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Homestead: Dodge team race quotes

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Homestead: Dodge team race quotes
Nov 23, 2010, 10:43 PM

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) 2010 NNS Champion "It's been a long ride to get here. It's been a good ride, a lot of fun. It's pretty amazing. From just a few years back to not having a job in this sport and really thinking ...

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) 2010 NNS Champion

"It's been a long ride to get here. It's been a good ride, a lot of fun. It's pretty amazing. From just a few years back to not having a job in this sport and really thinking that I'd have to get a "real" job to being out here and winning the championship and establishing yourself. Hopefully, we can carry this success to the Cup side."

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ROGER PENSKE (Chairman, Penske Corporation)

"It's amazing to think that we've raced so many times here and won races wheel, but to come back here and this be the site for the championship is unbelievable. When you think just a year ago when we decided to put this team together and Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) agreed to come on board and Brad and we talked to him and we said let's build something from the ground, a whole new team. That's what's we've done this year. When you think about what Dodge went through, bankruptcy and said, "Stay with us, don't leave us,' and you can see today when you see Detroit and what's happened. We're so proud of representing that mark through the season. Seven wins in this series and a number of poles. Of course for Brad, a Michigan guy, I think that we brought this whole thing back to Michigan. That's pretty important to us and the state. For me, it's a real thrill. This goes down in something that I've tried so hard with on the Cup side and certainly this will be a preamble to what's going to come in the future.

"I just thank everybody in the media and all our sponsors. More important is my name might be on the door, but it's all those people that are behind that door, some 350 people, that make Penske Racing successful day in and day out. I just want to thank them for what they've done for me personally. Also thank my wife who has put up with me for 38 years coming to these races. So it's been pretty special for me.

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PAUL WOLFE (crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger)

"It's pretty special time for all of us. It's a first championship for a lot of us on this team and a lot of people at Penske Racing. I'm just grateful for the opportunity that Roger and Brad gave me to come onboard and start up this 22 team. It means a lot to me. All my guys have worked so hard this year. Starting up a new team, I don't think we had any guys on our team going into December. To be able to come out here less than a year ago and win the first championship for Penske Racing just says a lot about all the guys that we put on this team. With all the help from great sponsors like Discount Tire, Ruby Tuesday's; it was great to celebrate in victory lane with both of those guys this year. Every day I get more emotions thinking about it. I'm kind of a quiet guy. I don't say a whole lot. It definitely means a lot and I'm just grateful for the opportunity for the two guys next to me. I think this is just a little bit of what we've got to look forward to in the future."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 26 Alliance Parts Dodge Charger) Finished 21st

"We didn't have a very good car most of the night. We were way too tight, but somehow we managed to make a solid run to the end. We got caught on old tires late in the race and lost some spots to finish 21st. We ran inside the top 15, the top 10 parts of the night. We just didn't have anything to run with the leaders at the end of the race."

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JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Finished 11th

"A bit of a frustrating night. I was trying to come up through the field after we got some early damage that set us back. We made some pit calls that I thought were really good and I guess the 88 decided he couldn't' leave well enough alone from last week and wanted to get some more. It's a shame. We got put in the fence early in the day and had to come back from it. I felt that we did a good job in the pits and out on the race track making spots up. We may have pitted too early there at the end. It's such a tough call and we knew that we needed to take tires and we pitted. Sure enough, it got us to the front, but it wasn't enough at the end. It was a solid 11th-place finish. I've got to thank all the Verizon Wireless Dodge guys at the track and at the shop. It's been an awesome few years at Penske Racing and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to race for them."

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PARKER KLIGERMAN (No. 42 GetMoreVacations.com/Bandit Chippers Dodge) Finished 13th

"Our No. 42 Bandit Chippers Dodge Charger was really good tonight. This was the first Nationwide race that I've started up front, ran top 10 the whole race and had awesome pit stops up until the second to last stop where we dropped a lug nut. That dropped us back. For a small team like this to run with the big dogs is great. We know that we're fighting above our weight. They (the crew) did a great job all night long."

-source: dodge motorsports

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