GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard Taurus DID YOU SEE THE WRECK DEVELOP? "No, I didn't see it develop. I saw the aftermath. I didn't really see it developing. My spotter saw it real early. They told me to 'Back it down, back it down,' and...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard Taurus
DID YOU SEE THE WRECK DEVELOP?
"No, I didn't see it develop. I saw the aftermath. I didn't really see it developing. My spotter saw it real early. They told me to 'Back it down, back it down,' and then a big wreck. I was trying to slow it down as much as I could. I thought I had it all missed, but somebody ran into the back of me in the left-rear quarter and shoved me into the 48, and then more guys kept piling in there. We did all we could do to try and keep the fenders on it. In a wreck like that, you get wrecked from behind, not from in front. It's unfortunate. We had a decent car. We think maybe we got a bad set of tires or something. Couldn't get it to go on one set of tires and got a lap down, but a pretty decent car overall."
HOW BAD WAS THE WRECK?
"Oh, man. It was terrible. It was one of the worst wrecks that I've been in in Nextel Cup racing, so far. It wasn't bad, like anybody got hurt I don't believe or anything, but it just involved a lot of cars, and nobody could do anything."
ON THE WRECK AFTER THE LONG CAUTION PERIOD.
"That was tough. I don't know what happened there. I'm sure it could be confusing with the leader hitting and making a caution and going straight through. I'm not sure how it all transpired."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 "Keep It Genuine" Taurus
ON HELPING RYAN NEWMAN.
"He was out of gas. Our spotter said to push him. I didn't think about it."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BIG ACCIDENT.
"We got in that wreck, but what really hurt us, we had a cracked wheel, a broken wheel. They put a wheel on and it and it vibrated right from the start, and I rode around a little while and had to come in. That's where we lost all the time at. It was a decent run. We were running about 13th, 15th before we started having trouble. The cracked wheel, that got it started, and we just never recovered, and we got in the wreck."
MORE ON THE END OF HIS DAY.
"The car was beat up pretty badly in the front end. They couldn't fix it with the amount of laps left in the race. So, all we could do was try to ride around. We could ride around slow under caution, the guys that got wrecked, you know, we might be able to pick up some spots."
PAT TRYSON, Crew Chief - No. 6 Viagra Taurus
"It's been a long day. The Viagra Ford Taurus was awesome all day. We were a little bit off in the beginning. Mark did an awesome job, and just feels good to go to Victory Lane."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus
"We had a top-10 car. We didn't have a fourth-place car, we had a top-10 car. We ran top-10 all day. We gaining, but we still need to get better. We're working real hard on a lot of stuff, and most definitely are making process. We got more than what we deserved today. It's a little disappointing we couldn't make a stronger run there at the end. Fortunately, we got ourselves in position to win the race, but the last two runs my car wouldn't run at all. I don't know why it was so loose. But, I'm proud of the effort, and we certainly had some luck on our side today, and for all the bad luck we've had this year, we definitely had some luck today."
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FINISHING IN THE TOP-FIVE, AND NO SPONSOR.
"It's important for us to run well, period, decal on the car or no decal on the car, it's important for us to run well. We believe in ourselves, we know we can do it. We just got ourselves behind and now we're fighting a lot of stuff. Hopefully, if we get a sponsor a lot of that stuff will go away."
HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO THE BIG WRECK?
"Oh, man. I was right in the middle of the blown motor. Just got lucky. Just really had a lucky break there, and then I was right in the middle of the big wreck where they wrecked going down the back straightaway, too. So we had some fortune on our side for missing those two wrecks. Like I said, we had about a 10th-place car today, and ended up fourth."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus
"It paid off for a decent finish. Once again, we just can't get the chassis right. We can't go fast on new tires. We're not bad after 20 laps, but you lose so much time in that time. It's unfortunate that many cars got torn up, we couldn't get a top-10 out of that. But, we worked hard and they kept adjusting on the car. We did make it better, we just couldn't get it as good as it needed to be."
WERE YOU IN THAT BIG WRECK?
"No. I was never in any of the wrecks. I don't know that I have a scratch on my car, other than touching the wall coming off a corner one time. No, they were right in front of me, but I was lucky enough to get slowed down enough to miss them."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW.
"Our Taurus was great. This Viagra team's just been making better and better race cars. I told you guys at Charlotte we had something, and then the doggone ignition went out twice and messed that all up. They said we'd come up here and win, but that's a fairy tale story, man. It doesn't usually work out that way. Kasey was incredibly fast And, Pat just made a gutsy call to try and go for it. I'll bet you if we pitted and put tires on, I'll bet you I'd have hit the oil, too. I mean, it was meant to be today for us."
HOW ABOUT THE RE-STARTS?
"Our car was right, and I told Pat, he knew I liked those tires, and he knew the next set I might not like as good. I told him that was the best the car's been all day, when I was running second the Kasey there. It's just a great, great day. Those Goodyears, they just ran forever, they keep backing up the times. We had a long-range setup on the thing. This team has done it, man. I can't tell you what it's like to race for 25th, but it's not any fun. These guys have moved me up into the top-10, and we're gonna keep fighting. We've had a lot of problems this year, but we still want to make that top-10 at the cut. I know we've got a lot of work cut out for us, but these guys are going to do it."