MARK GREEN-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 35th) WHAT HAPPENED IN TURN 4? "We kind of cycled around on pit stops, which, that works, but it just took our car four or five laps to get going. The car just wouldn't grip the race track until...
MARK GREEN-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 35th)
WHAT HAPPENED IN TURN 4? "We kind of cycled around on pit stops, which, that works, but it just took our car four or five laps to get going. The car just wouldn't grip the race track until the tires got some heat in them. Guys are just out there like they're running at South Boston. They're going 180 mph and they're jacking people up, rooting and gouging and banging. Junior is one of the best drivers around and someone jacked him up and he couldn't hang on to it. I thought I could get by him before he came down, but he just barely caught us. It's just another week of being at the right place at the right time for bad luck. We just can't catch a break."
JEFF BURTON-9-GAIN Ford Taurus (Finished 30th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "We lost early in the race. We lost voltage, but had enough to run the thing, and then it got better. For some reason, it got better. We turned everything off, and it went up to 13 volts, but then on that run, for some reason, it went down to eight and it wasn't enough power to run it. It's just not enough power, and we could have come in and changed batteries and finished the race, but we would have been a bunch of laps down. The GAIN team is about winning races and not about making points, so we elected not to do it."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"The guys on the Nesquik Ford Taurus are the ones that really gave me this finish. I actually rode them this weekend. They carried me this weekend. They brought a great race car. We made some adjustments and it got tighter. We tried to free it up and it got too free in, and Harold knew that and he just let me experiment, and it ended up coming right back to where we were when we unloaded and we were pretty good."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
DID YOU COME IN FOR TIRES BECAUSE IT WAS A SINGLE-FILE RESTART AT THE END? "Definitely, that was the thinking with a single-file restart. We talked about putting four tires on it and Randy left it up to me. He told there were seven cars on the lead lap and there ended up being 10 because a couple of guys got back. But, I figured half of those guys would stop, so I would only have five to go through, but nobody stopped but us. It was a great effort by the Grainger team, and we're just thinking about Jeff Purvis back home and hope he's getting better. I just want to go home and put some ice on my ribs and my shoulders."
TALK ABOUT THE LAST LAP. "I was trying to figure out what I was going to do, and I figured that Jeff is a smart man and he's going to put it on the bottom - Jeff Green - and that was my only choice down there, to run the high or knock him out of the way. I could have bumped him out of the way really easy, and we don't want to race like that, and he doesn't race us like that. I figured I would try the high side, but it didn't quite stick."
RANDY GOSS, Crew Chief-60-Grainger Ford Taurus
WHO MADE THE CALL TO TAKE ON TIRES AT THE END OF THE RACE? "It was culmination of a bunch of things. I forgot that we had a set of tires left because you can them off 1, 2, 3. When we put the set on under green, it kinda gets you off your game a little bit, and Brad (Parrott) yells at me, 'You still have a set of tires left.' At that point, I looked at the monitor and we were in seventh, but when the 21 car let some of those guys get back on the lead lap, that hurt us a little bit. I just told Biffle, 'We're in the top seven and have a set of tires left,' so he made the call basically. Any time that you can give him tires, he wants them."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
YOU WERE ONE WELL-TIMED CAUTION AWAY FROM REMAINING ON THE LEAD LAP. "Well, we tried to stay out as long as we could at the end. We just missed the setup and fought back all day long. We fought back all we could, and that's all I have to say."
DID THE NUMBER OF CAUTIONS MAKE IT TOUGH TO FIND A RHYTHM? "That actually helped us today. We were running hot most of the race and that helped us to try to keep the engine cooler. That worked in our favor a little bit."
WITH THE CAR OVERHEATING, DID YOU TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS NOT TO LOSE GROUND IN THE POINTS RACE? "We just wanted to make sure that we didn't dig ourselves in a big hole leaving here and we came out of it OK."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 7th)
YOU LED 33 LAPS EARLY IN THE RACE, BUT YOUR LAST PIT STOP SEEMED TO HURT YOUR CHANCES AT WINNING TODAY. "It was just one of those days. I think we kinda lost track of the race track. We got tight at the end with that last sets of tires compared to the first sets. And, traffic was so bad, the aero stuff, you had to be out front because once we were out front, we were fine. Still, it's another top 10 for the Marines Ford, and it was a great motor from Robert Yates. If we had the car a little bit better, I think we had a chance. The car that won it, we could have outrun him easy. That's not to take anything away from he 21, but it was just one of those deals that we had to come back from the back and we were lucky to get a top-10, so we'll take it."
DID THE NUMBER OF CAUTION FLAGS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO GET A FEEL FOR THE TRACK? "It did a little bit. Just traffic and aero stuff, that was the big thing. The track was so slick today. Usually, the old Charlotte, last year, you could move up and get away from somebody to get clean air, and this time you couldn't. You would get up there and slide around and whatever. It's kinda like a one-groove race track for some, but in the beginning of the race, we could go up top or whatever we needed to do to pass. I just think lost track of the race track a little bit. Getting back behind there really just killed it because we didn't have clean air. Like I said, we got another top 10 and that's what we've got to keep doing."