BORIS SAID --67-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 41st) "The first stint wasn't so bad, but as the track heated up our car was just not as good. We just missed the setup and it was like driving on ice. I was tight in and loose off. I got spun...
BORIS SAID --67-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 41st)
"The first stint wasn't so bad, but as the track heated up our car was just not as good. We just missed the setup and it was like driving on ice. I was tight in and loose off. I got spun once by Andretti. It wasn't his fault. My spotter just said, 'looking' and I turned down and he was there. That was my mistake. I feel bad about that because that kind of got us out of rhythm, but we just missed the setup and it got tighter and tighter. We tried some stuff on the last pit stop and it was worse, so I was just hanging on. I just got loose and finally lost it. It was driver error."
YOU ENJOY DOING THIS THOUGH. "Yeah, I love doing this. I'm definitely disappointed in the run. I was looking for better because in happy hour we were really good. In happy hour it was cloudy, but today it was sunny and I don't have the experience with the sun to know what it does and I made the wrong call. We'll just have to work better at it at Watkins Glen."
KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 4th)
"We had a great car. It was great to run like that. We tested well. We executed what we tested in qualifying and in the race. We didn't have anything spectacular and I wasn't gonna drive anything out of spectacular just because we needed to bring it home in one piece. We just lost our speed with braking. I got aggressive with the braking and we didn't have it there at the end to maintain lap time, but the strategy worked out pretty smooth and we're very happy with a top five."
COULD YOU HAVE WON IF THOSE OTHER GUYS HAD NOT STAYED OUT ON THE LAST CAUTION? "We had a good enough car to lead at times, it just didn't seem like a car that was good enough to win. My crew got me out in the lead and that was awesome. We had great pit stops and the Rubbermaid Taurus was just rolling. It was smooth, it was turning, it was gripping, it just wasn't enough."
WERE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE THAT MANY GUYS STAY OUT? "Yeah, I knew if we just stuck to our strategy it would end up playing out. Right now we got beat by two guys on the race track, which is my fault, and one car that stayed out so fourth place ain't that bad."
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 7th)
"We were off just a little bit on that last stop and that hurt us a lot. We were up to fifth and getting ready to get in the running and then the way the caution fell with some people not pitting, and then we had a little trouble, it ended up that we had to race too many guys back there and didn't get a chance to race for it. We were not that great, but we were as good as the 28." WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT MANY CARS STAYED OUT? "Not really. I was afraid that would happen, but I also saw people run out of gas."
YOU GAINED A LOT IN THE POINTS TODAY. "Yeah, we had a great run and a great day. We didn't have a stellar day in the pits and we didn't have a stellar day on the race track and we finished seventh. That ain't all bad."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 6th)
"That was a great day. We had a pretty decent car. I could tell at the beginning of the race when we moved up through traffic, and when that caution fell I was like, 'Man, this is right in our fuel window.' I tell you, Jack Roush gave us one hell of a motor this weekend. I punished that thing terribly missing gears, over-revving it and it never faded, never broke, never did anything. I'm really proud of the motor guys at Roush for giving us something that sturdy. I'm proud of Pat for a good call. It was a good day for all of us on a road course."
THE CAR WASN'T THAT GOOD AT ONE POINT. "It was a whole lot tighter. I think we just missed it on a set of tires, but it never got better. Track position is everything on these road courses, so good track position made it to where you could do OK."
JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 29th)
"I don't know exactly what was wrong, but it would miss really bad. When you accelerated it wouldn't run. It would pop and miss and it ran out of fuel real early, so there was something wrong with the carburetor and that cost us a lap. They penalized us in the pits for a real strange rule. I'm not really sure I understand what they penalized us for -- something about the guy holding the catch can left the pit area or something. That's a new one on me. I'm not saying it's not a rule, I just never heard of it before. We had a problem and it just kept going away on us. Then at the end, I ran hard for a while trying to get my lap back and then I decided to get out of the way."
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 15th)
"We were fortunate that some of the other guys had mechanical problems and spun each other out because we just never did hit on it all weekend. I just couldn't get up out of the corners. At times I could run reasonable times, but it was only because I was fast in places that you can't pass. Then when it came time to try to pass, I was just in trouble. We made the most of it. It wasn't a total loss I guess. I think the top three or four guys had some problems, so it wasn't a total loss. It could have been a lot, lot worse. We'll take it and move on."
MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 39th)
"I just broke a gear. I don't know. We broke a transmission at Pocono and now we broke a gear here. I know a lot of teams were having problem with it and not just us, so I don't know. I felt like as far as driving a road course, this is the easiest I've ever been on the drive train before that broke, so I don't know why it broke."
THE FACT MARLIN AND GORDON HAD TROUBLE BEFORE YOU, WERE YOU THINKING IT MIGHT BE A DAY TO GAIN SOME GROUND IN THE POINTS RACE? "No matter how they run it's just disappointing. I felt like we had a car to get a top five finish and that would have been really awesome for a road course. I felt like we had a good car. We could pretty much run the same times as the leader, but we fell out of it and finished 40th or almost last. It's disappointing whenever you break parts, especially when you break that early and it gets you so far behind."