Ford teams Darlington race quotes

Darlington Raceway 500

I just told him that this is a really big deal and he knows that.

Carl Edwards

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

“First of all, congratulations to Regan. He earned that. On the restart, he spun the tires a little bit and I thought, ‘Alright, I’m not gonna beat him to the line because I’ve got a good enough car with fresh tires. I can beat him here.’ And as soon as I started pedaling, Brad hooked on his rear bumper and they took off. I thought, ‘Oh, man. I’m in trouble now.’ I drove down into turn real hard and Brad did a good job not wrecking underneath me and then we raced hard and he won the race.”

YOU GAINED SOME POINTS ON YOUR LEAD. “I’m sure that will feel good tomorrow, but, right now, I wanted to win that race.”

WHAT DID YOU SAY TO REGAN WHEN YOU WENT UP TO HIS CAR? “I just told him that this is a really big deal and he knows that. He drove Mike Mittler’s truck at Phoenix one time and I got to work on it for him as a driver, so I’ve worked with him as a crew member – as low man on the totem pole. He’s a good person. I guess if I had to get beat, it’s all right to get beat by him. We’ll be back. Aflac is behind us 100 percent and we’re leading the points, so we’ll just go to the next one.”

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DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion

“On that restart I got a little tight and had to roll out of the throttle and Vickers was behind me. He had nowhere to go and he hit me, so we got some damage. We were fortunate to be able to finish the race. If it wasn’t for that last caution, I think we could have got a top 20, but our UPS team did a good job. We made some improvements from the start of the race and we just needed to have a little bit of luck. That’s the way Darlington goes, but I’m proud of the way our team rebounded and we didn’t get a DNF.”

Marcos Ambrose, Petty Motorsport Ford
Marcos Ambrose, Petty Motorsport Ford

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

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MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion

“We just fought all night. We were digging and gauging all night. We’re disappointed with 13th, so I guess that’s a good thing. I’m proud of my Stanley team and we’ll take our licks here and move on. We just kept digging and fighting all night. We tried not to damage the car, and most of what we got was on the last lap, so we had a good night. We’ll learn from it and come back next year and be better.”

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GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

“We were really good. We got to 12th and we kind of had the wrong pit strategy. It was my fault. I should have stayed out and I pitted, so we started at the back and never got back again. We had a top-five car, but we just never got there. We’d run the lap times of the top-five, even the leader, but we just couldn’t get there. If it would have been a 600 or 700-mile race, maybe we would have finally got up there , but we did all we could (laughing). We got a top 10. We’re worried about the points right now and we’ll keep chipping away at it.”

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards
Tags southern 200, sprint cup