Phoenix II: Ford teams race quotes

DAVID GILLILAND -- Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion (finished 35th) "It was wild. Everybody started checking up there, and unfortunately our Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion got involved in it and ended our day. So, we're going to try and get...

DAVID GILLILAND -- Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion (finished 35th)

"It was wild. Everybody started checking up there, and unfortunately our Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion got involved in it and ended our day. So, we're going to try and get it fixed and get back out there. It was one of those change reaction deals. It looked like somebody got in the back of somebody out there, and maybe the 5 car got a little loose, and the rest was just 'hang on.' It was real hard to get whoa'd up . I got in the back of the 77 and then Scott Speed got in the back of me pretty hard -- you can see where his car ended up, underneath our car. It was an unfortunate ending to our day, but we'll pick the pieces here and hopefully get it back out there for a couple of laps, and head to Homestead and try to have a good weekend there."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (finished 4th)

YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU COULD DO... "Close, we could've won the thing, that would've been better, but Jimmie's doing a great job. If he would have some real terrible luck in Homestead, we still have a chance. But, they did their jobs tonight, we did the best we could -- it's just too big of a spread right now."

WHAT WAS THE PHRASE YOU USED? "IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE, BUT..." "It's possible, not probable, but possible. My guys did a good job and we'll see what happens."

CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH YOUR RUN? "The track was real slippery, it was real hard to pass. Qualifying, I think, was real important, and we didn't qualify as well as we could've. But, we had a really good car, and maybe if this was a 400- or 500-lap race it'd be different, but that's what it is."

HOW POSSIBLE ARE YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES NOW? "It's possible, not real probable, but I guarantee that's not going to change the way we do business, we're going to go to Homestead with everything we've got and be aggressive and try to win the race. Mile-and-halfs have been our best tracks lately, and I just wish we could've run a little better here. But, we ran pretty well, we just didn't have enough time. We kept barely marching forward, my guys did a really good job. Congratulations to Jimmie and those guys. They're making this really tough."

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ON THE RE-START? "I was just hoping Jimmie had forgotten how to shift gears or something. Those guys did a good job and we did the best we could. They're just on it right now."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion (finished 10th)

"It was a good run for us. We started out average and our AAA team just had good pit stops all day. It seemed like every run we picked up a spot and a spot there, and then at the of the race we were 12th or 13th and our car was as good as it had been all day there at the end, and things just worked out. I think [Greg] Biffle was just probably a little quicker than us at the end, but we were a little quicker than a couple of cars in front of us, so it just worked out. We didn't have the best car but we put in a good effort, and the results show."

MOST OF THE RACE FEATURED LONG GREEN-FLAG RUNS, AND THEN AT THE END IT WAS CAUTION AFTER CAUTION AFTER CAUTION? HOW WAS YOU CAR UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS? "Our car was a little better on the long runs. Those other guys could kind of show their muscle for a few laps, and then we'd settle in and could get 'em back. But, we were very fortunate that we had good pit stops and made positive adjustments on the car. We never went the wrong way, so that was a good feeling."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed