JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 24th) "I'm not sure what happened. The 27 car just kind of lost it on his own. He corrected and went back across the track. I avoided him and someone ran into the back of me. It's ...
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"I'm not sure what happened. The 27 car just kind of lost it on his own. He corrected and went back across the track. I avoided him and someone ran into the back of me. It's just unfortunate."
THIS IS THE SECOND WRECK YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT UP IN. CAN YOU AVOID IT SUNDAY? "Hopefully, since we've wrecked in the twin and the shootout we'll make it through the 500. I was really trying to be careful and just kind of ride around until you have like 20 to go, but the cars move around a lot more than the past. The 27 car had been loose from the get-go, so it finally went around on him."
WHAT HAPPENED? "The 27 car lost it on its own. I had him cleared. He went back across the track and whoever was behind me just didn't get slowed down in time and ran into the back of me. You're just kind of along for the ride after that, so it's very unfortunate. We were just kind of riding around there. We wrecked a car in the shootout and really couldn't afford to lose another car, so our practice will probably be minimal now. Hopefully, we'll have a good car for the 500."
SO YOU'LL NEED ANOTHER BACKUP? "Oh, yeah. That was a pretty good hit. With the car of tomorrow, they have to build the cars so light now that it doesn't take much of a hit to pretty much junk one. I'd say that one is done."
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 K&N Filters Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)
"We definitely learned that where we're at is not very good. We've got to work on a setup that doesn't just blow through the tires and abuse the tires. It seems 10 laps into the run it's sliding all over the place and you're just barely hanging on, so we've got to figure something out. I know these cars are different and everybody is complaining about kind of the same stuff, but we've got to just work on our handling package a lot and see what we can do to get some grip in the long run and help our tire wear. We just need a better handling race car."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)
"We've been real concerned about tires. That put us out of the shootout and we had a little bit of tire trouble today. We're not the only ones. It seems like a lot of people are having tire trouble, but we're gonna go to work hard on our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion and make the necessary adjustments to try and get a little more speed out of it. But even more than speed right now, we just need to be able to be a little bit easier on tires, so we've got a little bit of work to do."
IS THERE ENOUGH TIME IN PRACTICE TO FIND SOMETHING NEW? "Yeah, because we've tried a lot of stuff up until now so we've got notes on all that stuff. We're just gonna have to mix and match on some of the setup stuff we tried and come up with something, so the good thing is that we do have tomorrow."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
"That was a lot of fun, just to have one stop and we had a full fuel run on the last set of tires. That was a true testament to how well the balance was on the AAA Ford Fusion. I don't think we had any tire trouble all day, so it was a fun race. I can only imagine what 500 miles driving that hard is gonna be like, but we had a lot of teammates in that race and got a lot of help from the 17 and 16 at different times. It was just a lot of fun. We'll try to make our race car just a little bit better and go from there."
THIS WAS YOUR FIRST RACE IN THIS CAR ON A SUPERSPEEDWAY. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN THE 500? "The speeds are pretty high and the tires wear out pretty fast, so I think you're gonna see some single-file runs late into the run, but with new tires on these things drive like a dream. I think the racing is gonna be good for a few laps and then we'll ride a little bit, but a lot of things can happen in 500 miles. The biggest thing is we've just got to be there at the end. We've got a good group on this AAA Roush Fenway, so if we can have good pit stops and stay out of trouble, certainly that was a lot of fun for 150 miles. Now we've just got to do it about three times that long."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)
"I think we learned a little bit. Our car ran pretty good. It was just a little too tight, but I think we definitely learned something for Sunday. I'm excited. I think I've got a pretty good car." ANY TIRE ISSUES FOR YOU? "We had cords on the tires. I don't know which ones, but when we changed we definitely had some tire issues."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)
"We learned a lot. Our car had a lot of speed, actually, and had ourselves, I thought, in pretty good position, and did a pretty good job on pit road. We just had some handling issues. So, we think we know what we've got to work on tomorrow to get better in practice tomorrow."
HAVE YOU HAD TIRE ISSUES HERE? "Yeah, but if everybody's experiencing them then you've just got to working on the car and get it handling better. We were really off on our handling today. We could only run about 10 laps very good and then it didn't handle well, and we were tearing up tires and everything. We just kept getting our car too loose. We were just a step behind, so we'll keep working on it tomorrow and we'll have it good by Sunday."
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