Phoenix: Dodge teams race quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd "It felt good. We had a great job on pit road and on the race track. I got into the fence coming off of Turn 4 in traffic, but to finish third behind two good guys, we'll take it with the...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 3rd

"It felt good. We had a great job on pit road and on the race track. I got into the fence coming off of Turn 4 in traffic, but to finish third behind two good guys, we'll take it with the Miller Lite Dodge. A great point's night for us. I got to lead some laps and it just shows that we've turned the corner, but still have a lot of work to do."

DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR THE LEADERS LATE IN THE RACE? bI felt that we were probably the best 200 laps into the race. After that, Mark Martin stepped it up and was gone tonight. Congratulations to Mark. I know that the race fans are enjoying this because I am too. It's great to see."

HOW DID YOU FINISH THIRD AFTER YOU BOUNCED IT OFF THE WALL? bThat was a mistake that I made. I thought for one second, 'Don't! Don't!' I thought for another second, 'Keep these guys behind you' because track position is important. The third time that I thought about it, I was in the fence. Just too many choices and I didn't make the right decision. My crew held me in there all night long; they gave me great pit stops. I felt like a third-place effort tonight was like a win because Mark Martin was stout. Tony Stewart was good midway through the race. Great job for our Miller Lite Dodge."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 9th

"It was a real good run for us. I said yesterday I thought we had a really good racecar. I was right about that. We might have been fighting for a top five if the driver had qualified a little better. I'm just real proud of these guys that work on the Mobil 1 Dodge. They really put a lot of work into it. I said if we keep narrowing it down changing pieces of the puzzle and trying to get all the right people in the right places, we could be competitive. Obviously, I've said all year that we ran a lot better than we finished and should have had three or four top-10 finishes so far this year. I wouldn't have expected it to happen at Phoenix as hard a time as I had getting around here last year. I was real happy that it happened here. I have a lot of fond memories of this track (his first IndyCar Series victory came at PIR)."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Dodge Charger) Finished 12th

"We were a little better than average. We were about a 15th-place car, plus or minus there. We just need to get it a little better. We're a 10th to 15th-place car. We just have to get it a little better and we'll be good. It's good when you're just off a little bit. We don't have that far to go."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 13th

"We had a pretty decent finish, but we made a lot of adjustments that didn't help the car. We just haven't got a handle on what we need to do to make it go faster. We got a decent finish. The pit crew did a good job. We got on and off pit road good. We just have to figure out how to make the car handle a little better."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 18th

"We were tight all night. Luckily, our teammates ran good. We'll look at what they had and put it in our car. We've just got to run better. For my first time here in the Penske Dodge, I guess it's OK. These should be our bad days. If we can keep improving, we'll be fine. For as bad as our car was, the finish was OK. My pit crew was awesome. They rock in the pits. The motor ran good. We just got to get the car handling better. Roy (McCauley, crew chief) did a good job with the calls. I never give up. It's just a matter of time."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd

"We had a pretty tough night. When the race started, we were loose in and out of the corner and tight in the center. We were hoping for a couple of quick cautions early in the race to help us make up some track position, but it just didn't happen the way we had hoped. I give my Stanley Dodge team a lot of credit - they fought hard to get that lucky dog later in the race and we really gave it our all. I just wish we had a little more to show for our efforts."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Finished 35th

"We started out really tight, but as the sun started going down, we got better and better. I think we got up to about 20th, but that wreck really ruined our night. We just survived after that and got as much as we could."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Martin