Homestead: Ford teams race quotes, notes

EDWARDS CAPS OFF MEMORABLE SEASON WITH NINTH VICTORY * Carl Edwards captured his 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and ninth of the season with today's win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. * The last time a Ford driver won...

EDWARDS CAPS OFF MEMORABLE SEASON WITH NINTH VICTORY

* Carl Edwards captured his 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and ninth of the season with today's win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

* The last time a Ford driver won nine NSCS races in a season was when Richard Petty did it in 1969.

* The most NSCS races won by a Ford driver in the modern era is 11 by Bill Elliott in 1985.

* Edwards is only the seventh driver in Ford Racing history to win at least 9 NSCS races in season. The others are: Ned Jarrett and David Pearson (twice each), Dick Hutcherson, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, and Bill Elliott. A complete breakdown follows below:

MOST NSCS FORD WINS IN A SEASON
16 by David Pearson in 1968
15 by Ned Jarrett in 1964
13 by Junior Johnson in 1965
13 by Ned Jarrett in 1965
11 by David Pearson in 1969
11 by Bill Elliott in 1985
9 by Carl Edwards in 2008
9 by Richard Petty in 1969
9 by Dick Hutcherson in 1965

* Ford has now won 592 all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

*        Today's win is the 11th of the season for Ford, tied for
first among manufacturers.  Chevrolet also had 11 wins while Toyota
posted 10 this year.  Dodge finished with four.

* This also marks the fifth straight season Roush Fenway Racing has won the Ford 400 (Biffle in 2004-06; Kenseth in 2007).

* Ford Racing is now 6-for-10 in NSCS races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 25th)

"We just decided to try and make it on fuel, so we just went slow. We had a really fast car. We just messed up on our bump-stop gaps and couldn't get it fixed until we got a caution in the middle of the race and then we had a good car, we just didn't have enough gas."

WAS THIS RACE A MICROCOSM OF YOUR SEASON -- NO GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU NEEDED IT. "Yeah, it doesn't matter which way we roll it. If we would have run hard, we wouldn't have won either. It just doesn't seem like we can do anything right. The car performed really well today. I'm happy about that, but we just can't seem to get things to go our way. The 99 can't do anything wrong and we can't do anything right. I don't understand how he can make power and still get that much better fuel mileage than us. I had such a big lead I was just riding around."

RELIEVED TO GET THIS SEASON OVER? "Not really. I love racing. For a couple of weeks it'll be alright and I'll probably get bored and wish I was back at the track trying to get this thing better. We've got to get this back to championship form. We're used to winning and running up front and we haven't been doing that, so we've got to figure out how to fix that. I'm ready to work on that and try to be back at the track and try to get doing better."

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JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (finished 3rd)

"That was good. I'm just amazed that Carl was able to get that kind of fuel mileage. That's incredible to have one of the fastest cars and get the best fuel mileage, a really good combination for him. But, it was a good night for our Crown Royal Ford Fusion. We had fast car, but the way the pit sequence worked out, we got shuffled back, and it wasn't because we had bad pit stops or because we did anything wrong, it's just the way it worked out."

HOW CLOSE WERE YOU ON FUEL? "We were still two laps short and I ran that whole last lap letting off, like, halfway down the straightaway. I'm just amazed that the 99 is able to get that good of mileage and still be one of the fastest cars on the track. It's incredible that they're able to do that. So, congratulations to him, and to Jimmie on winning the championship. I'm excited to have three third-place finishes in a row. That's very good for our tram."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ENDING THE SEASON WITH BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK THIRD-PLACE FINISHES? "It's makes you feel like you're going to start the next year the same way, and I don't think that ever in my career I had three top-fives in a row, so I'm really excited. It's the best I've probably ever run."

WHEN YOU'RE ON A RUN LIKE THIS, WOULD YOU RATHER RACE AGAIN NEXT WEEK, OR ARE YOU READY FOR A BREAK? "You want to race again -- and I am, I'm going to race my go-kart in Vegas this weekend. I don't know. On one hand I'd like to keep going because we're doing so well, but it will make for a solid winter."

ON CREW CHIEF LARRY CARTER. "Larry has just done an incredible job. He's what got us here tonight, because the way the pit sequence worked out, we got shuffled back, but he's done a great job."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (finished 12th)

"I'm proud for these guys. They did an awesome job today. We had a great car, made the right calls. Everything went well. We had a decent night, stayed out of trouble. We got a little off there once, but we kept fighting back and got it better and it was still off just a little bit. I mean, all in all, we had a good night."

ON GETTING A GOOD FINISH AFTER RUNNING WELL THROUGHOUT THE RACE. "It's important to these guys, especially where they're at, fighting for sponsorship and stuff. And it goes to show you that racing can turn around, and things can get better. I'm just proud for these guys. They deserve better. We had a decent night, and we'll take it and get out of here."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 18th)

"It wasn't really any fun. It seems like we've got to get the tire to have just a little bit more grip and make it a little racier, but we did pretty good with our car. Unfortunately, we're still not getting the fuel mileage that we need to be getting, so we had to stop like everybody else and get fuel. We thought about ducking in and getting a little gas there, but we worked so hard to get track position all day that we hardly wanted to give it up at the end and come in for a splash of gas. We figured there would be another caution and we'd be racing with two tires or something, but there was no caution. There were a lot of green-flag runs today. We ended up third in the points, so we're excited about that and we'll look forward to next year."

WERE YOU ON THE SAME STRATEGY AS THE 99? "We were on the same strategy as the 99 and we were seven laps short and the 99 made it. We were eight laps short at Texas and the 99 made it, so they just get a little bit better gas mileage than we get and we're gonna work this winter on trying to analyze a little bit on why they're getting a little better mileage than we are. Hopefully, next year we'll be getting a little better mileage."

THIRD IN POINTS THOUGH. "Yeah, you can't complain about that. The guys did a great job and 3M stuck with us all season and are on board for three more years with a new contract, so we're excited. We're gonna build on this 16 team and keep going."

WHAT ABOUT THE 48 WINNING THREE STRAIGHT? "It's impressive. That organization, you could see them today, they were down and then they were back and then they were down. They've really got it figured out through hard work and they're at the right place at the right time."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (finished 24th)

"We just ran out of gas coming to take the white. We had a winning car tonight. Our AAA Ford was fast. We had a little bobble on our last pit stop and lost some track position, but were able to drive back up into the top seven or eight, but it was just one of those things. We had 13th locked up and we went for it and were about a half-gallon short."

YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR YEAR? "Yeah, we made a lot of progress as a driver and a team. A lot of that credit goes to Jimmy Fennig and Jack Roush for putting together a good group of guys. We've had solid pit stops all year. Our race cars have been fast and nothing has fallen off of them, so it's just been a good, solid year. We look forward to improving that much more in 2009 for UPS."

YOU FINISHED MORE LAPS THAN ANYONE THIS YEAR. "Yeah, that's a cool little stat and that just goes to show you we've got good engines from Roush Yates Engines with no mechanical failure and just trying to be smart and fast. We qualified better, so we feel like we've picked it up some, but we still have a bit more work to do before we get to where we want to be every week."

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TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 All Sport Ford Fusion (finished 7th)

"We had a good car, but started off really loose. We qualified 19th, which wasn't a bad start for us, but at the start of the race we were just too loose and it took us half the race to get it to where we needed. We got a lap down and got the lucky dog and the run before we got that, the car came around good. The guys did a great job in the pits making the right adjustments and it kind of worked out for us. We were at the tail-end of the lead lap and we were really close to making it, so we topped off and were able to get it to the end. Even saving gas we passed a few cars right at the end, so it was a good car. We're really proud of our Yates team for the whole year."

A GOOD FEELING GOING INTO THE OFF SEASON? "Yeah, you always hate to end the year on a disappointing finish or a wreck, so now we've got all winter to build on it. This is a solid finish and it's the best run we've had in a long time, so it feels great."

-credit: ford racing

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