best that our Budweiser Dodge was all day, but it was still a 10th to 12th place car. So Kenny (Francis, Crew Chief) decided to take fuel as late as we could under that last caution. Because of all the green flag runs all day, we just kept on taking on fuel and trying to save it. I saved (fuel) for 40 or 42 laps and never ran out coming to the pits (after the race). We had enough to finish if it stayed green. It was just a great finish for our Budweiser Dodge for what we had all day."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 McDonald's Big Mac Dodge Charger) Finished 9th

"I didn't know who could make it and who couldn't there at the end. We ran great all day. We had to start in the back and pretty much drove our way to the front to finish ninth. I'm proud of this team. This is what they deserved; they worked hard all weekend. Congratulations to Kasey (Kahne) and those guys, staying hot with a second-place finish. And congratulations to Jr. (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and those guys, finally getting their win. All in all, it was a great weekend here in Michigan for the McDonald's Dodge team and something to build on. Strategy, that's what it should be about. That's why crew chiefs make the big bucks; you have to know when to stay out, when to take two or when to get gas only. Rodney (Childers, team director) made a great call; we got two (tires) there the last stop. That put us up front with track position and it was my job to hold them off. It was a great day."

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SAM HORNISH JR., (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd

"It's a tough way to end the race. We made a decision to take on two tires during our last pit because we were so loose the last 20 laps. Every time that I tried to touch the gas, the back-end was coming around and it almost felt like that it was going down or something. It's unfortunate. The guys on the Mobil 1 team have been working hard to get our car better on race day and I'm real happy with the progress that they're making. We just need to keep the driver calm and get a little bit of luck on our side."

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PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 LifeLock Dodge Charger) Finished 24th

"Our day was pretty good. We ran fast, we just can't buy a break with our LifeLock Dodge. Somebody spun in front of me, I think it was the 55 car. I hit the brakes and had nowhere to go so I started to get loose and spun (the car) before the end. We should have finished in the top-20, but that's life. We just don't seem to have any luck these days. We'll just try again next weekend in Sonoma."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Finished 38th

"We just never could get our Big Red Dodge right all day. It was frustrating. We weren't good when it was hot and weren't any better when the track got some cloud cover. We'll get better."

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DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Juicy Fruit Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Finishe  d
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"It's disappointing. We broke a valve and eventually broke a piston which ended the day for our Juicy Fruit Dodge. It was a real shame because our Juicy Fruit Dodge was running pretty well the first part of the race. We were coming through the field with the changes we made on our first pit stop. We felt that we easily had a top-20 car today."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.