Daytona 500: Ford teams race quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "I tell you what, I'm so proud of my guys at the shop and at the engine department. They build such good cars and worked all winter. Hopefully, California is as good as this was, but I just...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"I tell you what, I'm so proud of my guys at the shop and at the engine department. They build such good cars and worked all winter. Hopefully, California is as good as this was, but I just made a mistake -- a lack of experience probably. Going into turn one I should have pushed McMurray, instead of trying to make the pass then when I got the big run and try to make the pass coming to the stripe or down the back, instead of down the front. Third-place isn't all that bad, but I'm just so happy for Jamie. I pushed him to the win down the backstretch and I feel pretty good about that."

WHAT ABOUT THE LAST LAP? "It was unbelievable crazy. Restart after restart and we were digging and clawing. Lane choice had a lot to do with it. I couldn't get anybody to push me. It looked like the 33 spun his tires on that one restart. McMurray spun his tires on that last one and I was able to get him straight and push him, but I'm just so happy. The guys worked so hard over the winter on this 3M Ford Fusion, and our engine department -- Doug Yates and all those guys -- worked so hard on this engine getting it tuned up for the 500-mile race. I'm just so proud of them."

WHAT WAS IT LIKE WITH THE HOLE? "That sucked, and then I can't believe I didn't hurt the right-front. I was hitting that thing because my car was sliding up the race track and I was doing all I could do, but I'm just elated we came out of here without tearing that car up. We were completely sideways, on the apron, the 33 in the back of me, the 29 cut me off. It was pretty incredible."

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JOHN ANDRETTI -- No. 34 Window World Cares Ford Fusion (Finished 38th)

"We were running the race to be there at the end and, unfortunately, there's quite a bit of the race still left to go. Evidently, the track came up. The 48 went through it and evidently I went right after it and it not only cut the tire, but you could hear the tire go and then the inner liner right behind it. At that point, you're just a passenger."

DID IT FEEL LIKE DRIVING OVER A POTHOLE OR SOMETHING? "No, I'm busy looking ahead because I want to make sure if I see any smoke that I'm not driving into the middle of an accident. I wasn't really expecting there to be a hole in the track. I can't say absolutely that's what happened, but my Window World Cares Ford was pretty good. It wasn't like I was plowing and waiting to pit or something like that. We didn't have any vibrations or anything. It was fine."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

"I'm happy with the result, but wasn't very happy with our weekend overall. We started the day way, way off and it was just a battle the whole time. We got lucky."

HOW DID YOU HANDLE THE PATCH AND ALL THE RED FLAGS? "We ran about 25th or 30th all day, so all of those green-white-checkers helped us and gave us an opportunity to make some moves there at the end and kind of go crazy. I just got a run down the back and was able to get three or four-wide up against the wall, and I got some help. I got my momentum up there and got lucky to get a few spots. We didn't race our way to eighth and didn't really deserve eighth. I just got lucky."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion (Finished 27th)

"That was my fault down there. I ran in on whoever I was following toward the middle and I had to check up a little bit, so when I started up Logano was on me. I'm sure Eddie told me, but I didn't hear him. What are you gonna do with a green-white-checker? It's just one of those things."

WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE PAVEMENT COMING UP? "I hated to see that. I wanted the race to go on and keep running, but we did the best we could and we'll do it again."

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KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 30th)

"I hate it for the Budweiser team. We ran up front most of the day, but got shuffled back. It was all about getting in the right line out there today, and it just didn't work out at the end. It's just disappointing that our day ended with a wrecked car."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)

"I feel like we had a much better car than a 16th-place car, but with speedway racing, sometimes things are out of your control. Donnie Wingo made the right call to take two tires there at the end, and I think that we had a car that could have won had things gone our way there at the end. But we weren't in the right lane and all of those guys were coming hard. It was a good effort by our UPS team. Our guys were really quick in the pits and were able to gain us spots on most of our stops. We just didn't get the finished that we wanted."

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ROBERT RICHARDSON JR. -- No. 38 Mahindra USA Tractors Ford Fusion (Finished 31st)

"Everybody went over that bump in the middle of one and two and got out of shape, and then tried to regroup, but some people were putting their nose where it shouldn't have been and one thing led to another. A couple of cars ended up getting wrecked and we were one of them."

DID THAT PATCH GIVE YOU TROUBLE? "Absolutely. I wish they would resurface the whole race track, but we played the cards we were dealt and played it to the best of our ability. We came away with a wrecked race car, but we had a lot of fun today."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER -- No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd)

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SPIN? "I'm not really sure. I was under Jeff and I'm not sure if it was that pothole there or not, and it doesn't really matter, but I just got a little tight. I didn't want to get up into Jeff, and I don't know if Kyle was right behind me, but I just lost it."

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PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Peak/Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

"It was a solid day. When the sun was out we weren't as good as when it started to go down. The track got a little more grip and that's what our car needed. It was a long day and you think about a 500-mile race and it all comes down to two laps at the end. It was make or break at that point and it seems the guys running up front go to the back and the guys in the back go to the front. I just had a good restart and hooked up with the 17. He made a couple holes on the outside and I just followed him through and passed quite a few cars."

-source: ford racing

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