Ford teams Daytona Shootout race quotes

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DAVID RAGAN – No. 34 MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford Fusion

“Everybody was real racy and I just got into the back of Menard. You get a good run and you’re pushing a little bit and I guess he was pushing whoever was in front of him and when you’ve got the meat in between the sandwich you usually get wrecked. If I would have known that he was pushing the car in front of him, I probably could have backed off a little bit, but just probably pushing a little too hard.”

Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MEANS FOR THE 500? “I think everyone knows that if we can push for a little bit the cars will go faster, but you can’t push three and four cars all together. I think running in a big pack you have to be more aware of that second and third car in front of you and then the chain reaction. If I would have known Menard was hooked to the bumper of whoever was in front of him, I believe it was Harvick, I probably could have let off a little bit, but I didn’t know they were that close and caused a big mess.”

HAS NASCAR ACCOMPLISHED ITS GOAL OF ELIMINATING TWO-CAR DRAFTING? “Oh yeah, NASCAR definitely accomplished their goal. We can’t run together very long at all, unless we’re overheating, so, yeah, I think a lap or two is really about all.

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MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion

“I think the 20 spun out or somebody spun the 20 out. I really don’t know because I thought I had the wreck cleared and then I got hit from behind and just kind of turned into the fence.”

DOES THIS TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT WE’LL SEE IN THE 500? “Yeah, I think this is pretty much exactly like it was before the two-car tandem. This is kind of like what pack racing is, except we’re going quite a bit faster. The car has quite a bit of grip and we’re going really fast, the closing rate is really fast, so it’s about what I expected.”

DID NASCAR ACHIEVE IT’S GOAL BY SWITCHING THE PACKAGE? “That’s hard for me to say because I don’t know what their goal was exactly. Certainly, if the goal was to get rid of the two-car tandem, it seemed to do that pretty good. This is pretty much how the racing used to be, except we’re going a lot faster. There’s a lot of grip here with that big plate, but that’s pretty much how the racing was before the evolution of the two-car tandem.”

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GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

"It’s too bad because we had a really, really fast car. Right there at the end the 11 turned the 15 sideways and just stopped our whole line, but I learned a little bit for the 500. I think this is what you’ll see – the same thing.”

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CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion

“It was okay, and with this style of racing you just never know what’s gonna happen. I did the best I could and I thought we were gonna have a shot at it at the end, but it’s just tough. We’ll be all right.”

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