Talladega II: Dodge teams race quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished 2nd "The team did a good job with our Budweiser Dodge. We had a good handling car, but lost the draft a couple of times. We needed to be in the middle of the draft. (Brian) Vickers was pushing...

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

"The team did a good job with our Budweiser Dodge. We had a good handling car, but lost the draft a couple of times. We needed to be in the middle of the draft. (Brian) Vickers was pushing me really hard there before the caution. I was just in the right place at the right time.

"It unfolded well for us at the end. If we got back in the pack, we'd lose the draft. We needed to have cars around us and tried to keep cars behind us mainly. If we were able to do that, we could race pretty decent. The car handled good which I think everybody's car handled good here. We just kind of shot up through there, had great track position on that restart and ran second. It was good for our Budweiser team."

WHY DO YOU THINK IT GOT REALLY CRAZY THERE AT THE END? "When all these cars are bunched up, just one little move by one car and the other guy moves the other way to block or just to go in another gap and that closes, the others wreck. That's just this type of racing and I think everybody understands that. It's happened at Daytona plenty of times. It's happened here. Or you just get up on the wall and kind of go until about 10 cars decide that it's enough of that and we want to build up a line and come back. I wait for somebody to do it because I'm not the guy that's going to jump out or I'll be the guy running 43 after that."

WHAT ABOUT THE BUMP DRAFTING IN THE CORNERS? "They (NASCAR) put a stop to it in the corners and that was it. You couldn't get all that speed built up that some of the guys were doing in practice. It seemed to work out just fine like that. I felt fine with it really. Down the straightaways you could still get behind a car and push really hard and build that speed up, that MPH and get off in the corners. I don't think there's anything wrong with pushing in the corners, but I think they (NASCAR) went there because the speeds went up so much. Myself and (Denny) Hamlin hooked up on Friday and went about six-tenths faster than the people drafting, or five-tenths. They just didn't want to see that. You could still do it on the straightaway which was fine I think."

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KENNY FRANCIS (Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

"The Budweiser Dodge was pretty good all day. It was an up and down day, but that's always the case here. The guys did a great job all day and unlike most Talladega races, fuel mileage played a factor there at the end."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 30th

"It was the most emotional highs and lows that I've experienced since I've been racing here at Talladega. Early in the race, I was bump drafting with the 83 and had contact which pushed in our right-rear quarter panel and ended up cutting down our right-rear tire. We came to pit road which put us down two laps, but caught a break when the next caution came out. We decided to stay out and take the wave around even though we were seven laps shy of our fuel window. Then another yellow flag came out when we were racing the 44 for the lucky dog position. We passed the 44 which gave us the pass and put us on the lead lap. After the restart, we fought our way all the way from 35th to ninth when we cut a left-rear tire on lap 181. That set us back again. We had to pit and amazingly enough, we caught another break when 39 and 47 got together and the big wreck happen. We started ninth on the green-white flag restart and started to make a push to the front when I get tapped from behind again that sent our Miller Lite Dodge into a spin and into the infield wall. Just a really strange day."

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REED SORENSON (Liberty Medical Dodge Charger) Finished 16th

"We just stayed patient throughout the day, then there at the end we lost the draft. When you do that, you lose about two seconds a lap. The yellow never came out so we couldn't get back up there and race. I don't care who you are, if you don't have someone pushing you--you can't go. I'm just glad we missed all that mess at the end."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd

"It was alright. We just didn't get the fuel mileage that we needed, but it was a solid day for our Penske Racing Dodge. We ran up front, led some laps and run in the top 10. I couldn't ask for much else other than a better finish. We rolled the dice a bit on fuel strategy and just missed. Roy (McCauley, Crew Chief) called a great race. I'm proud of my guys and the car they gave me."

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ROY MCCAULEY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger)

"David (Stremme) did a good job all day. We gamble on our fuel window and knew that we were close, but figured that there may be another yellow in the middle of that last run but it never came until the end when it ended in a green-white checker finish. The number of laps that we were planning on running just became too many and we ran out of gas under yellow. We came into the pits, topped off on fuel and finished the race. The car was strong. We led laps and the Penske Dodge was a pretty good piece today."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge Charger) Finished 33rd

"That was a tough day for us. We got down two laps and could never get back on the lead lap. I thought we were going to get the free pass, but the race went green. It was a strange race, but for us, it was about getting a break when we needed one and it never came. We were pretty fortunate to miss the two wrecks at the end."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 40th

"It started off to be a pretty good day for our Mobil 1 Dodge. We started the race in 27th and the car really felt fast. I was able to get up with the lead pack of cars making a charge to get inside the top 10 when we pitted under green for a routine stop. When the jack dropped and I began to exit the stall, something happened under the hood that ended our day. We're not sure exactly what it was yet. The Mobil 1 guys did a great job here in Talladega all weekend. Our engine was fast, the car drove great and it was going to be competitive all day. Just a tough break that ended our day too early."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Teams Team Penske