GREG BIFFLE-66-Royal Office Products Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO HOLD OFF NEWMAN BEFORE THAT LAST RESTART? "His car runs really good off the caution and they really get going well, especially in that Busch car. We always see that, and I knew that he would probably pass me down there in turn one. I drove down in there and just lifted on the throttle a little bit, stuck the nose and held it to the floor all the way around, and he just drove past us like we had a parachute out the back. A couple of laps and these cars start sliding around and we can beat him, but on those short runs, we just can't run with him."

MARK MARTIN-9-Pennzoil Platinum Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)

"I want to thank the Pennzoil team for such a great job. It was a fast car in qualifying, fast in practice, fast on pit road and fast on the race track. Those other two guys could just roll the corner just a little bit faster than I could, but it wasn't a balance issue, so it wasn't something we could adjust for."


JON WOOD-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)

"This race reminded me of the race I won in Kansas. We would have lapped the field if I would have not had to go to the back some many different times. As for tonight, we could have easily had a top-five finish, but when there was a wreck in front of me, I went low to miss that and messed my fender up on the apron. Then I had radio trouble and didn't pit one time. Other than that, we had a good car."

IS THIS THE WAY YOU WANTED TO END THE SEASON? "We're running a lot better now than we were at the middle of the year. It's also good to finish a year out on a positive not."

COULD YOU USE THE ENTIRE RACE TRACK TO RACE TONIGHT? "Sometimes the top would work, and sometimes the bottom would work. My car, there wasn't any particular place it wanted to be."

DAVID GREEN-27-Kleenex Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)

YOU USED PIT STRATEGY TO GAIN TRACK POSITION AND IT SEEMED TO PAY OFF TONIGHT. "I misunderstood Stewart (Cooper, crew chief). We used a set of tires in practice yesterday, and I thought by saving a set we would have a set up on them, but that wasn't the case. A lot of times this year we've done a gas only and it's been terrible, but for once it wasn't bad. We just thought that track position and clean air was key because every time I put new tires on, other than the original at the start of the race, the car wasn't as good. The tires weren't matched up properly and it was loose, loose, loose. I'm proud of these guys. We were still kind of the underdogs on this deal and you see all the Cup guys up there on the leader board and we're up there with them now. I'm proud of these guys, and I'm proud of Stewart, a first time crew chief. Nobody gave us a prayer all year, and with Ford's help we were able to get to victory lane."

COULD YOU USE THE ENTIRE RACE TRACK TO RACE TONIGHT? "This race track is by far the best track that I've seen in a long, long time and maybe Humpy can watch what happened and make that track like this one."

CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 19th)

"I slid into the wall trying to make something happen late in the race and that hurt us. It was my fault. We had a pretty decent car on a real long run. It was terrible on the short run, and I should have just waited a little bit longer. I was just trying too hard too early. Either way we would have been top six."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR TOMORROW? "I learned a lot of stuff. This is extremely valuable and we learned a bunch and I think that's really going to pay off tomorrow. We learned about the track and the tires."

MATT KENSETH-17-Waste Management Ford Taurus (Finished 26th)


"We didn't have a bad car, we just broke a valve or something like that. We couldn't run with the leaders, but once we got our track position and a couple of other adjustments, I think we could have been a top-five car. It wasn't great, but it was going to be OK."

ASHTON LEWIS, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 43rd)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I was on the outside of the 5 car and I think he just got loose and took us both out. I had raced Mike Wallace like that for a long time and gave him enough room, and he knew had to drive it. It's just when you have inexperienced people out there, you try to give them all of the room in the world and it's still not enough. It's just frustrating. The way our way has been, it's probably the way it should have ended up. It's a tough deal, and we'll go back and make sure we build faster race cars so we're not back there racing those people."

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