MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 STP Ford Fusion -- (finished 6th, qualified 3rd) "Gary Cogswell has done a great job for us as a new crew chief. He got us all back on the same page. We got back to some basics. It's taken him seven races to get us ...
MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 STP Ford Fusion -- (finished 6th, qualified 3rd)
"Gary Cogswell has done a great job for us as a new crew chief. He got us all back on the same page. We got back to some basics. It's taken him seven races to get us there, but I feel like we're really starting to turn a corner. It was just a solid run. We didn't panic any where through the race. We didn't panic three, four or five races ago. We just knew that we had to get back to basics and understand what we had and start working it out."
WAS IT IMPORTANT HAVING A GOOD RUN GOING INTO NEXT WEEK'S DOUBLE DUTY? "I guess it justifies a little bit why were going out there. We're going out there to try and stay in the points and see if we can get ourselves back in the top-10, so it helps with that. That was good, so we'll try and do double duty next week and see how it goes."
DID THE CAR FEEL BETTER THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST? IS IT A HANDLING THING? "It's just understanding what these cars need. I haven't done a very good job of trying to get what I need and Gary has been good enough to listen to what I'm saying and make changes and we're heading in the right direction."
YOU RAN IN THE TOP 10 ALL NIGHT. "Yeah, it's a nice isn't it? It's a nice change. I'm pretty pumped with that. There's a lot of expectation on us this year being the second year. We want to get back to top 10 in points. We just want to run solid top-10s all week, every weekend. That's the first time we've generally been in the top 10 all day. I'm pretty proud of my guys."
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU'VE FOUND YOUR RHYTHM? "I think we're starting to understand what these cars need. Our team is working great combined between myself and the 47 team with sharing information and we're getting on top of it. As a team, we're moving forward."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion -- (finished 7th, qualified 26th)
A NICE FINISH FOR NOT HAVING PRACTICE TIME. "Yeah, we had a third place car tonight. The 18 and the 20 were the definitely the class of the field. We just had no motor and we couldn't pass. The car was about as perfect as it could be back in traffic. I took a third place car and finished seventh. I'm disappointed. It could have been a lot better. But we still gotta keep working, man. We've got to work where we could outrun those Gibbs cars. On a perfect night to finish seventh, that's not good enough."
BRAD COLEMAN -- No. 27 Cottonelle/Meijer Ford Fusion -- (finished 15th, qualified 5th)
"It took me two Lucky Dogs and a lot of luck to get a top-15 finish. I'm happy with it. This was our best run of the year and it's hard to complain about that. The Cottonelle Ford Fusion started off loose in the race. We had a pretty good race car. We had a top-10 race car, but as the night went on it just got looser and looser. I was driving that thing as hard as I could saving it in every corner. We just got lucky with being so good at the beginning that we never got a lap down for long and finished on the lead lap."
WHY WAS IT GETTING SO LOOSE AND HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO FIX IT? "The crew did something to left rear to try and fix it. It helped it a little bit, but I think a lot of it has to do with aero and a lot of it has to do with the general set-up of the car. It felt a lot softer this weekend than it has any weekend. So, I think that might have something to do with it."
CAN YOU TAKE A FINISH FROM TONIGHT INTO MILWAUKEE? "Yeah, I love Milwaukee. I started fourth last year there and finished fourth. I know that race track just like I know Kentucky. I'm excited about going there. It's a short track and we have good short track cars."
BOBBY HAMILTON JR. -- No. 25 Curly's/John Morrell Ford Fusion -- (finished 21st, qualified 20th)
"It was a rough night. We battled motor stuff all day long. And having to make up for that so much through the corner that you can't and then your car gets way off and the chassis gets way off. We're trying to correct something we can't fix because we don't build them."
-credit: ford racing