Darlington II: Ford drivers race quotes

DAVE BLANEY - No. 77 Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 30th) COULD YOU SEE ANYTHING AT ALL? "No, it was just all smoke and I couldn't get stopped. I ran into the back of the 10 car and got him in it too. I just couldn't get mine stopped. We...

DAVE BLANEY - No. 77 Jasper Engines Taurus (Finished 30th)

COULD YOU SEE ANYTHING AT ALL?

"No, it was just all smoke and I couldn't get stopped. I ran into the back of the 10 car and got him in it too. I just couldn't get mine stopped. We weren't all that good. We were just too inconsistent for some reason."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 14th)

"We had a great car today and I hit the wall early. I think I bent the truck arm bracket and it was never right from that point on. I just made a mistake that I usually don't make today. That was really stupid. I get so much crap (laughing). People think I'm riding around all the time. I was trying to lead the most laps and it was dumb. I should have let (Jeff) Burton go and race the race track like you're supposed to do here and wait until the end, but I just drove it too hard and I got in the wall."

STILL A 14TH PLACE FINISH. IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. "It could have been worse, but we had a shot to win so it kind of hurts."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 10th)

"It's pretty unfortunate. My stomach dropped when I had about a four-second lead and the flywheel broke coming off turn two. We found out that's what it is now, but I thought the motor broke so I started slowing down. Everything was shaking so bad inside the car that the car wouldn't handle anymore. It wouldn't accelerate. It had no power. I mean, it must have hit the ground with low tire pressures coming off the corner and it literally broke the flywheel in half. When I left on the last pit stop, a chunk of the flywheel was still in the pit box. I had no clutch. I think it cracked my ribs it was shaking so bad inside the car. I was in so much pain for the last 70 laps. I never felt so much pain in my life. You can imagine how unbalanced it would be with half the flywheel gone, but that's what this team is made of with how we ran today. I promise you we're gonna win a couple of races before this year is out."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 16th)

"We had a good car. I think we drove to 15th before we had some problems. The power-steering broke with something like a little over 130 laps to go and that was our day right there. We were just trying to race to stay on the lead lap. Everybody did all they could to salvage a good, decent finish out of it. We stayed on the lead lap and that's about all we could hope for today."

NOT A BAD ACCOMPLISHMENT TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP WITH NO POWER-STEERING. "I think it's a pretty good accomplishment for all these guys. Luckily, the cautions fell where they did today. After they got going on the restart I just had to be careful. The way the power-steering broke, it was real, real heavy. Sometimes it will break and they don't steer quite as heavy. This thing was pretty bad. It's kind of like getting in your street car, turning the ignition switch on without starting it up, and then try to steer it. That's about how hard it was. Like I say, we came out of here I guess with the best you could hope for today."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 9th)

"We're happy with that. We weren't that good yesterday in happy hour, but the guys made some good changes. We weren't that good at the beginning of the race, but they made some great changes during the race and we definitely had a top three or top four car. I stalled it on that pit stop. We drove up from 15th and came up to ninth, but I just wore my tires out getting by some of those guys. That's the hottest I've ever been in a race car. I'm whipped right now and pretty sick, but I'm really happy to give these guys a top 10. Now we'll move on to Richmond."

THE KEY WAS YOU GOT BETTER AS THE DAY WENT ON. "Yeah, that's a great feeling. The guys are working good together. Raymond and Todd and everybody on the crew. We had great pit stops, I just really messed up. I'll try to make it up to them at Richmond."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 13th)

"We started 31st and just worked our way towards the front steadily and got up to sixth place. The 42 was running strong and when we tried to get a pass on him we came together coming out of turn four and that knocked our valve stem out. We hit tire to tire, but we were fortunate enough to catch a yellow right after that so we were on the tail end of the lead lap. The yellow was a lucky break and we were fast enough to get our lap back, but we just seemed to struggle in dirty air at the end of the race. We made some wholesale adjustments to the car, but could never get it to stick. We just picked one off at a time, if we could, and it just seemed like we were catching the wrong breaks on lapped cars. I'd have to check up and then I'd lose a position to a lead lap car."

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 11th)

TWO DIFFERENT CARS TODAY? "Yeah. I don't know, it seemed like when it got cloudy it really got away from us. We lost our turn and it didn't turn good enough and we never could adjust it to get it where we needed it to be. I don't know what happened. We sat there and drove up through the field. Matt and I were running along and the car drove really well. We came in and put a set of tires on and I was leading, but I knew it wasn't right. From there on we never could get it."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus - (Finished 34th)

"This is just disappointing. When you have a car that was as good as ours, it's real disappointing to have that go away in the first five laps. I actually thought I had the accident cleared. I got on the brakes and the car actually broke a little loose. I got back in the gas and cleared the car I thought would hit us, and then I think the 15 car just came down and clipped the front of the car. This is a race I really wanted to win, and I think we had a car capable of that."

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