Brad Keselowski led the Dodge drivers by finishing 2nd in Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 At The Glen from Watkins Glen International. Keselowski had the lead on the last lap, but was passed by winner Marcos Ambrose in coming out of turn six. The two drivers put on quite the show for the fans as oil on the track made conditions very slick for drivers. The other Dodge driver, Sam Hornish, Jr., finished a career high fifth place.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER, PENSKE RACING – 2ND PLACE
What happened on that last lap? “The 18 (Kyle Busch) was leaking fluid something fierce and had no grip at all. When I caught him, it (18) leaked really bad into (turn) one. He missed the corner because he slipped in his own oil. I got under him going into two and we all slipped in his oil. (I) hit him and psun him. I mean, I had to say there was nothing I could do but there was literally nothing I could do. It was just one big giant oil slick underneath his car and I feel bad about that. Then it came down just running a whole lap against Marcos (Ambrose). I got in the oil and we’d slip up. He’d get by me and then he’d get in the oil and I’d get by him. Just really good, hard racing; some beating and banging. I think that’s the way racing should be. It’s great to race against guys like Marcos that you can run on, lean on, and don’t lose their cool and intentionally wreck you. That’s what racing is supposed to be right there: a little bit of bumping and rubbing but none of that intentional wrecking BS. Marcos is a classs act and that’s the way racing should be.”
How did you come back? You said over the radio that your car was gone. “I just got back into taking care of it there riding right behind Marcos and it came right back and we were in good shape.”
Take us through the last lap? Well the 18 (Kyle Busch) was oil. Look like he had something wrong there and had the whole track slick as hell. You couldn’t drive it, it was undrivable. I go down in the corner and hit the oil and slip and Marcos would go in the corner and slip up. Just came down to who was going to slip up last and I did and he got by me and won the race but a good show, good beating and banging and that’s the racing is supposed to be. Just real proud of that race, proud that there is a class act guy like Marcos that can race that way without losing his cool and intentionally wrecking somebody. That’s really cool.
PAUL WOLFE, CREW CHIEF #2 MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER
“What a race and what a finish. We had a fast Miller Lite Dodge all weekend and it showed today. Brad has proven that he can run a great race on road courses. Today was no different. We went with a two-stop strategy and got lucky with some cautions falling on way that helped us get the lead. Once we got the lead, it was all Brad making sure he didn’t use up all the car and have something left at the end. We had great fuel mileage and fuel strategy that helped us be there at the end. We led a bunch of laps and we’re there at the end to have a shot at the win. That’s all that you can ask for as a crew chief. I think that we’ve shown over the last few weeks that we’ve put ourselves in position to win and that’s what we are here to do, win races. It was tough not to get a win but it was heck of a finish.”
SAM HORNISH, JR. #22 SHELL/PENNZOIL DODGE CHARGER, PENSKE RACING – 5TH PLACE
On his race: “A really good day for the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. I thought that we had a great car, great strategy and it worked out today. This is a tough place. It was real hard racing with a bunch of fast cars and our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge was fast. We had to come a long way from the back (17th) to start the race, but I knew that the car was fast enough to make my way up through the pack. I just had to be patient and not wear the car out before the end of the race.”
Was it a matter of you just being patient enough to have enough race car at the end of the race? “Yep. I probably ran about 95 percent most of the day knowing that I needed a fast car late in the day to have a shot at a top 10 or better. It was about five laps to go when I really put the hammer down and run as hard as I can. I’m proud of this team. We continue to get better each week and that’s what you need at this level.”
TODD GORDON, CREW CHIEF #22 SHELL/PENNZOIL DODGE CHARGER
“I’m proud of Sam. We’re starting to get our stuff together and understand what Sam needs inside the race car. Sam did a heck of a job all weekend. The two Penske programs helped each other a lot this weekend. Our fuel mileage was great and that helped us in the end.”