DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 24th) "Our car was good. We had to start dead last because of the qualifying deal and the car was really good, so we decided not to pit and take tires. We were in third and I drove into...
DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"Our car was good. We had to start dead last because of the qualifying deal and the car was really good, so we decided not to pit and take tires. We were in third and I drove into three and somebody must have been right up underneath my back bumper or something. That got me loose and I slid up into David Ragan. I stayed in the gas and then came down and when we were three-wide just as we got to that thing the hole closed up and ended our night early. It's a shame, but we were running good. I feel good about our car and feel good about what we learned for next week. I'm looking forward to coming back."
WE'RE SEEING SOME BIG MOVES OUT THERE. "Yeah, I think everybody out there would be racing different if it was a points race. Only two positions count."
DO YOU THINK RAGAN TAPPED YOU FOR TAPPING HIM EARLY? "That's what they said, but I don't think so. We were going and it just got real narrow. I was in the middle and the hole just kind of closed up there."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE STRATEGY OF NO TIRES? "I think track position was really important, but, more importantly, this 3M Ford Fusion is driving really good. I got a little too aggressive. I've got too much of a qualifying setup in it, so it's a little harsh to drive on the front tires. Out front it's really, really good and I'm excited about making the All-Star Race."
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN WIN? "I'm pretty tight. We're gonna have to do some adjusting on this car, but it's a little rigid on the front. We'll have to wait and see, but if I get track position and we free it up a little bit, they're gonna have their hands full."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 10th and voted in by fans to All-Star Race)
"It means the world for the fans to vote us in. Hopefully, I can go out there and make them feel good about it and run well, and represent all of them well. We were just talking about the car. We've got to work on it a little bit, but when we got in some clean air we were really fast. Hopefully, we can get it to run that way the whole time. It would be the greatest thing in the world to give that check to Speedway Children's Charity, so we'll see what we can do."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Hunt Brother's Pizza Ford Fusion (Finished 11th)
"We just got really tight. We were tight the first run and came in and put two tires on and that made it a lot tighter. We were just missing something in the front end and couldn't get it to react to anything."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)
ON FIRST SEGMENT "I felt like we were really good. I was driving conservative and not overdriving the car while waiting for the last 20 laps. On that restart, Biffle just got in front of us getting into [turn] one and I felt like we were still good to race him down the back straightaway, but then the 38 just drove it into three and just couldn't keep it off the bottom. He was trying all he could to keep it down, but he just couldn't."
ON IF HE TAPPED GILLILAND BACK AFTER THAT "Well, it's tough to tap him when he's still behind me. He was still on my inside and certainly I was going to crowd him all I could coming out of four. After he runs over me, I didn't want him to pass me, too. So, yeah, I crowded him, but he was obviously doing the best he could and it was just one of those things."
ON LEARNING ANYTHING FOR THE 600 NEXT WEEK: "Yeah, I wish this car didn't get torn up. I think a couple of the changes that we made were good. Obviously, I guess with Matt and Greg, we'll see if they learn anything here in this next race, but we've still got a little work to do."
-source: ford racing