CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion (Finished 13th) "We had an awesome car. The good news is we had an awesome car. The bad news was it fell off the jack when we were leading the thing pitting under green, but everybody kept...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)
"We had an awesome car. The good news is we had an awesome car. The bad news was it fell off the jack when we were leading the thing pitting under green, but everybody kept their composure. The car was still good enough. We finished 13th, but this is a race winner right here. It's a huge step forward for us with the car of tomorrow. It's just terrible. This is the same thing that happened to us at Pocono last year. We had a plan. We got the car back up and we only lost a lap, so it wasn't the end of the world."
HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT WHEN THE CAR FELL OFF THE JACK? "I don't know if I can describe how frustrated I was. I just have to thank everyone with the Boston Red Sox and everybody at the Fenway Group and Lumber Liquidators and Gillette for coming on board. It's not a curse. We still finished 13th, but I'm thinking about my buddy, Sam Russell, today. He suffered a little injury and this one is for him. This is one of the best runs we've had this year. I'm proud of it. There's not much you can do about stuff like that."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)
"We ended up passing some cars on pit road and making some adjustments and got it better, but we're not good enough to beat these guys. With these cars it's all about being in the front. It's really hard to come from behind and do much with them."
DID YOU MAKE THE CAR BETTER? "Yeah, we definitely made it better. We were still off, but it was a lot better. It was a top-10 car and we finished ninth, so we definitely made some improvement."
WILL THE CHANGES BE SOMETHING YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE NEXT COT RACE? "I hope so. We've got a long way to go with these things to compete for wins. They're so sensitive to little things. There are only so many areas you can work, so the areas we can work we're just missing it a little bit. We've got to work on the front suspension and figure out how to make the front ends turn better and then, hopefully, we'll be more competitive."
YOUR PIT CREW WAS STRONG AGAIN. "Yeah, they always do really good. They always keep us in the races."
THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TOUGH TRACK TO PASS ON, BUT WAS IT EVEN HARDER WITH THIS NEW CAR? "Yeah, way tougher. They're just so tight. You're just kind of at the mercy of the front tires in the middle of the corner, but I thought it was a lot harder to pass than the other car, but my car wasn't right either. The fastest car didn't win. The guy who got two tires got out front and won, so I think it's probably more about track position with these cars than even the old ones."
ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Menards/MAPEI Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)
"The alternator got us. We lost the alternator about lap 180 and had to shut all the fans off and all the blowers. We came down and opened up the hood while we were running 12th and that put us back in the back. We gambled and took two tires and got ourselves back in the game again, but the biggest thing was not being able to run the fans and coolers and stuff like that. We probably didn't have a car to win, but we probably had a car anywhere from fifth to 10th."
YOU'VE SHOWN MARKED IMPROVEMENT THE LAST FEW WEEKS. "I think so. We're catching on to the car of tomorrow program. Gene (Nead) is doing a really good job with it and it's just a matter of time before it does come together for us. We've run good for about the last five weeks and have been about a top-15 car, even though we finished 16th today. We're just working hard at it."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)
"We've got to work on qualifying a little better on the AAA team. We've always got good race cars during the race, but when you're starting the race in 25th, 30th, 35th spot, it just makes for a real long day. I feel like we had a top-10 car if we could have had good track position. We made some points up today and it was a decent day. A top 15 is certainly a work in progress to where we want to be, but it was a solid run."
YOU PASSED A LOT OF CARS. "Yeah, and I had a great time. I want to apologize to Kurt on that last lap. We were just racing hard and I pushed him up the track a little bit and I guess he got up in there in the loose stuff and couldn't hang on, but I was racing hard. I just really wanted to get around him. I've got a lot of respect for him and certainly it's pretty neat to say you raced that hard with Kurt. I'm sure I'll look forward to talking to him and seeing what he's got to say, but it was a good day. We've just got to work on practicing better and qualifying better so we can have a little better track position and get a little more than what we've got."
YOU WENT A LAP DOWN EARLY, SO DID YOU LEARN SOME PATIENCE TODAY? "A 300-lap race doesn't seem like a long race, but here in New Hampshire it seemed like it took a little longer than a normal 300-lap race, but we're growing as a team and I'm learning what the car needs on a longer run. We were fortunate today. We had some longer runs, which kind of played into our setup. Like I said, we've still got a lot of work to do. That's a good finish and a good points day. We're going to Daytona and anything can happen, but we'll have a hot-rod down there for the night race and hopefully we'll have some more fun down there."
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