JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Finished 4th TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "It was an amazing day. These guys on this Verizon Dodge team were just unbelievable. They got me up to the front early in the race and then I got...
JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Finished 4th
TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "It was an amazing day. These guys on this Verizon Dodge team were just unbelievable. They got me up to the front early in the race and then I got into the wall which did some damage to the right front fender. I thought that our day was over to be honest with you. We had an oil leak, damage to the right side and we came into the pits multiple times to try and fix the car. Chad (Walter, crew chief) just kept telling me, "Don't push it too hard. We have a lot of racing left to do." The old Mobil 1 engine with Penske power was just amazing. I was worried, but the engine held up and got us back up front. It's an awesome day. To come out of here fourth and head to California with a bunch of momentum is great. We had such bad momentum coming out of this race last year that this is a blessing for sure. My spotter....Chris Osborne...did an amazing job all day. We just tried to keep a good pace and just missed a top-three finish."
HOW DID YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE BIG WRECK ON LAP 92? "I have no idea. The spotter just yelled, "They're wrecking in front of you. Stay in the lane that you're in. You'll be fine." So I just held my line and went on through."
FIVE LAPS TO GO, WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? "Follow that 4 car. I was pushing (Tony) Stewart as hard as I could. I probably could have got a run there at the end and gone for the win, but I got loose with the 60 behind me and didn't want to get out of line and get shuffled back. I wasn't going to wreck the field and made the decision that I wasn't going to leave the 4's bumper. Unfortunately, I lost a few spot their coming out of Turn 4, but we'll certainly take a fourth-place finish."
CHAD WALTER (crew chief, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger)
A GREAT DAY FOR JUSTIN AND YOUR TEAM TODAY! "A total team effort today. The weather kind of threw us a wrench (rain canceled qualifying) and we started 12th. We really thought that we had a better car than where we started. We were a little free to start the race. Justin (Allgaier) got a little help and was pushed up into the wall at one point. We had to use up a set of tires early in the race and hope to get lucky with pit strategy to stay on the lead lap. All those things fell into place and we got ourselves in position to work our way back up the field. Once we got up front, we just followed that 4 car for what seemed like forever. Everybody knows that the last lap at Daytona is where everything happens. We came off of Turn 2 in second and off of Turn 4 in fourth. What a great day for our Verizon Dodge and Penske Racing. I can't say enough about how hard all the guys back at the shop have been working to help us today. Our engine was great. The car handled unbelievably. I feel great about our chances this year.
WHAT DID YOU TELL YOUR YOUNG DRIVER TODAY EARLY IN THE RACE TO KEEP HIM FOCUSED? "I just told him to relax. I think all drivers are impatient by nature. That's probably why they're so good at what they do. You have two and a half minutes at Daytona to make changes to the car and I just tried to keep him calm and let him know that the car was in good shape. I told him that you have 120 laps and even if you're running 30th with 40 laps to go, that's a lot of time. It's just little things. Having a great spotter in the stands really helps. It was like the seas partied when (Dale) Jr. had his wreck. We got Justin through the mess and kept on marching toward the front. You have to be good. You have to be lucky. Today we were both."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Finished 13th
"Our Discount Tire Dodge was real strong. We have something to build on, that's for sure. It a great start for Penske Racing's campaign in the Nationwide Series this year. We had a shot at it (the win) today. Things just didn't work out. That's the way it goes. It's the first day of a long season. It was every man for himself there at the end. All of us that got cycled to the back needed to work together to get back to the front. We didn't do that. I didn't have the drafting partners to get back to the front at the end."
-source: dodge motorsports