GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 33rd) "I just got wrecked from behind. I got run into in the back. It's really tough. I feel bad for the National Guard and all the soldiers. We try our hardest. These guys work ...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 33rd)
"I just got wrecked from behind. I got run into in the back. It's really tough. I feel bad for the National Guard and all the soldiers. We try our hardest. These guys work really hard every week and there's nothing you can do when you get hit from behind like that. Somebody checked up in front of us. I don't know, somebody missed a gear or what, but we were a little slow to start with. I had to get into the brakes pretty good not to run into the car in front of me and I got hit from behind and that just sent me around."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Canteen Taurus (Dave Blaney credited with 37th)
"I just have to thank Canteen Vending and everybody for being on the car this week. What a miserable night for us. We just couldn't get it right. Dave Blaney did a great job. He was doing really well and then I got in it and it took me a minute to get acclimated and then we just couldn't get the handling right. We were running around back there where I wish we weren't running and just got into some oil and crashed it. That's big-time auto racing, I guess."
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A LITTLE STRESSED IN THE TRUCK RACE WHEN THE RED FLAG CAME OUT KNOWING YOU HAD ANOTHER RACE TO GET TO. "I'm just glad everybody was OK, but I'm a very competitive person and these kind of days are really hard to swallow. I just have to thank everybody for putting so much effort in and letting me do this. It was a lot of fun right up until then."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 13th)
GIVE US YOUR PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT HAPPENED. "You saw it. It's hard for me to believe that some of these guys could pass a driver's test. I can't believe they've got a driver's license."
IS THIS TEAM STILL ALIVE? "I don't know. Golly, we did everything we could do here. We gave it a great run for the whole team. I can't help it. I can't help it."
IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TOO. "Yeah. We wrecked. It was a great effort by this Viagra team. I'm really proud of them."
IT HAD TO BE FRUSTRATING WAITING FOR THE CAR TO BE FIXED. "No, the damage was done. We were in damage control at that point. There wasn't any crazy frustration going on at that point. It was just how we could recover the best possible way."
IT WAS A WILD RACE TONIGHT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. "We had a shot, but it didn't work out."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Combos/M&M's Taurus (Finished 7th)
"We had a great race car all night until the last three runs. We got the car a little bit too tight. I don't know if the track changed that much and we didn't keep up with it or maybe I gave Todd some wrong information. It was a little frustrating there at the end to have a top three or four car and finish seventh with it. But, all in all, that's not gonna kill us in the points. We didn't gain anything on the 97 or the 8, but we didn't really lose anything. There are other guys behind us, so I think we're still fourth in the points and we'll go to Martinsville."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 4th)
"It was an awesome job. I really don't know what to say except that this is our best finish ever at Charlotte. And to be able to do this with dodging so many obstacles, it was the adventure of Kurt Busch and team today. The Irwin team did a great job and it was just a matter of every pit stop trying to understand what to change and what was gonna happen next. We did a good job of just avoiding disaster as many times as it did strike today."
ARE YOU THINKING THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE MEANT TO BE? "We still have so much work to do and the way that we were able to dodge everything and the kitchen sink today down the back straightaway, it was one of those days where anything could happen. We had to avoid this and avoid that and continue to make adjustments on our car. Once we got towards the front it handled completely different because we got that clean air on the nose and we just didn't quite get the handle late when we needed to. It was just real draggy with the damage that we had and running over parts and pieces all day and it was just a survival day."
YOU'VE WON AT 3 OF THE 5 TRACKS LEFT. HOW DO YOU FEEL? "This one was a tough one for us. I had never finished in the top 10 at Charlotte, so it was a great way to do that in this Nextel chase for the cup. It was a great day for our Irwin Industrial Tools Ford just to overcome all this adversity. Now we've got those tracks coming up - Martinsville, Atlanta and we won at Homestead when it was flat, but we're going there to test in a couple weeks. Things are great."
YOU'RE 24 POINTS AHEAD OF DALE, JR. YOU'RE RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. "Definitely. I saw the 8 car in front of us. We needed to finish behind him and we were able to pass the 01 on the last couple of laps on the high side. That's what this racing is about. You can't afford to give up one position and expect to have anything happen for your team. You have to go achieve it for yourself and our Irwin Industrial Tools did a great job tonight."
YOU GOT SOME GOOD BREAKS TONIGHT? "Yeah, I was just far enough behind some of those accidents to stay away - having a blown motor in front of us, to have a few wrecks and just being able to avoid the disaster. It was an adventurous night and we were able to come away with a good finish."
JOHN ANDRETTI - No. 14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Taurus (Finished 22nd)
"It's disappointing. At the start I guess the 10 car broke a transmission and I ended up in the back of Greg, which I feel bad about, but I didn't see what was going on and didn't know what was going on up front. I tried to get whoa'd but I guess my brakes were cool enough and then I got spun around and got tore up a little bit. So then we ran 333 laps basically without the car that we hoped. We kept making a lot of changes to it and we kept working on it. It's hard to overcome when you've got aero damage, so I was happy. I mean, we got our first race in and I didn't flip it upside-down, so that was a bonus."
YOU HAVE A WEEK OFF AND THEN WILL COME BACK AT ATLANTA? "We're gonna go test in Atlanta this week and hopefully we'll learn some things there. We're just taking baby steps."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 6th)
THIS TEAM IS ROLLING NOW. "Yeah, we do and I can't tell you how proud I am of them for this. We were slow qualifying and in practice on Friday night we weren't very good. Mike and these guys put their heads together and came up with almost a miracle setup there. We think we know what direction we need to go to make it a contender maybe next time. This race track is just totally different than everything else you go to, but I'm awful proud of these guys and I really like the direction we're headed."
IT SEEMED AGGRESSIVE OUT THERE TONIGHT. "That's just hard racing. It's getting toward the end of the year and people are trying to keep jobs or get a job or go up in points or win a race so you've got to be pretty aggressive. If you have a pretty good car, you've got to go."
ROBBIE REISER, Crew Chief - No. 17 DEWALT TOOLS Taurus (Kenseth finished 11th)
"All in all, you've got to look at this as a championship team and they put on a championship effort. We had an opportunity at winning this race tonight. We were up in the top three all night long and cut a tire down. That cost us big. The guys worked and worked and got the car to the point where we could even race it. We got it back on the lead lap and then worked our way back to get an 11th-place finish. That just shows to me what type of team this really is."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep it Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 16th)
"It wasn't pretty, but I tell you what I'm happy about is right there at the end of the race. They made some adjustments and we could go then. I was real happy with that. A lot of times you struggle and struggle like we did today and that's the way you end up, but they hit on some combinations that we learned from today, so I'm real happy with that."
DID THE CAUTIONS HURT YOU LATE? "Not really. We missed the handle on it and finally the stop before last they gained on it and on the last stop they really gained on it. I could have run with the 97 and the 01, but I was just trying to stay out of that pack. What put us in a hole was our poor qualifying position. We gave up at least one lap right there that we wouldn't have lost. That would have changed the whole outcome because we would have gotten that lucky dog earlier. I don't know how good we could have been at the end. Normally, you finish 16th and that might be all that you've got, but this was a day we had a lot more than a 16th-place car at the end."