Michigan: Ford teams race quotes

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Carhartt/DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 42nd) THE CAR IS WRECKED EVERYWHERE BUT THE TOP. WHAT HAPPENED? "I'm surprised it's not wrecked worse, really. It took some hard hits there. I guess a couple of cars got together up ...

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Carhartt/DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 42nd)

THE CAR IS WRECKED EVERYWHERE BUT THE TOP. WHAT HAPPENED? "I'm surprised it's not wrecked worse, really. It took some hard hits there. I guess a couple of cars got together up front from what I heard -- I don't know, I haven't seen it, and I was just coming off the corner there and went two-wide and Martin slowed up a little bit. I just barely got in the back of him, and he got a little sideways and I had to get out of the gas. We were both going to be okay, and then I got hit from behind, and then everybody just came piling off in there. It's just one of them things that you get caught up in. I try to stay out of all the wrecks, but you can never miss them all."

UP UNTIL NOW, YOU WERE THE ONLY DRIVER IN THE SERIES TO HAVE COMPLETED EVERY LAP. SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER, RIGHT? "Yeah. I mean, we do the best we can. They build reliable equipment and we try to keep our nose clean the best we can, but, heck, you can't stat out of all of them."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (finished 11th)

"I tried to figure out what I need here, and I think I've got a good idea now, if we can just get it. We need to do a little bit more work, and get the car turning better and keep it hooked up up off, there's where we seem to be losing our time."

BEING AT A TRACK THAT YOU'VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS, DID THAT HELP IN THIS INFORMATION GATHERING? "It took probably third of the way into the race, but at least by that last green run I kind of got an idea of kind of what I was looking for."

WHAT DOES ONE SPOT OUT OF THE TOP 10 MEAN TO YOU AND THIS TEAM? "Anything we can get. The way our luck has been going the last three or four weeks, we needed something. At least we're going in the right direction."

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MICHAEL (FATBACK) McSWAIN -- crew chief, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THIS TEAM? "It just means we're picking up pieces a little bit. We were nowhere good as we wanted to be, but we had a top-15 car even without the fuel deal. We're getting there. It takes baby steps. It was a good day. We needed it. The team was working hard and they really needed it."

WHAT ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR POINTS? "I don't know what it's done for us yet, but I don't know any way it couldn't be a big help."

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EDDIE WOOD -- co-owner, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion

"It means a lot. We finally put a race together with nothing really happening, you know, nothing going wrong, which we haven't done that in a very long time. It's good to finish one with no incidents."

"It changes every week. It just worked out. We didn't have anything happen to us today -- the car was good, the pit crew was good, the calls they made were good and Bill drove a good race. Everything was good."

-credit: ford racing

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