Dover Post-Race Quotes From Dodge — Sprint Cup

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

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

“The Miller Lite Dodge was a very good race car today. Steve (Addington, crew chief) has helped me a lot here at Dover. We had a pit road speeding penalty and it was my fault. The driver was just too aggressive. I was trying to be right on the edge getting in the pits. That hurt us. That was right at half way and it took us 200 laps to get back up to fourth. I think we were running third when we had the penalty. Who knows if we could have mixed it up there at the end? If we had one more restart, maybe, but it was a good solid top-five finish. This was a tough one and Kansas will be a tough one. I’m real happy with this effort today. We were the third finishing Chase guy, that’s what is most important.”

YOU TOLD STEVE AND YOUR CREW WITH 35 LAPS TO GO THAT YOU WERE GOING TO TURN THE WICK UP. “I was trying for every tenth-of-a-second I could possibly get. We ran our fastest laps then. Maybe I hurt the tires a little bit as we weren’t quite as fast the last 15 laps. We were right in the mix. We made small adjustments all day to stay competitive. The Miller Lite Dodge was a winning car. The driver just messed up today getting into the pits. But we came back and finished fourth.”

STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? “We just started off way too loose. A great job by everybody on this race team. We worked really hard and just wanted to come out of here with a solid run. We got behind when we got caught speeding on pit road, but that’s just the effort of Kurt picking up all the tenths-of-a-second that he can. The crew guys made great stops the rest of the day and we were able to bring home a fourth-place finish in the Miller Lite Dodge.”

KURT PICKED UP 11 SPOTS DURING THAT 100 LAP RUN AFTER THE PIT ROAD SPEEDING INCIDENT. WAS ANYTHING DIFFERENT ON THE CAR? “We’d been loose all day and we just kept chipping at it and finally got a little bit more aggressive with the car. We ended up being the fastest car on the race track at that point. One set of tires didn’t have the grip that the others sets did and that’s where we got a little bit off.”

WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE MUCH COOLER TODAY. HOW MUCH DID THAT AFFECT YOUR TUNE-UP? “Not much. I think that it just made it easier on us sitting on the box and easier on the drivers.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 22nd “I’m proud of the way we executed today. Our pit stops were great. We had a solid race strategy that allowed us to pick up nine spots from where we started. The No.12 Penske Dodge just lacked speed. That’s something we’ll work on and continue to get better at the last eight races of the season.”

SAM HORNISH JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 36th “A bad day gone worse. I thought that we started out pretty good, but we never could gain track position that we needed. I thought we had a tire issue in the middle of the race and had to come in under green. That cost us some laps. Late in the race, we had an electrical problem under the dash which caused the battery cable to ground out and started a small fire. Just a really strange electrical deal that jumped up and bit us. A tough day that just got worse for the Mobil 1 Dodge.”

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