RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 36th) - "Something just broke in the valve train, I'm not sure what. I can't really say too much bad because we've had some awfully good motor luck all year long. We had a pretty racy car. The ...
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 36th) - "Something just broke in the valve train, I'm not sure what. I can't really say too much bad because we've had some awfully good motor luck all year long. We had a pretty racy car. The Motorcraft Ford was pretty good today, we just didn't get a chance to get to the end of the race."
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW RULES? "To be honest, I didn't see any difference. If anything, I thought we were on top of each other more than we've ever been. If I didn't know they made a change, I guess I wouldn't have known of it. It's pretty typical restrictor plate racing. Everybody is on top of each other all day long and as the race winds down attrition takes a little bit of a toll. It's unfortunate. I was looking forward to the end of that race. It was a lot of fun out there."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 32nd) - "It's very disappointing. We could go the rest of the way on fuel. We did exactly what we needed to do to put ourselves in position. We had a fast car and just kind of rode around there for part of the race trying to stay out of trouble. It was kind of wild. That's the fourth motor this year. That's too many."
WHAT ABOUT THE RULES PACKAGE? "If you want the possibility for a great big wreck with 30 cars, the rules work great." WHAT HAPPENED? "We had our deal where we could go the whole way on fuel. We were sitting there waiting for the end and it just broke. That's the fourth one this year."
DID THE RULES MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? "I'm sure it's fun to watch. It is what it is, but it's getting ready to be a 20-car wreck. I mean, it's getting everybody piled up. It's what everybody wants to see. If that's what you want to see, that's what you got. It's fun to watch, I understand. If we keep racing like this - we didn't have one today (a big wreck) - but it's not because we're good, it's because we're lucky."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 33rd) - "I don't know. Something broke in the engine. It's real disappointing. Up to this point the engine guys have done a really good job this year giving us reliable stuff that runs pretty good, but this restrictor plate stuff has always been our weakness. None of the cars every come here and run. We've just got to do more work on this program. We shouldn't break parts when we run like that. It should be reliable enough to make it, so it's real frustrating because up to this point we haven't broken parts. But the guys did a good job. We had ourselves in a good position to get a good finish and we'll just come back again at Kansas."
WHAT HAPPENED PULLING UP TO THE LEADER? "We didn't have a very fast car, you could see that in qualifying. If I had people pushing me and I had myself in the right position, we could run pretty good. But if I had to do anything by myself, we weren't very good. I was fortunate enough to have a great teammate like Kurt Busch push me all day and Dale, Jr. push me all day. Without those guys pushing me, we would have run around the back. The stuff wasn't real fast and then it broke. It's real disappointing, but up to this point the motor guys have done a great job giving us reliable stuff. It's really disappointing we broke today, but up to this point it's been good. It's never a relief to break and lose points. Obviously, we have a pretty good point lead and we just need to go race hard the rest of the races and we should be OK, but we can't have more stuff break. With the lead the way it is, I thought we were plenty conservative on all our stuff but we must not have been because something broke. Hopefully, our stuff will make it to the end for the rest of the year and I think we'll be OK."
TODD PARROTT, Crew Chief - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Sadler finished 30th)
DID YOU TALK TO ELLIOTT? "Yeah, he said he was fine. He said he had a heck of a run back there and he didn't look in his mirror or anything and just kind of went with his run. The main thing is he's OK. He said he was alert through the whole ride. He said, 'It was a pretty wild ride, wasn't it?' I said, 'Yes, it was.' They're just gonna transport him out of here because of the traffic situation and just check him out, but I talked to him. He's upset because he had a great race car with a car capable of winning the race today, but the main thing is he's OK."
WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE THE WRECK? "It looked like when he moved down the 97 car got in the left-rear quarterpanel and that sent him spinning and then he just got airborne. He had a great race car and did a great job all day long. It's unfortunate we didn't make it to the end."
HOW WAS IT FOR YOU TO WATCH THAT? "It's something you don't ever want to see, especially a car get airborne like that and the ride that he went for. He tumbled at least seven or eight times, but the good thing is all the safety stuff worked great inside the car. He said he was alert through the whole ride. It was a pretty rough ride, but he didn't black out or anything. He's OK."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 19th) - TYPICAL TALLADEGA? "Yeah, pretty much. The result was the same. The same people keep winning. The car wasn't bad. One time after a restart on the backstretch things happened right in front of me and I had to jump out of the gas. When I jumped back on something popped and I would assume it was in the carburetor because I switched boxes later and that didn't have any affect on it. It never ran the same after that, so it didn't give me a chance to run up there at the end. That was unfortunate."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RULES PACKAGE? "I don't see a lot of difference. It's pretty much the same. The cars drive good, it's just that everybody is still right there in the same place."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 6th) - "It was just a big day with the plates and with the rear spoiler like that it just jumbled all the cars together. It wasn't bad. We were leading, but it didn't seem like we were in a position to lead. We were just getting run over and, hopefully, I didn't block too bad."
SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE AERO RULES? "It's similar with the roof wicker and the spoiler wicker when I first started as a rookie, but it's never gonna be the right balance until we do more testing with it. You have to get a group of cars to test. You need at least a dozen cars and that will allow NASCAR to determine reads on what we need to do."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE INCIDENT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER? "It's kind of a bummer. I hate that he drove across our hood and I hope he's alright. With that scenario I'm sure he was forced down that direction. We're just all on top of each other. Everybody was pretty safe and sane and then you get under 10 to go and it just turns into a whole nightmare."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 24th) - "I just have a slow car. I always have a slow car when I show up at a restrictor plate race. If you get in the right position, you look great and you look like Superman. But you've got to be around some cars that run fast. I'm out there trying to do stuff with a car that isn't able to run that kind of speed."
WHAT ABOUT THE RULES IN GENERAL? "I didn't notice any difference. It's still the same thing."
JASON JARRETT - No. 98 CHI Overhead Doors Taurus (Finished 29th) - "That was a long day. When it starts off like it did by kind of getting in the aftermath of somebody's wreck, having a flat tire and kind of tore the fender up. It makes for a long day. Even though we weren't very far into the race, it makes for a long day trying to play catch up for the rest of the day. You're kind of off sequence in how you were thinking and what your strategy was at the first of the race. I dragged the fender off of it with the flat tire. All of that goes through your mind at first and then once you run some laps and you know everything is OK, you try to get back in that rhythm. I think the main thing I learned today was that I have a lot more to learn."