SRT Motorsports — Dodge NSCS Qualifying Quotes – Samsung 500 – Texas

Friday, April 13, 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Samsung 500

Post-Qualifying Quotes

Texas Motor Speedway

Dodge PR

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified Eighth CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP?  “We worked on qualifying a lot in practice, including working on the driver (laughs).  I’m really proud of that lap for the Miller Lite Dodge guys.  The car was really good.  I think we had a little room to be a touch better, not much, but a good effort.”

YOU MENTIONED EARLIER TODAY THAT YOU WERE STRUGGLING WITH THE BUILD UP OF RUBBER ON THE TRACK.  HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON GETTING YOUR CAR BETTER?  “I think that we’ve made progress, but we don’t have the puzzle figured out yet.  It’s going to be interesting to see how the Nationwide race tonight affects the rubber build on the track.  Bottom line is that we made the right changes to our Miller Lite Dodge and were able to lay a good lap down for tomorrow’s race.”

A.J. Allmendinger (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 12th CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN?  “I’m bummed to tell you the truth.  I took the green-flag and the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge felt great.  It screamed through Turns 1 and 2 but I just got a bit tentative in (Turns) 3 and 4.  We’ve fought being loose all day and I just didn’t want to ruin the lap in the last two corners.  The wind was really tricky, a push through 3 and 4 that makes the car loose.  Some guys were good through 3 and 4; some guys were on the edge like us.  It’s kind of a bummer.  We were good in qualifying trim in practice and just didn’t get the lap that we needed when it counted.”

DID THE WIND PLAY THAT BIG OF A FACTOR ON THE HANDLING OF YOUR CAR IN TURNS 3 AND 4?  “Yes and no.  When you’re fighting loose all day the wind will add to your dilemma.  Guys that could get through 3 and 4 with a good car had no issues.  I’d like to see what the run looks like on Dartfish and check the data of the run.  Our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge is fast.  We’ll start 12th but it could have been better than that.  We’ll take it.  I’m must bummed at the driver.”

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