Fontana II: Ford teams race quotes

ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Finished 41st) "It was my spotter's fault. He didn't tell me somebody was on the outside and I drifted up. I had the 41 on the inside. I saw him, but I never saw Bowyer come around the outside. ...

ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Finished 41st)

"It was my spotter's fault. He didn't tell me somebody was on the outside and I drifted up. I had the 41 on the inside. I saw him, but I never saw Bowyer come around the outside. About the time I hit Bowyer, he was like, 'Somebody is on the outside.' I was like, 'It's too late.' I had a good race car. It was really good 10 laps in. We weren't very good for the first 10. We were too loose, but once the tire temperatures got up and stuff got going, we were fine. That last run there we almost passed Tony for 10th, so we could easily run in the top 10. It's just unfortunate that we're gonna take a big hit in the points like this today."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)

WITH ALL YOU WENT THROUGH TONIGHT, 17TH IS NOT TOO BAD. "Yeah, we just missed the setup again. It's frustrating. I don't know what it is, but we'll keep working on it. We've only got a few more races with these cars anyway, but we'll keep working at it."

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JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Sharp AQUOS Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)

"We haven't finished without me running into the wall in about five weeks, so it wasn't a bad night. The car was really fast in the beginning and then we didn't keep up with the track or didn't make the right adjustments, but Larry did really well making some good pit calls and kept us on the lead lap, and then made some good decisions and the car was about as good as it was all night at the end."

HOW WAS THE HEAT FOR YOU TONIGHT? "All the cautions really helped in the beginning. If it would have gone green at the beginning, it would have been really hot, but it wasn't that bad."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

"We had a great car. Other than my mistakes speeding on pit road and blending a little too early, we might have had a car that could have finished in the top five or contend for a win, but just a small mistake hurt us like that."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SPEEDING PENALTY? "I just gassed it a little too early. We had a good stop and when you're right there on the speed limit going down pit road, and if you hit it just a split-second too early, it reflects on your speed there at that last mark and that's where we got busted at."

HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE HEAT? "Not bad. I had an ice pack the first half of the run and then just a lot of water throughout the run, but once the sun goes down it's 100 percent better. When you have a good handling car, you kind of forget about the heat."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 R&L Carriers Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)

"No matter where you finish, unless you win, you always hope for better, but it was kind of frustrating. We took off at the beginning of the race and pretty much drove to the front and thought we had a pretty competitive car and as the track changed and the day went on, we just kept getting farther and farther off and couldn't figure it out."

HOW DID YOU HANDLE THE HEAT? "It wasn't really bad until my alternator went out and then I had to shut all my fans and blowers and air conditioners off and then it got pretty toasty."

AT WHAT POINT DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT? "With about 90 to go."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jim Beam