GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 3rd) "Track position was everything. We weren't getting the fuel mileage our teammates were and we had to come down pit road. The lap traffic was so tough to deal with today and my...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"Track position was everything. We weren't getting the fuel mileage our teammates were and we had to come down pit road. The lap traffic was so tough to deal with today and my car got a little aero tight once I back there, but it really hurts to give them away like this. You don't get cars like this very often, but those were the cards we were dealt. There was nothing we could do and that was the decision we had to make. It's unfortunate. The National Guard car was really strong today and the guys did a great job in the pits. There were no mistakes on the race track today, there just wasn't enough time."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 6th)
"I was disgusted with myself. I made a mistake coming off of two with somebody behind me. It was the same thing I did at Michigan and California, but we rebounded well to survive today. We had about a 10th-place car, maybe 12th or maybe eighth, but with the pit sequence and the fuel strategy that my car had, we were able to pull out in front and maintain that position at the end of the race when it counts."
HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS HOW YOU'VE DONE SO FAR? "It's a good start. This was the fourth race and a pivotal race for us, just to make sure that we got it under our belt cleanly and that we could have the setup that would help us get to the front."
YOU LOOK SO CONSISTENT. "It was a great finish. We rebounded well from the problem and I'm disgusted with myself for making that mistake again - spinning off of two and luckily not hitting anything, so we survived. We just had the fuel strategy that brought us up to the front. Otherwise, we were about a 12th-place car."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 17th)
"We just ran terrible all day, really. We just got lapped that one run and got lucky and got a quick caution to get that lap back. We just didn't run good. We probably should have pitted the second-to-last caution to try and get some track position back, but we just never could get running."
HOW MUCH DID THE DAMAGE ON PIT ROAD HURT EARLY ON? "Not much. We just really missed it all day. We just ran bad all day. We got lapped that one run and worked to get our lap back and got back on the lead lap. There were two cautions where we probably should have pitted and we stayed out and that hurt us. We had to pit with 13 to go and there just wasn't time to get back up there. We just didn't have a good car. We just weren't balanced all day. It was just really difficult to drive."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep it Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 2nd)
I THOUGHT YOU HAD HIM? "I did too. We had to come from a long way back. The restart before that somebody wrecked us and hit us in the back end and turned us sideways and I didn't think we could come back. We were coming back and all of a sudden the caution came out and we got lined up good. I got hung up with the 23 car on the inside. The guys got me on the break and I made up a lot of ground. The car was very, very fast. Michael McSwain and everybody did a great job on this Motorcraft Ford today. Man, this is just like a win. I would have loved to have won it. We gave it all we had. I wasn't gonna take a cheap shot at Joe because I know he was hungry too. It was just a great day. I can't say enough. Man, I'm just excited about having a good race car under me again."
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST LAP OR TWO? "I got under him, but I broke loose and slipped. If I didn't check up a little bit, I probably would have taken him and I both out. I said I would just re-group and make another run at him. I made another run at him coming to the finish line, but I just ran out of laps."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 4th)
"It's a great points day for us. We needed to turn the momentum around. We've had two bad weeks in a row and we said if we could come here and Charlotte and get two top fives, we could get our program back to where we need to have it and back in this points contention. It was great. I had a lot of fun racing Ricky and that old 21 car. That was pretty cool. I let him go there at the end and wanted him to get that 01 car. That would have been cool for the Wood Brothers, but it was a great, great run for all of us. I'm really proud of my guys and we'll go to Charlotte."
PIT STRATEGY PLAYED IN YOUR FAVOR. "Yeah, that's why Todd is the man. We had great pit strategy. We had like an eighth or ninth place car all day and we stayed out and got the right cautions. He made the right call and the Wizard of Oz/Pedigree car did pretty good." YOU'VE HAD SOME BAD LUCK OF LATE. "We've had some bad luck at Talladega and at Dover, where we had some problems. We've kind of dug ourselves a hole, but this race isn't over with. I know Kurt Busch and his guys are doing a great job and he's staying out front, but we've got to try to beat him every single week. We can't wait for them to have hard luck. We've got to try to beat him every single week and put ourselves in that position like we did today. We'll keep trying to do that."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 20th)
"We had a top-five car there. It was really a wasted day or a wasted effort by everybody based on not having enough gas mileage to be able to do it there at the end. We had a good enough car. It was really strong on the long runs and we just got 100 cautions there at the end. We were never gonna make up the track position that we had to give up. We were gonna get back to the top 10 if it would have gone green for 50 laps at the end, but it didn't happen."
WAS THE CUT TIRE THE TURNING POINT OF YOUR DAY? "Yeah, that got us behind. I would assume that the same trouble would have happened to us on the gas mileage though."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Finished 22nd)
YOU SPUN EARLY BUT DIDN'T HIT ANYTHING. "Yeah, it was really loose and then somebody got on the outside of me there and it got really loose. I thought, 'Man, I'm not even gonna try to save this.' It's probably the only place on the race track where you can go ahead and spin out and not hit anything. That set us back a little bit, but we were definitely a 20th or a 25th-place car all day. It was just too loose."
YOU SAID THE CAR WAS TOO EVIL AT ONE POINT. "Yeah, when you're trying to drive down in the corner and the rear end tries to pass the front end, it's just hard to go real fast. These guys are all so good that if you're off just a little bit, it looks like you're really slow. We were off more than a little bit, so we were really slow. But to come out 22nd with a backup car, that was awesome. That was a good run for us."
A GOOD EXPERIENCE? "Oh yeah. The experience was great. The fans are the greatest here. They welcomed me so warmly. I had fun going dirt racing. The one thing my crew chief said was, 'Now you know the difference between our best car and our not-so-good car,' so that's a good lesson to learn."