JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) HOW BAD WAS THAT WINDSHIELD? "It was pretty bad. It happened on like the first lap. When the oil got on it, it wasn't that bad, but then when we went back to green, they put some ...
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
HOW BAD WAS THAT WINDSHIELD? "It was pretty bad. It happened on like the first lap. When the oil got on it, it wasn't that bad, but then when we went back to green, they put some oil-dry down and when that hit the oil on the windshield it started smearing. I really wanted to pit at that halfway point to put tires on, but you know you're not gonna make it back up through there. Our Crown Royal Ford Fusion is really good, though. I think we should be really good for this All-Star Race."
YOU CAME A LONG WAY. "Yeah, I think that our Crown Royal Ford Fusion will be really good here. If we just stay out of trouble and get through this first 50 laps. Our car is good, it's just that the windshield got covered in oil and I couldn't see. I kind of drove over my head to get by the 12. I couldn't really tell where I was going, and then once I got ahead of him I just ran about 75 percent there to finish the race. I'm glad there wasn't anymore cautions because it kept smearing and getting worse, but it's a good race car." HOW IS THE TRACK? "It'll be really exciting here in just a little bit. The top is there and the bottom is good, so it will be a really good show that the fans will get to see in a second."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
THE PIT STOP WAS KEY AT THE MIDWAY POINT. "Well, a third-place finish doesn't mean anything here, so it's either first or second. We knew it was gonna be tough to pass those guys and get to that first or second spot where we were at. I think we could have stayed out and maintained fourth or fifth, but that didn't mean anything, so we figured we should come down and put four tires on. We were here to win and at the least try to learn something for next week. We made a real aggressive adjustment and got an idea on what we need as far as next week. It was a plus what we did on pit road, but just not enough. If it was another 20-lap run, maybe we could have done something, but short laps, track position and it was tough to pass. The bottom line is we're disappointed that we didn't win, but our UPS team learned something for next week."
YOU HAD A SPORTY CAR THERE IN THE FIRST SEGMENT AND BATTLED THE 42 PRETTY HARD. "Yeah, I was being aggressive and you've got to be a little aggressive on a 20-lap run like that. Obviously, for the Coca-Cola 600 next week I wouldn't dare put myself in positions like I did tonight. It's good to race like that sometimes. You learn a little bit and learn your limits, and I certainly didn't want to hit or push or wreck anybody on purpose. I got real close to the 42 there, he got loose, and in turn raced me pretty hard, but, again, it's how these short races are. I'm sure you'll see a lot more of it in the next race."
PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)
"We've got some work to do for next week. It's really tight -- all of our cars were -- so we've got to re-visit some things and maybe come back with a little different setup. We didn't really have much of a strategy. I think the 13 car oiled up our windshield and I couldn't see, and we were really tight, so we decided to pit and put tires on, free it up, pull a tear off, and then we pitted again with 10 laps to go. We knew we weren't gonna transfer in, so we had to try something and we put tires on and made another adjustment and that was it."
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)
"We came over here and our main objective was to get some laps and try to learn some stuff. We got a used motor from Roush. All of these other guys pump up and come over here, and we just got something to come over here and make laps. I feel like we did good. I feel like we came out of here with a decent deal. We didn't tear our car up. We learned some stuff and, regardless of what happens, I feel like we'll be a lot better off coming here next week by what we learned tonight versus coming here cold turkey next week."
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