MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 14th) "It went OK. I thought I got on pit road as good as I could get on it, really. I may have left a little bit there and my laps on the track probably weren't the greatest, and I don't...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 14th)
"It went OK. I thought I got on pit road as good as I could get on it, really. I may have left a little bit there and my laps on the track probably weren't the greatest, and I don't think our pit stop was very good, so I don't think that will end up very sporty."
THOUGHTS ON FOUR 25-LAP SEGMENTS TOMORROW. "You just run as hard as you can without wrecking, kind of like you do every week. You might be a little more reckless than normal, but you still don't want to wreck so you go out there and race hard and try to be there in that last segment."
DO YOU LIKE THE FACT THERE'S NO INVERSION THIS YEAR? "Yeah. The inversion thing was cool in a way, but in another way it was kind of a joke. Everybody knew what it was and they would just drive around fighting for eighth."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th)
"That was good. The guys had a good pit stop. I didn't get on pit road quite as hard as I needed to, but I saw a couple of those guys spin out and Carl, I think, I don't know if he missed it or what, but he got a penalty for that and, I don't know, it didn't seem worth it. Track position is gonna be important and even though you've got 100 laps, to start 20th or 25th -- whatever it would be if you got caught speeding -- doesn't seem worth it."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NO INVERSION TOMORROW? "I'm glad they're not doing that because I don't think guys race as hard as they can if you invert cars, and it's so hard to pass now with the car of tomorrow and the tires and the way this race track is, I think the fans will get a better show if guys can come in and work on their during the pit stop and then you have the fastest guys up front."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)
"That was a great run for us. I was a little bit nervous and I was a little hot getting onto pit road, so I had to give a little back. I was speeding at the first box, across the line, but it's a timed box, so I slowed down and gave some time back to make sure I wasn't too fast in the first segment. I really need to go back and see what my pit road speed was -- average -- for that box, so I think I may have given up a couple tenths in that box. But the guys ripped off a great pit stop, so we'll have to go back and look at the segments and see where we gave up a little bit. We're fourth right now with no penalties, so that's good for us."
DO YOU LIKE YOUR SITUATION GOING INTO TOMORROW? "I really do. The Dish Network Ford Fusion car, the guys have done a great job. It is fast and driving as good as it was at Darlington, and I'm pretty excited about that."
A NICE BOUNCE BACK FROM DARLINGTON? "It is because one of the issues is our test was mediocre here at best. We were about a 15th-place car and in practice today we were a top-three car for sure and looked to be one of the best on that lap-tracker for race laps, so that's big confidence for us. I was a little nervous coming back here because we haven't run that good, but we're looking good now."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO START UP FRONT IN THIS RACE? "It's pretty important. Track position is gonna be key because guys are gonna be going crazy. These cars, naturally, we know are aero-tight and you get back there in that pack beating and banging, and as loose as we're driving them, when you get back there two and three-wide, it's easy to spin out. It'll be easy to spin out up front with how fast we're going here, but we'll see."
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