Daytona 500: Ford teams race quotes

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (finished 42nd) "I just bottomed out and shot up the track. I'm very disappointed in myself and not being aware that we were just out on new tires and I should have been more conscience of where I was on the...

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (finished 42nd)

"I just bottomed out and shot up the track. I'm very disappointed in myself and not being aware that we were just out on new tires and I should have been more conscience of where I was on the race track. And I feel bad that I had to take out my teammate, Matt Kenseth, he was surely in contention for the win. I'm very disappointed to be sitting in the garage this late in the race and I just want to apologize to Matt Kenseth, DeWalt and his entire team."

YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE TOP 10 FOR A WHILE, WAS YOU CAR BEHAVING PRETTY WELL? "Yeah, we had an excellent car. It was just a little bit tight to run the bottom the whole run. I had to move up a little bit. It had good speed. Everyone on the AAA pit crew was doing an awesome job on pit road and we were just kind of waiting until the end. It's a shame that it ended like that."

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT AND WHAT HAPPENED? "Yes, definitely a disappointing day to what would have been a great one. I'm sorry that I took out my teammate Matt Kenseth. I just bottomed out and shot straight up the track and it took us both out. I'm disappointed in myself. I should have known what we were doing out there. I just want to apologize to Matt Kenseth and all the DeWalt fans out there. We'll have the back-up going to California." MORE ON THE INCIDENT. "We had a great car. We were just biding our time and it's just a shame to end up like this. I got tight on the bottom or bottomed out and shot straight up the track. By the time I lifted, I drove straight up the to track into him [Matt Kenseth] and pushed him into the wall. Jimmy Fenning and all the AAA guys put together a lot better car to where we were going to finish today. I hate that I was the culprit of our misfortune. I'm very disappointed to shoot up the track like that and take out my teammate, Matt Kenseth. He had a contention for the win and I kind of ruined it for him and myself. It's a disappointing day, so we'll pick-up and go to California."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 10th)

"We had a really good run out there today. We were a little bit shy on speed. They got such a run on us and I couldn't block them. They're just going to spin us out. We're thinking about the championship, not a Daytona 500 win. We needed it to go green for us to have a chance. With cautions like that you get ganged up and you don't have a chance. They had a huge run and went right by us. I had a really, really good Fusion. My 3M guys did a great job to get it to drive the way it did. I'm really excited to get this season off in the top 10 in points."

IF YOU HAD MORE TIME, COULD YOU HAVE MADE IT TO THE FRONT? "Yeah, because my car would stay with a lot of speed. Other cars were just slipping and sliding. My car was fast, fast, fast the whole time."

YOUR FUSION LOOKS PRETTY CLEAN. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU STAYED OUT OF THE TROUBLES OUT THERE. "I don't know how I stayed out of trouble. I got hit on every corner and was sandwiched in the draft. They had my rear tires off the ground and the nose against the guys in front of me. It was just a handful. I don't know how I survived it."


JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion (finished 26th)

"We didn't have a good car. You can't expect much when it's your third car. We wrecked our Shootout car, it was our backup, crashed our primary car, and this one was just the third car in line. It wasn't very fast when we brought it, but it's all we had and we just kind of rode around and missed what little wrecks that they had, and finished. That's all we did, is finish.


DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 Ford Fusion (finished 28th)

"It was a difficult day. We got behind early. It felt like we had a loose wheel or a tire coming apart, so we didn't want to take a chance after the trouble that we've had all weekend. We just didn't want to take a chance and we got behind. It just took us forever to get that lucky dog and get our lap back. I'm real proud of all the guys, though. They never gave up. We had a decent car, not good enough, but now it's one piece and we can go home and dissect and come back with something more next time."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (finished 19th)

"We were really pretty good and just got shuffled back at the end. And we had a deal where we got caught up with the 77 car and slowed us way down. We had a competitive car, and it could've been a top-10 pretty easy. We just did the best we could."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmy Fenning