HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Finished 38th) "Something let go in the engine. That's the first time this year, but I'm real honored to be associated with Ford and Robert Yates and Jack Roush. I had no warning. We had a really...
HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Finished 38th)
"Something let go in the engine. That's the first time this year, but I'm real honored to be associated with Ford and Robert Yates and Jack Roush. I had no warning. We had a really good car. I had brake trouble all night and couldn't stop the car. We were just trying to get a race under our belts and get some experience. We got 25 laps from the end and didn't make it, but this team has a lot of perseverance and we'll keep coming back."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 6th)
YOU'RE ABOUT 40 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD. "Yeah, it was a great night for us. The car ran really good. This isn't one of our best race tracks. I mean, we're usually mediocre at these places and we were hoping for a top 10 and we came in here and finished seventh so I'm real excited about that. I drove real smart all night, I think. The guys did great in the pits. Doug and I worked on the car really well. I may have been a little bit better than that. Everybody kept getting those cautions and I couldn't get my rhythm. My car was good on the long run. I think I was a little better than the 42 and some of those guys, but it was a great run for the National Guard team tonight. I'm pretty excited about it."
HOW WAS THE RACING TONIGHT OVERALL? "I think it was a pretty good racing. I really didn't see anything happen in front of me. I know there were some accidents out there, but I didn't see anything. I saw the 5 get in the 42 there at the end and gained me a spot, but, other than that, it was just good, hard racing for a short track Saturday night - beating and banging. You've got to love NASCAR and you've got to love coming to Richmond. It's fun."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 7th)
"That's a great weekend - an awesome weekend - the best weekend I've ever had, I think. To run that good in the Busch car last night - to come back and struggle at the beginning of the race, but we kept working on it and working on it. We had awesome long runs. I'm so proud of my guys. Last year we were so bad on short tracks and we kind of made a pact with each other. This winter we did a lot of testing at Lakeland and I think it's paid off. We ran really good at Bristol, really good at Martinsville and came out to Richmond and run this good. It's a great, great job."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PITS? "We drove up to third and had an awesome race car when we came in the pit and I think the 18 lost a tire and it rolled across and knocked my fender up. We just fought tight the rest of the night. It's a short track here, but aerodynamics is very important. It's a shame to kind of lose a top five that way, but, hey, I ain't gonna complain. Seventh-place, the car is in one piece. We'll take this thing to New Hampshire in a couple of weeks to test it and go from there."
DID YOU AND CARL TALK IN THE DRIVER'S MEETING? "Yeah, Carl wanted to come talk about last night and I just told him I didn't want to talk about it - that I came here to race tonight and didn't feel like having no meetings. Let bygones be bygones. He raced me hard. He won the race. That's cool. Let's go out here and try to win the race tonight in the Cup car and that's kind of what I told him."
JIMMY FENNIG, Crew Chief - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Kurt Busch finished 17th)
WHAT HAPPENED TO PUT YOU GUYS DOWN A LAP? "A lugnut got jammed in a the brake rotor. It's a freak deal that happens. The lugnuts came off - five off and five on - and when one of them busted off it hit the wheel and jumped through a window and got imbedded between the rotor and the caliper. It's a freak deal, but it just so happened that it happened to us."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 RoundUp Taurus (Finished 21st)
"We just messed with the car a little bit too much. Our RoundUp Ford was pretty good at the beginning of the race and we thought we'd adjust on it and make it better, but it just kept getting worse. We had a lot of trouble on the short runs, and then we started having trouble on the long runs. It all kind of went bad, but I think we maintained in the point standings. At least on our bad day the points leader had a worse day, so it's not as bad as it could have been but it's still very frustrating. We planned on running really well. We ran well the first time we came here, so we'll go back and look at our notes and do better next time but it's still fun."
YOU TALKED WITH ELLIOTT IN THE DRIVER'S MEETING. DO YOU THINK THIS IS OVER NOW? "I hope so. I thought about it. It's just silly. We're both just racing hard. Elliott's an awesome guy and we're both just racing hard. I think he's a heck of a nice guy. I think last night he was upset because I won the race and then this morning I was upset because of what I read in the papers and stuff like that, but he's a good guy and hopefully it'll just be water under the bridge."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 11th)
"The guys did a good job. The car was real super-tight all night long. I never could get the car freed up. That's pretty much it. I'm not really sure. We came here and tested a week ago and the car was really, really good in long runs. We came here to qualify and the car was very fast, but I noticed when we were here a couple days ago when we took it from qualifying trim to race trim the car was really tight. We couldn't really understand why, so at least we've got something to figure out and work on."