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Pocono Raceway

MATT KENSETH, No. 17 Affliction Clothing Live Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

“A top-10 finish is okay. I guess that is what you want to do on your bad days. We had about a top-10 car really. We didn’t break anything and had decent pit stops and a good strategy and got a decent finish out of it.”

Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

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DAVID RAGAN, No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)

“We made a few adjustments to our UPS Ford on Friday in the hopes we could make it a winning car. I felt like the first half of the race we weren’t too bad and we were able to drive into the top-10. I really didn’t want to see the last couple of cautions come out because our Ford was really fast on the long runs. Things just didn’t fall our way. I think if we had to do it all over again and knew those cautions were going to come out we would make a few more adjustments to our car. I am proud of our UPS team and we learned something today, not through the result we had, but that we had a race winning effort for a little while and we will come back for a second time later in the year so hopefully we learned for that.”

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GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 27th)

“The car was hard to drive but it wasn’t too bad I guess. We were able to move it up through the field but then I got too loose coming off of four and it got away from me and it spun. Unfortunately NASCAR didn’t throw a caution there and that is what killed us there.”

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion: (Finished 34th)

WHAT HAPPENED? “I had a vibration in third gear for about 25 laps and we tried to save it but we lost third gear and then trying to leave the pits in fourth gear we lost the clutch too. It is just a bad day.”

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SAM HORNISH JR., No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford (Finished 35th)

“Obviously that’s not how we wanted our day to go. The car was loose but we were working on trying to get it better when the oil line went. So obviously we lost a bunch of time in the garage getting that repaired. It’s disappointing, of course. But, it was good to be back in a Cup car this weekend and hopefully I’ll be back again soon.”

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CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Kellogg/Cheez-It Ford Fusion:

WHAT HAPPENED? “One of the valves got in an argument with something in the engine and lost. We broke one valve. We don’t think it is from an over rev or anything, we just think it was a parts failure. This is a great car and a great engine. We were running really well and I was babying the engine a little bit and not shifting too much. It is just one of those things. Sometimes things break. The good news is that we haven’t had to deal with this very much with this FR9 engine. Doug Yates and those guys have done such a good job with this engine that I don’t end up in the garage watching them work on it very often at all.”

Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING? “No, there was no warning at all, it just went. Before the race we talked so much about not over revving the engine and not breaking the transmission and all these things. It is just a coincidence I believe that we broke something.”

YOU DON’T THINK THE SHIFTING HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT? “No, I don’t think that had anything to do with it. I was trying really hard to be easy on the engine and only shifting in one and two and I was short shifting into fourth. I didn’t want to over rev it. That is racing I guess. What good is the point lead if you don’t use it? We are using it today and we are going to need every bit we can to get out of here with the lead today.”

BOB TALKED A LOT BEFORE THE RACE AND REFERENCED ‘IF NOTHING GOES WRONG’ “This track is very taxing on everything. Our engines have been just flawless for awhile. Every once in a while you are going to have a failure and we have been running well enough that hopefully we can absorb the failure. If this is the worst thing that happens all year, then that is fine. We will keep going. Michigan is going to be great. We are going to try to get the Kellogg’s Ford Fusion back out there for the points. There might be one or two points we can gain.”

-source: ford racing

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