Daytona Shootout: Ford teams race quotes

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 26th) "I'm very disappointed. Our UPS Ford was fine the first few laps and someone on the outside just got checked up and it was a chain reaction. I don't know who was behind me, I think it was...

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 26th)

"I'm very disappointed. Our UPS Ford was fine the first few laps and someone on the outside just got checked up and it was a chain reaction. I don't know who was behind me, I think it was the 7, but wasn't really paying attention and just drove into the back of us and kind of made a mess."

ONLY 5 LAPS TONIGHT. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN TELL ABOUT THE CAR? "We were having a good time. I felt like our UPS Ford was just as fast as it needed to be to win the race and certainly just a couple laps in you're just feeling everything out and checking everything to make sure it's as normal as it should be. It's just a typical deal here at Daytona and Talladega. When someone gets checked up usually two or three rows back someone doesn't see it."

DISAPPOINTING TO NOT GET ANYMORE LAPS TO PREPARE FOR NEXT WEEKEND? "We're gonna be ready for the 500. We're gonna have a good car that's capable of winning the race, but I'm just disappointed for all the UPS fans and employees and everybody at Roush Fenway that have worked hard. We could have won this thing tonight, it's just disappointing to hear the noise in the background and me standing in here."


BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ford Fusion (Finished 19th)

"The 98 was loose and I think somebody checked up in front of him and he was turning, so I think I just barely touched him as he was going around and he must have hit the 88 because the 88 came back and hit me. That's what it looked like to me."

HOW DID THE CAR FEEL? "It didn't feel like I wanted it to feel like. I hate we didn't get to run all the laps, but we've got some work to do. We've got to make sure we get it to where it doesn't drive so erratic because it was pretty erratic."


JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"It was a good way to get our weekend started for sure. I pulled up and blocked the 24 and the 48 and really when it happened I thought, 'Oooh, that was lucky that I didn't get wrecked in the middle of that.' And then when I saw the 29 coming, I moved up and I thought I was high enough. I didn't think there was room between him and the wall and he just snuck in there. You feel like a sucker when you're in the front of this deal. You get away from the guy so much in the corner that you have to drag the brake a little bit to try to keep him close enough, but when you get the white flag it's hard to drag the brake. I guess I didn't slow down enough and they got a big run down the backstretch."

IT MUST BE SOME CONFIDENCE FOR NEXT WEEK. "Yeah, it's a totally different setup than what we ran here last year and we struggled. I won here in July a couple years ago and came here last year with a lot of confidence and we struggled. I couldn't drive the car, but they worked hard and got us a better setup. Donnie and Derek did a really good job, so I feel good about our car for the 500. Certainly they think that's the best car. When they pick these they pick the one with the most front downforce and the least amount of drag for the 500, so you would think it would be better than this. We hope it is."

HOW WAS THE RACING? "It was pretty wild. Three-wide was OK on new tires, but it seemed like when you got old tires, they'd have to slow down getting in the corner and someone behind them would be good and when you'd get on that guys outside, he was hanging on. The 96 car wrecked about five times and just didn't complete it, so I think it was harder in the beginning. You had some guys in the front that their cars didn't drive very well and when the faster guys whose cars drove well made them three-wide, it was a little bit scary."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

"There was so much going on I don't know what happened from one lap to the next. We were a little too loose in the beginning but really fast and could never get in the right spot. Then we were too tight the second segment and then we just got really loose there. I got all the way up to Jamie and I thought we were gonna be able to stay in line there, and one time me and Jamie and Carl were all lined up and we weren't all fast enough together to be able to make it happen. Behind Jamie I got real loose there and the 18 bump drafted me and I got so sideways I couldn't hang onto it and I just fell to the back."

HOW HARD WERE THE CARS TO HANG ON TO? "They were pretty tough to drive. They were pretty sideways. They were like that a lot. They were like that last year, too, and it'll be like that for 500 miles, too. The only difference is most people will be a little bit more calm. It's just crazy out there when you've got a green-white-checker at a plate race. It's gonna be four-wide and you know there's gonna be a wreck. You just hope you're not in it."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)

"That's what happens when you're running hard like that. It pays to win that thing. I have to watch the replay. I don't know if I came down on him or he kind of drifted up, but we were back there by ourselves is what's kind of odd. It's a little give-and-take when you're in your own lane, but down there with Jeff Gordon going into that corner, somebody shoved Jeff Gordon four-wide and I tried to get up and leave Kasey room, leave Jeff room and leave all those guys room. I just don't know what happened. I'm gonna have to watch it."

YOUR TEAM GOT A LOT OF WORK REPAIRING THE CAR. "Yeah, we're not using this thing anyway, so we'll take it back to the shop."

DOES THE FORMAT MAKE FOR TOUGHER HANDLING ISSUES? "No, not really. It was just like any other shootout-type race. The car has to handle well, but those short runs, everybody's got good tires on it. There's just nowhere to go. Everybody wants to be in the middle because they know the middle is the spot to go, so everybody just waits until they get an opportunity to stick it in there and then, hopefully, the guy knows that you're three-wide. That's what it's been all night, just a guy trying to get in the middle."

WERE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR CAR? "I was really happy with the way this car handled. I've got to go back and watch the tape to make sure I wasn't a contributor to some of those, but we'll definitely go back and study and see what happened."

WHAT DID YOU LEARN OUT THERE? "I learned we could spin out four times and not hit anything -- well, we did hit something that last time. I got a good idea of how the car is handling and a good idea of how we're gonna start our 500 car for race trim, but it's gonna be a lot different conditions. It's gonna be much warmer and it'll be a daytime race with the sun most likely out, so it's gonna be extremely different from tonight."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)

"It's gonna be wild. That was exciting. I'm lucky that car is the same shape we started out with. We made it through at the end in seventh. There were times when we were leading, that was good. Jamie ran really well, but that was all we could get today."

WHAT ABOUT THE STYLE OF RACING OUT THERE? "It was just a mess. I don't know what I'm gonna do for the 500. I guess you just go as hard as you can. I don't know. It's pretty wild. I don't know if it's just been a long winter or if that's really as wild as it seems, but that seems like the wildest race I've been a part of."

-credit: ford racing

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