Ford Teams Charlotte Race Quotes

Charlotte Motor Speedway

DAVID STARR – No. 95 Jordan Truck Sales.com Ford Fusion

“This was a great weekend. I’m just honored and blessed to be driving this Ford Fusion. It was awesome out there. We just wanted to get to the end and learn a lot. We raced with a lot of good cars and made a lot of changes, but it was just hard racing out there. I think some of the other people out there weren’t running very good, and I guess they just took it out on us. Wally Rogers, Doug Yates, Bob Leavine, Sharon Leavine, all the people involved, are just awesome. We weren’t gonna win the race or run in the top 10, but we were learning a whole lot. The car was getting better every pit stop and the team was getting better every lap. Our goal was just to make sure we got to the finish and it’s just disappointing. It hurts my feelings that we’re sitting in here, but it was just one of those racing things. This is a great series with the best drivers in the world, but things like that happen. I’m just disappointed it happened to us tonight, but we’ll leave the race track with our heads held high and fix our cars and come back for the next race. I’m really blessed and excited to be here. It was a big honor to race in the Coca-Cola 600 even though it ended up like this.”

...These cars are pretty aero-sensitive...

David Gilliland

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DAVID GILLILAND – No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion

“Getting into turn three on the restart, Carl made it three-wide getting down into three. I was trying to give everybody room and Mark was on my right side. These cars are pretty aero-sensitive and I just got loose. I tried to chase it up the track and there was nowhere to go, so it’s an unfortunate ending to a long night. It’s just a bad deal that we’re tore up and they’re tore up, but we’ll just go on.”

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AJ ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion

“Our fuel mileage wasn’t that good, so that whole last run we were saving. It was funny because the fuel numbers kept changing because we were 10 laps short, then we were two laps short, and then we were gonna run out coming to the checkered. At that point, I was happy when it stayed green and made it on fuel, and then on that last restart we came in and were just hanging out that point. You just hope you don’t get into guys that run out of fuel. I had a great restart and split the middle. The 31 just completely ran out and the 99 got into him. I checked up and it was pretty insane.”

WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? “You were just hoping two or three more laps would be run at that point, but a top five is way better than we’ve been on a mile-and-a-half all year. The U.S Air Force Ford was quick all day. Track position was so key. We showed once we got up there and ran second or third that nobody could run with us, except the 9 and the 99, so we’ll take it.”

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CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

“We were great, but it was just a track position game. By chance, everything that we did ended up being bad for track position. We were loose at the wrong times and I made some moves out there that put us in some spots that set us back, but that’s racing. I thought there at the end with all the fuel I saved that we were gonna be in a really good spot, but somebody ran out of fuel on the restart and everybody just clobbered everyone. I think if we would have had a chance to race for it, we would have been looking pretty good.”

THAT LAST 100 MILES PLAYED A ROLE TONIGHT DIDN’T IT? “This is a neat race. I really like running it. At the end of the day, the guys we’re racing in the points had worse luck than we did and that’s racing.”

Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

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MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 DeWalt Ford Fusion

“I’m just really proud of my DeWalt team tonight. We had a really fast car. We really ran at the front and led some laps, so it was an awesome experience to be a part of, but it just didn’t go our way. We had a loose wheel and got off sequence, but we fought and fought and got ourselves back up into a good top-10 finish.”

WAS IT A LONG NIGHT? “It was a long night. That’s the longest race I’ve ever been a part of, I can tell you that, without switching drivers around. It’s just a big thrill to finish one. This is my third try and I hadn’t finished one, so I’m proud of my team and proud of our record.”

A GOOD NIGHT FOR RPM? “Awesome. AJ and I are getting on great. We’re racing well together. It’s our best finish as a team this year and I think it’s a sign of things to come.”

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RICKY STENHOUSE, JR. – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion

“That was interesting. We were really tight to begin with and just lost a lot of track position and got down a couple of laps. I hit the wall a couple of times and then Donnie made a good call and got us to take the wavearound when we were two laps down, the caution came back out and it worked out great for us. After that, we just kept working away at it. We kept freeing it up and it finally started coming around. We were really good for 15 laps and we could especially pass guys on the outside. Then we’d kind of taper off and slow down, but we were close on fuel and decided to come. We only lost three spots by coming and then we gained a lot with everybody running out, so it worked out. Donnie definitely did a great job and I’m just glad I got this opportunity.”

HOW DID THIS LIVE UP TO WHAT YOU THOUGHT? “It was everything I thought it was gonna be. The 600 miles didn’t seem too bad. I still feel pretty good, so that’s good. Our trainer at the shop must be working me out pretty good.”

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , David Gilliland
Tags ford, sprint cup