JON WOOD -- No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion (Finished 43rd) WHAT HAPPENED? "I honestly don't know. We obviously had trouble in qualifying and we had to go to the back, but I was passing cars. The next thing I know, I don't know. It just took off. ...
JON WOOD -- No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion (Finished 43rd)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I honestly don't know. We obviously had trouble in qualifying and we had to go to the back, but I was passing cars. The next thing I know, I don't know. It just took off. I don't know if something broke or what happened, but something did happen. It was very unfortunate." IT LOOKED LIKE THE STEERING WHEEL CAME OFF IS THAT WHAT HAPPENED? "I wish I could use that excuse. I don't know. From the replay that I saw earlier, it does indicate that something broke. I don't know what because I was driving along and the next thing I know it's in pieces and I'm hearing, 'Are you OK? Are you OK?' I'm fine. I hate it for Clorox and I hate it for all of my guys. We've had nothing but bad luck here at Bristol the whole day." HOW ARE YOU FEELING? "You can't stop a train. You can derail it, but you can't stop it."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 25 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Finished 35th)
"It just got hot. We were having some overheating problems all day and we came in and took some tape off of it, but it just wasn't enough. It just got too hot. We cooked her. It's just a shame. Our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion was pretty good today. We didn't have a winning car, but we weren't in danger of going a lap down and we were doing what we needed to do to get a good finish. We just don't have any luck right now, but I'm real proud of the guys. We unloaded here and, overall minus the finish, we had a good weekend. We had good practices and a good qualifying effort, we just came up a little bit short here in the race."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"I was too tight on those last set of tires. We were real good before that and I just got too tight and I just couldn't even quite get to him. I just couldn't quite get it done. At the end of the run we were OK, but when we got tied up with Ryan it kind of bent my fender in and I think it knocked my toe up a little and I was just too tight after that to get anything done. It was a great race. The Dish Network guys did a good job. We just didn't quite have enough to get to him. I wish we could have got to him and made it a little more exciting."
TODD KLUEVER -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)
"It was a bad day for us but a really good finish for what we probably should have had out of here. I can't say enough about Eddie and all these guys on this 3M car. They never q uit. They just keep working and working. I worked hard in the car, too. I had a little problem with the alternator and had to kill all the fans, so it was a rather warm day with no cool box. After all we had been through and we got in that second wreck and they beat the hood back down and taped it up I said, 'After all we've been through today, they aren't gonna knock us out of this one.' I'm just really proud of the guys. We should have been out of here with about a 25th-place finish, but they fought hard and got a 12th-place finish. I was just a little too loose there at the end."
THE FIRST WRECK WAS CLASSIC BRISTOL WHERE EVERYONE CHECKED UP. "There's just nowhere to go when they wreck on the straightaway like that. I was really disappointed. Eddie's pit strategy was perfect, but for some reason we really got the shaft on that deal. We were supposed to be the leader. Everybody pitted and we stayed out. As far as I could tell, that means we were the leader. I don't know what the deal was. I know a pit open light didn't come on or whatever, but we were supposed to be the leader. I'm really disappointed about that. That would have been a solid top 10 run, if not a top 5, and for lack of a better term we got the shaft on it. I'm a little bit upset about that. We're gonna have to figure out how that keeps happening and how to get that fixed."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 37 Cub Cadet Ford Fusion (Finished 7th) -- "I thought we had a better race car than that. I was real disappointed. The guys did a great job, I just must have got the chassis off a tiny bit there at the end unfortunately. But we still ended up with a top 10 and that's pretty decent."
MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion (Finished 28th)
THERE MUST BE NOTHING WORSE THAN HAVING TO RIDE AROUND ALL THOSE LAPS AFTER GETTING COLLECTED IN THAT EARLY WRECK. "It was really difficult because I was just trying to stay out of the way. You're on the bottom groove and all the marbles and you're clipping the apron all the time trying to keep out of the way and it was just a long, long day. We just kept ticking off those race laps and somehow finished with a 28th-place. I was trying to do the right thing up there, but you can't help it when someone just knocks you out."
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WRECK? "I haven't seen the video of it, but someone got racy there. I gave him plenty of room and somehow we still made contact."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Scotts Miracle Gro Ford Fusion
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- "I just can't thank Matt Kenseth enough for racing me that clean. He's so great here and it means the world to beat him. He had my heart beating for sure. My thanks to Coca-Cola and Scotts and Office Depot and my crew. This is so much fun."
THE 5 CAR WAS COMING TOO. "Kyle is unbelievable here. It looked like racing back in Missouri back on dirt. He'd pitch it in the corner and just slide it all the way around."
NASCAR RULED IN YOUR FAVOR ON THE PIT ROAD ISSUE. "Let me go on the record for saying that, as far as I've been here, that's unprecedented for them to make a judgment call and try to fix a problem and fix a mistake. I cannot thank NASCAR enough. I'm proud to be a part of a sport on a day like that. When they can do something like that, it means a lot."
YOU NOW HAVE A 'W' AT BRISTOL. "It's unbelievable, man. Bristol is awesome."
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