TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Golden Corral Ford Fusion (Finished 19th) "It just wasn't a very good handling race car. We kind of fought a lot of the same characteristics we fought in practice -- really tight through the middle of the corner. The car...
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Golden Corral Ford Fusion (Finished 19th)
"It just wasn't a very good handling race car. We kind of fought a lot of the same characteristics we fought in practice -- really tight through the middle of the corner. The car doesn't take the bumps very good. You try to run wide open, and it hits the bumps and it's like you lose the front tires. We've just got a lot of work to do. We thought we made some there overnight that were going to help it, but it didn't really help it at all. So, we've got to try some other things. We hurt the back of the car; we got the back of the car too loose in trying to make the front turn, so we've got to put that back and work on our front and end see if we can work through our bumps better, and we'll be alright for Sunday. We've got a couple of hours to work on it."
YOU KNEW YOU WERE IN THE FIELD FOR SUNDAY ALREADY, SO WHAT WAS ON THE CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED TODAY? "Number one was to just bring it home in one piece, but we definitely wanted to run better than that. Just kind of see what the handling of the car was. We definitely have some work to do. We were able to bring it home in one piece so we can work on it. That's a big thing. We wanted to run up front, we wanted to do a lot better job, but, most importantly, we wanted to bring it home."
BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)
"We've just got to work on the handle on it. It's just out of control for me. I need for it to be tight, but I don't need for it to be that loose when somebody is under me. We've still got a lot of work to do. It's still just too much of a handful and we've got to figure out what to do. We did get another race under our belt there, so that was good. We've got some good data as far as tire wear and, hopefully, I can give some good feedback to Todd and we can make it better."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
"I learned a lot. We've got a really good car. It'll be a good race on Sunday."
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU COULD MOVE FORWARD. "I wasn't really saving much. Basically, we have a really good car, and they say we have a really good back-up car, so I wasn't just racing really hard."
ON STARTING 2009. "It's good to start off strong. I hope we make it through practice without wrecking this thing, and I hope we make through the end of the 500."
BORIS SAID -- No. 08 Scotts/U.S. Chrome Ford Fusion (Finished 28th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "Just ran into Ryan and got into the wall a little bit, and then the next lap, blew the right front out. It's just one of those things."
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THIS RACE TEAM? DO YOU HAVE A SCHEDULE MAPPED OUT? "We just signed a letter of intent like three days ago with these guys, so we'll sit down in the next few weeks and get a game plan and map it all out, and then see what' s in the future for our team. But, definitely, we're going to run some more races -- I'm excited about that. I just feel real bad for Scotts and U.S. Chrome. I think we had a pretty good car. It was wild out there. It was fun."
-credit: ford racing