Loudon: Ford Racing race quotes

GEOFFREY BODINE --66-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "We think it's the rear end gear or something. It was just making a lot of noise -- popping and snapping and jumping around. That's normally what happens. I'm disappointed because...

GEOFFREY BODINE --66-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "We think it's the rear end gear or something. It was just making a lot of noise -- popping and snapping and jumping around. That's normally what happens. I'm disappointed because we worked really hard with Todd's car. Hopefully, he'll run well and I hope all of that hard work pays off for him and that team. I hate going out of a race this early, but that happens sometimes."

KIRK SHELMERDINE --27-- Naturally Fresh Foods Taurus (Finished 42nd) -- "This was one of our project engines that we do at home and we were trying some stuff out. That's one of our reasons for being here, but the car never came up to temperature just right at the start and the oil pressure wasn't looking the way it supposed to look and I figured I better not hurt it." HOW DID IT FEEL TO GET A FEW LAPS ANYWAY IN A CUP RACE? "We're glad to be here. I've always said that last in Winston Cup is a lot better than first almost anywhere else, so we're proud to be here."

MORGAN SHEPHERD --89-- Berlin City/Redline Oil Taurus (Finished 40th) -- "We didn't really get a lot of practice time because we had brake problems. We got the brake problems fixed for the race, but we missed the chassis so bad that it was just pushing. It wouldn't even turn down in the corner. Plus, the alternator wasn't working, so we weren't gonna last long anyhow. We couldn't be competitive the way we were running. We weren't gonna be able to finish because of the alternator."

TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 6th) -- "Starting the back, track position is everything but Donnie (Wingo) just planned from the end backwards and it worked. My hat's off to the crew. I've got to give my brother Geoff a lot of credit for setting the car up so good. It was real close."

DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE MANY ADJUSTMENTS SINCE YOU DIDN'T GET IN THE CAR UNTIL TODAY? "The car was pretty good. I've run a lot of races here, so getting used to it isn't really a problem. That's all I've got. I'm done."

KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 8th) -- "We never give up. I made the mistake of running the car at a 95 percent pace and made the same mistake I made at Richmond when I slipped on the sealer. I ended up pounding the fence just like I did at Richmond and realized I had to back off a little bit. I knew we had a car to win the race and that's what this 97 team is all about. I'm really proud of my guys for sticking in there with me. They gave me a great race car and helped me get those three laps back. We just gained as many positions as we could and made the best of a bad day."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 4th) --

WHAT ABOUT THE COMEBACK AFTER CUTTING DOWN A TIRE? "I tell you what, there was no way I was gonna get that lap back unless Matt Kenseth gave it to me and he did. I owe him, there's no doubt about that. He worked good with me today and I'll return the favor. We had a great car all day long and then the tire went flat and we got behind and couldn't make it back up. We led the first 60 or 70 laps. We had a really good hot-rod today. The car was capable of winning the race if we could have gotten the track position the way we needed. I was real happy with the way it handled. The pit stops were good. The motor was good. I just can't say anything bad about the car. We just couldn't get up to where we needed to get."

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO MOVE UP FRONT MORE ON THE LAST RESTART? "Yeah, I did. I thought I maybe could get a couple positions. I don't think I could have gotten the victory, but it was a huge points day for me today and I just wasn't gonna sacrifice that points day we had going on. Everybody I was racing was having problems and Roger Penske was here saying, 'Be careful. Be careful.' My pit crew was saying, 'This would be a huge day for us if we do this right,' and we did. I think that put us up to third or fourth in the points which is really cool."

MATT KENSETH --17-- AT&T Broadband/DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 33rd) -- "I think it was obvious we had the best car, but you don't win everytime you have the best car. The way luck is and the way racing is, you're gonna have bad times even when you're running good. Everytime you put yourself in position to win doesn't mean you're gonna win."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RESTART? "It was fine on the restart, but I had a tire going down and the right-rear went flat. It was pretty treacherous out there and the track was coming apart like crazy. There was gravel all over. If you hit the wrong piece of gravel it would go through the tire. These tires are real thin and with all that trash out there, there was bound to be flat tires and we were just one of the unlucky ones to get one."

IS IT A CASE OF GETTING TOO MUCH GRIP THAT THE TRACK COMES UP? "I don't know. I'm not a track owner so it's hard for me to say, but with these cars and these tires, you ought to know better than to pave the track in June because you know it's gonna come apart in July when it's 90 degrees out. I knew it was gonna come apart, I just tried to stay out of the stuff."

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 5th) --

IT WAS PRETTY PHYSICAL OUT THERE. "Yeah. Race tracks like this, I guess it is that way, but, overall, a good run for the ALLTEL Ford. We came home with another top five. We changed the car a lot from happy hour and it's satisfying for me to know that we can change the car that much and come out and be competitive and get a top five. We struggled there at the start, not because of our doing but because of getting involved in that spin there. We just had to fight back all day."

HOW WAS THE TRACK BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR? "It wasn't the greatest. The tires were picking up the surface and that's obviously not ideal, but that was part of the race track and everybody had to deal with it."

MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 16th) -- "We did all we could. We had a bad day and brought home a reasonable finish. Instead of making it worse, we just did what we could. I was a little disappointed at the end. We lost a bunch of spots when maybe we shouldn't have, but we gained a bunch we probably shouldn't have too."

IT WAS TOUGH OUT THERE TODAY. "Yeah. We didn't run that great. We struggled and had problems, but we did what we had to do. We finished as good as we could with what we had. We didn't make it worse for ourselves. We brought home what we could. I wish we could have done a little bit better, but that's where we wound up."

DID YOU HAVE TO TIP-TOE THROUGH THREE AND FOUR? "I just don't know if they can do anything to make this race track acceptable. I know they try. I know how hard they try, but just because the Bahre's are great people doesn't mean that this race track is any good to race on. It's really, really a shame that we had to race under those conditions."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 12th) -- PIT STRATEGY PUT YOU FROM THE FRONT TO MID-PACK. "Yeah, it did. I don't know. We put on four tires and we were terrible. I don't know why that is. We hadn't had a problem with it all year, but we did then. I thought we had a good chance to win. We had a really bad pit stop and drove all the way back through everybody and got up to third. We pitted and got out of pit sequence with some of the other cars, but I still thought we were gonna be OK. Matt proved you could have still won it from there and we just couldn't go. We put on four tires and we were terrible. I don't know if the track changed or what happened, or if we had a lot more traffic in front of us. I don't know, but it went real, real tight and it was real loose also and I just couldn't run like we had before."

WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK? "Well, I hate to say it but I think it was better the way it was before. The problem is nobody gives anybody any respect. I saw people just intentionally running into people today and the problem is there's no defined groove getting into the corner. If a guy thinks he's in the right place, he just stays there and the other guy starts coming down and he just doesn't care. I saw a lot of people just intentionally body slam each other. I saw people who don't normally do that drive real aggressive and real rough today. I didn't think it was all that great." DID YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THROUGH THREE AND FOUR? "I found a groove through there and it was fine, but, boy, if you got out of the groove you'd lose the front end bad. I almost did exactly what Stewart did once. I got up high and the thing just would not turn and finally it turned and I just barely missed the wall. It was just rubber build up. I don't think the track was coming up, I think it was just rubber build up. It wasn't a good day."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 17th) -- "I'm not sure what happened. We had a line come off the power steering pump or something and had to fix that. That put us way behind and we just couldn't pass anyone."

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "We knew we had to have nearly a perfect day from where we were starting and we almost had that. Congratulation to Ward Burton. His car came on there at the end and mine gave up a little bit, but we're really happy with what we were able to accomplish."

WAS IT TOUGH OUT THERE? "This is a tough race track. Three hundred laps doesn't seem like a lot, but you work your tail off here every lap. That bottom groove, I wasn't sure about it but that's where we ended up running towards the end, so we'll say thank you to the Bahre family for making an effort to make this better and make it good racing here at New Hampshire."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY? "It worked out really good for us. When you start that far back, you have to almost have a perfect day to get in the top 10 let alone the top five. Todd made a great call there and we were able to save enough fuel late in the race with the cautions that it all worked out for us."

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 10th) -- "That was a good day for us. To finish 10th from where we started, especially after going to a back up car. It was pretty cool to lead some laps there at the end. We just got way too tight at the end. We knew that was gonna happen because that set of tires were a lot tighter than the rest of them. I'm so proud of my guys. I'm proud of Pat for making the decision to stay out. It didn't work out the way we wanted, but we'll take a top 10 going to Pocono."

GEOFFREY BODINE --66-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 43rd) -- "We think it's the rear end gear or something. It was just making a lot of noise -- popping and snapping and jumping around. That's normally what happens. I'm disappointed because we worked really hard with Todd's car. Hopefully, he'll run well and I hope all of that hard work pays off for him and that team. I hate going out of a race this early, but that happens sometimes."

KIRK SHELMERDINE --27-- Naturally Fresh Foods Taurus (Finished 42nd) -- "This was one of our project engines that we do at home and we were trying some stuff out. That's one of our reasons for being here, but the car never came up to temperature just right at the start and the oil pressure wasn't looking the way it supposed to look and I figured I better not hurt it." HOW DID IT FEEL TO GET A FEW LAPS ANYWAY IN A CUP RACE? "We're glad to be here. I've always said that last in Winston Cup is a lot better than first almost anywhere else, so we're proud to be here."

MORGAN SHEPHERD --89-- Berlin City/Redline Oil Taurus (Finished 40th) -- "We didn't really get a lot of practice time because we had brake problems. We got the brake problems fixed for the race, but we missed the chassis so bad that it was just pushing. It wouldn't even turn down in the corner. Plus, the alternator wasn't working, so we weren't gonna last long anyhow. We couldn't be competitive the way we were running. We weren't gonna be able to finish because of the alternator."

TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Finished 6th) -- "Starting the back, track position is everything but Donnie (Wingo) just planned from the end backwards and it worked. My hat's off to the crew. I've got to give my brother Geoff a lot of credit for setting the car up so good. It was real close."

DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE MANY ADJUSTMENTS SINCE YOU DIDN'T GET IN THE CAR UNTIL TODAY? "The car was pretty good. I've run a lot of races here, so getting used to it isn't really a problem. That's all I've got. I'm done."

KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 8th) -- "We never give up. I made the mistake of running the car at a 95 percent pace and made the same mistake I made at Richmond when I slipped on the sealer. I ended up pounding the fence just like I did at Richmond and realized I had to back off a little bit. I knew we had a car to win the race and that's what this 97 team is all about. I'm really proud of my guys for sticking in there with me. They gave me a great race car and helped me get those three laps back. We just gained as many positions as we could and made the best of a bad day."

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Finished 4th) --

WHAT ABOUT THE COMEBACK AFTER CUTTING DOWN A TIRE? "I tell you what, there was no way I was gonna get that lap back unless Matt Kenseth gave it to me and he did. I owe him, there's no doubt about that. He worked good with me today and I'll return the favor. We had a great car all day long and then the tire went flat and we got behind and couldn't make it back up. We led the first 60 or 70 laps. We had a really good hot-rod today. The car was capable of winning the race if we could have gotten the track position the way we needed. I was real happy with the way it handled. The pit stops were good. The motor was good. I just can't say anything bad about the car. We just couldn't get up to where we needed to get."

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO MOVE UP FRONT MORE ON THE LAST RESTART? "Yeah, I did. I thought I maybe could get a couple positions. I don't think I could have gotten the victory, but it was a huge points day for me today and I just wasn't gonna sacrifice that points day we had going on. Everybody I was racing was having problems and Roger Penske was here saying, 'Be careful. Be careful.' My pit crew was saying, 'This would be a huge day for us if we do this right,' and we did. I think that put us up to third or fourth in the points which is really cool."

MATT KENSETH --17-- AT&T Broadband/DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 33rd) -- "I think it was obvious we had the best car, but you don't win everytime you have the best car. The way luck is and the way racing is, you're gonna have bad times even when you're running good. Everytime you put yourself in position to win doesn't mean you're gonna win."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RESTART? "It was fine on the restart, but I had a tire going down and the right-rear went flat. It was pretty treacherous out there and the track was coming apart like crazy. There was gravel all over. If you hit the wrong piece of gravel it would go through the tire. These tires are real thin and with all that trash out there, there was bound to be flat tires and we were just one of the unlucky ones to get one."

IS IT A CASE OF GETTING TOO MUCH GRIP THAT THE TRACK COMES UP? "I don't know. I'm not a track owner so it's hard for me to say, but with these cars and these tires, you ought to know better than to pave the track in June because you know it's gonna come apart in July when it's 90 degrees out. I knew it was gonna come apart, I just tried to stay out of the stuff."

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 5th) --

IT WAS PRETTY PHYSICAL OUT THERE. "Yeah. Race tracks like this, I guess it is that way, but, overall, a good run for the ALLTEL Ford. We came home with another top five. We changed the car a lot from happy hour and it's satisfying for me to know that we can change the car that much and come out and be competitive and get a top five. We struggled there at the start, not because of our doing but because of getting involved in that spin there. We just had to fight back all day."

HOW WAS THE TRACK BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR? "It wasn't the greatest. The tires were picking up the surface and that's obviously not ideal, but that was part of the race track and everybody had to deal with it."

MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Finished 16th) -- "We did all we could. We had a bad day and brought home a reasonable finish. Instead of making it worse, we just did what we could. I was a little disappointed at the end. We lost a bunch of spots when maybe we shouldn't have, but we gained a bunch we probably shouldn't have too."

IT WAS TOUGH OUT THERE TODAY. "Yeah. We didn't run that great. We struggled and had problems, but we did what we had to do. We finished as good as we could with what we had. We didn't make it worse for ourselves. We brought home what we could. I wish we could have done a little bit better, but that's where we wound up."

DID YOU HAVE TO TIP-TOE THROUGH THREE AND FOUR? "I just don't know if they can do anything to make this race track acceptable. I know they try. I know how hard they try, but just because the Bahre's are great people doesn't mean that this race track is any good to race on. It's really, really a shame that we had to race under those conditions."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Finished 12th) -- PIT STRATEGY PUT YOU FROM THE FRONT TO MID-PACK. "Yeah, it did. I don't know. We put on four tires and we were terrible. I don't know why that is. We hadn't had a problem with it all year, but we did then. I thought we had a good chance to win. We had a really bad pit stop and drove all the way back through everybody and got up to third. We pitted and got out of pit sequence with some of the other cars, but I still thought we were gonna be OK. Matt proved you could have still won it from there and we just couldn't go. We put on four tires and we were terrible. I don't know if the track changed or what happened, or if we had a lot more traffic in front of us. I don't know, but it went real, real tight and it was real loose also and I just couldn't run like we had before."

WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK? "Well, I hate to say it but I think it was better the way it was before. The problem is nobody gives anybody any respect. I saw people just intentionally running into people today and the problem is there's no defined groove getting into the corner. If a guy thinks he's in the right place, he just stays there and the other guy starts coming down and he just doesn't care. I saw a lot of people just intentionally body slam each other. I saw people who don't normally do that drive real aggressive and real rough today. I didn't think it was all that great." DID YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THROUGH THREE AND FOUR? "I found a groove through there and it was fine, but, boy, if you got out of the groove you'd lose the front end bad. I almost did exactly what Stewart did once. I got up high and the thing just would not turn and finally it turned and I just barely missed the wall. It was just rubber build up. I don't think the track was coming up, I think it was just rubber build up. It wasn't a good day."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Finished 17th) -- "I'm not sure what happened. We had a line come off the power steering pump or something and had to fix that. That put us way behind and we just couldn't pass anyone."

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Finished 3rd) -- "We knew we had to have nearly a perfect day from where we were starting and we almost had that. Congratulation to Ward Burton. His car came on there at the end and mine gave up a little bit, but we're really happy with what we were able to accomplish."

WAS IT TOUGH OUT THERE? "This is a tough race track. Three hundred laps doesn't seem like a lot, but you work your tail off here every lap. That bottom groove, I wasn't sure about it but that's where we ended up running towards the end, so we'll say thank you to the Bahre family for making an effort to make this better and make it good racing here at New Hampshire."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY? "It worked out really good for us. When you start that far back, you have to almost have a perfect day to get in the top 10 let alone the top five. Todd made a great call there and we were able to save enough fuel late in the race with the cautions that it all worked out for us."

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 10th) -- "That was a good day for us. To finish 10th from where we started, especially after going to a back up car. It was pretty cool to lead some laps there at the end. We just got way too tight at the end. We knew that was gonna happen because that set of tires were a lot tighter than the rest of them. I'm so proud of my guys. I'm proud of Pat for making the decision to stay out. It didn't work out the way we wanted, but we'll take a top 10 going to Pocono."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Matt Kenseth , Roger Penske