Ford Racing press release
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 Ford40mpg.com Ford Fusion
“I hate these fuel mileage races. We like to run hard and go. We had a really fast car that could have been second or third no matter what, but I just wish it didn’t come down to that. I would have liked to see how hard we could have run and see if we could have caught them."
YOU WERE IN THE TOP 10 ALL DAY. “We were in the top 10 all day. I was a little tight on the one run when I lost a little track position, but we got adjusted on the car and got it back. I just had to save gas and when you have to save gas, you can’t go – you can’t use gas. I’m glad I had the Ford40mpg.com on the car because I think it helped me."
HOW DID YOU GET UP THERE? “We ran there the whole day. We were never out of the top 10 and just had a really, really good car. The guys did a great job in the pits and I’m finally happy that we just finished a race where we had been running. We’ve run up front. At Chicago we had some sheetmetal break on the car and here nothing happened to the car. We finished where we were running. We ran out of gas. We were running second, but the 2 got by us, but it was still a great day for us. I’m excited we had Ford40mpg.com on the car. I think it might have helped us a little bit.”
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
“It was great, except for when we spun out because we lost some track position, but, overall, it was good. It was the best-driving car I’ve had at Loudon since they introduced the COT, so I thought it was a great day for us. If a couple of them could have run out maybe a lap later if we ran an extra lap that would have been okay, but that was still and okay finish for us."
HOW DO YOU THINK THINGS ARE GOING TWO RACES INTO THE CHASE? “I was pretty discouraged after Chicago, although you’ve got to brush that off, but I’m pretty encouraged today because this is probably one of my worst tracks. I don’t feel like I do a good job at all driving on this track. We had a pretty fast car. We were able to get around here pretty good. We had good pit stops and good strategy and got a top 10 out of it, so I’m looking forward to Dover."
YOU AND CARL WERE JOKING AROUND AFTER THE RACE. IS EVERYTHINK OKAY AFTER THAT CONTACT? “Oh yeah. I mean, gosh, when you race people all the time you’re gonna have accidents and bump into each other every once in a while. That was no big deal. I was having a little bit of brake fade and I backed up extra early, I just didn’t expect it or I probably could have saved it, but that was no big deal. Those things happen.”
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts Ford Fusion
“It ended up working out good for him (Kenseth). We had a pretty good finish, but we didn’t have a very good day. We struggled. This is one tough race track, very, very tough. I’ve got to thank Scotts and Winterguard for being on board. We were trying to get them a good showing and at the end we got a couple guys because of fuel mileage and our car was as good as it had been, so we’ll take that eighth-place and go on, but I’m just glad to make it out of here with something better than the 15th or 20th we should have run."
THIS WAS A BIG HURDLE FOR YOU WASN’T IT? “I’m glad we don’t have to run this one in the Chase again, that’s good. Dover is great for us. Kansas will be great. I feel pretty good after our test at Phoenix, so we’ll go and if Matt doesn’t retaliate, we’ll be really good (joking). I feel really dumb for running in to him, but I’m glad it worked out for both of us. It was a decent day for us. We’ll take it and move on.”
DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion
“We made some good calls and put ourselves in position to make it on fuel, so that was a good pit call by Drew and our team. We didn’t have the best of cars today, but we showed that with some hard work and good strategy we could overcome that. It feels good for the UPS team to get a top 10. We had a top five in sight, but we had to save enough fuel at the end. I didn’t want to run out, so it was a good job by everybody and now it’s on to Dover.”