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Dodge Notes from Talladega

26 April 2010

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 8th
“We had a really good Miller Lite Dodge. It was a very competitive car, a top-10 type car. You just hope to find yourself in good position at the end. I messed up coming off pit road (speeding on exit during green flag stop on lap 146). We were speeding, 60.55 (mph) in the last segment. So, I was off by a half-mile-an-hour on exit. We needed a yellow. We got down to the bitter end before we got in position for the lucky dog and got the yellow to get back on the same lead lap. There were a bunch of wrecks at the end. We were able to escape enough of them. We had enough fuel and we came home eighth. We didn't lose any points today.
“To escape a bad situation like what we had today (damage to the right side near the door in a 10-car mishap on lap 83), we could have gotten hit four feet further back on the car and been put nose first into the outside fence. We didn't' get wrecked there. We didn't do ourselves any favors by speeding on pit road, but we finished eighth. These are the type of days you have to bounce back. I hope we didn't use up too much luck.”

STEVE ADDINGTON (Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“I'm really proud of the Miller Lite Dodge team. They hung in there through all this mess today. I thought we were in good shape, had a good car. Kurt was kind of chillin' out riding there and the 36 got spun and hit us in the door. We had a lot to overcome today. I'm real proud of the guys and the way Kurt handled it. We got a top-10 out of it. Kurt did an awesome job, just missing Jimmie (Johnson) on that last caution. That was close. Top to bottom, the race team did an awesome job.”

SAM HORNISH Jr. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental/AAA Dodge Charger) Finished 24th
"Our Penske Truck Rental/AAA Dodge was on its way to having a really good day when we got collected in a spin late during a green-white-checker restart. The first part of our day was solid. We started 29th, gained track position and ran up front. We tried to be patient in the middle of the race and just ran into a fuel issue at the end. We were close on mileage and had a (fuel) pick-up issue at the end."

JAY GUY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Finished 34th
"We had an up-and-down day with our Penske Dodge. We had some damage on pit road when the 47 (Ambrose) caught our front-right quarter panel. We fought back and had a car that I thought could finish inside the top 10, but got collected in that first green-white-checkered restart. It's a shame; Brad (Keselowski) drove a great race. Our race just ended under circumstances that happen a lot at speedway races -- that's big wrecks late in Cup races."


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