MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Carhart Ford Fusion -- (finished 5th) "We got the sun today and I felt a little bit better about it. We were just off all weekend. We really didn't get enough practice time to figure out what we needed to fix. We really ...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Carhart Ford Fusion -- (finished 5th)
"We got the sun today and I felt a little bit better about it. We were just off all weekend. We really didn't get enough practice time to figure out what we needed to fix. We really struggled with it all day, but we had a great day on pit road and Chip [Bolin, crew chief] made a lot of good adjustments and we tried to get it better and we were able to salvage a good finish."
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU AND CARL BOTH HAD GOOD HORSEPOWER TODAY. "Yeah, when you run through the corners fast, they run down the straightaways fast. So Doug Yates and those guys always do a great job on engines. That certainly wasn't a concern of mine at all today. I just couldn't get through the corners."
YOU MADE IT UP TO THE FRONT, AND THEN I GUESS YOU GOT A LITTLE LOOSE? "Yeah, we worked our way up there a little bit and the farther toward the front we got, the more clean air we got, the looser the car became. We had a really good pit stop and really drove hard up there. Ryan was on two tires to get our bonus points then after that, we were too loose to hang with the good guys today."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE GETTING THROUGH THIS WEEK? "I'm glad it's over. To me, it seems like it was longer than Michigan last year when we raced on a Tuesday or whatever. It was really tough because I wasn't in a Nationwide car and there was a lot of down time with no practice."
YOU WERE ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMERS; TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AS THE RACE SETTLED IN? "I think we got a little better, I don't think we were ever one of the top four or five cars were. The guys did great pit stops and made great adjustments and it's just about what we had. We had about a fifth- to 10th-place car and they figured out how to bring it home fifth."
HOW ABOUT THESE FORDS HERE? "They always run good. I like driving a Ford everywhere, so it's great that Carl [Edwards] won, it's great for Bob Osborne [No. 99 crew chief] and those guys. They did a great job."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA/Southern California Insurance Ford Fusion (finished 14th)
"It just feels good to get this race in. I feel like our AAA Ford was probably a little better than a 14th-place finish. I thought we had a top-10 car for most of the day, and then track position, we just weren't in the right place at the right time. There were a lot of guys taking two tires. We could get stretched out long enough, just couldn't get caught back up. The car was pretty good, and certainly we could make it a little better. But, it's good to get some points back after Daytona. We'll just have to move on to Las Vegas."
ALL OF ROUSH FENWAY RACING RAN PRETTY WELL FOR MOST OF THE DAY. "It just shows that we have put a lot of effort into our Car of Tomorrow program, certainly for this year. We had a pretty successful test out here and in Vegas, so hopefully that will show up. And, like I said, we've been working hard because this is the future of Cup racing. It's good to get a race in out here in California after waiting here for four days."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 15th)
IF THE CHASE IS A MARATHON, WAS THIS THE FIRST MARATHON RACE? "This was a marathon California race, for sure. It felt like the 24 Hours of Daytona or something. We ended up with a 15th-place finish; not where we wanted, but it will be a good start to the season."
MANY HAVE SAID THAT THIS WILL THE FIRST REAL TEST FOR THE NEW CAR. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE IT? "It went fairly well. I don't think we did very good, but the car did fairly good."
YOU WERE QUITE PLEASED WITH YOUR CAR YESTERDAY, SO IS A 15TH-PLACE FINISH A DISAPPOINTMENT? "Oh, yeah. I don't know what happened. The 99 wasn't very good last night, he was so-so and we were really good, and then the weather just swapped it."
THE WEATHER DIFFERENCE FROM LAST NIGHT TO TODAY MADE THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE? "Oh, yeah. It was just hot and sunny, couldn't get a hold of the track. It was too loose. We just missed it today."
ROUSH FENWAY RACING DID WELL AS A GROUP TODAY. COULD THAT BE AN INDICATOR OF THE SEASON, OR IS IT TOO EARLY TO TELL? "Too early to tell.
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (finished 17th)
"We're excited. Our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion was good all day. It was a challenge after making all the adjustments from last night and then having to take them out for today. But, we're real, real happy, and I'm real proud of the guys. I thought like we were competitive all day, and that's important for us. We were never really, really in jeopardy of going a lap down. I'm just real proud of the guys. Our pit stops got much better there at the end, and I think as a whole Yates Racing showed a lot promise today, and that's what we need to do to get more sponsors."
COULD THIS TRACK BE USED AS AN INDICATOR FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? "I'm very happy. Like I said, we were very competitive, we learned a lot. There's a lot of things that we weren't exactly 100-percent sure what I needed as a driver, my feel and stuff. We have a lot of options right now on the car, and I think we're going to put a lot of things in the car to go to Vegas, and I think that's going to really help us out in Vegas. So, I'm really excited. I thought like our test was actually better at Vegas than it was here at California, so I'm real, real excited and proud of the guys. Cully Barraclough [crew chief] called a great race, and it was just a great day."
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