Daytona Shootout: Ford teams race quotes

DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "It's awesome. I'm really proud to bring the M&M's Ford Fusion home to a second-place finish. We needed this. Like I said, it's all about momentum and getting this thing started. I ...

DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"It's awesome. I'm really proud to bring the M&M's Ford Fusion home to a second-place finish. We needed this. Like I said, it's all about momentum and getting this thing started. I can't thank Todd Parrott and all the guys enough. We had a real good race car at first and then I got into someone and knocked the right-front fender in and, boy, that changed everything. The boys came in and fixed it and after that last pit stop they said it was go time and we were able to go. Man, it's a dream come true. My first race here at Daytona. It's something I've dreamed of doing my whole life and to come out here and bring home a second-place finish for all the folks at M&M's and Robert Yates Racing, this is just a tribute to all the hard work they did over the winter."

CAN YOU PUT THIS INTO WORDS? "No, it's just a lot of excitement. I'm just very proud to bring home the M&M's Ford Fusion with a great finish. The main thing is to try and get this thing started off with a little momentum and I really, really feel like we have a great chance coming in here. Todd Parrott and all the guys in the shop worked their tails off all winter. I think the two tests and coming out like this shows how very hard they've worked. Robert Yates Racing is back and I'm just proud to be a part of it."

CAN YOU SUM THIS UP? "I've always dreamed about racing here at Daytona and to be able to come and do it -- my first race ever and bring home a second-place finish is a dream come true. Like I said, I'm just real proud of all the guys at the shop and real proud of myself to be able to bring home the M&M's Ford Fusion to a good finish. I'm just proud to be part of this organization and Robert Yates Racing. When I came here in the middle of the year last year people were kind of doubting the team and I think everybody is gonna be surprised this year. I think everybody has worked really hard and with Mars stepping up with Snickers and sponsoring our team car, the teams are working closer than ever. I'm just really proud of all the guys and it's a pleasure to be a part of it."

WHAT CAN HELP YOU FOR NEXT WEEK? "This was my first race here and I learned so much about where to be and where not to be and how hard to go at the beginning and what happens at the end of a run. That experience that I just got you can't buy. I'm very, very thankful that we were able to get the pole at Talladega. Todd Parrott, this was all part of his plan. He's a champion and I'm just proud to be a part of it."

COULD YOU HAVE MADE ANY KIND OF MOVE ON TONY AT THE END? "With me being a rookie, it's kind of hard to get people to work with me. Throughout the night I tried different moves and kind of got left out to dry. Unless the opportunity came and it was just a perfect opportunity, I was gonna ride and bring home a good, solid finish."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

YOU SAID THE 38 WAS GOING TO WIN AND HE ALMOST DID. "Yeah, he could just drive anywhere he wanted by himself. The car handles really, really good. It's no secret that those Yates guys build really, really good speedway cars and are really fast all the time. He literally could drive anywhere he felt like it. I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' I was struggling to keep up, but he'd peel off and run the bottom, stay in the middle coming off the corner. He could do all kinds of stuff. It's obvious that he had a fast car and could drive anywhere. Our 500 car is a little bit better than that right there, so I think that will be good."

HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT? "That car wasn't that fast to start with, but we had three cars. We took the best one for the 500 and the second-best one for a spare and Talladega, and our third-best one we had to use for the shootout. That's all we had. I think we learned a little bit there that's gonna help us for the 150s and hopefully on to the 500."


KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 11th)

"We started out and weren't bad and then we over-adjusted and got it way too loose, but 31 hit us and knocked us up a lane. That got us messed up and then by the time we got back in the lane we were at the back. But then we kept running and was coming back when they had the yellow. On the restart is where we need more speed. Jimmie got underneath us and we went to the back and finished 11th."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR NEXT WEEK? "I feel good because we made the car go both ways -- tight to loose. I'm really happy with the way the car adjusted up and it's a great backup car to be sitting in the trailer."


BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)

"It was a blast. We knew that car wasn't gonna handle like our other two cars. That's a pretty old car and it ran great for 10 laps and then it just got so tight you couldn't drive it. I was happy to see that last restart with 14 to go because we were kind of racy and we got inside the top 10, but then it went past the 10 laps and we got tight again, but it was good practice for the twin 150s. The Ford Fusion engine was great, so I'm looking forward to that tomorrow. Hopefully that will get us into the show on time."

THE EXPERIENCE WAS GOOD. "Yeah because we got to work on some race adjustments just to see what they did. I'm kind of baffled on how many adjustments we made, it didn't really make any difference so I hope our race car is more responsive. It'll be different in the daylight too in the 150s. It'll probably get tighter sooner, so at least we know now what to expect for that."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
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