Ford teams race quotes

Bristol 500

Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Scotts EZ Seed Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"It was exciting. I thought I could get to him at the end and rough him up a little bit and maybe get by him, but his car took off. I just told them I should have hit him harder when I got to his bumper the first time, but we were racing really hard. His car was better there at the end. I didn't know how fast Jimmie was, so I thought, 'Man, if we starting roughing each other up, it might end up worse for us in general.' But it was a good race at Bristol. Kyle did a good job. Our team did a good job. We've got to thank all the fans and we appreciate them coming out and supporting us."


MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)

"We had a lot of fun out there racing today and got lucky and got the right lane on the restarts a few times. We were able to make up some positions. It took all day, but we finally were able to make some adjustments that had the Crown Royal Black Fusion pretty decent."

HOW WAS YOUR DAY? "It was a struggle all day. I'm thrilled with our finish. It's the highest up we ran all day. We struggled between about a seventh or eighth place car in a best-case scenario to about a 20th-place car at times. They made some great adjustments on that last stop and got real lucky getting in the right row on the restarts and we were able to make some ground up there at the end when we needed to."

WHAT EFFECT DID THE TIRE HAVE TODAY? "It wasn't as bad as I was expecting. We got to use the same date code the whole day. They changed that right before the race and I think that made a big difference. Actually, all of my tires that were on the car were really consistent and we didn't have any issues."


MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 9 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)

"We had a good day considering it was rough. We fought hard to stay on the lead lap and got some damage late, which hurt the handling of the car, but I'll take it. If we have a difficult day and finish 15th, that's not too bad. We just kept digging all day and did the best we could. I like this track. I'm disappointed with 15th, but when you have a difficult day like that, you've just got to walk away saying I've got a straight car and decent points."


GREG ERWIN, Crew Chief - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Biffle finished 8th)

"I was worried at the halfway mark. I think we wound up with a little bit of what we saw in practice and probably just had the air pressures down a little bit too low for this tire combination and this bump stop combination that we had. It looks like as soon as we put a little air in it we got it freed up a little bit and it looked like it came alive. I'd say we were a better long run car than a short run car, and I think we proved that on that 100-lap run and that 75-lap run. We were able to pass cars on the tail end of those runs, but the restarts at the end just really kind of hurt us."

DID HAVING ONLY ONE SET OF TIRES YESTERDAY PUT YOU BEHIND TODAY AS FAR AS HAVING THE CAR DIALED IN? "We had one set of tires and ran 60 laps on them, and then popped a hole in the right-rear when we ran over something on the race track. That actually cut our practice about 10 minutes short, but you've got to look at it and say it might be equal for everybody. If we all had more tires, everybody else would have probably gotten a little better as well. The way the car drove the first 250 laps of the race wasn't really in the direction we thought it was gonna be, so that kind of threw us a curveball."


DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)

"We were just a little bit off at the beginning of the race with those new tires. We just didn't make enough of an adjustment as we needed, and it took until the second or third run for it to start changing the car a little bit. I can't say enough about our UPS team. They never gave up and we could have easily finished 25th, but we made a lot of adjustments there at the end to race back up on the lead lap. We had a fast car and got a 16th-place finish. It's not a win, but we've got to look at the positive and get better."


TREVOR BAYNE - No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 34th)

"This race was totally different than the Nationwide race. Everybody always talks about how tough the (races) are here in Bristol. And I'm like, yeah, yeah, yeah^aBut this is totally different. You're beside somebody the entire time. It never singles out. You never just ride. With that said, also, it's 200 more laps. You get to 300 when you'd normally be done, you know, that's when you finally get a little fatigued around 300. But then you have 200 left. You're counting down every lap. It's a tough race. Mentally, physically - everything."


DAVID GILLILAND - No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 27th)

"Today just wasn't our day. We got ourselves up front early in the race by staying out under the caution, but then we got bit by running out of fuel. It was still early enough in the race for us to battle our way back, but then we cut a couple of tires. After that, we actually didn't have our TMone/Taco Bell Ford running too bad. I think we ran our fastest lap toward the end of the race, but we were just too far back at that point to gain too much. We'll look for a comeback in California."


TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion (Finished 26th)

"It wasn't a horrible run, and not what we had hoped for coming into the weekend. We struggled with the handling of our car all weekend, so we made a lot of big changes to it throughout the race, and we actually made some decent progress with it. But this is Bristol, you know. It doesn't take long to get lapped if you're struggling, even a little bit, from the start. But, we did OK and got a decent finish and it should help us out in points a little bit."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , John Long
Teams Roush Fenway Racing
Tags bristol, ford, nascar, sprint cup