CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "We had the fastest car at the end; we just didn't have enough time. Our Fords ran really well, we had three in the top five and it is glad to have Jack back here at the race track. I wish...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)
"We had the fastest car at the end; we just didn't have enough time. Our Fords ran really well, we had three in the top five and it is glad to have Jack back here at the race track. I wish we could have got a win for him. We are making a lot of ground up in the points and getting stronger. I love racing at this race track. It is fun. You slide all over the place here. We are getting pretty close to everyone, which is good."
WHERE DOES THE PUT YOU FROM A MOMENTUM STANDPOINT? "If we can run like this the next few races and keep competitive in the Chase it is going to be great for us and great for all of the Ford teams."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)
"That was a pretty good day for us with a fourth-place finish with the 3M Ford Fusion. We had a really fast car. We got a weird set of tires in the middle of the race and were super-tight. I didn't adjust on it and then I came back loose again and we did two and it wasn't very good, so at the end I said, 'I'm going to leave it alone,' and I put four on it and that was almost as loose as I had been all day. I could carve through traffic there, but then when I got in clean air there was too much air on the front of the car and I was too loose to catch the rest of the guys. I had a lot of fun racing today. I think there were a lot of position changes and a lot of passing going on, but I'm pretty happy with the day."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
"It was a great finish for us and a great effort by all the guys. We didn't really run very good most of the day, but Jimmy and the guys made some good two-tire calls there at the end and I think our guys executed when we really needed them to. We got some track position and were able to get a good finish out of it. It feels good to finish up front, that's for sure."
YOU GET CLOSER TO THE CHASE AND EVERY POINT IS CRITICAL. HOW MUCH OF THE EDGE DOES THIS TAKE OFF? "Honestly, each point is equally as important from Daytona all the way until the end of Richmond to get in the chase. You want to get as many points as you can every week and the way to do that is to lead laps and run up front and the higher you finish, the more points you get. We've been trying as hard as we can to run up front, we just haven't been able to do it lately, so this weekend was really good for us. We qualified really, really well. We struggled in practice and most of the race, but were able to finish off with our best setup at the end of the race, our best pit stop, and our best run of the day and got a decent result out of it."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Racing in America Ford Fusion (Fnished 9th)
"This was a great run. I got such good guys on this race team and they don't give up. They bust their butts in the shop every week to give us the best possible car we can. Todd put a lot of emphasis on this car for this race and it showed today. I am proud of my guys; they don't give up with all of the stuff they go through."
MAYBE THIS RACING IN AMERICA PAINT SCHEME WAS GOOD LUCK FOR YOU? "Yeah, maybe it is. We will try to take the momentum from this great Racing in America Ford and take it to Bristol with us. I am so proud of my guys. They needed this more than I did. The work so hard all the time and don't really get the credit. I am proud of everyone this weekend and happy that we were able to run so well for the Racing in America folks."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 11th)
THE TEAM HAD TO CHECK ON THE FUEL FLOW DURING THE RACE. "Yes, and I think it hurt us a little bit there in the middle of the race; we just had to pit a earlier than some of the other guys. All in all, we made our UPS Ford a little better throughout the day. We just didn't start out that great and we could never really get a handle on the car. It was a good effort by our team, but I just wish we could have gotten that top-10 finish."
KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)
"We actually ran pretty good for a long time, but the front just got tight in one corner and it didn't turn the rest of the time until we put on four that final run, so I was actually kind of free throughout most of the race. And then I got tight and was terrible after that, so I don't know what happened. It's disappointing. I thought we had a good shot, but something went wrong there."
TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 37 Long John Silver's Ford (Finished 36th)
"The car was OK, kind of what we expected. More than anything, I feel like I kind of struggle at these places. I don't have a lot of laps, a lot of experience. We made some changes on the car and got it a little better. But our number-one goal was to ride it out, take care of our equipment and be there at the end and take what we could get, and that's exactly what we did. I would like to do better, but the cars in one piece and we'll go on to Michigan."
TONY RAINES - No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion - (Finished 31st)
"We fought loose - loose in and loose off. We did get it a little better but never really got all the looseness out completely. In the middle of the race, we got a little worse, handling-wise, and then we got it back toward the end. We learned a little bit. We ran the whole race and didn't tear anything up. So we'll build on that for next week. Obviously, with me stepping in to the car this week, it was the first time in this car, with this crew and crew chief. So all things considered it wasn't a bad day. "
-source: ford racing