KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 38th) "I think the timing chain broke or something inside the motor. It's not giving us any explanation right now, except for when we take the distributor apart it doesn't turn. It's just an ...
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 38th)
"I think the timing chain broke or something inside the motor. It's not giving us any explanation right now, except for when we take the distributor apart it doesn't turn. It's just an unfortunate break. We didn't have all that great of a car, but I think we could have weaseled out a top 10. Our car, it's tough lately. When I stand on the throttle it turns to the right. I need a car that turns to the left when you're on an oval, so we're working on it."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 9th)
"We ran terrible. I'm really ashamed of the way we ran. We were just way off. We weren't very good the whole time we've been here. We came in to make changes off the first set of tires and the car was totally different all day. We really struggled, but mainly I'm just worried about Dale, Jr. Hopefully, he's OK."
YOU'VE HAD SOME GOOD RUNS HERE IN THE PAST. "Yeah, I mean if I had to pick one track on the circuit to come to this would be it. This is my favorite track, but we just haven't run good lately. When we unloaded this car it was really a last-place car, but we worked on it all the time. We got it a little bit better at times, but it was no way ever gonna be a contender. I don't know why we're so far off. It was really a pile all day long, so it was frustrating."
IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. "Yeah, we finished up OK but it was a terrible run. We're really far off and I'm just lucky I've got such a great team that does a good job on pit road. Everybody at Roush is doing a good job building reliable engines and everything else. We need to make it to the end of these things because we ran pitiful today. We got lucky and got cautions so we could work on it a lot. We had a top 10 car at the end when we needed it, but at the beginning of the race we had a last-place car, so it wasn't much fun to drive today."
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW YELLOW RULE TODAY? "Well, there are pros and cons to it. The car that got a free lap back won the race today. If they would have had that rule in the spring, Tony Stewart would have won the race because he was the fastest car and lost a couple laps. I don't know about giving free laps back. Some day I'm gonna want a free lap back and I'm gonna think it's cool, but I still don't know if that's the best policy. You can be a half-lap behind the leader and slower than the leader, but as long as you're the first car a lap down, you get a free one back. A free pass isn't really racing. It's racing to get it, but Ryan had misfortune early. He definitely had a car that could win at the end, but if you have bad racing luck I don't know about that free pass."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 12th)
"I feel like cussing, but I'm not going to (laughing). We ran in the top eight all day, but we got bottled up on pit road and I ran into the back of Biffle. That was the next-to-last run and after that the car was just wicked loose. I mean terrible loose. That was the first time I had been loose all day and the water was hot. We figured we got the grille knocked in and the air wasn't going through the radiator and making a lot of front downforce made the car loose. So we made a little change on chassis, but we just opened the grille back up and it was still wicked loose and we lost all of our track position. We ran decent all day. We ran bad on the last two runs and that was it."
WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THE GUY THAT WON THE RACE GOT A FREE LAP BACK? "I knew it was coming, but I didn't know it was coming this soon. The was some talk before the race that some people wanted to give two guys their lap back, but, obviously, that ain't the right thing to do. It was a little frustrating. You had guys a lap down and they were getting 'em back for doing nothing. That was a little frustrating, but it's their own fault. We wouldn't do what NASCAR asked us to do, so this is what we get. If we would have done it the right way, it wouldn't be like this."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 19th)
YOU WERE 5TH ON THE FINAL RESTART AND THEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG. WHAT WAS IT? "For five laps that thing was just crazy loose. I thought I had a tire going flat, but they said the tire was OK. I don't know. I never had a car really do that before. It's just a shame to have a top five car and come home 19th. That's just Elliott Sadler luck continuing for this race team. Maybe we'll turn it around next week."
BUT YOU MUST BE HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU MADE THE CAR BETTER AS THE RACE WENT ON. "Yeah, but that doesn't really mean anything if you can't bring it home. I don't know. When you run half the race like that running good and you don't get to finish like that, I don't think you have anything to feel good about."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 7th)
YOU HAD A GOOD CAR TODAY. "Yeah, we did. It was pretty bad at the beginning and just surviving. Doug and the guys worked on it a bunch. We made a bunch of pit stops and worked on the thing a whole lot. It was unfortunate there on the start. I don't know what happened. Guys started racing three-wide on the green flag, which, I guess is becoming typical in Winston Cup - three-wide on the first lap going into turn one. Somebody checked up and I had to hit the brakes. I ran into the back of the 40 and ruined the front of my car. We had to pull tape off and suffered all day on front downforce, but it's unfortunate. We had a good car. We were going good at the end there, but lapped traffic - we were stuck behind cars all day. I think I could have finished up there third or fourth if I could have just gotten clean of those lapped cars a little earlier. I had to work on my teammate Matt for a little bit there, but I wanted to be careful because he's the point leader. He finally let me go and it was just a good day for us - seventh. I think we were a lot better than that at times, but coming in and putting water in it killed us."
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW RULES? "I think the rule is gonna work well, I really do. I've been saying all along they need to do it. The no passing on pit road, I think that rule has been a long time coming. I don't know why you should be able to pass on pit road. If you're under caution, you shouldn't be able to pass to start with, whether you're on the race track or on pit road, but we were passing on pit road and now we're not. I think it's a good thing."
DO YOU FEEL FORTUNATE TO FINISH WHERE YOU DID WITH THE RADIATOR PROBLEM? "Yes. We were lucky it happened under the caution and not beforehand, so we were real lucky it worked out that way."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 11th)
"It might have been a couple of positions better than that on the track, but we never could get track position. Every restart we were starting in the back and had to race all the inside cars. It was just sort of a mess all day. We might have been an eighth-place car and ended up 11th, so we got out of it about what we were. We fought a push real bad all day and couldn't get the front end to turn. We never did get it right."
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW YELLOW FLAG RULE? "I thought it worked really good. I thought it was real safe. They could move the emergency crews a lot quicker the way they've got it. I was actually a benefactor of one of those situations. We had just gotten lapped and the caution came out. It sure was nice not having to go up there and trying to beat up on the leaders to try to get your lap back. It was a pretty neat deal. I think it's a good rule and it should have been here a long time ago."
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Finished 17th)
"I have to hand it to Gary Cogswell and the guys. They worked and worked on this car and got it handling at the end and that's when we needed it most. We were so tight the first two-thirds of the race and then we hit on it during the last two stops. I can't be happier."
YOU BENEFITED TWICE FROM THE NEW YELLOW RULE. "Yeah, big-time. When I heard the rule was going to be changed, I had mixed feelings. I first thought that once you lost a lap, you lost it. When I actually heard the ruling, I thought it was very fair - maybe even generous. NASCAR really made the right call. Driver safety is most important and it still gives you a shot to get back in it, if you have a decent day. I couldn't be happier."
SHAWN PARKER, Crew Chief - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Dale Jarrett finished 18th)
YOU STAYED OUT LIKE THE 12 DID. "The caution came out and with 106 to go we topped off there. We thought maybe if the car was good enough we could try to do what the 12 did, but we missed it a little bit on the setup and we weren't able to do that. When the last caution came out it was the same situation where we were hoping a lot of the leaders were gonna pit and we were just gonna stay out, but some did and some didn't. We got bitten by new tires I guess, so we'll just go on to Talladega and hope for a good finish down there."