Bristol: Ford teams race quotes

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 6th) "Our AAA crew was on the spot on pit road today. We got shuffled back on one run with a set of tires I didn't like, but they were strong on pit road and their last adjustment to the car made...

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)

"Our AAA crew was on the spot on pit road today. We got shuffled back on one run with a set of tires I didn't like, but they were strong on pit road and their last adjustment to the car made it the best it was all day. That's the right time to be good, so we came from about 13th to sixth. I'm thrilled. I didn't pass hardly any cars all day until that last run and I couldn't be happier."

YOU WEREN'T IN ANY WRECKS TODAY. "I caved my hood in on that one deal, but, other than that, we were pretty clean. I needed to be. I wanted to get through this one and score some points. I want to make that chase this year."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Subway/National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)

"That was an awesome drive. The guys did a good job on the pit stops, but we just had to fight back. That's all we had. We hit the wall hard with the right-front, so we knocked the toe out of it and the camber -- everything. That's all I had. When I was in clean air I was probably OK, but when I got back in traffic my car just wasn't good enough. I had a good enough car to win today, but not after everything that happened."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 USG/DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"It was my fault that I took Jeff out. I didn't mean to get in the back of him but I did. I'm sure he's gonna have a couple weeks off. The last person I hit somebody got a couple of weeks off when he hit me after the race, so that's gonna be too bad for him. But I didn't mean to get into him. I felt like Dale Jarrett could have moved out of the way. I sure would have moved out of his way. I felt like he cost me the race. I couldn't get turned in behind him. I had a big lead and I couldn't around the 88. He just held me up and Kurt knocked me out of the way."

WHAT ABOUT RACING KURT? "Well, he had to do what he had to do. Whatever Kurt feels good about tonight. I wouldn't have done that to him. I would have passed him the right way or I wouldn't have passed him. He just knocked me out of the way. Anybody can do that."

WHAT'S THE LINE? "You've got to live with whatever you do. What I did to Jeff was 100 percent accident. It was my fault. It was a dumb mistake, but it was an accident. Kurt's got to do whatever he can. The 88 wouldn't get out of my way. I wouldn't have done that to him. He was a lap down anyway and he certainly held me up and kind of cost me the race because Kurt knocked me out of the way. I just couldn't do anything else. If you get hit, you're gonna get passed."



CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)

"The car is in one piece and we had a lot of fun. We want to win, but a fourth-place at Bristol is fine with me. I'm really proud of my whole Office Depot crew."

A GOOD POINTS DAY. "Yeah, that's what we needed."

LOOKING FORWARD TO MARTINSVILLE? "You know it takes a lot for me to look forward to Martinsville, but this is sure helping. I am excited to go to Martinsville. I love racing at these short tracks. We needed a good day like this and our whole Office Depot team did a great job."

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? "I learned about how important qualifying is because we got the benefit of starting third and that helped us out."


DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 20th)

"We had a bad day in the pits. We didn't have a bad race car and for some reason I started out really, really loose. We adjusted and got it a lot better and all of a sudden I went to being just really, really tight and we struggled after that. That's what happened there at the end. You lose seven spots on one pit stop and lose another one on another stop, so I was just trying to make what I could as fast as I could get there. I just got a little impatient there with about 45 to go and with the car pushing I got under Jeremy and when I got to the gas it pushed up into him and I turned to stay off of him and about lost it. That cost us four or five spots. It's not the day we were looking for. I thought we could run in the top 10 here, but it didn't happen."

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MATT BEHIND YOU? "I'm racing too. I never saw him exactly right on my bumper to the point that I needed to pull over. I'm racing hard."


KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)

"We had a good car. In three of the five races we've had good cars. If you don't have any speed, you're in trouble, but in three of the five we've had it to speed."

YOU WEREN'T DESTINED TO GET THAT LAP BACK. "We got the one back on the track. The one time we were in the lucky dog spot on the restart we got together with someone in the outside lane and bent the front end. We were crippled then."


JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Sharpie Ford Fusion (Finished 35th)

"We had a pretty much pitiful day. We got to start up front because of the points, but our car is just so loose. I was sitting there talking with Jimmy and it's just for some reason what the other guys are running it works fine to run, but it's not working for us right now. It worked really well at Fontana, and we were a little bit different than they were, but we just haven't been able to really adjust on our car and it's tough because those guys are running so well with somewhat similar setups. I don't like the way that it feels, so we'll have to try something different at Martinsville and definitely at Texas."

-ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett