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BILLY PARKER -15-Replica Race Cars Ford Taurus (Finished 35th) WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know. We got in a tangle there the first five or six laps of the race. We were just racing hard, and those guys didn't get impatient, they were just...

BILLY PARKER -15-Replica Race Cars Ford Taurus (Finished 35th)

WHAT HAPPENED?

"I don't know. We got in a tangle there the first five or six laps of the race. We were just racing hard, and those guys didn't get impatient, they were just trying to make position and I happened to be the one to get hit. I got hit a couple times. We went back out and pulled the fenders off the tires. The front end is all out of whack right now and I was just trying to keep it off the wall and I went back out trying to stay out of everybody's way, just making laps and trying to get some experience. I don't know, I just ran out of room trying to give everybody room. I was trying to give everybody room, and you don't know. It was just one of those deals. There's no grip, so I'm sure it wasn't anybody's fault. Everybody was just sliding around trying to keep from hitting each other."

JEFF GREEN -10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)

THIS BRINGS YOUR WHIRLWIND DAY TO A CLOSE.

"We had a car to win the race, and I just messed up and got under Billy (Parker) and took him out. He didn't leave me enough room down there, and I tried to turn so that I wouldn't hit him and I slid into him and took us both out. I tore my car up, and these guys did a heck of a job to get us back to where we were; we were one of the fastest race cars on the track there at the end. We just needed some long greens. Those cautions were killing us like usual. I'm just happy for these guys; I just wish we could get in Victory Lane. We had a good car and I just messed it up tonight."

WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER HAVING ANOTHER DAY LIKE TODAY WHERE YOU RAN IN ALL THREE CARS?

"Yeah, I'd do it again, but I'm not going to plan it. If it happens, it happens, but I'm not going to plan it."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO STAY HYDRATED OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY?

"I think I'm pretty good right now. I asked for a bottle of water during the red flag, but I guess NASCAR thought they were going to bring me nitrous or something, so they wouldn't let me have one. It was hot when the car stopped. It was a good day for us. We lost points again; those guys we're racing were right in front of us. It's a hard place to pass, but I'm pretty proud of what we did, to come back from as far as we did."

JASON KELLER -57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 5th)

"We're consistent, we're battling up front and we're doing what we need to do. We're racing hard and we just can't catch them. Sometimes, when it's your time, it's your time. We just need to be there to capitalize if they falter."

WAS PIT STRATEGY AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN YOUR OUTCOME?

"We actually took a lot longer in the pits because we were making major changes to the car. The car just shocked me that it was as tight as it was. I would have never thought in a million years that it would be like that, but it was. We didn't have bad pit stops, it just took us a lot longer to make sure we made changes, and we lost some positions in the process. We made it back up the race track, though."

DID THE RED FLAG HURT YOUR MOMENTUM?

"I think it did. I had already gotten beside Biffle and I was feeling really good with where my car was, but that's just the way it goes."

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD SOMETHING FOR THE GUYS UP FRONT ON THE LAST RESTART?

"I really did. We had a great car, but track position was just so key. We got mired back there a little bit, but we didn't have a bad pit stop. We came in to make changes to the race car; I want everybody to know that. My guys definitely did not have a bad pit stop. We made the car better so I was able to gain track position on the race track. I got back through there. Man, I got another top five, but Harvick is pulling away winning these things every week. We just keep the Albertsons Ford really consistent and keep going, and we'll hopefully be there if he falters."

YOU'VE WON HERE TWICE, BUT HOW STRESSFUL IS THIS RACE TRACK?

"I love it. We just keep going; I love it. The fans are great and it's really a lot of fun."

GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) - "The guys did a great job and we had a good pit stop. We didn't do much on that pit stop; we just put four tires on it. The car wasn't as nearly as good as it was in the beginning. I'm not sure why, and we need to do our homework and figure out why it wasn't as good on the second run. We only had to stop once tonight, but it's still a good run for Kevin and his guys. We're just happy to be up there." THE POINTS RACE CONTINUES TO BE A BATTLE. "It does. I hope I led the most laps, and if I did then the points will be even as when we came in here. I think I led quite a bit of the race, maybe 100 laps, so I think I got that, so we're dead even." WAS THE 98 HOLDING YOU UP AT THE END? "It was and I was a lot faster, but I couldn't get down on the bottom and get forward grip. He had the groove I needed; I couldn't do anything with him. On colder tires I could do something. I got down there and got some forward grip, and I kind of shoved him up in the middle of the corner because I was little bit tighter than I thought I was going to be. It was just a good run for us on colder tires. That red flag got us second place." YOU LED A LOT EARLY AND CHOSE TO PIT MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE WHILE OTHERS PITTED EARLIER. DID THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? "It might have. I don't think it was as much that as the second set of tires wasn't near as good as the first set. The Grainger Ford was awesome in the beginning and we just fell off at the end. The second set wasn't as good as the first set. If it was, I could have run up there and messed with them a little bit. Even if it was 250 laps, I might have had something for the 2. My car was getting better on the long run and I was gaining on him at the end there, but that's all I had." IT SEEMS THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO YOU CAN'T GAIN GROUND ON KEVIN HARVICK. "We're tied tonight because I led the most laps and he finished one spot ahead of me, so it's dead even on the points race for tonight. That's all we can hope for - dead even-and not let him gain."

ELTON SAWYER -98-Purdue University/Starter Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)

IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD A GAME PLAN FROM THE START OF THE RACE.

"We did. Ricky (Viers) and I stayed up last night, ate pizza, watched the truck race and had a strategy. We stayed with it by pitting on lap 50, and it was a long shot, but our car was off a little bit early and we had to pit and we needed to do something a little bit different than everybody else. I'm tickled to death; it was a great race car. We had a fast race car and we had 150 laps on our tires. I don't know how many they had on theirs. We had an awful good race car and I couldn't be more happy unless we won the race." HOW WAS THE GIVE-UP ON THE TIRES? "It wasn't bad. We needed the longer runs. When we first took off there, we were good; the car was fast. Chad (Little) worked his way to us, he and the 2, and we really felt we were going to hold Greg off. We really didn't need that last caution. He got a really got start and got off into (Turn) 1 and got beside us and did what he had to do."

DID THE RED FLAG COST YOU A TOP-THREE FINISH?

"It was really the same for everybody. We didn't need it, but that's just part of racing. To bounce back from last week. Last week was pretty tough for all my guys and they really dug deep inside and found a way to get it back. We qualified fourth and we ran fourth, so I'm happy."

YOU PITTED ON LAP 50 AND RAN THE REST OF THE WAY. WAS THAT THE DIFFERENCE?

"Well, I think so.  We had a great car.
We knew earlier in the day that we had a good race car.  When started the
race, we were a little bit tight so we needed to stop when we did.  It
was a great call on Ricky's part.  We got four Goodyears and we came back
out.  I knew we had a long way to go there, and I was just going to run
as hard as I could for as long as I could.  We didn't need the cautions
there at the end.  I thought we probably had a third-place car."

IT LOOKED LIKE THAT LAST CAUTION HURT YOU THE MOST.

"It did. We needed to keep heat in our tires, and when they put all the Stay Dry down on the front straightaway, it was the same for everybody. Greg got a pretty good run on us going down into (Turn) 1 and we exchanged some paint down there, but that's just some good, hard Saturday night racing; it's a lot of fun. I wish we had more race tracks like this. We're building more of these 1.5-mile race tracks, and I don't think the fans are getting the type of racing they need to see. If they didn't like the race tonight, then they'll never like the race."

SHANE HALL -63-Lance Snacks Ford Taurus (Finished 24th)

YOU HAD A GREAT QUALIFYING EFFORT, BUT YOU SPENT THE EARLY PART OF THE RACE GOING IN AND OUT OF THE PITS.

"We started out good. The car was really good in qualifying. We faded a little bit and we're looking at the right-front shock to see if we had a little problem there. It didn't look like it has any rebound in it, but we just faded there. We didn't get the type of finish we were hoping for; we were hoping to run pretty good here. We'll just have to try to see if we can't get our Michigan stuff straightened out and see if we can get something started there."

DOES THE OFF WEEKEND HELP WITH THAT?

"We need it off. We're trying to get our Michigan car done right now, so we'll need it off. We're not building a new car, but we changed the body on one to go there, so we need all the time we can get to get it ready."

-Ford Racing

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