JARRETT LEADS FORD TO MICHIGAN SWEEP * Ford has won 23 of the last 36 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS from 1985-Present. * Ford has won 25 series races in the track's history. Chevrolet has 16 wins while Pontiac and Dodge have four apiece.
JARRETT LEADS FORD TO MICHIGAN SWEEP
* Ford has won 23 of the last 36 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS from 1985-Present.
* Ford has won 25 series races in the track's history. Chevrolet has 16 wins while Pontiac and Dodge have four apiece. Other manufacturers with MIS wins include: Mercury (12), Buick (4) and Oldsmobile (2)
* This marks Ford's 8th Michigan sweep in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
* Today marks the 11-year anniversary of Dale Jarrett's first NWC win, which came with the Wood Brothers on August 18, 1991 at MIS.
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 5th)
"We have such a great race team here. We fought hard for that one and ran pretty good there at the end. I'm not positive about taking four tires at the end, that was my call, Ben wanted to take two. But when you run fifth, you shouldn't complain either way. We couldn't beat the 88, although, if everything had been set up there we might have been OK. He wasn't catching us before that last caution came out. We had a really happy set of tires there when the yellow came out, but we obviously were gonna have to stop, but everybody had to."
YOU WORKED YOUR WAY THROUGH. "We were wrestling with handling and traffic and everything. This is a great team. They fight hard. They've done this quite a bit -- come up with some great finishes. This team has great heart and today we weren't bad on speed. We were really good at Indy, and, unfortunately, we had trouble there, but you can't be good every week. Obviously, we were better this week and have been the last couple of weeks. We've got some work to do, but it's just like that out there. No one seems to be able to consistently run top fives, so we're happy to get one."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 4th)
"We had some sort of leak in the engine all day -- maybe a head gasket or something -- I don't know what it was but I kept losing water. We really did a good job -- all the guys on the crew. Frank and everybody, we come in and put water in it. That's what kept us going as long as it did. If it hadn't been for that, we would have never made it to the end of the race, so I'm proud of them for that. Certainly, we're really disappointed, but I'm not disappointed in the effort of the engine department, the chassis guys, the body guys, everybody on pit road. We had a great car from the second half of the race on and we'll just keep digging. That's kind of how our year has gone. Since May, I won't apologize to anybody for how we've run. We've run great. We don't have a lot to show for it, but we've run really well and we've got this team headed in the right direction."
WERE YOU HOPING FOR A 195 LAP RACE? "Yeah, it would be nice but what are you gonna do? These races are 500 miles long or 400 miles long and you've got to be able to run that distance. I'm obviously disappointed, but I'm not down on my engine guys, I'm not down on anybody. We're working really hard. We thought we had ourselves in position driving away from everybody. After about five laps of that green flag the thing started missing really bad and they just started coming. It was over then."
WAS IT THE ENGINE? "We probably lost a head gasket or we had a cylinder head messed up or something and the water would come out of it. It came out of it all during the race. We came on pit road no less than three times and put water in it. That was a great move. Without those moves, we wouldn't have finished the race at all."
DID YOU HAVE FUN BATTLING TONY THERE? "Yeah, it was great. Tony's been through a lot lately and been under a lot of scrutiny, but Tony's a great race car driver and I had fun racing with him. I've always had fun racing with him. I knew he'd run me clean and I knew he'd have a hard time getting by us. He had a better car, but having a better car at Michigan isn't always everything. You've got to get by the guy too. We were really strong on the outside and that would get us momentum down the straightaway, so if he ever cleared me -- and I don't think he would have been able to -- then we were in good shape."
KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 39th)
"It's unfortunate that it ends up the same way. We gave Rubbermaid a ride today. We were poised to put the car in victory lane, it's just unfortunate that we couldn't finish the race."
WHAT HAPPENED? "We had an engine malfunction. Jack is trying to pick up the horsepower, which I can understand, it just didn't come through today. I told him I didn't want anything special for this race, I just wanted something that would run. It's real unfortunate for Rubbermaid. I know everybody at Roush Racing is working so hard to make this car run, but it's very tough to swallow these DNFs."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
WHAT ABOUT THE CALL FOR FOUR TIRES? "Todd Parrott made that call. A lot of times we get criticized for getting four sometimes, but I think that's probably won us more races than its lost us. He did a great job of adjusting on this race car. I was so loose early I obviously spun out. I wasn't sure that we could get the car good enough, but he kept working on it and working on it and we had a great race car. I knew from earlier this year, from the race track today, that four tires meant a lot. I know those guys were trying to get track position to get out front, but my car was too good on four tires to give up that. I knew I had plenty of time to get there if I was just patient and made the right moves, and when you've got a car like this that's easier to do. It's a great day. It was 11 years ago today that I visited this victory lane for the first time in my Winston Cup career and I'm very proud of that and very proud of these guys for fighting and staying after this. We raised $10,000 more for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for Ford Credit, so a lot of good things happened with this victory."
WAS THE KEY GETTING TO THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE CARS SO QUICKLY? "Yeah, I think that helped. I was moving through the field before we had the cautions and I felt like I was in good shape then, but I was able to get by Tony and Dale, Jr. and that let me be able to run the race I wanted to and not have to abuse my tires anymore so I could get to Burton. I could see he was overheating or something, so I really just kind of bided my time a little bit and tried to run my groove and make sure that I had plenty of time and plenty left."
YOU HADN'T WON SINCE POCONO. WERE YOU GETTING WORRIED? "You always get concerned. These victories are hard to come by now, so you have to work extremely hard. You almost have to have a perfect day. Fortunately, our problems came early in the day and we were able to adjust on the car and make it really good later."
RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 31st)
"We just dropped a cylinder. I don't know what happened, but it's just one of those things. It shouldn't have happened, obviously. We had an awesome race car and the guys did an awesome job on pit stops, but that doesn't do you any good when you're running on only seven cylinders at the end of the race."
RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 17th)
"It was frustrating because we ran top 10 much of the day, particularly the first half of the race. We went back and made a big adjustment and fell back to 26th or 28th, but we charged back to the top 10 again. Then it just got away from us at the end. I wanted to take two tires with 30 to go and that ended up being a very stupid move, but I did it. Then we got four tires, but we didn't have track position with 10 to go. We came from way back to 17th, but it's just frustrating. The car had potential and the day had potential, but I'm just going to go back to the motorhome and watch a movie and get over it."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 11th)
"I don't know what happened there. We had a good run going then it went way bad. We were loose and tight and couldn't figure out what was going wrong. I definitely think something broke in the motor at some point. We made our way back to 11th, but it was a much better car than that."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 27th)
"It was just a tough day. We just missed it this weekend. We brought some experimental stuff back, just trying to improve our program some, and it was just a long day. We were just real tight and could never get it out of it. The guys worked hard and tried to do some pit stop strategy, but the car just wasn't close enough to make it work."