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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "We were pretty good. I don't know what happened but the engine started missing there early in the race and the battery was going dead, so we switched batteries and it came back on line. But we...

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

"We were pretty good. I don't know what happened but the engine started missing there early in the race and the battery was going dead, so we switched batteries and it came back on line. But we had to shut everything off and we were just a little bit too tight all day. We couldn't get it to rotate in the center of the corner and that's probably what our biggest thing was -- we just needed to turn a little bit more in the middle. The lap traffic was really, really tough today. We just had a really tough time with these cars. You get about 20 car lengths behind a car and you can't pass them even though you're faster than them. It was a real tough day for us."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)

"It was good. We started off and were pretty fast on the long run and then we kind of got off to the loose side and we tightened it up and then the track tightened up on us and we just got too tight in the center. It was a great run for us. We're definitely making progress. We're moving the right way here lately and have been getting some good runs put together, so it feels good to have the DeWalt car at least up in the top five."

EVERYONE WAS CHASING THEIR CAR WITH ALL THE GREEN FLAG RUNS. "Yeah, this place is tough. You've got to have it all. You've got to be able to get on and off pit road and have pit stops and have it handling good for those long runs because you typically don't get a whole bunch of cautions here to work on it, so we were just a little bit off, but we were closer than we have been."

DO YOU FEEL THE BAD LUCK IS GONE? "I don't know. You can't blame everything on bad luck. We've all made mistakes as a group. I've made mistakes driving. We've just been off a little bit. I don't think you can blame everything on luck, but I feel like our performance is getting better and we've been operating more as a team unit and things seem to be on the upswing."

BUT SIX WEEKS AGO YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT MULTI-CAR WRECK ON LAP 19 WITH THE WAY THINGS HAD BEEN GOING. "Yeah, but some of that you can say is bad luck, but we got in that wreck at Richmond because we were running bad. We were running 22nd or 20th and a wreck happened in 10th place. If you run up front, you have a better chance of not being in the wreck, so a lot of it comes from performance. I've got to try to qualify better and we've got to keep working on our performance and just get the whole deal going."

A GOOD DAY FOR ROUSH FENWAY. "Yeah, all of our cars were really fast. All of the Roush and Yates cars were both really fast all weekend. Everybody had their own things to do during the race and we were all a little bit different, but they were all quick when we got here and the engine department did a great job."


TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion (Finished 11th)

"I'm pretty happy with it. We stayed on the lead lap all the way until that last run. My car was just too loose. We were tight all day, but I could really hustle it and move around on the race track and we just got too loose that last run. I was committed to the bottom and it just made it hard for me to pass. That's how we got a lap down, but I'm just proud of my team. Obviously we've got an unsponsored car here. We were running up front all day and I'm just really proud to be driving this Ford."

WERE ALL THOSE GREEN FLAG RUNS WHAT YOU NEEDED? "I think it really helped. I'd like to have had a caution right before we went a lap down, obviously, but our car was good enough to hang with the leaders for the most part and run in the top 10 for the most part and we just got behind a little bit right at the end there, but, all in all, not bad."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)

"It's not a bad day, but it's not a good day. We just seemed to change a lot on the car and at times it was good and at times we were really off. We just have to keep working on our package to make our cars fast on the short runs and on the long runs. But we didn't give up. Our AAA pit crew did a good job on pit road and we just kept fighting. It was a decent day. We can take a 15th, but we need to keep working and get those top 10s."

DID THE GREEN FLAG RUNS HURT YOU? "Oh yeah, definitely. If we could have had some more cautions or had some opportunities to work on our car, we would have been a lot better off. We just felt like the last 10 or 15 laps of a green flag run we really struggled and that's where they beat us. We made it better throughout the day, but in a 400-lap race it went by quick and just didn't get an opportunity to get as good as we needed to."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
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