Atlanta: Ford teams race notes

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd) "At times we were as fast as say a 10th to 12th place car, but at other times we were a 25th-place car, so we just have to work on putting that together. The car was there most of the day. ...

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)

"At times we were as fast as say a 10th to 12th place car, but at other times we were a 25th-place car, so we just have to work on putting that together. The car was there most of the day. We were a little tight here and a little loose there, but we had great pit stops from the AAA pit crew and I've got to work on not giving up so much ground on the restarts. The biggest thing was just to finish today. I wish we could have been up there in that top 20, but this is something we can build on and go to Bristol next week."

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ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Motorola Ford Fusion (Finished 20th)

"All in all it was pretty good. We're on the left side of the board and it's another top 20 for our little single-car team. We were better than that. We were a fifth or sixth-place car. We worked our way up from 40th to 17th and got one bad set of tires and went to the back. I couldn't hold onto it and couldn't drive it. Greg found that there was a code on that right-rear tire set and changed rear tires and the car was back to normal. We restarted up front and to race with the top five guys like we did for the last 100 laps is a testament to the team and to us catching onto the new Ford car, which we're pretty excited about. Even though it's a 20th, it's another big, big points day for us and we'll continue to move towards the front. We'll probably drop a couple of spots, but not much."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion (Finished 41st)

A TOUGH DAY TODAY. WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ACCIDENT? "The 00 right-reared me at the end of the backstretch and turned me in the fence. I guess it's payback from California, I don't know. I moved up a little bit to get a little air off of the 83 because we were side-by-side and, I don't know, he must have been splitting the difference or something and got my right-rear, I don't know. Maybe he didn't mean to do it, but those are the facts."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"We ran pretty good overall. My DeWalt guys, they're the best on pit road. They got me all the spots we needed. We just made a little contact on pit road and bent the fender in a little bit, but on the last two runs we just got off. We were really good there about two-thirds of the way through the race, and then we just got off a little and couldn't quite keep up with it today. But these guys did a great job. We should be in a pretty good spot in the points and it was a fun race today."

GOING TO BRISTOL. YOUR THOUGHTS. "I think we're all looking forward to it and kind of anxious about it, running the car of tomorrow for the first time. I look forward to going there. We didn't test bad. It's a great race track and a lot of great fans always show up there and it's always in a really exciting atmosphere, so I'm curious to see what it brings."

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DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 30th)

"It was a long day. We struggled and never really could get the car right. We fought a little bit of loose in and tight off, so the M&M's Ford Fusion wasn't quite as good as it needed to be today, but we learned. We got through the race and finished the race, but we just need to be better. It's just another day of learning."

-credit: ford racing

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