Bank of America 500 Pit Note #15
Dollar General 300 Quotes
Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge, Dollar General 300 winner) – I’m so mentally exhausted after this race. I thought that was the best race I’ve ever seen in my life; that was awesome. We knew our car was really good. We weren’t very good on test day, and we weren’t very good the first half of the race. This Challenger flew; it’s hauling the mail. It’s an honor to get to drive cars like this. Really glad this car puts on such a good show for the fans.
It was a great run. The start of the race was pretty frustrating. We stayed patient, which was really hard to do. The last adjustment on pit road was really awesome. Then it was just down to perfect restarts at the end. I don’t know if they were perfect, but they were good enough.
Paul Wolfe (crew chief, No. 22) – It’s a new car; it’s going to take different things at different tracks we go to. We were off on Wednesday, came back on Thursday and had a good practice.
Roger Penske (owner, No. 22) – Kyle Busch has been so strong; to come here tonight, in our own backyard, to be able to lead and win is great. It’s a real feather in Brad’s cap. Brad’s been a terrific addition to our team, and you can see the results.
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 00 Out! Pet Care Toyota, second place) – It’s kind of bittersweet; it’s hard to finish second with a car that good. We were in good shape there until those last couple cautions; the car was so good on those long green flag runs, we didn’t make any adjustments, and that hurt us. I want to win again, and I’m going to win again. We just came up short tonight.
I’ve never been so disappointed to finish second, to be honest. We had a good car there in the middle part of the race. The green flag runs were really good for us, but once we pitted and put that last set of tires on, it was just a little bit too tight, and we just couldn’t quite clear Brad. (What do you think of the new car?) I think the car’s awesome. Honestly, I think they should adapt some of the rules to the Cup cars. Looking at the qualifying times, it definitely tightened the field up.
Justin Allgaier (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge, third place) – When we unloaded on Wednesday, collectively as a group, we were a little bit nervous because we weren’t sure if we had a top-20 car or top-30 car or what, but we weren’t very good. We made a lot of changes. The crew chiefs and the engineers really got to work and worked on the Challenger and got it to where it was really comfortable to drive. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the track position we needed, and we got shuffled back on one of the restarts. That really set us back. I don’t feel like we had anything for the 22 or 00 at the end. Just a strong night. This race car is just an awesome piece. To be able to go out and run two, maybe three wide and race all the way to the front. I’m a big fan of the car and glad we’re going to have it all next year.
Joey Logano (No. 20 GameStop/Guitar Hero Toyota, finished fifth) – We’re just not good enough yet. We’ve still got a little bit of work to do to catch up with these guys. Interesting that most of the guys that were leading most of the laps ended up behind us, though.
Danica Patrick (No. 7 Godaddy.com Chevrolet, finished 21st, a career best) - We had some high points this weekend, and that hasn’t happened every time I come to a track for the first time.