Charlotte: Ford drivers race quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 36th) "I'm a little sore. My neck is a little sore I think from hitting the wall, but as far as my sides and my shoulders and all, they're great. Those Lajoie seats saved me pretty good,...

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 36th)

"I'm a little sore. My neck is a little sore I think from hitting the wall, but as far as my sides and my shoulders and all, they're great. Those Lajoie seats saved me pretty good, but that was a hard hit. It's a shame. We had a very fast race car. We got caught on those green flag pit stops, but we definitely had a top five car. I just can't get that particular car to finish a race. It's fast, but we've just had some bad luck. I'm sorry to the Pedigree guys and all the Yates fans. We've got to get 'em at Dover."

THAT CAR STARTED ON THE FRONT ROW AT TEXAS AND HERE. MAYBE IT SHOULDN'T START ON THE FRONT ROW? "I'm not gonna complain if it keeps qualifying second. It's a shame because we really don't have another car that's just like that one in the shop, so I pretty much trashed our best car, but I didn't know. I just hit oil in turn three. I didn't know there was oil there. I made a deal with Jimmie that he was gonna let me have my lap back if I let him go and I was just rushing back to get my lap back and I hit oil and, wow, it just took off. It doesn't handle too good at 180 miles an hour on an oil slick. It's a shame. I feel sorry for the guys in the shop. We had a great motor again. It was definitely gonna make it the whole way. We'll go get 'em at Dover. This is gonna kill us in the points. We've got to get back in this thing."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 9th)

"We were pretty good throughout. It's just unfortunate that myself and a number of others got caught there whenever the 18 was still out there. As I said before the race, I'm not very good on new tires. Even though we got a little better, I was pretty good on the long run. At least I have something I can compete with now. Before I just had to be so easy with everything that I was almost like on egg shells trying to race. Tonight I could be aggressive. I could drive in under people and know it was gonna stick and get back in the gas hard. It was a lot more fun to race like that. We ended up in the top 10 and I think we might have had something a little better than that. We made a lot of progress in one week and if we can continue to make that kind of progress, then we'll be knocking on the door again."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Blue Ice/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 15th)

"It seems like every time we come here to Charlotte and Las Vegas we get the bad calls. The 8 was riding around with his rear brakes locked up and he broke a rotor, I think NASCAR should have black-flagged him earlier, but that's their call. So we ran over the rotor, smacked the wall and cut a tire. Then they didn't clean the track again, so we cut another tire. It's just always something here and they shouldn't have called the race so early. We could easily have had a top 10. We were easily that good."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 16th)

"I wish it would have gone back racing because I had an awesome car. I was just floundering around out there because I was overheading. I was staying back about 10 car lengths off the field kind of letting guys go by me and trying to keep fresh air to the nose of the car. I was as good as Ward Burton, Jarrett - all of those guys. I could have finished 10th if it would have gone back green. It was pretty unfortunate about the windshield getting covered with oil from the 23."

YOU WERE IN GOOD SHAPE UNTIL THAT HAPPENED.

"I totally couldn't see anything. We were running second and he just lost stuff out of his car and it completely covered the window. I couldn't see a thing - nothing. I tried to get down on pit road and they were talking me down into it as far as where to go and I got caught for speeding. I can't see anything. I can't see the lines, I can't see a thing. It was unfortunate."

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 18th)

"They called it a little early, really. I don't know, maybe it'll rain some more. It's not raining now. If it doesn't rain anymore that won't feel very good, but we had a real interesting night. We were real tight to start and got a lap down and then we made some changes and got really good and got our lap back. Then we took off as the last car on the lead lap and got into Steve Park and knocked the right-front fender in. It pushed really bad, but we came in and got that fixed. After that we were loose, but fast. We were running 13th or 14th and had an oil line mess up and had to come in and pits, so the oil line cost us four or five spots. We just had all kinds of stuff happen."

DAVE BLANEY - No. 77 Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 14th)

"We had one bad run there in the middle of it and got us put back and got us that lap down on the pit sequence. We were pretty solid except for that one run. Like I said, that hurt us some, but I really think we could have got back up into the eighth to tenth area if it would have kept going, but we got what we got."

MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THAT BLACK PAINT SCHEME MORE OFTEN. IT'S DONE WELL THE LAST TWO WEEKS. "I doubt that's what did it, but who knows? We'll try anything."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 29th)

"We broke an oil line. We had a tenth-place car, maybe a little better. Under good conditions we were even better than that. I would say we were about a fifth-place car, but we were off at the start. We knew that, but we knew the track was gonna come to us and it did. Unfortunately, so did the oil leak."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 33rd)

"What happened was these guys were gonna stretch the gas stop and for some reason we didn't pick up the fuel that we had been picking up. So trying to stretch the gas stop for the end of the race and actually make it with one less stop was the plan to make up some ground, but we ran out of gas. It ran out right in the middle of three and four at 160 miles an hour. I tried to turn it down pit road and I got the nose to turn down but that was about it. I didn't make it very far and I went out in the grass and spun around. The worst thing was I was sitting there on the race track and I was out of gas. They weren't in no hurry to get me pushed back around. I guess the caution came out, but there wasn't anything I could do about it. I was sitting there out of gas and that's where we lost most of the laps. If we would have gotten a quick push we would have only lost a lap on that deal, but it was either try for pit road or run out and be parked on the backstretch because I wouldn't have made it back around where it ran out."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Steve Park