DAVID RAGAN -- No. 06 Sharp Aquos Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) COULD THIS BE CLASSIFIED AS ONE OF THOSE LEARNING DAYS? "It better be. I've got to learn from stuff like this. If that were to happen more than once, there might not be more chances.
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 06 Sharp Aquos Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)
COULD THIS BE CLASSIFIED AS ONE OF THOSE LEARNING DAYS? "It better be. I've got to learn from stuff like this. If that were to happen more than once, there might not be more chances. I was just trying to race the 45 and I should have been racing the race track. That's what they preached to me all week long, but you get caught up when you're a little faster than the car in front of you. The racer just came out in me and all I wanted to do was pass him. I just got free up off of two and over-corrected it and that was basically it. It was my fault. I shouldn't have been trying to pass and race that hard that early. The car was a little free. We stopped once and made an adjustment, but it was gonna be an OK day and a learning day. It definitely was a learning experience, but I just didn't get 400 laps worth of learning. I just cut it short."
WAS THAT FIRST SPIN KIND OF A WELCOME TO NEXTEL CUP FROM ONE OF YOUR COMPETITORS? "Yeah, it might have been (chuckling). We were probably holding him up just a little and, like I said, we were free and he (Schrader) got a good run on me and welcomed me to the series. I'm not sore. I'll just keep on digging."
MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)
"We were a touch off, so when it happened we were not able to recover. It would have taken us longer to recover than it would have if we had been just a little quicker. We were just a whisker off and we were gonna get away with that until we got a lap down on that pit sequence. That's two races where we ran better than we finished, but we haven't had a disastrous finish. If we can go to Talladega and not wreck, we'd make all of that back up."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)
"We had a good car. We had older tires than everybody for some reason and that last set didn't like my car as much. We had a couple problems with the car. I messed up in the pit box and I was pretty pumped up that we were able to come back and pass the whole field for the lead. I just don't understand what we did there at the end. We gambled for fuel, but there was really no reason to gamble because we had the best car. Even if we would have lost two or three spots, we had the car to beat so I don't understand how we can run out of fuel on the last lap."
IS IT ONE OF THOSE NO-WIN SITUATIONS WHERE IF YOU PIT THEY STAY OUT AND IF YOU DON'T, THEY DO? "No, I mean the good call would have been to pit in hindsight. With the amount of laps we had -- almost 30 laps -- we probably should have pitted. Everybody pitted all day with 25 laps, but in the spring the race was won by staying out -- there were 10 cars that stayed out -- and this time everybody pitted except for two of us. Hindsight is always 20/20, but if we were questionable on fuel, it probably would have been the right thing to come and get tires and fuel, but it's easy to say now. You never know during the race."
YOU ONLY FELL TO 10TH. IS THAT ANY CONSOLATION? "No, there's no consolation in that at all for me (laughing). I thought we had the winning car. I tried to lose it for us and we were able to come back. Then we had some electrical problems in the car where we couldn't keep the right-front tire cool, and really that cost us on the pass for the lead, and then we miscalculated the fuel by that much, so it's pretty frustrating."
YOU HAD A GREAT RACE. "Yeah, it was a great race. I just wish I could have held on and finished second."
HOW WAS IT RACING BURTON? "It was fun. I was hogging a lot of the track and I was real tight. If I couldn't win, honestly, there's nobody else I'd rather see win the race. Jeff Burton is a great guy. He's a great friend of mine and I'm happy as can be that he won."
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PITTING OR NOT PITTING? "That's a hard decision to make. Right now do I agree with it? No. At the time, I thought more people would have stayed out. If six or seven of them would have stayed out with us, we probably would have held on, although we still would have run out of gas. I don't know the gas. Robbie and them guys know it. I don't know it. We had an extra caution for a buffer and everything and still ran out, so it's pretty frustrating."
IS THE DECISION DIFFERENT FROM A CHASE STANDPOINT OR TO WIN THE RACE? "I don't care if you're racing for points or not, you still should call the race to win and we just didn't get that done."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"It was a lot of fun. The first pit stop I was driving to a pit that was not mine. I don't know which one I was going for and then we got a little behind on pit road on that last stop, but I've got to say congratulations to Jeff Burton. He helped me a lot early in my career and it's cool to see him win. Thanks to Office Depot, Coca-Cola and everybody involved. It was a fun day."
-credit: ford racing