Indianapolis: Ford teams race quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 Snickers Ford Fusion (Finished 43rd) WHAT HAPPENED? "I got really loose in front of the 01 car getting into turn two, and kind of took the air off our spoiler, and just lost it. It's a shame, it's 100 percent our fault.

ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 Snickers Ford Fusion (Finished 43rd)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I got really loose in front of the 01 car getting into turn two, and kind of took the air off our spoiler, and just lost it. It's a shame, it's 100 percent our fault. I'm going to take total blame. I really have to apologize to Snickers and Ford and Citifinancial and everybody involved. It's crazy what 365 days will bring -- last year sitting on the pole, leading the race to here to struggling this weekend. It's been a very tough weekend for me and my whole team. We work good together, we just didn't hit it. We were a little bit better today, so I'm proud of the changes my guys made, but would've liked to have run so more laps to see where it took us."

CAN YOU GET BACK IN THE RACE? "No, I think it's hit so bad. NASCAR doesn't want us to go back out there unless the car's safe, and I think right now the rear clip is bent up so bad it would not be safe for me to go back out there. I think our day is done."

NEXT YEAR WILL BE A DIFFERENT SITUATION. "Next year, it'll still be the Brickyard to me, a place that's very special to my heart and we'll come back and try it again. Right now we've got to focus on Watkins Glen, and Michigan's another tough race coming up for us. We need to get ready for those two races."


BORIS SAID -- No. 60 SoBe No Fear Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)

"Something in the front happened and they had to fix it in the pits, and then when we went back out it was really, really loose. I just rode around and came in under that caution and fixed it. Then we went out and, I don't know, somebody just got into me just a little bit -- just enough. It was just a racing deal. It wasn't on purpose or anything, I don't think. I don't know who it was, but it's unfortunate. I really just wanted to bide my time and be there at the end and learn. I'm not used to going out this early in a race, so I feel bad. I feel like I let the team down and all those fans who are supporting our SoBe Energy Drink car. It's disappointing, but I'll go home and watch it on the hotel TV."

IT LOOKED LIKE REED SORENSON HIT YOU FROM BEHIND. "It was somebody. I don't know who it was because I wasn't looking. Sterling Marlin was going by and I just kind of moved back down."

WHAT HAPPENED? "On that restart I guess the 41 car just got into me a little bit. It's just one of those racing deals where he was doing his deal and I was doing my deal and our deals ended up colliding, so it's a bad day for me. I feel really bad because I really wanted to run this race. I was really happy I made it. It was my third start as a team owner. We've got a lot of fans out there with our SoBe No Fear Energy Drink car. I think we could have got our Ford Fusion pretty fast by the end of the race, but we were struggling a little bit at the beginning. That's just racing. That happens. I'm just glad that in five days I'll be qualifying at Watkins Glen and I don't have to worry about that stuff there. I'm excited to get there and I'm just happy to be in NASCAR. I love racing. It's gonna be hard to go back to the hotel and watch this on TV, but that's what I'm gonna do."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)

"Our race cars aren't what they need to be. We struggled all day. I'm not bad when we're in first or second, but when we get back in traffic and all you can't drive it. You can't drive it at all. It's unfortunate. We're dwindling out of the chase hunt, but that's the way it goes. Track position today was way more important than tires, I felt. We decided to put four tires on it instead of keeping our track position. It cost us obviously. It cost us our finish."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST LAP?  "The 7, I think, got loose or the 10 hit
him maybe.  I don't know what happened, but the 7, I saw him spin
out and hit me.  There was nothing I could do about it."


KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)

WHAT ABOUT THE TIRES? "I didn't notice any big difference."

YOU WERE PRETTY SOLID ALL DAY. "Yeah, you want more but it wasn't bad. We weren't ever real bad, but we're just fighting front downforce. We made a lot of adjustments and even though they helped us, they didn't really do what we wanted. I wanted more, but I've got to say we're gaining on it. We've got to get this front end stuck, but it feels good."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

"I had a strong car, but we just got it too loose into the corners at the end of the race. I figured it was all I could do to hang onto it and not wreck it. I had fun, though. We were pretty fast there for parts of the race. That was a blast."

YOU TOOK FOUR TIRES AT THE END. "Yeah, we were all right with four. We just didn't need it that loose because we lost a lot of spots there. That's frustrating, but you try and that's what you get."

ANY PROBLEM WITH THE TIRES? "Not for me. The Goodyears were good."


MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)

"I want to thank the fans for supporting us so much, for supporting this AAA Fusion and my team, for standing behind me. The Roush-Yates horsepower was awesome today. This is why I've raced for 32 years. We just weren't quite good enough to get up there and win, but we were good enough to get up there and watch them race for it."

ANOTHER TOP FIVE. "We've got to tune up to be a championship contender, but it's all here. This old man ain't gave up yet."

WITH ABOUT 27 LAPS TO GO, YOU HAD A LOOSE WHEEL. "I was real concerned. I don't know if we would've made it or not, but we got a caution and we got a chance to change it. I just want to thank the fans and Roush-Yates power and the AAA team, and this is why I've been racing all these years. I wasn't in the front, but I could see the front and that made it good."


PAT TRYSON -- crew chief, No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion

ON MARK MARTIN'S EFFORT. "He did a great job. We had a strong car all day long, not quite strong enough to win, might have been had we been able to get him all the way up in clean air, but he did a fantastic job amd you can't ask for any more than that."

HE REPORTED A VIBRATION WITH ABOUT 27 LAPS TO GO... "It was loose and he just rode it out until it stabilized a little bit, and fortunately we got the caution there. He was willing to stay out, but I didn't want to take that risk. We needed a good finish today, and he came through."

THOUGHTS ON A TOP-FIVE FINISH AS FAR AS THE POINTS RACE... "Big picture, the Chase is very important right now and a couple guys had some bad luck there at the end and that's probably going to help us get some breathing room, and that's important. But right now, get some momentum back and make a run for the championship."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

HOW GOOD WAS THE 48 DOWN THE STRETCH? "He was real strong. We were kind of gauging and adjusting against the 29 and the 31, and the 31 would fade a little on a long run and the 29 would run about we would -- maybe a little better. And I thought if we were in front of them we had it good enough to maybe beta them guys, but then the 48 kind of came out of nowhere. He was just flying."

WAS THIS AS TOUGH A DAY AS YOU'VE HAD IN TRYING TO MANAGE TIRES, ESPECIALLY THE FRONT LEFT? "No, not really. I ran hard all day. We didn't have a tire problem."

ON THAT LAST PIT STOP. "I got four. I think it was the right thing to do. He just had a better car, first of all, and second of all he got through traffic better than me."

ON HIS SECOND-PLACE FINISH. "It was just a solid day. We didn't have the best car. I think the two Childress cars we had to race against real hard, and then Jimmy just came out of nowhere then and he was just hauling the mail. The best car won. Them guys did a great job recovering from their problem like they always do. They had everybody covered today."

ON ANOTHER SECOND-PLACE FINISH. "Yeah, love the track and we're usually pretty competitive here. We've just been unable to quite pull it off. So, it's a lot of fun to race here. It's an honor to be able in the Brickyard, so to be competitive here is definitely a lot of fun."

-ford racing

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