Daytona II: Ford teams race quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 43rd) WHAT HAPPENED? "I was just too tight coming off the corner. The 42 had a run on the outside of me, there was nothing I could do. I tried to keep the car down, but it just kept sliding up there.

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 43rd)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I was just too tight coming off the corner. The 42 had a run on the outside of me, there was nothing I could do. I tried to keep the car down, but it just kept sliding up there. But, you know, it happens. It's racing. He was up beside me and I just pushed up there. There was nothing I could do. I figured he'd give me a little break there, but we're racing for last position back there, and he wants to go like heck every lap."

ARE YOU DONE FOR THE NIGHT? "It looks pretty bad, but we'll have to wait and see."

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DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (finished 40th)

"It felt like we had a tire going down. It got real loose down in one and two on that last lap, and then going into three, once I got in there I just had no right-rear to lean on and I was just chasing it the whole time. Unfortunately, Ryan Newman was out there and he got tangled up in it, and so did some other people. So, it's just kind of an unfortunate day. Our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion was very, very fast. We knew we had a fast car in practice. I hate to see our day end early like this."

YOU FINISHED SECOND AT SONOMA, AND WERE RUNNING AS HIGH AS SECOND TONIGHT. YOU'RE SHOWING HOW COMPETITIVE THIS TEAM CAN BE. "Absolutely. Like I said, I felt like we ran something over there and it felt like we had a tire going down. It's too bad, but definitely we were competitive, we were running up front, we had a strong car, and overall, not a bad showing for Yates Racing."

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BORIS SAID -- No. 60 No Fear/Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion (finished 35th)

BEFORE THE RACE, YOU SAID THAT YOU NEEDED ABOUT THREE CAUTIONS TO GET THE CAR TO BE WHERE YOU NEEDED IT TO BE. IT LOOKED LIKE YOUR PLAN WAS WORKING. "Yeah. At the drivers' meeting they said you couldn't change springs on pit road, and we really needed to change out left-front spring. We were struggling all night. We finally got it really good when we running alone, but at the end, when we were in traffic, it was just way too loose. So, I misjudged it. When we were in traffic it was just too loose, and then somebody hit me in the right rear there at the end, so that's too bad. But, still, we ran respectable at times, so I'm pretty happy."

YOU MUST HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS TRACK. YOU RUN WELL AND HAVE BAD LUCK. "I love it. There's nothing I hate Daytona. I wish we came here every week."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion (finished 5th)

OTHER DRIVERS WORKED WITH YOU TONIGHT. "I feel like we had good speed, and it was to their benefit to work with us, whether they wanted to or not. It was good. I made a few mistakes out there where I think we could've been up there in the top two or three. It's shame we had to come back down pit road there with three or four cautions to go, and it put us back in the back, but it was fun coming back to the front and we had a good time. But, we just got to keep working on it, and that was a good rebound from last week."

WERE YOU CLOSE TO ANY OF THOSE WRECKS? "I think I was in a lot of it most all day. We've got to apologize to Kevin Harvick, on one of those restarts I really pushed him hard and pushed him there on the outside. I don't think he liked it too much, but other than that, we had a fast car and it was rtime to make some moves. I think everybody saw we had a fast car, whether they wanted to stick with us or not, I think they used it to their benefit to stick with us. There on the last lap, it's crazy here at Daytona because everybody's slipping and sliding on old tires. The 7 had a good run on the bottom and we were kind of the meat in the sandwich in the middle, taking the white flag. I was able to stay in the throttle and not spin out, and just have a solid run. It's always fun to run up front. We would've liked to have a shot to win it, but it was close. It was a good night."

PLUS, IT WAS A GOOD POINTS NIGHT AT AN IMPORTANT TIME. "Yeah, and that just makes us even hate last week's finish even more. Real disappointing. This is what it's going to take to make the choice, and to get out of Daytona with a good finish, we've just got to look at some of the next few races and stay focused on the big picture."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman
Teams Yates Racing