Homestead: Ford teams race quotes

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Ortho Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) It was a lot of fun. We needed a couple of more lap. We got off sequence; we had those tires. I just appreciate all of the fans coming out here and supporting our sport. We have the...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Ortho Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

It was a lot of fun. We needed a couple of more lap. We got off sequence; we had those tires. I just appreciate all of the fans coming out here and supporting our sport. We have the greatest fans in the world. And I'm just proud of Ford Motor Company. I've got to say congrats to Kyle and those guys. We finished second to them in the championship, but those guys have really been a classic deal. I was just telling them that I didn't have the heart to run into them. It was the only way I was going to get by them by the finish line. I dove down there and got a good look at it, and I was thinking right about here, 'No, I better not.' But that's racing. We had a good time racing with these guys and I'm pretty excited to go to Daytona. I hope to see some of these fans at Daytona in February."

CAN YOU DESCRIBE IN THE CLOSING LAPS STAYING OUT AND NOT GETTING TIRES WHEN MOST DID, AND THEN COMING IN LATER WHEN THE LEADERS DIDN'T? "Well, Mike thought we were fast enough to race with these guys with the tires we had, but we weren't, but we had a set of tires left, and it ended up working out. You know, we almost got to him. I just raced a little too hard and burned up my tires and didn't have enough for him there at the end. I've just got to thank Ortho; they built a better mousetrap. It's a great deal. And our car is a good mousetrap, we just didn't get it right tonight. We'll get 'em next year."

YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT'S BEEN ON THE CUP SIDE, BUT THE NATIONWIDE SERIES HAS BEEN AN UPLIFTING PART TO THE SEASON. "Yeah. People ask me why I run the Nationwide Series, and yesterday in practice I was thinking, 'This is why.' I'm having a blast, we've got fast race cars, I'm proud to represent Ford in the series. We didn't win the championship, but ran second to a team that's really unparalleled in their performance. So, I'm ready to go next year. We've got some great sponsors. We'll go at it again."

ON FINISHING SECOND. "This was a good run. I would've loved to won tonight, but this is good. We performed the best we could."

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JASON KELLER -- No. 27 USPS Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

"It was a good run for us on this mile-and-a-half track. We get close to that top-10 and that's good for us. I felt like our car was a little better than that. We just couldn't get track position. It was a consistent night, not a great not, but it was just consistent. I thought we had put ourselves out of sequence with the leaders to capitalize, if the caution would have fell our way. We tried everything we could to put ourselves in a position to get a top-10 finish but we were just a little short."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)

"We stayed out when everybody else pitted and that got us behind. We had a good car on the long runs, but no matter what we did for tires in a 10-lap shootout we weren't gonna look very pretty. So it was really good on long runs, but we couldn't get going on the start for some reason. We just had a real tough night on pit road. We didn't get tires when everybody else did, and then we got tires and came out last on that pit stop -- 15th -- and with 10 laps to go it was just hard to go anywhere."

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PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Richmond/Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)

"I learned a lot for tomorrow night. The track kind of changed and didn't do what I thought it would do as far as changing the balance, so I definitely learned some things for tomorrow night and we can adjust accordingly. We did the best we could do as far as strategy goes. You're kind of damned if you do and damned if you don't, so I think we played that the best we could. We just got behind on some adjustments and over-adjusted one time."

-credit: ford racing

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