GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 12th) - "It was unfortunate. The biggest thing is I didn't have any fans, no A/C, no air, no water - nothing inside - nothing worked. It's just kind of the way our season has gone. We had a...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 12th) - "It was unfortunate. The biggest thing is I didn't have any fans, no A/C, no air, no water - nothing inside - nothing worked. It's just kind of the way our season has gone. We had a decent car, but we're still not where we need to be."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd) - "I probably drove about 800 miles, but I don't know what we had wrong. We obviously had something wrong. Yesterday, we really chased it all day and this was how bad we ran all day yesterday. I really don't know. They changed everything on it today. I'm just kind of dumbfounded. The car was real good in the tunnel and everything - it was aligned right - but it was so terribly loose all day. No matter what we changed, it didn't fix it. It was a struggle, but I'm real proud of my guys. They did a great job on pit road. I think they changed tires about 20 times and moved the rear end and set the toe in and did all kinds of stuff, so they did a great job. We just didn't have it. This is our Indy car. It's the only other place we ran it. We probably should have brought 'old reliable' but I don't know if we would have been any better with that. We were just terribly off all day."
YOU MADE SO MANY ADJUSTMENTS TODAY. "We got lucky with all the cautions and that made a big difference. Without all of the cautions we wouldn't have had all those chances to work on it, so the cautions really helped. We just couldn't fix it. Those guys worked their butts off today and we're actually pretty lucky to finish 23rd. We'll just have to move on and work on it."
SOME GUYS HAD ISSUES LATE, SO IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. "Really, if you look at it, last week we dominated and got lucky when we ran out of gas and finished 10th. That easily could have been a 25th or 30th and today we ran 35th and finished 23rd. That's a really bad finish, but it's not a total disaster either. We'll just go on and try to figure out what went wrong here and get it fixed and go run with them the rest of the year. Some other guys had some trouble and we've been performing really good all year, so you've just got to go on and look at next week and forget about this week."
DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 22nd) - "A lot of guys gambled on fuel there at the end and we just didn't think we could make it, so we got snookered out of a couple spots there, but, all in all, we're real happy. The M&M's Ford Fusion ran good all day. It was a big improvement from where we were at practice and a big improvement from how we've been running. I'm real proud of the team. All of the guys had great pit stops and everything. I made one mistake today, but it didn't cost us too bad. Our car was just real loose on new tires, so it's just a learning process. We're getting better though and sneaking up on them."
NO MAJOR PROBLEMS OUT THERE TODAY? "All in all we felt like this was the most competitive we've been at this style of track, so we're gonna take this as a positive and build on it."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 6th) - "It was a great effort. We just didn't think we could make it on fuel. I wish we would have tried. I could have got the 20 and he ended up winning, but Wally said we couldn't make it so we came and got gas. I don't know. We'll be back next year and considering how we started, it was a great day."
WHAT HAPPENED TO TURN IT AROUND? "Wally just made some great adjustments. It went from being real miserable to being a lot of fun. I had a good time."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) -- "They [the crew] just really worked hard, I'm proud of these guys. We're still in this thing and we're going to fight 'til the very end."
HOW TOUGH IS IT TO RIDE SLOW HERE? "It's all really hard, especially when we thought we might win and when we stepped back on it. It's a great effort by this Ford Fusion. What was going through your mind when everyone was running out of fuel on the last lap? "We didn't run out on the last lap, we starting sucking air, so we were okay."
WAS IT SQUIRRELY OUT THERE TODAY? "Naw, you just have to drive within your means."
DESCRIBE THE RACE FOR YOU. "See, I'm not as talented as some of those guys, so I had to slow down a little bit, or I would have wrecked like they did. It was a good race for our AAA team, we did a real smart job today."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 4th) - ON FIRST TOP FIVE THIS SEASON. "It was a long time comin'. These guys never gave up. Butch made a good call and came on the radio and told me at about 36-37 to go that if I could save some fuel, we might be able to make it, so we had nothing to lose by trying to make it. Nice week to get this for our sponsors, UPS, Coca-Cola, Ford, everybody involved. Robert and Doug [Yates], we really appreciate the efforts they're giving. It's pretty good when you can make as much horsepower as Doug makes and get some pretty good fuel mileage too. The car was the best today that we've had it in a long time and we could at least race. We couldn't go real hard on new tires, I was way too loose for that."
HOW EASY IS IT TO SAVE GAS WHEN YOU KNOW THAT ONLY A FEW LAPS LEFT? "Well, you want to race, but on the other side of it, you want to finish, and you know that it could mean a lot of finishes. My car was good enough, I really didn't have to slow down that much to save a good bit of fuel because it was turning and rolling good and that made a big difference in being able to do that."
IS THIS A STEP IN FINISHING ON A HIGH NOTE WITH YATES? "Certainly. David [Gilliland] looked like he ran okay too and [is] getting that experience and then Doug and his people should be commended on building an engine that has a lot of horsepower and that we can get good fuel mileage too. They're not giving up, we're working hard and Butch has worked his tail off with Jason and Travis and everybody on the team. These guys continue to work hard week after week. The car was better today. It obviously wasn't a winning car but we were much more competitive than we'd been and when you do that, it allows you to get yourself in the position for these kinds of things to happen. That's good for Robert and Doug and for the morale for the team and hopefully for them to land a sponsor and make things continue to go well."
WHAT WERE YOU FEELING TODAY OUT ON THE TRACK? "Well my car was loose all day and I knew that there were times I just couldn't push it and I had to wait on it to come in. I think having a race track that was probably 25 degrees hotter than anything we'd seen all weekend, this tire seemed to be a little tighter off the corner. Everybody was really loosening their cars up."
KEN SCHRADER - No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 13th) - "We just tightened up like we knew we would. We were pretty good. We tightened up and were looking at a 20th and then I slowed up, Fatback said to take fuel and we'd make it. So I started saving up with about 40 to go on that run and we made it. It was a good day for the points and it was a teen - a low teen."
-credit: ford racing