Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NNS Race Final – Nashville

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dodge Motorsports PR

Federated Auto Parts 300

Nashville Superspeedway

Post-Race Quotes

NASCAR Nationwide Series

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished 12th “I’m not sure what happened with the motor. Something broke and we’re still not really sure. It’s a little bit disappointing because we had such a fast Discount Tire Dodge at the start of the race. No real indication that something was wrong under the hood. We thought it might have been a bad spark plug so we came in under caution, but it looks to be something internal. It’s tough. We had a car that was capable of winning the race. We led a ton of laps before the motor issue and then just had to ride around hoping that the motor wouldn’t let go. We have great stuff at Penske. It was just one of them racing deals. We’ll take it back to the shop and figure out what happened.”

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished Sixth “A little warm tonight without air conditioning. I was trying to prove who’s tough (laughs). We had a pretty good run in our Alliance Truck Parts Dodge tonight. We just had one issue on that last restart. I sit at home and watch these races on TV and watch all these green-white-checkered (finishes) and we never get them when I race. The car was really good on the restarts. We just didn’t have the long-run speed that we needed. I’m really happy with our effort. The car ran great; we just couldn’t get the track position that we needed. On our last restart, we had a malfunction with our radio. Chad (Walter, crew chief) had an issue with his button on the radio. I’m not supposed to go until he tells me to go. I sat there and watched five guys go around me. But we were able to get those spots back and bring home a sixth-place finish. I think we had a top-five car tonight. We kept all the wheels on it tonight and raced them hard to the end.”

CHAD WALTER (crew chief, No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T) “This track is probably one of the hardest places to come to when you haven’t raced here in a while. Sam (Hornish) hasn’t been here in a while, but did an awesome job. Overall, the weekend went really well. I was really proud of Sam and the crew guys. It was a hot weekend and it’s tough on those guys. Sam did a great job. We held our own all night. Track position was really important. We tried a couple of tricks and we just couldn’t get the track position that we needed. On the last pit stop, I had a hiccup with my radio and I asked for Sam to dig me out of the hole. He did an awesome job and drove his butt off. To go from 11th on the restart and finish sixth isn’t easy on this track. It was a good weekend for this team and something to build on with this Alliance Truck Parts Dodge.”

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