Indianapolis: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd) "Matt was trying to get underneath Jimmie, and he was all the way beside the 48 and then the 11 just kind of made it three-wide at the last second. Your perspective on TV is so...

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)

"Matt was trying to get underneath Jimmie, and he was all the way beside the 48 and then the 11 just kind of made it three-wide at the last second. Your perspective on TV is so much different than what you feel in the car. You just don't realize how much you're sliding around here. You're pretty much already out of control, and when their momentum gets lost or someone makes a fast move like that, it's hard not to run into each other. I was trying to stay off of Jimmie, and then, I think, maybe the 10 car or somebody got into me, which is not his fault, it's just one of those deals where maybe racing a little too hard, too early."

IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD A CAR TO WORK WITH. "Yeah, it got better. They made good adjustments. The last one was definitely our best. It didn't start off very good today. The heat was a little bit different. But, they made good adjustments and I was pretty happy with my car."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)

"That was way better than we could do. We had probably a 25th-place car and finished 10th with it, so, somehow, we were able to steal some spots and finish it but we ran just terrible. We've got to get our car a lot better."

SO IS IT JUST A CASE OF GOOD PIT STRATEGY AGAIN? "Yeah, I guess. Some people wreck and we've got a good pit crew on pit road. We got lucky with that caution at the end the way we called the race, so everything just kind of fell in our hands but we just ran terrible."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 18th)

"This car wouldn't go all day. I got it on fence just a little bit there, but we dodged some wrecks there in the beginning. I think we used up about all the luck we had there. Just proud of my Office Depot crew for doing the best they could, it just wasn't good enough. We just didn't have a fast enough car. Still had fun, though."

ANY PAIN IN YOUR THUMB? "No, my thumb was the least of the problems, I just couldn't get the car to do what I wanted it to do in the corners. But, congratulations to Tony and those guys. I know how important that is to win here, his home track. I guess we'll just go on to Pocono."

WHAT WAS IT LIKE OUT THERE? WAS IT DIFFICULT TO PASS? "It was extremely difficult to pass. This place is a cross between a restrictor-plate track and a one-and-a-half mile. You have to time everything just right. I really hurt myself a couple of times, trying to pass people. You almost have to figure out where to pass to make the least amount of detriment to yourself."

DOES THAT MAKE THIS ONE OF THE MORE MENTALLY CHALLENGING TRACKS, TOO? "Yeah, it is a little bit mentally challenging to race here. But today I knew where our car belonged. We ran around in middle of the pack all day, and there at the end there it was just simpler to let them go than to hold two people up."


RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)

"We got bent up in that wreck. The track got blocked and I thought we had it missed and we ended up getting in the middle of it. I think there were eight cars, or so, in it."

BEFORE THAT? "We weren't bad. We weren't terrible. I figure we were about a 14th-place car, something like that. We didn't have any track position. We drove up to 19th before we had trouble. And then a bunch of guys had trouble, got wrecked and fell out, but that didn't help us because we were one of those guys."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)

IT LOOKED LIKE A LOT OF HARD WORK TODAY. "It was. It just wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. It's a little disappointing. It was real, real bad around other cars. After two laps it would be so loose I thought I had a flat tire -- I was thinking about pulling in at one point. The next two laps it was pushing so bad I couldn't drive it. And I don't understand why. We're not around any cars. It's just mind-boggling. I don't know."

IS THE CAR CLEAN? DID YOU MISS EVERYTHING OUT THERE? "Yeah, pretty much. I didn't get into anything. I scraped the wall on lap two, but I didn't hurt anything and it didn't do anything to it. It was pretty crazy."


ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 27th)

"We beat ourselves and that's the sad part. We drove from the back to the middle twice and the whole time we were doing that I just didn't have any front brakes. Everytime I pushed the brake pedal it would just lock up the brakes, so it was a big disappointment for us. Indy is a very special place for me and I wanted to come here and have a good result, but unfortunately we're walking out of here with a 27th-place finish. We'll probably go forward in points, but we lost ground to 20th, like we're looking for."


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

"Yeah, decent. We started off the race just trying to fine-tune our car. There toward the middle part we took two tires one time to try to get some track position -- that just didn't work very well. Our car liked four tires, the two tires just made it real, real loose. A 16th the first time we're here, we would've liked to have been up there in the top-10 or --15, but as a whole our company needs to work just a little bit. Usually, it's guys like Biffle and Kenseth up front, leading a lot of laps, and it was a struggle to run 10th for them. So, it was a decent day, picked up a few points. Just got to keep battling and getting better."

YOU MISSED ALL THE WRECKS? "I guess a lot of guys were just driving hard. The track's a lot hotter than it was yesterday during our practice, a limited amount of laps on the race track and everybody was just racing hard. When you're racing that hard on a hot, slick track there's just basically one groove out there. Somebody's got to give sometime. I was glad that we weren't a victim of that. We've got a pretty clean car, and we'll probably take it to Pocono."

CAN YOU TAKE LESSONS FROM THIS TRACK TO POCONO, TOO? "Oh, yeah. They're somewhat similar, but we've still just got to keep on working on downforce stuff, keep improvement. Yeah, you can take some stuff with the draft on the long straightaways, but the big thing is getting through those corners."


DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)

"We're real happy. We finished 38th and moved up a bunch. The car was tight and we kept making it better. I think the track just kept kind of tightening up on us. We were kind of chasing that, but we fell a step behind at the end. Our M&M's Ford Fusion passed a lot of cars, so for my first time here, I'll take it. It was a good points day for us, so we're excited."

HOW MUCH DAMAGE DID YOU GET AND DID IT ADVERSLY AFFECT YOUR CAR? "We got just a little bit leaving pit road early on and that probably affected the car a little bit. We were really good early on, I felt, but Bill Elliott came out of his pit and kind of squeezed us into the wall. It's a real narrow pit road here and it was just one of those things."

-credit: ford racing

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