Ford Racing press release
MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion
“I’ve just got to thank Bostitch for coming on board as a primary and Stanley and DeWalt and Ford and everybody else on this program. I just really appreciate that opportunity. I ran great. I just want to be so careful. I bumped Carl Edwards down pit lane and damaged his right-rear fender a little bit. I don’t want to mess with the championship fight, but at the same time you’ve got to try and win these races. I’m just really excited about our opportunities, so I thank Ford and everyone very much."
HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT? “This tire wasn’t that hard in the spring, but it got really hard tonight. The bottom seemed to be the place to go and you just couldn’t get guys out of the way. It was a tough night. We were around the 29 a lot and around the 11 a lot, around Carl a lot and around the 18 and 17 as well, so we were up with the Chase guys. Next year, we want to be one of those guys that gets looked after.”
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
“It was a solid night for us and congrats to Matt. This is a big night for Ford. We have five times the points lead we had coming in. We went from one point to five points, so that’s something. We didn’t know what to expect coming in here, but our Aflac Fusion was fast. My pit crew did a good job. Bob made the right calls on the box and it ended up being a good night. I’m just glad we didn’t tear anything up. We dodged a bullet here. This has been a tough track for us. I’m excited, well, I’m stretching the truth there, I’m not too excited to go to Talladega because you never know what’s gonna happen there, but it will be fun one way or another."
WHAT DOES A FIVE-POINT LEAD MEAN? “That’s five more spots. If we can slowly build a little bit of a lead, that’s the best thing we can do. It’s so competitive right now. Everybody is so fast that you just take everything you can get. I’m happy with this run. I’ll go to bed tonight and sleep well and I’m just glad we didn’t make any big mistakes. This is a really treacherous place.”
TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion
“That’s a bad feeling to run out of gas, especially when you’re not expecting it. We weren’t even pushing it. It wasn’t time for that yet and I think that 21 was just fast. It must have been sucking up more fuel than we thought being that fast, but I think something just had to be funky in the fuel cell or something messed up on the can because it just wasn’t taking all the fuel we needed it to. We had an easy top five car tonight. I feel like this would have been another shot to win a race. That thing was just so fast. It was that way all weekend. On the long runs it was that good and the whole race we didn’t adjust one thing and we were really competitive. There aren’t many nights when you get to do that and be that fast. We didn’t get the finish we deserved, but it’s definitely a confidence-builder for the whole team to run that good all night. We want results, but they’ll come if we keep running that good."
YOUR BEST RACE SINCE DAYTONA? “This is probably our most competitive night we’ve had. I’d definitely say that for sure. At Vegas early in the year we were this competitive. I was running eighth and I sped coming to pit road, so mistakes have taken us out of it. But the Fords are just so fast on these high-banked mile-and-a-halfs. At one point I looked up and I think all but one car in the top seven were Fords and that was just really cool to see them that dominant at a track. It’s cool that they got the win, but I wish it was the 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion in victory lane instead.”
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WRECK WITH TONY? “I’d have to watch the replay, but it sure seemed to me that he ran me into the fence."
IT LOOKED LIKE AFTER YOU HIT THE FENCE THE FIRST TIME YOU CAME DOWN ON HIM TO MAYBE RETALIATE, BUT WE COULDN’T TELL IF THAT WAS MOMENTUM OR ON PURPOSE AND HE WASN’T SURE EITHER. “I hit the fence and I came down and hit him in the left rear and then we were hooked together, but I wouldn’t have hit the fence if I had enough room. He ran me out of room. I had a run coming and there was nowhere for me to go. I either hook him in the right-rear and wreck him or I hit the fence, so I hit the fence. I could have just turned him into the fence the wrong way, which, in hindsight maybe that’s what I should have done, but I know he’s a Chase car and I’m trying to be a little courteous out there. He just didn’t quite leave me enough room. I’ll have to watch the replay before I really get the whole deal, but I was coming with a run on the top, which I had done on all restarts. I was killing them down there and he came up off the corner and the hole wasn’t big enough, so I stayed off of him but I hit the fence. There wasn’t anything there, but I’ll go back and watch it and see what it looks like."
YOU HAD ONE OF THE BEST CARS AND IT MUST HAVE FELT LIKE YOU COULD PUT IT WHERE YOU WANTED. “Oh, you can. I could drive anywhere, but he didn’t expect me to be coming on the top, I’m sure. He felt like he drove by me. I’m sure he did. I’m sure he never planned on me to be there because the top was so effective for me down here. It’s funny, I could pass on new tires on the top down there, but not on old tires. New tires it would just stick and go around the corner like crazy. It just wasn’t enough room, but that’s racing with 40 or 30 to go. And then that momentum carried me down into him and we were kind of hooked together. I was turning to the right and I don’t know if my splitter was hooked in his quarterpanel or what. I don’t know what happened. I kept turning to the right and finally came off of him, and then when we went down into the corner the left-front was flat.”
AJ ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion
“It’s not what I wanted, but the end result is good. I’m happy there were so many Fords in the top 10. I’m just a little confused on what we need from practice to the race because we’ve had a few races where we’re really quick in practice, but I was complaining running inside the top 10, so it’s getting better than usual. I’m just a little disappointed that we weren’t quite there. I’m not sure where we’re missing it from practice to the race. I don’t know if it’s me and what I need to feel better. The car was decent all night. We’ve got to work on our pit stops on these track position gains. You can’t lose that much time, but the guys fought hard. Greg made a good call at the end for four tires. It was a good result. I’m happy for Ford. There were a ton of Fords in the top 10. I’m not sure we were the seventh-best car, we might have been the ninth or 10th, but we’d get to about seventh or eighth and be really tight – the back end would be wiggling a little bit. It just wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. The result was good. It was a good night for points. To win these things we’ve just got to be a little bit better.”
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion
"It's obviously disappointing that we didn't really get to race after we suffered the damage on that restart. The 5 car checked up and everyone behind him just wound up in a pile-up. There was nothing we could do. We were just starting to get the Tastykake Ford where we needed it, and then that happened. Peter (crew chief Peter Sospenzo) and the guys did a good job making our car better all weekend. It's too bad we didn't have the chance to do more with it."
J.J. YELEY – No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion
"It was a pretty good night for the Long John Silver's Ford team. We had a lot of things go right for us with some cautions coming at the right times and a Lucky Dog, and we had a chance to lead some laps. I just wish we had a little bit more for them at the end. Jay Guy and the team did a good job adjusting as the track conditions changed, and the guys did a great job in the pits, too. It was a good points day for us, which is what this 38 team is really working for right now. "