Chicagoland: Ford teams race quotes

BILL ELLIOTT - No. 21 Motorcraft/QuickLane Ford Fusion WHAT HAPPENED THAT CAUSED THE WRECK? "I cut a tire and from there I was just along for the ride. I feel bad for the guys. We have worked hard but we have missed something, whether it is the...

BILL ELLIOTT - No. 21 Motorcraft/QuickLane Ford Fusion

WHAT HAPPENED THAT CAUSED THE WRECK? "I cut a tire and from there I was just along for the ride. I feel bad for the guys. We have worked hard but we have missed something, whether it is the spoiler or whatever, we just can't get where we need to be. We are just okay out there. Everybody is really working hard and trying to help us out, then something like this happens and it is just really unfortunate."

THAT WAS A REALLY HARD HIT, ARE YOU GOOD? "It was no easy day, but it wasn't that bad. I am okay."

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GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ENGINE? "We blew the engine. That is what happens when you have brand new product. There is a little trial and error. We don't have a lot of miles on these engines. It seemed like we broke something in the valve train or something. It is unfortunate. That will hurt our chances in the Chase you know. We had a great car and coming into tonight I was really excited about it, so this is really disappointing. I guess tonight just wasn't our night."

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KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)

"It was a good team effort. We had good pit calls and good pit stops. We probably should have finished in fifth. It was a good effort. We got way too loose there at the center part of the race and it was tough to pass. The aero here is really difficult. All things considered I think it was a pretty good night. We probably could have finished a little higher, but I will take it."

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PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Mendards Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)

"It was solid. We were very close when we unloaded and did some little things all through practice that helped. We were able to run top-10 all night. It was pretty uneventful really but it was a good car and I am really happy with that."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)

"It wasn't very good. I thought we would be better than that. This place usually loosens up. The last couple of years I have been here you get loose the beginning of the race and then as the night goes on it gets looser. We were just way too tight the whole time. I hit the wall there and got way tight off turn two and that hurt us for a little bit. The guys did a great job to get it back to pretty much where it was. We just were fighting tight all night and struggling with that. I was breathing in carbon monoxide which was tough too. Finishing 14th for not a very good day, I will take that. One of my goals the last 18 races is to be in the top-15 every race. If we do that I think we will keep making up points. We are going to have bad days, like this, but to get a 14th out if it is good. I am proud of the guys. We all deserve better and I feel like we should have been better, but we will keep working at it."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE KNOCKING ON THE DOOR TO BETTER DAYS? "We are getting there. We definitely have to keep learning. I wouldn't say we are quite there yet to go steal a win. We need to consistently run in the top-10 more and once we do, we will have better races. To have a bad night and run 14th is a good indication to me that we are getting better."

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DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)

"Our UPS Freight Ford was pretty fast and I was pretty happy with it. We just ran and ran and ran and passed cars and passed cars and we were still 15th each time, so that was a little frustrating. We'll have to work on our qualifying effort some. The last three or four weeks we've had a top-15 car and it was certainly good to see Carl up there trying to win the thing. Our cars were fast tonight, but we still have to get them better."

IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE ROUSH TUNNEL? "Yes, we see it; I don't know if everyone else sees it, but we do. Certainly our engineers and everybody back at the chassis shop and engine shop are working hard and we had the new Ford engine tonight. We're making progress, but at the same time, everyone else is also making progress. It was good to see some Fords up there in the top 10. We'll have the week off to think about this race and then we'll head to Indy to try and get one."

-source: ford racing

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