ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 42nd) - "I'm in great shape actually. We just blew a right-front. I don't know why - if I ran over something or what. I was just going into turn one and there was no warning at all. It just let...
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 42nd) -
"I'm in great shape actually. We just blew a right-front. I don't know why - if I ran over something or what. I was just going into turn one and there was no warning at all. It just let go and hit the wall really hard, but I seem to be OK. The seat did its job. The head restraint did its job. I couldn't get out of the car like I wanted to when it was on fire, so that hatch can't come quick enough. I'll be really glad when we put a hatch in that 38 car, but I want to tell everybody at home I'm OK and I hope we'll get 'em next week."
A LOT OF GUYS HAVE HAD TIRE PROBLEMS THIS WEEKEND. "I don't know. We'll have to get back and look at it. It didn't give me any warning at all. We've seen a few right-front problems this weekend, but we don't really know. I don't think the camber was too much. That's something we really worked on yesterday and that's something Todd's good at, so I could have just run over something. I didn't even have that many laps on that set of tires, so it shouldn't have blown that soon. I probably ran over something, but we'll get back and look at it and hope for better luck next week."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 40th) -
"We're OK. We had something going bad from the get-go with it and it finally went, so it's kind of a bummer deal."
YOU COULD SEE THE OIL ALL OVER THE INSIDE OF THE CAR. WHAT WAS CAUSING IT? "My oxygen reading wasn't all that hot inside there either. It's just a bummer deal. I don't know what went wrong and we never really got it fixed."
IS THAT THE FASTEST YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN OUT OF A RACE CAR? "Yeah, we've been practicing it. I actually practiced it here at the test at Kansas. Maybe I should have knocked on wood while I was doing it."
WHEN YOU SEE OIL IN THE CAR DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE TAKING A CHANCE BY CONTINUING? "I know that I've got trust in my crew to fix it and that's the only thing that a driver can do. That's what we were trying to do is fix it."
THE FLAMES WERE COMING IN THE CAR PRETTY STRONG. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? "I've blown a lot of motors but I've never really had a fire inside the car. The spotter said to stop in turn two. I got the window net down and got my helmet hose pulled, and I was able to get out of the car."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 10th) -
"We just had a good, steady run all day. Track position was important and we finally got it near the end of the race. We had some smart calls in the beginning by putting four tires on and our strategy finally got us up front when we needed it at the right time."
WHAT WAS THE KEY? "We came in and topped off and put on four tires. We were one of the only few that did that, so we ran a few laps and the caution came back out. We couldn't make it on fuel and do what Newman did, so we had to come back in. We just came in and did a gas-and-go while just about everybody else had to put on tires, but we had put on tires just before that." A TOP 10 FINISH. "Yeah, it's just a good, solid run again. We've been running really well in recent weeks and this is just a continuation of that. We need to be better, but it was a solid top-10 run."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 36th) -
"It's been a tough week really. It started last week breaking an engine and then this week I wrecked the first lap on the track. Ultimately, this weekend was 80 or 90 percent my fault. We didn't really have our backup car prepared properly. We kind of took some time off the track (during practice) and got us in the back, but when we did wreck I still don't really know what happened. I saw Michael wrecking and I went a little lower to miss him and instead of just staying on the gas and going by him, I thought I'd slow up a little bit more in case he came down the track. The next thing I knew the thing just spun out on me. I wasn't even going fast, so I'm kind of puzzled with what happened."
EVERYBODY SAID YOU HADN'T HAD ANY BAD LUCK ALL YEAR, BUT THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS YOU HAVE. "Yeah, we've had a couple tough weeks, that's for sure. A lot of times you create your own luck. Last week, breaking an engine wasn't bad luck, it was poor decisions. This week, it wasn't really bad luck it was poor driving by me and poor decisions with the car, so I can't really blame it on luck. We're doing it to ourselves."
IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. "Yeah, it can always be worse. We're walking out of here and we get to go to Charlotte next week. I'm looking forward to going there and, hopefully, do a better job there."
WAS THE BACKUP CAR NOT AS GOOD AS THE PRIMARY? "There was nothing wrong with the car, we just didn't get much time with it. We weren't prepared properly. We haven't ever been in this position before to have to use the backup and this car wasn't ready for this track, it was ready for a short track. That took about an hour-and-a-half of track time away from us that we really could have used to get this car figured out."
WAS THIS BOUND TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE YEAR ENDED? "I don't know if you ever think it's bound to happen, but I've been saying all along that the thing is not over and you could have bad luck at anytime and things could go wrong at anytime. I realize how fast everything can change on you in this sport and we just have to keep our chin up and do the best we can. We still are in pretty good position for the rest of the year, we just have to go and run hard."
WHAT ABOUT CHARLOTTE? "It's water over the dam. Next week is a different week. You've just got to go there and concentrate on one week at a time."
THE TEAM GOT THE CAR BACK OUT THERE. "Yeah, they did a great job of fixing everything. It's too bad I got them in that position, but they did a good job of getting us back out there." SO YOU JUST KEEP YOUR CHIN UP? "We've just got to go and take it one week at a time and run the best we can. As a group we've made some mistakes, especially me as the driver this week and we just need to go correct that and be smarter and do a better job and get back to running up front."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 20th) -
"I just spun it out running 14th and finished 20th. We ran better than I thought we were going to, but that was about all we were gonna do. I wish we would have run 14th instead of 20th, but we just had a tangle."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ACCIDENT WITH JOHNNY? "I got on the outside of him coming off of four and he started coming up and I knew he wasn't gonna leave me room. I rolled out of the throttle and still caught him with the left-front. I hate it that Johnny wrecked. I did let off, but I didn't let off soon enough because I thought he was gonna leave me room out there because I was out there. It caught right in the left-front corner. I was up there. It was late and we needed to go and I waited a long time for him to leave me room and we tangled. The guys did a great job with the car. We were a 35th-place car here all weekend and we raced about 15th, so I'm sorry we finished about 20th."
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Finished 11th) -
"It was a great run for the National Guard Ford. We were up and down all day with the car being tight and then loose, but Gary worked on it and got it pretty good at the end. I drove my butt off the last 20 to get those spots. It was a great day for us. We needed this. This is a great team. We're probably not considered one of the better teams but we are. We've just got to get our act together every week like this. We can run up front, we've just got to do it."
WHAT WAS THE KEY TO YOUR DAY? "We probably pitted more than most guys. When the next-to-last yellow came out the car was just terrible so Gary made some more adjustment and got it back. We went from 20th to 11th on that last green, so we did what we had to do."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 12th) -
"I was trying to figure out what was wrong with the car. It was doing crazy stuff. It would be loose, tight, loose, tight and I couldn't drive it. Guys would get in front of me and it would get worse. I fought it all day and then we got to talking a little bit and we finally got the car to come alive. We adjusted some wedge and spring rubbers and things. We got it going at the end. I wish it would have been another couple hundred miles. I think we had a top five car, we just needed to adjust it into the top five."
A SOFTER RIGHT-FRONT TIRE FOR YOU GUYS HERE. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? "I didn't really notice much difference compared to the tire that we had run here last year. I drove the 55 here last year, but this tire seemed OK today. It was just tough to get a hold of that race track all day and the guy that did won."
YOU GOT YOUR LAP BACK TODAY. "Yeah, I got it back twice. It's just one of those things that can go either way. Last week at Talladega it didn't work out for me. I could have finished in the top five and gained some rookie points, but they don't give it back with less than 10 to go. So it hurt me last week and helped me this week."