CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 39th) "Man, I've got to choose my words carefully. Let me just say this, if it weren't for respect of the sport and the people watching and his team and everything, he'd be out there ...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 39th)
"Man, I've got to choose my words carefully. Let me just say this, if it weren't for respect of the sport and the people watching and his team and everything, he'd be out there bleeding right now. That's so frustrating. How can a person make it this far in life being that much of a jerk. He ran into Clint (Bowyer). I saw it on the big screen. He turned into Clint and took both him and I out and probably made it just about impossible for us to make the chase, and then when I pull up beside him and wave my hand like, 'What was that about?' He gives me the finger. I mean, what a jerk. I don't even know what to say. It's amazing to me that someone can be that special."
HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT BECAUSE YOU LOOKED LIKE A STRONG CONTENDER AT THE START OF THE YEAR. "There are a lot of things you can't control and I guess we just have to chalk the driver of that 20 car up as one of them."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT NASCAR PUTTING YOU IN THE PENALTY BOX? "That was the right thing to do to give us the one lap penalty. What I did wrong there was I put those guys on pit road at risk. I made sure to spin him out so he went to the right, but, still, I shouldn't have done that on pit road. That was a justified penalty and for that I apologize."
YOU SAID YOU WANTED TO KICK HIS BUTT ON THE RADIO. "Yeah. It's just too bad. There are penalties for everything I guess."
YOU SEEM TO BE SO CALM ABOUT THIS TYPE OF THING. "I don't know. I want to like Tony. He's a hard racer and all that, but how can you like somebody like that. It's just amazing. If you hold that guy up, like if he thinks you held him up, he gets so upset and then he can wreck two guys and give you the finger. That's spectacularly self-centered. I can't imagine being like that."
STEPHEN LEICHT -- No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)
"I feel like I did the best I could for my first time. It's hard to get a handle and have any expectations at all when you only get 16 laps of practice at a track you're not familiar with and in a series this big. These guys run hard every lap and it's definitely the most competitive racing I've ever been in. I feel like moving forward, if I was to come back here and race again tomorrow, I'd be that much better."
DID YOU GET COMFORTABLE AT ANY POINT OR WAS IT A LEARNING PROCESS START TO FINISH? "From start to finish it was a learning process. I thought I would probably get to a smoother and more comfortable rhythm and I didn't really get there. I don't know if that was me or the car not being where it needed to be. Obviously I didn't have the experience, but the car was a little bit off but we're fine. I'm proud of the guys. Everytime I came in for a pit stop we gained spots. We never lost a spot on pit road. They did an awesome job and I want to thank our sponsors for this race -- CitiFinancial. It was a great team effort."
DOUG YATES, Co-Owner -- Robert Yates Racing
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON STEPHEN'S PERFORMANCE TODAY? "I think Stephen did an excellent job. For his first Cup start in a long race at a challenging race track, he stayed out of trouble and raced hard. He raced some good guys out there and I think he did an excellent job. We probably have more work to do on our equipment than he does on his driving right now, so we're very pleased. It's exciting. Anytime you start a new program like that it's exciting for us and obviously exciting for him. The guy is very talented. He needed exactly what he got today, a lot of laps and a lot of miles. Every lap he ran today is very valuable."