BUSCH: Ford Racing Rockingham II race quotes

JEFF GREEN --10-- Nesquik Taurus "The Nesquik Ford was really awesome today. With all the lap traffic we were still able to hold our lead over Kenny. Like I said earlier, we beat 42 of these guys out here today, we just couldn't beat NASCAR.

JEFF GREEN --10-- Nesquik Taurus

"The Nesquik Ford was really awesome today. With all the lap traffic we were still able to hold our lead over Kenny. Like I said earlier, we beat 42 of these guys out here today, we just couldn't beat NASCAR. They lost it for us. They said one to go there on the red flag, but why red flag it anyway -- you've only got three laps to go. They said one to go and everybody pitted but me and when those guys couldn't get caught up, they went one to go again and gave them another lap to get caught up. We ran out of gas. We were able to get going again, but the banks ran me out of gas. I hate it for my guys. They had an awesome race car for us. This is my next to last race with them and we dominated this race, we just couldn't beat NASCAR today."

WAS FUEL A CONCERN AT THAT POINT? "Not really. If they would have gone when they said we were gonna go, we would have been fine but they opted to go another lap because all of the guys that pitted didn't get caught up. They gave it to Kenny Wallace. Kenny Wallace ran good, don't get me wrong. I'm glad for him that he won the race, but this yellow car with Nesquik on the side of it should have been in victory lane."

THAT WAS A TOUGH ENDING? "It was a tough ending for us. We had a great car all day. Our Nesquik Ford was really good. We were a little loose at first, but the guys made a great call and got my car tighter. I was able to drive it a lot harder and I was able to get through lap traffic. Kenny was able to catch me a little bit, but we were able to hold our own and pull back away from him. I'm just mad at NASCAR. John Darby and all those guys are smart guys, but they pulled a pretty dumb move today. All of those guys pitted and when they pitted they weren't gonna be able to get caught back up, so they gave them another lap. Our car ran out of gas on the banks of the race track and they were able to get by me. It's just frustrating when you lead that many laps and then you get beat by somebody that you're not supposed to get beat by and that's the division. We beat 42 cars today, we just got beat by NASCAR I think."

JASON KELLER --57-- Albertson's Taurus

PIT STRATEGY PLAYED A KEY ROLE TODAY AT THE END. "We took on two tires and it was just unfortunate that my teammate ran out of fuel. I was already committed to go to the bottom and I checked up because I didn't want to get black-flagged there for passing on the inside. That allowed a couple cars to get by me, but, all in all, it was a good day."

ANY THOUGHTS OF TAKING ON FOUR TIRES THAT LAST STOP OR WAS TRACK POSITION MORE IMPORTANT? "At the time we needed track position. I don't know if we could have taken four and got track position. We were running fourth before that last deal, but that last restart is what really hurt us the most."

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN SHOCKED WHEN JEFF DIDN'T GO ON THE RESTART. "I was on the inside and had already committed myself to the inside. I knew he went and then stopped and when he stopped I checked up. I didn't want to get black-flagged, so I lost some positions. That's the way it goes."

ELTON SAWYER --98-- Starter Taurus

"We kind of struggled with our chassis all day and right there at the end we decided to pit and get four tires. There are 34 races and they all average out. In the first race here, we were running something like fifth or sixth and we elected not to get tires and those guys got tires. We ended up getting in a wreck, so at least we learned from our mistakes in the spring and salvaged a decent finish out of it. Our car wasn't as good as it needed to be by any means, but sometimes you'd rather be lucky than good."

-Ford Racing-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace