JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Finished 38th) "I got underneath Kevin (Harvick) and came off two. I came up and he came down. It was both of our faults and we ended up a little worse for the wear, but I'm proud of my guys. We were...
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Finished 38th)
"I got underneath Kevin (Harvick) and came off two. I came up and he came down. It was both of our faults and we ended up a little worse for the wear, but I'm proud of my guys. We were running well. I should have given Kevin a little more room and he could have given me a little more room."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Rent-A-Center/Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 37th)
"We just blew a tire. We've been pushing really bad and I guess it just killed that right-front tire or cut it or whatever. When it blew there was no warning. I just hit the fence really hard."
DID YOU SEE ANY PROBLEMS AS FAR AS TIRE WEAR THIS WEEKEND? "No, we had not seen any problems at all. Some guys had, but we had not."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
"This one by far has got to be the sweetest because of what we had to overcome. I don't know why the motor wouldn't run. We had about 1,000 RPM less all day today, which provided for great forward bite so we were able to come off the corner good, but we were junk on restarts and I just couldn't get the car to handle the right way all day. We've got to go back and understand why. It's just a tribute to this team on how we were able to adjust after Atlanta. We came to Darlington with a new program on what we thought we could do with this new tire and it's just unreal."
HOW MANY LAPS WERE YOU GOING TO STAY OUT? WHY DIDN'T YOU PIT? "We had 20 laps on our tires and there was about 140 to and I looked up in the mirror and a couple of guys didn't pit behind me so I just jumped in front of that commitment cone and stayed out. Low and behold, those guys were a lap down so it was a decision I was wrong on and I had to bail myself out. It's an awesome day for this group. It's the 40th anniversary for Sharpie. They brought a special paint scheme. Again, we got this thing into victory lane. It's a phenomenal day. All of our associate sponsors - Coca-Cola, Kraft, Visa, Gillette Young Guns. It's awesome to be part of this group and just keep digging. It's one race at a time, but when we get to the final 10 there's gonna be no holding back. You've got to let her rip."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 14th)
"We were tight all day long. I mean, the car would just not turn all day long. The guys and Todd made air pressure and track bar adjustments and pulled a spring rubber to fix it, but tight in the middle was all I said all day. We took a gamble in the late going and didn't pit, hoping everyone else would and everyone behind me did. Then the car was fighting tight again and we just finished in one piece. We have done very well at Texas and are gonna go knowing we dodged a bullet here in Bristol."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 5th)
"That was a good run. Jamie just got into me by accident down there because I slowed down for the corner and I got back into him here a little bit, but no harm, no foul. He didn't wreck me. He just knocked me out of the groove and I did the same thing to him. They say nice guys finish last, I guess. I try to be nice and sometimes you feel you're on the receiving end too much. It's no big deal. He didn't wreck. I didn't wreck, except for when he wrecked me on pit road. That wasn't necessary, but, other than that, it was a great day for our DeWalt car. We didn't have a very good car. We just survived all day the best we could and hung in there. We waited until the end and got the track position when we needed it."
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "I don't know. McMurray got into me after the race was over and wrecked our car after the race. I'm not happy about that because my guys work on the car really hard. What happens under green flag conditions is one thing, but what happens after the race I think is another. I feel bad about that because my guys have to fix these cars and there should be some respect for that. But on the race track he just moved me out of the way and I lost a spot. I got into him a little bit that last lap and moved him up the track and he lost two spots, so I thought we were even. I didn't think it was big deal. Neither one of us were stuck in the fence and we raced hard for the spot."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "We didn't have a very good car honestly. We just couldn't go anywhere. When we were by ourselves we could run pretty good, but when we were in traffic I couldn't go anywhere. We just survived. We got tires at the right time of the race and made our way back to the front."
WHAT ABOUT KURT? WHAT'S HIS SECRET? "I don't know. If anybody should know, it should be us because we're his teammate, but he runs really well here. Jimmy does a great job calling the race to get him in the front when they need to be in the front, which is at the end of the race. He does a good job around here. It's a pretty big feat to be able to win three in a row here and four out of five. That's pretty awesome for him."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 23rd)
"We did everything not too good today. We should have qualified better. We should have had better track position and we should have run better, but then we broke our engine anyway. We were pretty lucky to finish that good considering the engine broke with 20 to go. We're actually fortunate today."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 12th)
"We were strong all day, we just lost track position through pit sequence. I lost two races here this weekend and had the fastest car on both days. That happens and it's unfortunate. You just never know what can happen when you pit. Yesterday we just made a simple mistake and today it really wasn't a mistake, we just should have done something different. The car was really, really good."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 21st)
"We've had three of those days already and we've run only six or seven races. We don't have a lot to show for it. It's unfortunate. Part of it is my fault because we got the car a little too tight and that forced us to have to come back in the pits. We were still on our way to a top 10 and the lap traffic is always a problem. I was going around the outside of a car that was gonna clear me by a few cars and he slid up in turns three and four and that made me get out of the gas. From there things just started happening. The 22 and I rubbed and as soon as we rubbed it blew the left-front tire out. That turned what was a pretty decent day into a not-so-good day. But we're running good. We've got a lot of positive things happening there, so we'll just keep our heads up and go to Texas and hope things will be better."
JIMMY FENNIG, Crew Chief - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN KURT DID NOT COME DOWN PIT ROAD AND STAYED ON THE TRACK? "I was mad (laughing). I was upset because I felt we needed to pit, but Kurt knew what he had and here we are in victory lane."
SO HE BAILED HIMSELF OUT? "Yeah (laughing). No, he knew what he had. He did the right thing. I felt we needed tires, but I'll tell you one thing I probably have the best guy in the business about taking tire management. He knows how to take care of his tires."
DID THE WAY THE RACE PLAYED OUT WITH ALL THE CAUTIONS AT THE END HELP? "I believe it helped us, but we weren't wearing tires out. Our tire wear was good, but one thing good is we got heat cycles back on their tires to make it equal to ours. They were hot and cold, hot and cold, so it heat cycled them out. I believe the yellows played in our favor."
KURT IS ONLY THE FOURTH GUY TO WIN THREE IN A ROW HERE. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT HIM? "It's just his talent. He's so talented. He knows what tire to press into the race track where and he knows how to drive this race track. He's just that talented."
IS PATIENCE HIS BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT? "He's patient, plus we had a little issue because our car wasn't running right. It wasn't running right and the motor was down for some reason. I don't know if our brakes were dragging or what, but our RPM was off. It's just patience. We talked about patience before the race even started because nowadays you better be there at the end of 26 races so you can go play for that last 10."