STEPHEN LEICHT - No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion - (finished 5th, qualified 10th) "We had a great run tonight. My guys did a great job. We bounced back from earlier. We left the catch line cap line in there and had to come down the first...
STEPHEN LEICHT - No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion - (finished 5th, qualified 10th)
"We had a great run tonight. My guys did a great job. We bounced back from earlier. We left the catch line cap line in there and had to come down the first caution of the race. Otherwise, I think we would have had a top three run. This thing was really good on the topside after about 10 laps, it just took it a while for it to get going. We needed a longer run there at the end and couldn't get it."
FINISHING WITH MARK MARTIN AND MATT KENSETH, THIS HAS TO BE A THRILL FOR YOU. "I had a blast all night racing with these guys. We raced clean and raced two and three wide all night long. There at the end we were racing hard for the last couple of spots and never touched each other. That's what racing is all about." THIS IS A SOLID FINISH FOR YOU TONIGHT. "Yeah, it was. That's what we were looking for. We wanted to come out here and have a good points day. I don't know what the numbers look like, but that might have got us into the top-15 and if it did, that's a big win for us."
BOBBY HAMILTON JR. - No. 35 McDonald's Ford Fusion - (finished 8th, qualified 34th)
"We got a little bit of luck, but I'll take it. But we were really strong all day. For some reason, we kept playing with the fuel mileage stuff. We came in one time and I said that it would help us or hurt us. It ended up working out for us. Either way, we were still 12th or 15th place car. This is the same car we took to Texas and Ford allowed us to go to the seven-post shaker test. We picked up because Ford is helping us so much. We got some help from those guys and you can see it. We had momentum going into the race and we'll take this into next year. We're looking to get our sponsor agreement signed for next year and go to Daytona."
THIS IS A SOLID FINISH FOR YOU. "It's momentum. All the guys are high-fiving but this is like a win for us. And this is what we need to get going to the tests and heading into Daytona. The folks at Ford have been helping us a lot and I really can't thank them enough for everything they did. I appreciate their help. A top-10 finish in the points is incredible compared to how competitive these Cup guys are and it shows how good my team is. Our main goal now is to set plans for 2008 and win some races."
MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion - (finished 10th, qualified 18th)
"We got lucky out there. We really weren't that good and we've been unlucky a lot of times. We've had some good cars and not had top-10s and today we were able to turn it around. We're top-10 in drivers points, and top-20 in owner's points so everyone back at the shop is probably really happy."
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON. "It's been a really solid year for us. Performance wise, I'd probably give us a B-minus, for everything else, it's been an A-plus year. I'm secure with my sponsor Kingsford, I'm so proud of their support. I'm here in this series and now I have 12 months of experience under my belt. The team believes in me and Ford supports me. We've got a lot of great things going on. We have a great future for next year and I'm really excited about it."
THIS IS A GREAT TRANSITION INTO THE OFF SEASON. "We've got a lot of hard work to do before next year and there's no guarantee for next year. But I feel like we've achieved something - something to be proud of as a team. My guys have worked hard all year, we've struggled a bit, but it's great to give them something they can enjoy over the break."
KELLY BIRES - No. 47 Clorox/American Red Cross Ford Fusion - (finished 20th, qualified 24th)
"We had a good long run race car and we knew that in practice and that's what we worked on. It showed after about 20 laps and we were turning some pretty fast times on the race track. We could have had a top-five finish easy tonight, but one lap got us. We pitted and gained spots on pit road when the green flag came out and there wasn't anything we could do about it."
WERE YOU PLAYING THE FUEL MILEAGE STRATEGY? "No, we held out as long as we could before we pitted. You take a chance in running out of fuel, knowing that you have to pit anyway. The caution got us and put us a lap down, then we were on the tail end of the longest line. We were a fifth-place car if the race could have stayed green, but there was nothing we could do."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion - (finished 33rd, qualified 1st)
"I guess I downshifted too late, locked the rear brakes up a bit. I spun out and caught the side of the car. I didn't think we were that bad, but blew a right rear [tire] and it blew our right rear quarter panel all up. I thought we were going to be fine but the tire got caught. We'll learn from it. Our we've got a pretty good Discount Tire Ford here, so we'll fix it and probably run it at California next year."
-credit: ford racing