MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 39th) WHAT HAPPENED? "Probably somebody was getting ready to pit and some people didn't know about it. Scott Riggs was right in front of me and hung a right. He slammed the brakes on and hung a...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 39th)
"Probably somebody was getting ready to pit and some people didn't know about it. Scott Riggs was right in front of me and hung a right. He slammed the brakes on and hung a right as I was gonna go up around the outside of him. Evidently, he must have got a surprise. I don't know. Somebody could see it on TV better than me."
WHAT'S YOUR OVERRIDING THOUGHT RIGHT NOW?
"I'm glad this is the last time I ever have to race here."
"For that reason. That could happen anywhere, but it's goofy. I don't know. That's the story of Daytona. It was an awfully good car. I don't know. Somebody got ready to pit and Riggs obviously didn't know about it and slammed the brakes on and hung a right on me. He really couldn't help it."
HOW BADLY DID YOU WANT TO END YOUR CAREER WITH A WIN AT DAYTONA?
"I just didn't want to wreck."
ARE YOU OK?
"I'm doing fine. I'm just disgusted."
"You could tell me better than I could tell you. All I saw was what was immediately in front of me. Somebody probably surprised Scott Riggs about pitting and he hung a right on me and that was it. I don't think he knew that the car in front of him was getting ready to pit. I don't know. It stacked up on him and he hit the brakes and decided to turn right and I was headed up the outside of him when he hooked a right."
HOW DISAPPOINTING IS IT TO END DAYTONA LIKE THIS?
"I just didn't want to wreck. I wasn't worried about winning. I just wanted to race. I had a good car. My guys are awesome and now we've got to worry about making the chase."
WHAT FRUSTRATES YOU MOST ABOUT THIS PLACE?
"That. There's not room for all those cars. That kind of accident can happen on a smaller race track too. I'm just bitter right now because that's a stupid way to wreck. Somebody wasn't communicating. I don't know. I wish Scott would have chose to stay in line instead of hang a right."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Smirnoff Ice Taurus (Finished 37th)
WHAT HAPPENED? IT LOOKED LIKE THE 24 WAS SLOWING UP.
"There might have been communication for him to relay to other drivers. With us going 10-12 laps under caution to start the race, now everybody's fuel window is mixed up. So I was told about three laps to pit and you have to start looking for guys to pit. Normally guys down the back straightaway give a great indication on when they're coming in and it looked like the 24 needed quite a bit of race track to get into the pits."
A TOUGH POINTS NIGHT.
"Yeah, we just have to smile about it and go to Chicago and race the best that we can. It's a bummer, but we've got good tracks coming up and we hope we don't have that bad of a day after this."
"A car slowed up to come in the pits and it seemed like they slowed up way too soon. There probably was communication, but it's hard when you're three cars back sliding around."
DID THE 42 COMMUNICATION ANYTHING?
"I don't know."
WHAT ABOUT MARK'S DAYTONA CAREER ENDING LIKE THIS?
"It's a bummer. It's sad. There are guys out there communicating and I'm sure there was communication. We're at a point in the corner where we're in corner mode. We're thinking about cornering and there are guys pitting, but they need to be down low waving and getting completely out of the way on the straightaway part, not the corner part. So it looked like the 24 needed plenty of time to get in the pits. That stacked the 42 up. The 42 probably knew he was pitting, the 10 didn't or he may have. Everybody just checked up like a slinky and everybody ran into one another. It's just a bummer deal. If we would have started the race under green conditions, it would have been a better shot at our window to pit. A lot of guys had to pit five laps early."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 36th)
"It just looked like Michael Waltrip cut a tire. I couldn't tell. He got sideways by himself, and I'm not sure what happened. It's unfortunate. I tell you what, we had a good car. We worked our way up into the top 10. We got up in there, I don't know where we were, 12th or 13th there. It's unfortunate. That's just part of restrictor plate racing though. It's just a roll of the dice to see what happens here."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Pennzoil Taurus (Finished 33rd)
"Our Pennzoil Platinum car worked really well up the middle. I had been following Jeff Burton there for a little while and that hole opened up and I stuck the nose in. I think Kevin knew I was coming or his spotter told him I was coming. He didn't think I was there yet and he just started to turn. I did everything I could right then. It was that last moment where I had already committed and we overlapped and had a big wreck. Man, we did not need this for our points, but, I'm telling you what, I learned a lot tonight. I think the next time we come back here we're gonna be fast. I learned a ton."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Finished 9th)
"It was alright. We ran up front all night and I was happy with that. At the end there we got four-wide and it just got real crazy on that last restart. Jeff Burton worked so good with me all day. I was trying to stay with him and somehow we got together and Kasey got four-wide and real sideways and that beat in the fender, so I had to pit at the end. That took us out of it a little bit, but we still came back to finish ninth, so it could have been worth."
MIGHT THINGS BE TURNING AROUND? EARLIER IN THE YEAR THAT TIRE WOULD HAVE GONE FLAT AND YOU MIGHT HAVE FINISHED 29TH INSTEAD OF 9TH.
"I hope so. I feel like the last four weeks things have been better. Obviously, we need to finish better than we're finishing to get back in this thing, but, on the other hand, some of the leaders had some trouble. The last three weeks we've gained a lot of points on first place, so we just have to keep working and try to get into the top 10 and try to take advantage when they have trouble because they're not gonna have trouble every week. I sure thought we could have run in the top five today, but I'm happy with a top 10."
NOTHING FOR THE 20 CAR TONIGHT.
"The 20 was in a class all by himself for some reason. The 48 couldn't even really run with him. The 48 was maybe second in class. The 42 was good at the end of a run. I could run with almost anybody, but not with 20. He was like the 8 car of the past."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 13th)
"We didn't qualify well. We didn't really race well. One thing the guys did was they didn't give up. They kept making adjustments and we came away with a 13th-place finish. That's not too bad to sneeze at. This car, we need to go test it I guess. We ran this car in the 500 and it ran fifth in the 125, but we just couldn't get the handle on it tonight. I don't know what the deal was. It got wrecked at Daytona in the 500 and we never got a chance to test it. I'm not really sure what was wrong with it, but we just missed the handling. It could have been a lot worse."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 5th)
"We're happy. You always want to try to win. I got myself in a position there to where we could get a good finish. I wanted to pull out and see what I could do, but it really wasn't worth it. I even stayed a little conservative there when the 48 got back to me and almost gave up fifth, but I was able to beat him back to the line. It was good teamwork. That's two fifths in a row and that's what we need if we're gonna try to make this chase, so I'm pretty happy."
BEING ON PIT ROAD WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT, DID THAT TURN THE TIDE FOR YOU?
"Yeah, that might show that things are turning for us that something like that happened. That got us in a position to lead a lap, so everything kind of worked to our favor. I still say that the Fords don't have a chance here. The Chevrolets are just too strong. They can drive by us, but we do what we can and make the most of it. Things are looking up, though."
YOU CASHED IN THE CASH REGISTER THE LAST TWO WEEKS.
"You kind of know that things are going your way when we made it on fuel mileage last week and then tonight we were on pit road for our green flag stop and the caution came out. That got Elliott and I up front and got me the opportunity to lead a lap, so everything is working pretty good right now."