HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Finished 33rd) "I made a mistake. There were 50 laps to go in the race and I should have just been a little bit more content where I was. We were working on the car and trying to get better and I was...
HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Finished 33rd)
"I made a mistake. There were 50 laps to go in the race and I should have just been a little bit more content where I was. We were working on the car and trying to get better and I was trying to go as hard as I could every lap and it just got away from me. No excuses. I was just trying too hard. It's part of the learning process that we'll go through, but we'll be back at Atlanta next week to try it again."
YOU GOT SOME LAPS BEHIND YOU AT LEAST. "We had to get through this first. The only disappointing thing is not to finish. We really wanted to finish, but the pit crew did good. The guys worked on the car hard. Everybody worked hard. The driver just made a mistake."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"I'm very proud of him (Kyle). Our car ran great, we just didn't have track position because of one bad stop. But it was an awesome for our Sharpie Ford. This was the first time I really felt like we were in contention at Vegas. I understand you have to run for a championship and when I come to Vegas it feels like it's the Daytona 500. Congratulations to my little brother and it officially stops now - the advice to Kyle because he beat me fair and square."
DOES THIS TAKE SOME PRESSURE OFF? "It was great. I wish we could have picked up the W for the hometown crowd, but there's a great group of people out there - probably 150,000 strong that saw a great race today. We just hope that we can do it again when we come back next year."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 6th)
"It was a good day. Something was wrong in the drive train because it was vibrating so bad. I'm sure it vibrated bad enough to affect the handling of the car because it unhooked the tires from the race track. That's unfortunate. We just couldn't get it fixed in practice."
IT WAS A GOOD POINTS DAY. "Yeah, it is. We're trying to make the chase and we know what we've got to do. We've got to keep our head on straight and just have good runs. I was just disappointed. I had a really good car and I couldn't get the balance between tight and loose balanced out, but that's the way it is."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Finished 8th)
"We didn't run very good at all, we just had the best pit crew on pit road today. We had great stops that kept us in contention. We ran bad. We had a fuel problem. I made a dumb mistake and got into Elliott. I just didn't expect him to swap lanes. He came from the lap-down lane in front of me and I couldn't get slowed down. I spun him out and ended up wrecking our own fender. That messed up his day a little bit, but I'm glad it wasn't worse. I feel bad about that. It was a dumb mistake and just bad judgment. That got us behind and we just had an uphill battle all day."
THIS HELPS IN THE POINTS. "Yeah, I don't know what the streak is because I hate to talk about streaks, but it's been like 10 races or something since we've had a top 10, so we've got to crawl before we can walk. At least we finished today and got a decent finish for how bad we ran, so if we get our performance back to where it was at California - hopefully at Atlanta - and have decent luck, hopefully we'll get another good finish."
ANY TIME WHEN YOU HAD A CAR THAT COULD CONTEND? "Not really. We got up front and got our lap back and that made us look like it was fast, but it wasn't very fast. It was in clean air and I just overdrove it and got out there as fast as we could."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 World Financial Group Taurus (Finished 14th)
"My car was a rocket ship and we got caught in that wreck when we ran into the 38. That was frustrating because at that point I think we were the fastest car on the race track, so I guess you can't say enough about my guys. Bob Osborne and everybody did a great job. It was an awesome way to recover from that. I thought our day was over and they just battled back. To come out of it 14th, that's making the most of a really bad day. I'm really proud of them and we'll just go on to Atlanta and do our best."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 18th)
"I don't know exactly where we're missing it, but there's something we're not doing. Different sets of tires just affect it too much. We get to where I thought we made the car a lot better and run our way back towards tenth and the next thing you know we're sliding around and everybody is passing us. I don't know. There's something that we're missing. We're just not getting it done yet."
DOUG YATES, Engine Builder - Roush-Yates Engines
WHAT HAPPENED TO MARK'S ENGINE? "Something happened to the number four cylinder intake, but we're not sure. We'll have to get home and see, but I don't think it dropped a valve because it kept running. We came in and disconnected that cylinder and went back out, but I don't know. We'll just have to see when we get home."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 37th)
"It's just been a real frustrating season. The first three races - we've wrecked in all three of them. I don't know what happened down in turn one there. Someone turned the 25 and there wasn't anywhere to go. Our goal was just to run real conservative. Just wait and go to the front toward the end of the race if the car would do it. And we didn't even get going again. The crew did a great job of patching that car up and getting it back out there where it could run. It was pretty bad. Usually people would put a car that bad on the truck and leave, but these guys didn't do that. But, it's just three races of 36."