Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
Dodge Motorsports PR
Phoenix Int’l Raceway
NASCAR Nationwide Series
JUSTIN ALLGAIER (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger) Qualified 3rd “I just didn’t have the grip that I thought the car was going to have. Yesterday, we had a little more grip. That lap is probably beatable. I feel like I left a little out there. At the same time, this race car has been awesome. The Verizon Dodge guys have done a great job. This is the same car that we had at Gateway. I feel like, for me, that was a big deal because we ran so well there and these two race tracks are so much alike. We’ll just wait and see what happens. I feel like we have a great opportunity to have a strong finish today and as long as we can stay within ourselves, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
TALK ABOUT HOW TOUGH IT CAN BE RACING AT PHOENIX?
“This is probably one of my favorite race tracks. I always forget about it until we come back. It’s like, ‘Man, I know why I love this place so much.’ During the day, it’s a lot different than it is during the night. We were pretty good here at night. I feel like during the day it might throw some people a curve ball. At the same time, I feel like our guys have really hit the nail on the head and feel like we have a great opportunity to win one.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th “Time after time we come here to Phoenix and the early qualifying draw kills you. The track gets better after about the fifth or sixth car. It’s frustrating. We have a car that’s capable of sitting on the pole, but the draw kind of dictates that it won’t. The important part is the race. The Discount Tire Dodge Charger is plenty fast. I think that we’ll be fine for the race.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO COME TO THE TRACK AS THE 2010 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPION?
“It’s feels awesome. All the recognition of the fans and from your fellow competitors makes you really humble to be a part of this sport. There are just so few people that are so talented that get to be a champion. You’ve got Mark Martin and others that are great race car drivers and never get the chance (to win a championship) and you look back and go, ‘Wow, I’ve done something really amazing.’”