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Indiana 250 Post Race Quotes
30th July 2012
DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet): "It was pretty tight to start the race off, and my crew chief, Tony, is a pretty smart guy and took a pretty big swing at it on that first stop. The car was definitely better, and we were working our way through after that rough restart, picking the wrong lane there, and so it took us a little while. But we were picking them off one by one and got up to the 98 (Sorenson) and into (Turn) 1, and he slowed it down quite a bit, and I was pretty hard on the brakes. And I think I just tapped him a little bit, and when I did, he slid sideways. I tried to go around him and didn't quite get by him and spun around, and unfortunately that was it. I am sorry if I did anything to affect his day, but I didn't mean to."
JOEY LOGANO (No. 20 GameStop/Damage Inc. Toyota): "We didn't do very good this weekend. We were just slow from when we unloaded. We tried to make some improvements here and there. We just never did. We got a little better here and there, but nothing good. It's kind of frustrating we couldn't run with the fast guys. We were just battling back there, battling for track position because you can't pass a car on this racetrack to save your life. It just makes it real difficult."
JOHANNA LONG (No. 70 KeenParts.com/Riley Chevrolet Chevrolet): "It was definitely an experience. It was a lot of fun racing here. It's hard to pass, but we had a really good car. We just got struggled up with the drive shaft. There was nothing we could do about it, but I'm really proud of these guys for never giving up. We have a lot to work on, though. It's something to gain on, and I'm really proud of it."
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (No. 6 Sam's Club/Cargill Ford): "Yeah, it was (busy racing). When somebody bobbles a little bit, it kind of slows everybody up, then we get going three-, four-wide. That gets interesting. All in all, it was a decent day in our Sam's Club Mustang. It wasn't what we expected. It wasn't what we were wanting to do, but we finished ninth. We'll go on to Iowa next week, and we'll just have to take a look at everything that we got on this thing and see what the deal is. It's just not as good as we wanted." (On the racing at the Speedway): "It's cool racing here. I'd probably think a lot better if we'd won."
AUSTIN DILLON (No. 3 Advocare Chevrolet): "On that first run, we really had something to race with. Just too tight all day, and when I hit the wall, it just made it worse. I hit the wall and really hurt our car. I was good early, though. It was really fun, though. Drafting dictated who got the lead, who you were running behind. It was different racing the first time we were here, so it's going to be a learning experience, but even with that it was a decent race."
DENNY HAMLIN (No. 18 SportClips Toyota): "It was a solid day, but we were just too loose all day. Just couldn't do anything, especially on restarts, and that's when you need to be fast. Once you solidify your spot after about three or four laps, then you just cruise there the rest of the race. It's a tough balance because these cars just don't have enough horsepower to make runs off the corner, so you are kind of stuck with it and you got to be good for a couple of laps and hold your position. Great day for us, but a top-five was not what we were wanting. But still a decent day."
JEFFREY EARNHARDT (No. 39 FastWax.com Chevrolet): "We fought the tightest race car ever for the longest time at the start of the race. Then we finally got it a little bit better. We were just down on power. Everybody has these bigger motors, and we're running the SB2s. It's the best we had. I'm just glad to be out here. I want to thank all the guys who came on board and helped to get us out here at the last minute."
TRAVIS PASTRANA (No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota): "Crazy. I mean, this is the biggest, fastest track that I have ever driven. It's the fastest that I've ever been in a car, and it's just an honor to be here. Really, I was nervous. I had really very little confidence coming in. We still got a lot to pick up on, and I learned so much about drafting. This was my first track that the draft really played a huge role in, and on the restarts, I was just a fish out of water. Everyone was going by, and I was like: 'OK, what just happened? I don't understand.' then I would have to try to pick back through. But they did a good job. They really got me out front. The cars I was racing against are all my heroes, so it was very cool."
MICHAEL ANNETT (No. 43 Pilot/Flying J/M&M's Snack Mix Ford): "It was a battle to get up front. This place is really tough to pass. Starting 21st and battling to finish sixth and bring home this Nationwide Series Dash for Cash money is awesome. It's really, really tough. There are so many chances to screw up here. It is really hard to put together a whole lap, and it took me till about Lap 20 to 30 to really start doing that and then start being able to pull it off and figure out what I need to do to pass cars, which is the hardest thing to do here. I put a lot of notes in the book for late in the race, and we used it and put ourselves in a position to get this check."
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