MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 5th) "It was pretty good. The Crown Royal Ford handled pretty well all day. They made some really good adjustments all day, but we had that one run where we got off sequence. I thought we...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
"It was pretty good. The Crown Royal Ford handled pretty well all day. They made some really good adjustments all day, but we had that one run where we got off sequence. I thought we had a loose wheel or something and it turned out they couldn't find anything, but I got really loose and had a real bad vibration so for safety sake, we went ahead and pitted. I was worried that if we didn't get a caution it was gonna cost us, but at the end of the day it worked out."
IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE FROM LAST WEEK TO THIS WEEK. DO YOU AGREE? "That felt good. In the beginning we ran up there. Carl and Greg and myself were all up there and it felt like a few years ago, so it seemed like all the cars had a lot more speed this weekend. It feels like we're on the right track, but me pitting off-sequence there probably got us an adjustment or two behind because we were more worried about getting back on the lead lap -- at least I was -- than saving enough gas to get our windows closer together. We probably didn't adjust on it quite the way we needed to and didn't have it exactly the way I wanted at the end, but overall it was a great day for us."
KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)
"We were a little bit off at the start and then we made a lot of adjustments to our Budweiser Ford. As we got further to the front and the weather changed a little bit, I was doing the opposite of what was going on earlier. It was kind of a different setup than what we've run in the past, so we just need to work on that a little more and figure out exactly what happened there, but I was pleased. From where we were the first 100 laps, we made big gains."
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE 48? "It's crazy. I don't know. How do you stop them when they just do it every week. I don't know what their deal is. They're just that good. I don't know how they keep doing it. I think everybody is probably in awe of it like, 'Wow, what the heck is going on here?' Maybe NASCAR needs to take some power just away from their car and nobody else's and help us out a little bit. (Smiling)"
YOU IMPROVED YOUR POINTS POSITION A BUNCH WITH THIS RESULT. "Yeah, we should be out of the thirties. We had cars that could run in the top 10 in the first three races. We had a situation at Daytona and driver error at California and we finally got a top 10 here, so I think we're where we should have been in the other races. Now we just have to keep working hard to try and get those points back."
HOW DOES JEFF GORDON FEEL TO LEAD ALL THOSE LAPS AND NOT WIN? "He probably knew what was coming. He's the one that hired Jimmie Johnson, so it's his fault (Laughing)."
GREG ERWIN, Crew Chief -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Biffle finished 10th)
YOU BATTLED BACK TO A TOP-10 FINISH. HOW DO YOU FEEL? "I feel OK about that, but overall I'm disappointed. We thought we had a lot better car than a tenth-place finish today. We worked our way up into the top five when that incident occurred on pit road, but the safer call was to hold Greg. The 43 just wasn't checking up and if I would have sent him, we would have gotten hit. I'm disappointed. It's not what we had in mind today. We thought we had a better car than that, but it's what you do when the chips are down and how you battle back and we got ourselves back into tenth, so it could have been a lot worse."
WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD? "We knew they were gonna be coming down pit road when we were about ready to leave, just based off the spacing on the track, and their crew chief was working to try and get him to lay back a little bit and allow us room to squirt out in front of him, and we knew it. We were watching him very closely and when he got three car lengths behind us there was no way. If we would have dropped the jack and just spun the wheels, he would have run right into us, so we had to stop. Then, obviously, we were trapped in and it cost us 20 spots on the race track."
SLUGGER LABBE, Crew Chief -- No. 98 Moen/Menards Ford Fusion (Menard finished 17th)
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TEAM'S START? "We're getting there. We've had better cars than where we finished. I kind of got us in trouble on the first start because I had Paul go a little quicker than the tire changer could finish his job, so that was my fault. We kind of got behind and then we put two tires on during about the third stop in the race and it just didn't react like we had hoped and got too loose. Our car turned good all day long, which is a good thing, so we'll take these three top twenties in a row. It's something Paul has never done in his career, so we'll just keep building on that. I feel really good about our cars and what we're doing, and the pit crew, and Paul's head is right. He's doing all the Nationwide races and he's doing really well. His feedback is awesome and I think everyone is growing together and that's positive, so we'll just keep getting good finishes and move forward."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd)
"We made improvements on our car, but our finishing result doesn't show what kind of car we had. Certainly pitting an extra time under green definitely hurt us. We had a mishap with the fuel and we couldn't run as long as the other guys. We just basically had to make and extra stop and it's just one of those deals that we're certainly not happy with where we finished, but we made some progress. We brought back our UPS Ford in one piece, but we'll have to continue to work on the particulars. We just need to get a full race in and run like we should. We've got some top-10 cars, so we've just got to keep working."
KEVIN CONWAY -- No. 37 ExtenZe Ford Fusion (Finished 36th) -- RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
"It was a really long day. We were fighting tight in practice and we made a ton of adjustments, but we never got a chance to go out on new tires in practice, so when we started that first run we were wrecking loose -- literally. I spun and, fortunately, didn't have too much damage at the beginning, but we got behind the eight ball as far as getting some laps down with that spin and were never really able to recover. We had some real good lap times and were real competitive, which was a huge improvement over last week, but track position-wise we were on our own lap and it didn't really matter. And then I was trying to get out of Tony Stewart's way and I didn't give him quite enough room and got in the fence a second time. It was just a really long and frustrating day but we finished."
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"That's a better finish than what we've had in the last few weeks. We didn't have any major problems and the guys did well. Steven (crew chief Steven Lane) made good calls and we were racing for a top-25 spot at the end. We thought we may have been a little bit better today, but this is something good. We have work to do, but we're leaving here feeling OK about things."
-source: ford racing