Michigan: Dodge teams race quotes

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) -- "We had some great adjustments from the guys on this crew. We communicated well, and we knew in the beginning that we were going to be a little bit off. My hat's off to Travis. He's been working really...

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) --

"We had some great adjustments from the guys on this crew. We communicated well, and we knew in the beginning that we were going to be a little bit off. My hat's off to Travis. He's been working really hard for the win. This Mopar Dodge has really been working hard to get up in the points. We've got a great team and a great Dodge Ram here. I was doing my best to hold off all those other ones. Mike Skinner was on his best here today, but Dodge truck here was pretty awesome.

Talking with Bobby Hamilton after the race...

"We were trying to help each other in the beginning. We did a little drafting, running high, helping each other a little bit. It's a team effort between Dodge, Mopar, Square D and everybody on our teams. We try to do the best we can. This is a season-long battle, and anything he can help me with, or I can help him with, it's well worth it.

"The draft was huge today. Clean air was huge. The nice part about it is that M.I.S. has a lot of lanes you can run in, high, low, or wherever. Hamilton and I both know through experience that the high groove was kind of the better groove and better way to go."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) --

"We just had a bad set of tires laid out there at the end. That's all it was. We had the best truck, the fastest truck. We've got the best team, best driver, I don't care what anybody says.

"I about hit the (outside wall) every time.  Well, there was oil
all over the place out there.  NASCAR didn't clean the oil up.

"It's pretty cool. Ted (Musgrave) and I work really well together. Even though we're from different companies, but for the big picture we're with the same company with Dodge. So, he's a pleasure to work with at test session and things like that. That's pretty cool to have a good day for him and a good day for us. We put a set of tires on there at the end that we knew the spring rate was shut a little tight. We thought the racetrack would get looser as we went, because of the way happy hour went. We put them on and it made us a little too tight, so we're really happy.

On the amount of lead changes...

"It's like that every time here. The only time that it hadn't been that way was when my other truck, the No. 18 Dodge, won here two years ago (with Robert Pressley), and led about every lap. But, the competition is just a shade bit keener since then.

On running the high groove...

"I didn't favor one. I just put it wherever I needed to go. I didn't favor either groove."

CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram) --

"The racing was really tough out there today. The Dickies Dodge was pretty fast, but we never did get it handling the way we needed to. There were a lot of good trucks out there today. There was either a lot of good ones or a lot of bad ones. It was about the most competitive race that I have seen in a long time. I was running in 15th place at one time and stayed on the same straightaway with the leaders for 30-40 laps. We struggled a little bit today. This wasn't the finish that we were looking for. We had a little trouble in the pits, and lost some spots there. I wasn't doing a whole lot better on the track. But right there at the end of the race we kind of made a little late-race surge that got us back up to 11th. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get another top 10 and keep our top 10 streak going. But those things eventually go to and end, so we'll just start a new streak next week."

STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) --

"Today was just a long day.  It really didn't matter what
adjustments we made.  Nothing helped today."

-dodge motoraports-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Pressley