BUSCH BACK IN VICTORY LANE * Kurt Busch won for the second time this season and first time at Pocono. * The win was Busch's 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. * Today's win is the ninth of the season for Ford, which is one less than last...
BUSCH BACK IN VICTORY LANE
* Kurt Busch won for the second time this season and first time at Pocono.
* The win was Busch's 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
* Today's win is the ninth of the season for Ford, which is one less than last season's total.
* Ford has 563 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins.
* The last time Roush Racing had at least three drivers finish in the top five was at Michigan this past June when Greg Biffle finished first and teammates Mark Martin (3rd), Matt Kenseth (4th) and Carl Edwards (5th) followed behind.
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We had a really good car today. I want to thank the Viagra team. They really had this Ford hooked up. The next-to-last set of tires, man, I could pull away at will. It's just how fast did I want to go, but the last set of tires we were a little looser on. But it was a great run for us. At every restart we could hold our own. We stayed right up in the top three just about the whole race, so I guess I couldn't ask for much more."
A SOLID TOP FIVE. "It was a good run for us. It's just a joy to drive these kind of race cars."
WHAT ABOUT RACING WITH RUSTY? "We could have done a little bit more, but they had all those cautions."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 4th)
"The Office Depot team did really well, but, to be honest with you, as great a day as it was it's pretty much ruined by what happened there with Kasey. I screwed up and hit him, and he ended up wrecking. That's not good. That was an accident."
ANOTHER GOOD RUN AT POCONO. "Yeah, I really like Pocono a lot. We had a great day. I wish we didn't have that last restart because I ended up bumping into Kasey and, man, I would be really livid if somebody did that to me, so that was very frustrating. But our team did a great job coming from the rear. I'm very proud of this performance."
IT'S SUCH A SCRAMBLE ON THE RESTART. WHY WAS IT YOUR FAULT? "Well, he was in front of me and the front of my car is my responsibility and I bumped his car, so it's my fault. That's the bottom line."
A GOOD DAY FOR POINTS. "Yeah, the points are great. It's a great day, but like I said, it takes a lot of fun out of the day when something like that happens because I really have a lot of respect for the 9 car and Kasey and all those guys."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 15th)
"We had a reasonable car, but nothing spectacular. I thought it was gonna be a little bit better than that. We didn't play the track position game and tire game very good today and we got caught there early. That caught us making a green stop and the caution came out, but we could just never get it freed up in the center like we needed to. Then a couple of restarts there at the end I made the wrong move and got passed a couple of times. It's just one of those days."
STILL IN THE POINTS HUNT. "Yeah, we just needed to work our way into the top 10. There were guys that finished in front of us that we really should have outrun, but a lot of people could probably say that."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "This is sweet. It's just a whole effort from out team. To be able to build a car like this, it starts with the chassis shop and guys hanging bodies on them. That crew that puts these bodies on these cars, and then Jimmy Fennig, what else can I say. The engineers, and then this engine. We were motoring down the straightaway. I have to thank the Roush-Yates combination. This is a great win. We were real happy with our car every practice. It was a real dominant win. It's something that we don't do all that often. I'm very proud of my team. My great sponsors, Irwin Industrial Tools, Sharpie, and then we've got Crown Royal and Smirnoff Ice. We're having fun and this is what we needed to get things back on track."
YOU GOT SHUFFLED BACK. HOW CONCERNED WERE YOU ABOUT GETTING BACK TO THE FRONT? "It didn't look like we could pass many cars once we got shuffled back there. It was a combination of dirty air. Our car was out front all day, so we got tight behind other cars. We made good adjustments, but then we were loose overcompensating, so we were just trying to hit the right combination. But it was just a matter of time. I thought we could do it, just stick to our gameplan and it's just been great. To bounce back like this, getting ready for the chase coming up, our fans are sticking with it. It's great to be able to dominate like this. The fans have been great this year. Thanks to all the Kurt Busch fans out there."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 10th)
"The guys fought hard all day. We got that lap down. We pitted and the caution came out. I believe we were running 13th or 14th at the beginning of the race and it was time for a scheduled stop and we stopped, but as soon as we stopped the caution came out and we went a lap down. It took us a long time to get that back. We ran in clean air a lot and our car was very good. We ran Kurt Busch down one time and was getting ready to pass him when another caution came out, which put us back on the lead lap. But then we had to restart dead last in all that traffic and something about our car was just terrible in traffic. It just goes from being a neutral-loose car to being a junk car, but we came back for a top 10 and that feels pretty good."