Ford Racing press release
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE 18 CAR? “I don’t know what happened with the 18. I’d honestly have to see it on TV. I felt like I left him some room on the outside, but everybody was kind of slow and checked up. I had a run under him and I was almost to his door and all of a sudden we just got together. I honestly don’t know if it was my fault, if I squeezed him or if he came down because there were some slow cars on the straightaway, but I almost think he must have came down because we hit really hard and then I must have had a flat tire and didn’t know it. I went into three and couldn’t steer or couldn’t stop it and wrecked all those guys. I feel bad about that. I had no idea what happened off of three, really."
TALK ABOUT THE TEAM REPAIRING THE CAR AND GETTING YOU BACK OUT THERE? “It’s disappointing. I obviously did a poor job today. We were really bad on used tires if we had a restart like we were in practice and we kept getting the outside every time and that’s such a disadvantage on the outside, unless you have a real fast car, which we really didn’t. It was a struggle all day. Obviously, I didn’t make good decisions and we ended up in a bad spot. I wish I could do some things over and try again, but we can’t do that. We raced hard all day. I thought we had pretty good track position at times and just couldn’t capitalize on it."
WHAT GOT IT STARTED WITH VICKERS? “With Brian he just kept hitting me in the door. I mean, we’re at Martinsville and I gave him the bottom. Obviously, I’m not gonna roll over and let him go with 40 to go or whatever it was and he just kept driving in harder and harder and he slammed me in the door at least five times and just ran me up in the marbles and I was just tired of it, so I spun him out. I don’t know how you can’t pass somebody here without running into him every single time when he gives you the bottom and the fastest lane, but obviously he couldn’t and I was trying to get every position I could at the end of the race."
YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE TOP 10 MUCH OF THE DAY. DID THE VICKERS INCIDENT RUIN YOUR DAY? “Well, that didn’t help anything, but that didn’t really do it. We kept getting restarts on the outside and on used tires our car would not restart fast. I really don’t know why, we would just be extremely loose and I just couldn’t get going. We were really falling back in that run. After that I thought maybe we were gonna be okay and when I got under the 18 there, like I said, I honestly don’t know what happened. I thought I left him enough room, so I don’t know if I slid up into him or what happened, but somehow we hit off of two and it cut my tire. Of course, that ruined my day, along with his and whoever else got unfortunately collected in that mess."
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR MIDWAY THROUGH? “On the longer run we were pretty good once we got past halfway through the race and then that particular run when we had all of that stuff happen we just got real loose and I couldn’t keep up and I couldn’t get off the corner and kept falling backwards.”
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
“It was crazy. We just got back to 15th and I’m so thankful. I got it backed into the fence on my own, the brakes just didn’t work. People were just rooting and gauging and everybody knows it’s late in the year and we’ve got to go. That’s why they’re driving like that. I didn’t put a scratch on my car, except for myself when I backed it into the fence. We finished 15th, so I’m pretty happy.”
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts Ford Fusion
“That’s just a gift to have finished in ninth and have the day we had. Did Tony have to come in and pit? I saw on a replay it’s like he cut a tire or something and had to pit and came back through the field somehow. That was our strategy. We were gonna do the same thing we did last week and just cruise around the back and wait for everything to work out. It was a lot of work. We did not deserve to finish ninth. I’m just proud of my guys for sticking with it. Bob did a good job of keeping me calm and now we go to Texas. I’m really excited about Texas."
AJ ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 AdvoCare Ford Fusion
“That’s Martinsville. It was a really good car. I think we just needed something small to win the race, but the car was so good. It was really good. I was proud of all the guys. We’ve got to work on our pit stops a little bit because we kept losing a couple of spots, but what really hurt us was I got put three-wide on the outside and got into one and that shoved the fender over the tire and we got a yellow, and from there on back we were at the back of the pack and everybody is just gauging back there. Doug gave me a great motor and everybody at the engine shop. The car was good and that’s all you can say."
A VERY PHYSICAL RACE TODAY. WHY? “It was unbelievable. It was insane. That’s the way NASCAR is now. Everybody is desperate. We’ve got to fight for everything we can get out there. Sponsors, points, money, etc., so everybody is trying to get everything. It’s the end of the year. It just seems like if it’s just me, but it just seems like this year is tiring. Everybody is tired and you put that combination together at a place like Martinsville and things are gonna happen.”
DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion
“It was just a real crazy race. I felt like we had a top 10 car. We were able to pass some cars from the get-go and made good adjustments from our practice on Friday, but just didn’t have the luck. We were just cruising around there and someone wrecked someone on the front straightaway and bumper-tagged and we had a small piece of sheetmetal go through our radiator and we had to go behind the wall and change it. But, other than that, our car was fast. Our team did a good job. We just didn’t have luck today.”
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion
“We were in good shape. We didn’t have a scratch on it. We were just trying to keep the fenders on and blew a right-rear tire. We had to pit. We tried to stay out and do the wave around, got our lap back, we had to pit under green but it looked like it was going to make the cycle. We were making up a lot of track position there, but we just blew a tire and our day is done.”