SRT Motorsports — Dodge NSCS Final Qualifying Quotes – Phoenix

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dodge PR

Phoenix International Raceway

American Muscle

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Post-Qualifying Quotes

A.J. Allmendinger (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 15th “It was okay.  You know I messed the first lap up pretty bad and at that point the second lap was just survival.  I mean, the track is so sick out there.  We struggled a bit yesterday so not sure where that’s going to put us.  It could have been a lot worse after that first lap.  It’s okay.  We’ve got some work to do.  First real race with the team definitely got some work to do but the guys are doing a good job. Tomorrow is going to be about survival so we’ll see where we end up and hopefully we get a good run tomorrow.”

ARE YOU SURPRISED HOW MUCH SLICKER THE TRACK HAS GOTTEN DURING THE WEEKEND?  “It did it last year, too, so I think it just catches you off guard just truly how slick it is in general.  You’re like how slick can it be and then you watch everybody and you’re like no, it’s really slick for everybody.  It’s just part of the way this track is.”

IS IT GOOD TO HAVE SOMETHING POSITIVE HAPPENED ON THE HEELS OF A FRUSTRATING NIGHT AT DAYTONA?  “Yeah, we’ve got to have a good race tomorrow.  It’s tough to not put the pressure on yourself that if you go out there and have a bad run that you’re done.  We’ve got to have a solid run.  We can’t put ourselves in too big of a hole.”

DO YOU NEED TO AVOID THE OUTSIDE LINE TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE HERE ON SUNDAY?  “It’s weird because last year the outside lane actually came in and I feel like third row on back you were better to be on the outside so you didn’t get pinned down.  I don’t even know what’s going to happen tomorrow.  We’ll see.”

DO YOU THINK THE TRACK IS GOING TO CHANGE A LOT DURING THE RACE TOMMOROW?  “No.  I think it’s going to start off real slick.  I don’t think it will be as slick by the end of the race because it’ll be cooler and that’s kind of the way it worked out last year but it’s definitely going to be slick overall.”

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO HAVING A GOOD FINISH IN THE RACE? “Just making no mistakes.  There’s going to be plenty of opportunity to make mistakes so you’ve just got to go out there and just make a minimum amount of mistakes.”

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 28th “Just didn’t put the whole lap together and we’ll work on that a little bit.  I think we have more time to keep working on it and hopefully we’ll get it right for race time.  The track gets worse when cars don’t run on it in a bulk so one car at a time it actually gets worse.  It can’t keep up with the sand that gets put on the track. It’s just kind of the way it is.”

Robby Gordon (No. 7 SPEED Energy/Bashas’ Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 39th “We were very, very loose.  I left pit road and the motor was misfiring and I’m like, ‘Oh, no way’ and then it cleaned up by the time I got going to the green the first time and it ran pretty clean. Man, we were loose and the track has slowed down a tremendous amount of time.  We’ve lost 1.2 to 1.3 seconds.  I ran a 26.40 in practice yesterday and said okay, we’re going to be good.’”

IS THAT A PRODUCT OF THE TRACK BAKING IN THE SUN AND MORE RUBBER BEING WORKED INTO THE GROOVE MAKING THE TRACK SLICKER?  “Something is making the racetrack slicker because it did it to us in the fall, too.  In the fall I think the track slowed down a half a second.  It didn’t seem to slow down as much for the later cars as it did for the early cars but the same thing here today: we were really, really slick.”

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