SAM HORNISH JR, (No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger) Finished 18th "We battled all night for track position and it paid off for us. We stayed out under caution and got ourselves back on the lead lap, gambling and playing the card that we needed to play....
SAM HORNISH JR, (No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger) Finished 18th
"We battled all night for track position and it paid off for us. We stayed out under caution and got ourselves back on the lead lap, gambling and playing the card that we needed to play. We got the AAA Dodge a top 20. We got loose a couple of times, scrubbed the wall, but we stayed in it and kept digging to bring home the best finish that we could. I'm happy to make it to the end without controversy."
HOW MUCH OR A "RAZOR'S EDGE" WAS YOU CAR TONIGHT? "We were exactly where we were at here earlier this spring, if not tighter. It was a super frustrating day. We need to figure out why we can't get the car to rotate like we need too. We either get the cars not to rotate or over rotate. It's just a really fine line that makes it awfully hard to drive. There is no in-between with the car. It will push and not turn or just spin out. We can't get it to where you feel comfortable with the back end of the car. I'm proud of the guys on the Mobil 1/AAA Dodge team today. They did a great job sticking with it and making good changes to get us going. At the end of the day, it was all about how we could get ourselves on the lead lap and a respectable finish."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
"Man, just a bit of a mystery today. We did our job on Friday to get our Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger a solid sixth starting position and that's about as good as it was today. I'm just really confused on why our car was so tight to start the race. It's really puzzling. By the time we got to the third caution on Lap 60, we had to make a complete shock change in the front, just to try and loosen the car up. Steve (Addington, crew chief) kept wrenching on it and we started to make some gains as the car loosened up. I thought that we were pretty good on the short runs, but just struggled on long green-flag racing. We started to inch our way inside the top 20, then top 15. Then all of a sudden, around the 200 lap marker, we pitted under caution and the entire attitude of the car changed. I have no idea if it was track temperature, tires, but whatever it was, we got really tight again. I scrubbed the wall and fell back to mid 20s again. Just no consistency and it showed."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (NO. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 33rd
"We really struggled to get our car to run the whole corner. We had moments where we were good in the middle, moments where we were good in and moments when we were good off, but we couldn't find the answer for all four corners. Our team, we'll find out what we need to do to make our cars better. We're just missing a couple of little things. We just have to figure out what they are."
-source: penskes racing