Texas II: Ford teams race notes

BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Delimex Ford Fusion (finished 36th) ARE YOU OKAY? WHAT HAPPENED? "I'm fine. The 40 car just had a flat left-rear and got down on the apron. It looked like he tried to correct, he was already on the flat, and then he ...

BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Delimex Ford Fusion (finished 36th)

ARE YOU OKAY? WHAT HAPPENED? "I'm fine. The 40 car just had a flat left-rear and got down on the apron. It looked like he tried to correct, he was already on the flat, and then he over-corrected and came back up in front of Kyle [Petty]. I saw what was going to happen and I was going to try get on around Kyle, but I was done no matter what I did."

POINTS ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS TEAM RIGHT NOW? CAN YOU GET IT BACK OUT ON THE TRACK? "We'll have to look at it and see. It's hurt pretty bad."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion (finished 37th)

"I don't know. I just saw everyone checking up. My spotter even said, 'Hey, the bottom lane is checking up.' We were on the outside, and before I know it, I don't know if I got drilled in the back or just checked up too quick and lost it. It's just very unfortunate for the AAA team. Everyone worked really hard. I thought we had a pretty good car. I guess it just wasn't meant to be."

WAS YOUR CAR GETTING BETTER? "The track was really slick at first and you just had to be easy with the throttle. You couldn't overdrive it. Like I said, our car would drive pretty good on the bottom and it had good speed, and we were just kind of making our way up to the front slowly but surely. I felt like we had a top-10 or top-15 car when we wrecked. I really don't know what happened. I just need to see a replay." CAN YOU GET BACK IN THE RACE? "I'll check. I don't know. It wouldn't turn over. I don't know if something locked up, one of the pulleys or something in the motor. We've got a pretty good AAA pit crew. Tthey'll fix it and get me back going as quick as they can."

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MATT KENSETH -- NO. 17 USG FORD FUSION (FINISHED 2ND)

WHAT DID YOU SEE IN YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR?

"I Just saw him closing in on me. He was way faster than me. He had four and we had two. I think two is definitely the right call. I Thought we got out there so far we were going to have a shot, but you can just never count them guys out. Jimmie's just a great race-car driver and Chad does a great job on the box, and they so have much confidence and they got four tires on it. I can't believe more people didn't get two. That would've helped us a little bit. But I saw him coming, did everything I could to hold him off. I Was too loose anyway, and those two tires just couldn't hang on to it."

AT THE END YOU ALMOST LOST IT A COUPLE OF TIMES. WAS THAT A CONCERN?

"I Was probably a little too far over my head. If I had to do it over again and I knew I was going to get beat, I probably wouldn't have ran Jimmie quite as hard as I did, because I thought I lost my car once and probably would've taken him with me. But, Jimmie's a great driver, I knew he was probably going to be pretty patient, racing for the championship, and we haven't won in forever. So, we were racing hard, trying to keep the win and couldn't do it."

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JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Fusion (finished 9th)

"It wasn't a bad day. Our car just was so slow on new tires. We could make up for it on the other end, but just not enough speed at the beginning."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion (finished 33rd)

"The guys left the lugnuts loose, and got us a couple of laps down. It's just frustrating -- very, very frustrating. We just couldn't get the handle right. It was just too loose, too tight a little bit sometimes. But, just couldn't get it fixed. We got pretty close at Kansas, but we're still just a little too far off. We just should be better than we are at places like this. Charlotte we were bad, terrible, and here we were terrible. I don't know why. We'll see. We'll keep working on it."

-credit: ford racing

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