Chicagoland: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (finished 38th) "I got into the wall about 30 laps before that, and knocked the fender in so the car got real tight I kind of had to commit to the high side, and I got back into the wall the...

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (finished 38th)

"I got into the wall about 30 laps before that, and knocked the fender in so the car got real tight I kind of had to commit to the high side, and I got back into the wall the corner just before that, and I knew that I had a tire down, so I was trying to get slowed down, but I just couldn't get it slowed down enough. Really hit the wall, the tire came apart and it ripped the oil line and stuff off, so we'e going to have to get it repaired so we can get it back out and run around and get as many points as we can."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Aflac Ford Fusion (finished 11th) -- "Yeah, we did. The car was pretty decent. I think we're gaining on it; we're just off that much, you know? We got up front, we couldn't quite run with the leaders, we could run about top eight. But, I think we're gaining on it, we're just not there yet."

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CAR FROM EARLY TO LATE IN THE RACE? "We just kept adjusting tire pressure, and track bar, and wedge, and just all kinds of things. The thing is, the car is so temperamental, and these tires are just so unpredictable. The tires slide, and if you get within 20 car lengths of a car you can't do anything. The car just stalls out. There's no racing on the race track. I was up front and I was running 10th and right there at the end I was 11th. Nobody can do anything. You can't race like we did three years ago."

THERE IS A BREAK IN THE SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK. WOULD YOU RATHER BE AT THE TRACK. "No, it's a good time for a week off."

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DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (finished 16th) -- "We just kept adjusting on the car all day. We didn't qualify as good as we wanted, I messed up in qualifying, but I knew we had a good car. We started the race and we were just way too tight, but we never gave up on our M&M's Ford Fusion and she came around there at the end. We battled strong and nobody ever gave up, everybody stayed positive, and brought home a good, solid 16th-place finish. So, I'm real proud of all the guys. I felt really bad messing up in qualifying like I did. Everybody stood behind me and gave me great race car today."

ON WHEN CARS WERE GOOD, THEY WERE REALLY GOOD. "These tracks that we go to now, it's such a fine line that you're walking out there, and that's part of the deal with me -- I'm still learning where we need to be in practice to start the race, and I'm obviously not there yet, but we've taken good steps. I believe the last month we've had the best race cars that we've had since I've been at Robert Yates racing. So, I'm very proud of the guys and really excited."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates