IPS: Kentucky: Post-race quotes

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The REV 1 Racing team worked hard this weekend. We had that engine blow up this morning in practice. It really wasn't what we needed because we needed to work on the car a...

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The REV 1 Racing team worked hard this weekend. We had that engine blow up this morning in practice. It really wasn't what we needed because we needed to work on the car a bit more. We didn't have a chance to do it. The team came through, did what they need to do to keep that thing together. Started out a little out of balance, jacked it around, got it where we wanted it at the end. We were just too far back by the time we got there. We'll take it. We'll take it home in one piece, and go home with it."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank Old-Republic Land Title Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We came here to have our best result, and in that respect, we were totally successful. Qualifying was a huge disappointment because we were a lot faster than the time indicated. After that, we started to change setups for the race and hit a good combination. The car was a little unstable with an understeer in the draft, so I had to keep the right-front wing in the airflow. I never could really get a great drafting pass situation. But the fifth-place finish helps morale and the budget. Really looking forward to taking what we learned to St. Louis."

TONY TURCO (No. 43 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products/Team I.S.I. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a fantastic run. The speedway was great to us. The car was a little less desirable than we wanted. The morning practice crash left us out in the cold, so we sort of took a step backward. It was good for me to come out the first time and qualify top 10 and finish top 10. It was good first time to come out of the box, other than a win."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Starting from behind, I got behind at the beginning and had the mishap. After that, I rode along for the next 40 laps. We're not sure what the problem was, and we're looking at it."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Luyendyk Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The beginning went pretty well. We were running pretty strong. It just seemed the car faded when we blistered our right-front tire. I think that's the major issue because we could run like six-tenths quicker then we could in the race in practice. Once you're out of the slipstream, you're just a bystander, and you have to wait for people to catch up with you. It's unfortunate, but it looks like the championship is not going that great now. We were in really good position to win it, but right now none of the top guys are falling out or having bad races, and I keep having bad races. The first race went bad, and this race went bad. We just don't have a handle on a one-and-a-half mile track, so we'll put our heads together. Hopefully in Gateway we can pull out a win."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We had a great race. Everyone did a real good job out there, and the track conditions were real nice. We tested last week, and it worked out. We tested with Jason (Priestley), and certainly our hopes and prayers are with him now. From here we're going to test in St. Louis, and then head on to the next race."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "At the start of the race, we had that spin and kind of got loose. We got the car working good, and then it looks like we just shredded a belt somewhere in the motor or something drivetrain-related. It's a shame. That's the best race car we've had yet in the series, and we think we could have done something with it today."

RYAN HAMPTON (No. 34 Ryan Hampton/CGF Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We were kind of worried about how the track condition was, so we decided to raise the car up a little bit to try to understeer as opposed to oversteer from yesterday. We went a little too far. From the start of the race I had a pretty good push, especially in traffic. When I was on my own, it was OK, but as soon as somebody got in front of me, the front end was washing out. And halfway through the race, the car started losing power and finally blew up. The funny thing was, it blew up right after the start-finish line, so I held on right to the very end. It was a fun race."

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