GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Subway Ford Fusion (Finished 16th) WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "We ran out of gas. We tried something off base from what we normally do and we were gonna be OK. We were gonna be ninth or so, but we ran out of gas." IT...
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Subway Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "We ran out of gas. We tried something off base from what we normally do and we were gonna be OK. We were gonna be ninth or so, but we ran out of gas."
IT MUST OBVIOUSLY BE FRUSTRATING TO LEAD ALL THESE LAPS BUT NOT GET THE FINISH. "Yeah and I don't know what it is. My car is not turning like I want it to turn. It turns really good early on, but then it starts getting tight later on. That's what happened there at the end. It wouldn't really turn and then it would want to get loose when I'd get in the gas. I've just never driven a setup like that before and I didn't know what to expect, but now I do."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)
TO FINISH 13TH AFTER TWO TIRE PROBLEMS. YOUR THOUGHTS? "Yeah. The good news is we blew two tires and finished 13th and the bad news is we blew two tires and finished 13th. It could have been a lot worse. We must have had too much camber in it or something. We kept hurting the right front and we just couldn't run a whole fuel run on it. It's just our mistake by not studying hard enough on Saturday."
WOULD A CAUTION AT THE END HAVE HELPED? "Well, not to be smart, but I didn't really expect a caution unless we were leading. That's just the way it's been lately. If we need a caution we never get it. If we're leading the race with 10 to go, the last four races in a row we've had cautions, so I wasn't really expecting it."
KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"We adjusted all day and the car reacted. We had a slow leak there on the last run. We restarted 16th and wound up 24th, but it could have been a whole lot worse. I was thinking maybe with 25 to go that we should come in and cut our losses, but we would have lost two laps so we did the right thing by staying out."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)
"I think some of those guys ran out of gas, so we had a lot better finish than we probably should have. Our car was really, really good at one point in the race and they made an adjustment and it just seemed like that overadjusted things a lot. We went back on it and something happened. I don't know if something moved or if we had a shock lose a bunch of rebound, but it just started carrying the front end real bad and just never could make it turn from there on out, so we salvaged a finish today."
DID YOU HAVE ANY TIRE ISSUES? "I heard them say we had cords on the right-front one time, but the race track was green so you kind of expected that. Everytime my car would get super-loose or super-tight, I would just baby it until it was time to come in and make an adjustment and put tires on. It seemed like at the beginning of the race you were gonna get a caution every 30 laps because people were blowing stuff, so we just kind of took it easy."
DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)
"Most of the day we ran in that 12th to 20th spot and it just seems like if we get off a little bit the car goes all to pieces. We have to figure out what our handling issues are exactly, but we're gaining. They worked hard and we managed a top 10 out of it, so if we can do that until we figure it out we'll be OK."
DOES IT FEEL LIKE LAST YEAR WHERE YOU MANAGED GOOD FINISHES WITH STRATEGY? "It feels a lot like that. I made the comment to them the other day that we've been fighting the same thing for over a year and we've got to search hard to see exactly what it is. We have a lot of things going on and we know we've got to crawl. You can't just leap over these 15 cars that are outrunning you because they're too good of race teams, so we'll just keep battling."