DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport .com Ford Fusion (Finished 40th) "You saw what happened. A wheel came off and just hit me and put me out of the race. It's too bad because we had a good car, but we'll get it fixed and get out there to...
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport .com Ford Fusion (Finished 40th)
"You saw what happened. A wheel came off and just hit me and put me out of the race. It's too bad because we had a good car, but we'll get it fixed and get out there to collect some points."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)
"We had a top-five car tonight. It was good the first part of the race and it was good the last part, but we were counting on getting a caution the last fuel run. We took four tires, which was the right call, and we lost track position. That set of tires must have been a little inconsistent with the previous sets, and we didn't make many adjustments all night. Our car had good speed and we were just too free at the end and I couldn't pass. We lost a lot of track position the first 10 laps of the run and then we were fine, but without having a caution and without getting grouped back up, it was just a matter of riding it out."
SO YOU TOOK FOUR WITH 71 TO GO WHEN JOHNSON WENT GAS ONLY TO GET THE LEAD? "Yeah. Some of them took gas only and some of them took two tires, which we were kind of hoping that there would be another caution and then we would have taken two tires our last stop while some of the other guys would take fuel only or have to take four and we'd be back in good track position. We didn't know the race was gonna go green that long at the end and it was just one of those things. We had a car capable of winning and certainly, if we would have been in the right position, definitely a top-five car. We just got off a little bit on pit sequence there at the end and that just goes to show you how tough the 600 is."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"Oh, man. I tell you what. That's probably the toughest car I've ever driven -- temperamental, stuff was going on with it that I don't have any idea. That one time when I pitted, I don't have any idea. It was back and forth and all over the place. Obviously, we have something going on with our front bump stop stuff and something is not happy."
DO YOU LOOK AT THIS FINISH AND WONDER HOW YOU GOT HERE? "We had run good all night. We probably had a fast enough car to run up there with the 9. We ran lap times, but we just never could get track position. Every time we'd lose track position. I was too loose in traffic, too tight in traffic. Once it got strung out about 20 laps in, I would come on. We needed that long green run at the end because my car, I was just mowing guys down. I passed the 18 on the last lap down there in three and four, but the 9 had a lot of track position on us."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)
"To get a top-10 finish was good. At the end I thought we were conserving fuel and I thought we had a chance to win. I thought we could win. I didn't realize that the 9 and the 20 and those guys were there and we couldn't win the race, or I could have conserved a little bit more fuel. It was just a communication error there, but we will get better."
YOU WERE LOOKING AT A THIRD OR FOURTH UNTIL YOU RAN OUT OF GAS. "Yeah, that's why I'm upset (laughing). But, ninth place when we probably had about a 20th-place car is not bad. I just wanted to win the Coke 600. That would be cool."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR NIGHT? "I'm just glad we ended up finishing as good as we did. Congratulations to Kasey and his guys. Our Office Depot Fusion was decent, it just wasn't good enough. We tried to do the fuel gamble thing and that was kind of fun. I don't think I've ever done it like that before, ever. It was fun."
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