Talladega II: Reiser post-race interview

ROBBIE REISER PRESS CONFERENCE THOUGHTS ON HOW THE RACE ENDED. "Talladega is a tough place to race. We all saw that today. It's just kind of the luck of the deal - to run up front all day long. The guys did a real good job of keeping...

ROBBIE REISER PRESS CONFERENCE

THOUGHTS ON HOW THE RACE ENDED.

"Talladega is a tough place to race. We all saw that today. It's just

kind of the luck of the deal - to run up front all day long. The guys did a real good job of keeping Matt up front all day and coming out of here with a third-place finish was pretty awesome. I thought we had a chance to win there at the end, but with the restart we were kind of sitting ducks. We have a new car that we're taking to Kansas. We tested up there and we're looking forward to that.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU AT THE END?

"I guess it's less nerve-wracking for me. Obviously, those guys have a lot more going on than what I do, but we pretty much had what we had. Matt was concerned about the restart, obviously, because you get a little bit of run and they're all gonna gang up behind you and that's basically what happened. Matt was trying to fight them off the best he could. They were three-wide going down the backstretch and it was exciting, but I wish we were up front."

THE FORDS FINALLY WON HERE. DO YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE FORDS ON THESE TYPE OF TRACKS?

"Obviously this was our best effort from the 17 car. Our car was competitive all day and we had one of the better cars, so a lot goes into what the guys do back at the shop, and the people that build the engines. Doug Yates and his gang have done an awesome job for us and we just keep plugging every week and keep working on this speedway stuff. I would say at Roush Racing we probably spend a lot more time on downforce cars than what we do speedways, but, obviously, the way all five cars ran today and qualified our program is coming along. A lot of it has to do with what Yates and Roush race engines have done. It's been an incredible there and the cars have gotten better too.

YOU WERE MOVED UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS. THOSE POINTS COULD PLAY A BIG ROLE AT THE END.

"Well, I don't know. We were leading with two to go, so we kind of went back two spots the way I look at it. I don't know. When the caution comes out that's their call and they go back and look at the TV and decide where everybody is at when that happens. We pretty much just stand back like you guys do and wait for the decision to come down and that's where we are. When the caution came out I didn't know where we were. Matt thought we were sixth and some of the guys thought we were third, so we ended up third. I think as well as our car ran everybody on our team wanted to win. Sure, we're in the chase and we're worried about points and we're doing all those things, but you show up every week to try to win these races and it would have been good for Matt and our whole race team to be able to win at a superspeedway and I think he had a shot at it, it's just that the caution fell at the wrong time.

ANY OVERHEATING TROUBLE TODAY?

"I think if you noticed throughout the race, a lot of guys would start overheating in the middle of the race and with all the bump-drafting that's going on out there, it really depends a lot on how our grilles are radiused and the tape is tight trying to get as much out of the car as you can, but if you screw up the radius in the front of the car, it makes the thing want to overheat. That's why a lot of cars were having trouble as the race went because the front noses were getting beat up. Right before the race, I think we were 200-210 in practice yesterday. I opened up the tape just a little bit just for that reason because we struggled with that in the past and we didn't really have any trouble with it at all today."

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