Darlington: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) "The oil pump belt broke. They said a rock or something got in between there and broke. It's a very frustrating year for us. We had a good car at the beginning of the race. It...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)

"The oil pump belt broke. They said a rock or something got in between there and broke. It's a very frustrating year for us. We had a good car at the beginning of the race. It was a little bit loose and we adjusted on it, but I don't know if we overadjusted but something happened to the car and it just got really tight. We had a bad pit stop and got back, and then we never really could get our track position back. If there was any night you wanted something like this to happen, today was the day to have it because our car wasn't very good."

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 39th)

ANOTHER DRIVE BELT FAILURE.  WHAT'S GOING ON?  "I
don't know.  They do a great job building the engines and my crew
did a great job.  I've got to thank Office Depot.  I love this race
track and I hate being behind pit wall.  We're going to head up
Omaha, Nebraska to watch my brother race tomorrow night.  Hopefully
Biffle wins this thing.  He deserves it."

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

"Every race we run better than we finish. I don't know if that's frustrating or if that's a good thing. I don't know. We've been running good, but we're not finishing as good as we run so if we can fix that and not lose the other, we should be pretty stout."

HOW WAS THE CAR ON THOSE LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS? "That's what we needed. I guess I just drive too easy. We always have a good car on the long run. We'd lose quite a bit of ground but then our car would be awesome and we would gain ground on the leader the second half of a run. We got a green flag at the end and that's what we needed to do the best we could. We lost a lot of ground many times in the race and we made a lot back up. It was a great effort by the AAA team. I was saying before, I don't know if I should be frustrated because we're not finishing as good as we run or happy that we're running good knowing that we're gonna start finishing like we run. Either way, this is better than the last few weeks."

CHARLOTTE AND DOVER NEXT -- GOOD TRACKS SO YOU MUST BE HAPPY. "I am, but I will say that we've been running good at the places I don't run good at and hate, so I don't know what that means. Hopefully we'll run real good at the places I love too."

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW

"We never give up. We won the pole last week and finished fourth. Everybody has stood behind us like the National Guard and everybody. I'd like to say hello to my dad. I know he's not feeling well. It's just exciting to be back in Victory Lane."

JEFF WAS CHASING YOU DOWN. "I was praying for help. I was begging. Please let him give me a lane, give me the top or give me the bottom or something. You know what, Kurt Busch could have raced me and he let me go on the top. He was the last car on the lead lap and I really appreciate it. A lot of guys showed respect out there tonight. A few more laps and Gordon would have got there, but I'm pretty excited."

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"I feel good. I feel like our team is on the right track. When you run good at your good places that's one thing, but when you run good at your weaker tracks that's another. I feel like the team is pretty strong right now. They're giving me competitive cars at every race track we go to and I don't know if we've ever had a year like that. It's still early in the year, but it feels good that we're competitive at most of these places we go to."

KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)

"We started 23rd. There wasn't a lot of attrition tonight so it's not like we inherited a lot of spots. We were a lot better at the start of a run than we've been, but we didn't have it quite right. We knew we were gonna be in trouble when we left with this car but with the way we had it scheduled this was the car we needed to bring. Fifteenth and it's in one piece -- we've had a 16th, a 17th, a wreck, a 16th and a 15th, so I guess we're just like a 15th-place guy right now but that's better than 25th."

DID THOSE LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS HELP YOU? "I'm old. Long green flags help me. When you're on new tires you've got to go really fast, so long green flags fit right there in my deal (laughing)."

-ford racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch