KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Finished 41st) HOW HARD OF A HIT WAS THAT? "It was pretty hard. I felt it." CAN YOU DESCRIBE MORE OF WHAT HAPPENED? "I was facing the wrong direction coming back across the track. I looked...
KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Finished 41st)
HOW HARD OF A HIT WAS THAT? "It was pretty hard. I felt it." CAN YOU DESCRIBE MORE OF WHAT HAPPENED? "I was facing the wrong direction coming back across the track. I looked up and saw all kinds of cars and said, 'There ain't no way they all are gonna miss us,' and they didn't."
CAN YOU COMPARE THAT HIT TO ANYTHING? "It was right up there. It was a good one."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED? "I was just going the wrong direction on the race track in front of them and I knew it wasn't gonna be pretty and it wasn't."
DID YOU GET TURNED? "I'm not saying I did because I don't know if I did or not, and it wouldn't be like the first time I was spun out either. It's racing."
DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 34th)
"We got to the top of the hill and I guess somebody spun the 18 and he was sitting there. I got in the back of the 41 and when I did that he got up so far that it hung the throttle of mine wide open, and I drove on up there and hit the 18. It's just one of those things because everybody is going hard at the end of the race."
IT WAS A ROUGH DAY ANYWAY. "Yeah, it was a bad day. I thought at the first of the race we were gonna be reasonable, but we just never could make the car get off the corner like I needed to. When we tried to do that, we killed the center of the corner, so we were kind of chasing our tail there."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)
"You always want a little bit more and I felt I could run second there, but with all those cautions it just took my chance away. We had a really fast car and I'm just excited the gear box and engine and everything ran so well. The car was just flawless the whole day. The brakes were good, but we just came up a little bit short."
DO YOU WEIGH THE RISK VS. REWARD WITH FOUR TO GO? "Yeah, I was inside the 12 and we banged fenders a little bit. He ran me into the grass a little, and the same with the 96, but they're saving their position and with four to go or three to go it's every man for himself. I had to block Kurt a couple times, but that's the way it is."
WAS THIS RACE A CONCERN AS FAR AS MAINTAINING AT LEAST 10TH IN THE POINTS? "Yeah, it's so easy to break a transmission, a rear end gear or have your brakes fail or something else like that. Everybody stays on the lead lap here and you've got thirtysome cars on the lead lap, so if you spin out or something crazy happens, you get a bad finish in a hurry, so this was a concern of ours."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 18th)
"I had it in my head that I wanted to lead the first lap and I wrecked all the way from the bottom of the hill to the top. I just couldn't get any grip and I overdrove and it was 100 percent my fault. Then we got in the back and had a wreck on the first lap that tore the nose up a little bit, and then somebody got in turn four and got in the side of me. It was just a long, long day. We had a really good car, which is encouraging, but once the side got tore up I just lost all the grip I had."
HOW WAS THE HEAT TODAY? "It was really hot. When they had red flags they bring you water, which is awesome. I remember at Loudon a few years ago in the Busch race I thought I was gonna die, so that's nice to bring water but those cars are hot."
ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 Pedigree Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
"I'm really happy. Tommy made a great call to get four tires under caution and then come back under green to get a gas-and-go to make up some time. That was the call of the race. We had about a 17th or 18th place car and when he made that call he just got me up there in good, clean air and racing with great guys. I had a ball racing with Boris Said. He gave me a lot of room. I got into him a little bit and he could have retaliated and he didn't. That just shows what kind of person he is, but, all in all, it was a great day for us. We needed a top 10. Maybe that will give us some momentum going into Daytona."
THAT RED FLAG HAD TO BE TOUGH TO ENDURE WITH 6 TO GO. "The red flag hurt us. I kept waiting for NASCAR to bring us some water and they finally did, but red flags here at Sonoma are not the most fun thing for any driver. I'm pretty whipped. I was good until the red flag happened, but after that I'm OK now. It was a great weekend for us. Raymond and the guys did a really good job Friday and Saturday without Tommy here. I want to congratulate Tommy and his wife, Beth, on their baby and it's pretty cool to run that good today. It was a great day for us. We needed this."
BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)
"I guess for being in business seven weeks we should be happy with a ninth-place finish, but we had a top-three car today. It was a little disappointing. I feel like that movie Breaking Away, when the Italians were his heroes and he finally raced a bicycle race with them and they ended up sticking a stick in his spokes and wrecking him. I idolize Tony Stewart. I think he's the greatest race car driver in the world right now. At the beginning of the race he was faster than me and I let him by. Then all of a sudden he was slower and I went by him, and then he runs into me and runs me off the track. I'm like, 'OK, that's one thing.' And then I go back by him and he crashes into me. I still wasn't mad at him, but when he was flipping me off I was really mad, so I'll be talking to him Monday morning."
SO HE FLIPPED YOU OFF WHEN HE PASSED YOU? "Yeah, I don't think he thought I was number one at that point, but I'll call him Monday morning and we'll talk and it'll be fine. It's an emotional sport. That kind of got us behind. We were running down Kurt and I thought everything was good in sixth, and then right at the end we just burned our rear tires off and I got loose and went off of (turn) 10 and three or four guys got by me. I just kind of hung on until the finish, but for SoBe No Fear, its first time out in NASCAR, all of these regular teams week in and week out would be happy with a top 10, so I'm not gonna cry about ninth-place our first time out. Everything ran great. The crew did a great job. Everybody at Roush, putting the bodies on and helping us out with all the information. The Roush-Yates engines were great. I had a great time. I just wish I could have finished fifth at least. That was kind of my goal to be top five. We were top five all weekend and it was within reach until about 10 or 12 to go and I just made a mistake and went off the track. That was a driver error and I feel bad for the crew that I did that, but it's a game of mistakes and I made one near the end at the wrong time."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)
"Unbelievable, you're interviewing me after a road course and it's not because of a spectacular crash or something. I just have to thank Boris Said and all my guys on the Office Depot team, but especially Boris for helping me so much. That's a lot of fun when you're running well. That's a blast."
HOW WAS IT WORKING THROUGH TRAFFIC? "I think I actually passed five or six cars and those are the only five or six I've ever passed on a road course in a Cup race, so that was pretty cool. I really had a good time and I just can't say enough about my team. I'm so glad we came out of here with a good finish." WHAT ABOUT THE HEAT? "It was a hot day and kind of a grueling race, more than normal, but we've all got to suffer through the same thing. I'm not gonna quit."
YOU WERE 38TH IN THIS RACE LAST YEAR. WHAT KIND OF THINGS DID BORIS HELP YOU WITH TO IMPROVE SO MUCH? "I'm not gonna talk about the details, but Boris just helped me a lot. He's a heck of a guy, a sure motivator and he's an inspiration to a lot of us, so it's pretty cool to have him on our side."