Loudon II: Ford drivers race quotes

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 42nd) "We had a really good car, but that's kind of the way the year has gone. When we get a good car we have something like this happen, but if we keep knocking on the door we'll figure it out. We...

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 42nd)

"We had a really good car, but that's kind of the way the year has gone. When we get a good car we have something like this happen, but if we keep knocking on the door we'll figure it out. We broke a valve. We ran really well and had ourselves in contention to try and get something good done. It's a different race, same old story - something happened."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 43rd)

"The oil pump belt fell off and seized the motor up. It's pretty unfortunate. Our day was ruined when we ran out of gas there. I don't know what we have to do to keep from doing that, but, it's pretty unfortunate. Everybody else is able to do it but us, so I don't know what we've got to do."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 41st)

"I'm fine, everything is OK. I just hit my knee on the steering column. It's just something that shouldn't happen, but it does."

WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know. I just know that I got hit in the left rear. All you're doing on the restart is trying to get things sorted out and all I know is I got drilled and turned around."

YOU SAT THERE WHILE THEY WERE RACING BACK TO THE CAUTION. KIND OF SCARY? "Yeah, not a good place to be sitting in the middle of the track knowing they're coming off their hard racing each other. I shouldn't have been there to start with if some guys would use their head, but it's not a good place to be."

A DIFFICULT WEEK FOR THE TEAM. "It's been a difficult time. We were hoping we could at least have a good run and we did have a really good race car. It might help brighten Shawn's spirits a little bit, but, regardless of all of that, we're still thinking about Shawn and his family and Tara's family."

WHAT HAPPENED AGAIN? "I was just in the outside line where all the lead-lap cars were and just sorting things out when I got hit in the left-rear. That blew out the left-rear tire and that turned me around and I got in the wall. It's just some guys being impatient and trying to go somewhere when there's no place to go."

DID YOU KNOW THOSE GUYS WERE RACING BACK TO THE YELLOW? "Yeah, my spotter told me to stay buckled in because they were coming. I started to get unbuckled, but then as he reminded me of that, I buckled back up. That's not a good place to be sitting, but it's just unfortunate. We had a really good race car and that hasn't been the case a lot of times this year and, unfortunately, when we have things haven't turned out real well for us."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 7th)

"We had a better car than where we finished, I think. We tried to play the fuel mileage game the same as the guys that won it with last time and it would have worked good if there were cautions, but there weren't any cautions. We had a good car. We stayed up front all day and then at the end we got ourselves buried too far in the back and couldn't overcome that. So it was good to finish seventh again. That seems to be our magic number lately, but I would have liked to have done better than that. I think we had a little better car than that, but, all in all, it was a good day." ANOTHER TOP 10. "Yeah, I mean as far as the points it was a great day. The 48 won the race and gained a couple and Junior gained a couple and I think the 29 finished behind us, so, as far as the points go, it's a great day whenever we can finish in the top 10 with the position we're in right now and the amount of races left. That makes me feel real good, but, on the other hand, you just want everything to go right one time and put our DEWALT car up in victory lane or at least have a shot at the win."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 2nd)

"The Wood Brothers/Motorcraft/Air Force/Rent-a-Center Taurus was awfully good today. Track position was real important. Pat Tryson and all the guys in the pits called some great race strategy. We could run with Jimmie but at the end of the race it was just the way the pit strategy worked out. He had a little bit of a lead on us and we got real tight. We put on two tires and got too tight to race too hard at the end, so we just tried to hang on and protect the spot because Joe was coming pretty hard."

HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL TO BE UP FRONT TWO WEEKS IN A ROW? "It's good. These short tracks have been pretty good for us all year. We just need to work on the bigger tracks where the aerodynamics are critical. We're not quite there yet. I don't know if we're closer. When we get back to Kansas - we're gonna go there and test and find out - but definitely the short track program has come on and these guys have done a great job. They did a good job in the pits."

HOW CONFIDENT WERE YOU THAT YOU WERE OK ON STRATEGY? "We pretty much knew what the story was. We knew who was gonna have to stop and who didn't, so the strategy that they played out - we knew it was gonna come down to the end of the race and who had the best tires on at the end of the race. But those guys peeling out and running out of gas wasn't surprising us at all. We knew what they could do."

WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND WITH THIS CAR? "I think it's just a combination of Roush motors running really good on a short track for us. They built a new car three, four or five weeks ago and everytime you build a car you learn something. This race car is a good car. It corners good, it handles good, the tires stay underneath it real good. I just think these good pieces are coming down the pipeline and we're starting to get our hands on something."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE UP FRONT CONSISTENTLY NOW? "Again, our short track program has been pretty solid all year. We're getting into a whole host of tracks where handling is real critical and air doesn't mean anything. Those are our kind of tracks."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 15th)

"I had no power-steering after lap 40. I'm dying. We had a power-steering failure. I think the belt came off because there was a loud noise under the hood about lap 40. The car was a little tight from the center out and then without the power-steering it's even tighter. It was all we could do to stay on the lead lap. We fell off right at the end, but, all in all, we survived. We need to get back on track, though. This isn't a good finish for us."

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN MORE EXHAUSTED AFTER A RACE? "I was sick during the 600 once, but today ranks right up there. It's just tough without power-steering. I do as much with my workout regimen as I can and I'm just glad we made it."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 8th)

"It was an up-and-down day. It was by far one of the one of the fastest race cars on the race track. The pit strategy got the best of us a little bit. We probably conserved too much and gave up too much track position that last run, but to come home eighth after having one of the worst cars here the first race, the guys did a great job. They brought me a great car here this time. I'm happy with a top 10. We need to turn our season around and that's a good way to do it."

-ford racing-

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