BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd) "I've never wrecked so many race cars in my career, much less come here and do this. There was something wrong with the front end and I was just trying to ride it out. I ended up...
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd)
"I've never wrecked so many race cars in my career, much less come here and do this. There was something wrong with the front end and I was just trying to ride it out. I ended up just causing the tire to blow out, but that's the way it goes."
WHAT'S THE PLAN NOW AS FAR AS CARS GO? "We're fixing the one we tore up last night and that should be back down here by Wednesday. Hopefully, we won't need another one."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 22nd)
"I'm not real sure what happened. Someone got on the outside of me and I didn't know anyone was up there and we came off the corner and when I moved up there was someone there. It just tore up a pretty good car. It was a lot faster than I expected it to be tonight. I didn't feel very good about practice, but they made some changes and it ran pretty good in the race. I just made a mistake there."
HOW WAS THE CAR IN THE DRAFT? IT LOOKED LOOSE. "I was loose because I got run into by somebody else. I was a little bit free before that, but it's not a lot different than what we've had in the past. The tires don't seem to wear out, but they seem to chunk and rubber is disappearing on them. It's tough to adjust on that because it's not really like your car is handling bad, it just seems that the tires are getting really hot."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Finished 19th)
"It seemed like we just blew a right-front tire. I kind of got shuffled back there at the beginning of that second run and just kind of hung back and just biding our time. Up until that point, we moved up and were moving back up to the front. Our freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion was real good today. This is disappointing for the night, but I feel very, very good about what we were able to learn tonight setup-wise for the 500. I'm very, very comfortable with the way the car drove and very happy with the car that the guys were able to provide for us."
ANY SURPRISED OUT THERE TONIGHT? "We're just trying to get a handle on it. We started out the first practice session and it was a handful, but Cully Barraclough and all the guys came together and felt like we really had a good setup on the car, so, like I said, I feel great going into the 500."
WAS THIS THE SAME CAR YOU REPAIRED FROM LAST NIGHT? "Yeah, this one got beat up a little bit last night, but the guys did a great job getting it fixed. We had a fast race car. We were able to lead some laps at the beginning and I felt really good about our car, so it's just a little bit disappointing."
HOW WAS THE RACING? "I think the racing at night is a different deal than during the day. You saw a lot of side-by-side racing. I don't really feel like you're going to see as much of that during the day in the 500 just because the cars move around so much. Overall, it was good. I feel like it was a good race."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 20th)
"Our car wasn't that good. We tried kind of a little out of the ordinary setup and it didn't work. The car didn't handle very good. I wish we wouldn't have done that. I wish we would have stuck with the old faithful setup, which we had run in both Shootout practices. We just ran something there we had never run before on the race track completely. It's what other guys were doing and it's towards our qualifying setup to have some speed. We were a little slow so we tried it and it didn't work out. I was just riding around in the back kind of at the top and waiting until some of these guys got in an accident to gain some spots because business was starting to pick up. Guys were sliding around and starting to lose grip and my car wasn't losing any grip, but I never got a chance."
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO RACE THESE THINGS IN THE 500? "Oh, yeah. I don't know if we'll be able to race them as good as the old car, but I think we'll still put on a pretty good show."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)
"We were alright. We just don't quite have the speed. When we had Jamie pushing, that helped a lot. I worked real well with Kurt and then he spun out, but I'd say at the end that Kurt was our hope, just to follow him up through there, but we just couldn't go any faster. That was it." WHAT DID YOU LEARN FOR NEXT WEEK? "I learned a lot. It's gonna be an interesting race. Hopefully, it's sunny. We're not the fastest down the straightaway, but we've got a real good handling package. It handles real well, so I think it's gonna be good. If it's real slick, it'll make a real good race for us."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH KURT. YOU WERE PUSHING HIM JUST BEFORE HE SPUN. "He just got loose. I actually saw the way he was setting up for the corner and I thought he was gonna be a little loose, so I stayed back just a little bit and he just got loose. He did a great job saving it. He was really our ticket to the front. We were working really well together and I hated to see him have to go to the back."
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