Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Final Quotes – Michigan

Sunday, June 19, 2011

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 11th “A really up and down day for us. It’s always tough when you earn a pole position and can’t take advantage of it during the race. Our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger was just too inconsistent today to contend for a race win. We were a solid top-10 race car, but just couldn’t get (it) dialed in enough to run with the leaders. We ran 198 laps inside the top 10, finished 11th after getting nudged out on that last restart. It was really a seesaw day for us. It seemed like our car would be good for the first five laps of a green flag run, and then once the track would rubber-in, we would run tight. Our first lap was awesome; the last 199 were a challenge. You have to be rock-solid on these two-mile race tracks. You need a good race car, solid pit stops and good changes to keep up with the track and we just were too inconsistent today. A solid points day for us and that’s important in the big picture.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 25th “Obviously we had a poor qualifying effort that forced us to start at the rear of the field. Once the green flag flew, our Miller Lite Dodge was a rocket. We were able to make our way up the field and raced as high as 18th. I was just trying to move around on the race track, trying to get us to where we needed to be. I just pushed too hard and hit the wall and that led to a flat tire that totally changed our day. From there, our day went down hill and we just had to battle. Later in the day, we started to make our car right and had an opportunity to make a good run out of if and get a good finish, but had some engine issues on the restart. It’s tough. This track and race means so much to me. I really wanted to have good run and we just didn’t make it happen today. It was just one of those days where it didn’t matter what we did, we were going to have a bad day. We’ll just keep working at it.”

YOU STARTED 41ST YET WERE RUNNING 20TH BY LAP 15. WAS YOUR CAR THAT GOOD EARLY? “Yeah, our Miller Lite Dodge was really fast. Our first run was really strong. Then we started to stall a bit, scrubbed the wall and it went downhill. All the track position that we gained we gave back and you just can’t do that on a track like Michigan where track position is so important.”

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