Martinsville: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Finished 9th) "At the beginning of the race we had a great car. I drove too hard at the beginning. I told myself to take it easy on the brakes, but I couldn't help it. I just kept kind of hustling...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)

"At the beginning of the race we had a great car.  I drove too hard
at the beginning.  I told myself to take it easy on the brakes, but I
couldn't help it.  I just kept kind of hustling the car and I wore
my stuff out too quick.  At the end the balance just shifted to the rear
again and it was really loose on entry.  There was nothing there."

YOU JUST HAD TO NURSE IT HOME? "Yeah. The 10 car caught me with like 10 to go and I didn't even challenge him because I was wheel-hopping and sliding and I was like, 'I just need to get back to the bottom and let him go.'"

YOU MUST FEEL GOOD WITH ANOTHER SOLID RUN. "I feel great, especially going into the off week. It's so good to have a good run. We'll go to Richmond to test the car of tomorrow on Tuesday and Wednesday, but life is good right now."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd)

"The car was really, really good. It was the best Martinsville run we had until we lost the brakes. Unfortunately, those are important at Martinsville. It looks like there are about five cars that are having brake problems -- all AP brakes. The 1 lost his right-rear, 66 and us and the 70, and I know there are a couple more. It's just unfortunate. We all chose the same brake package and we're all having problems. We had our best run ever and I felt like I was doing a great job as a driver here at Martinsville to stay on the lead lap. We were running 13th or 14th, so I'm really happy with that. That's encouraging coming back here. Hopefully we make the chase and that would be encouraging coming back for the second time."

DO YOU THINK THE BRAKE ISSUE IS A COOLING ISSUE OR A DYNAMIC OF THE CAR OR SOMETHING ELSE? "I'm not sure what it is. We're gonna have to analyze it. Obviously, the brakes are hot. We've got all the cooling NASCAR allows us to the brakes currently, so we don't know what else we can do. We've got the maximum amount of hoses, the maximum amount of fans. We've got what we've got and it's not good enough, so we'll have to look at it. Maybe AP has an internal problem with the seals that are getting too hot and melting, so that's probably an issue."

HOW HAS THE NEW CAR BEEN AFTER TWO RACES? "I think our car is working very well. I'm pretty happy with the car. I think all of the teams and NASCAR have done a good job so far adapting to it. I think we've got a ways to go before we get to some of these bigger tracks. Richmond, Dover and Darlington will be a true tale of what we have on larger tracks, so, right now, I'd have to say we're doing fairly well with it."


DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 39th)

"We had a decent car today. It's not what we had hoped for, but we definitely by far weren't the worst car out there. It looks like the rear-end broke, so it's just one of those deals that is out of your control. We were on our way to a good finish and that's what we needed, but we'll just have to get 'em at Texas."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)

"As a competitive racing team, if we run 10th, we want to run fifth, but it was a solid run. To be a lap down at one time, we really struggled at the beginning. Our AAA Ford Fusion was rather on the tight side, so we got it driving pretty good. We just kind of put ourselves in position to race the last 15-20 laps."

HOW MUCH DID LAST YEAR'S RACE HERE HELP? "It was just a lot smarter race on my behalf. You don't have to go hard for 500 laps. You have to go as hard as your car will let you, but when we got a lap down, we didn't panic. We got our lucky dog and just kept working on the car. In the last 150 laps we felt like we were a top-10 car. We adjusted on our Ford all day, but I need to get it where it's a little better in happy hour. The guys are gonna get where they understand when I say, 'It's a little tight,' it's a little tight, or 'Really tight,' it's really tight. It was a solid run. We got some more points and now we have to re-group and try to get to where we can be a little more competitive on the big tracks."


RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snicker's Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

"We had all kind of problems. The alternator quit charging early on but luckily we had two battery systems. Part of the price I had to pay was trying to keep the car in clean air, turn off the radiator fans, I had to turn off the helmet blower -- I had no cool helmet all day long -- and it about cooked me today. During the little break I went over and got me a little oxygen and I was ready to go."

YOU'VE BEEN COOKED HERE BEFORE. "Yeah, but this wasn't nowhere near that bad. We probably had a 10th-place car and ended up 13th just trying to take care of all the stuff on the car. I guess 13th with the way we've been going lately is pretty big boost for these guys."

WHAT ABOUT THIS NEW FUSION AFTER TWO RACES? "This, to me, on this track our cars aren't much different. It's really puzzling for us as a driver and as a crew chief -- Butch Hylton and the guys working on this Snickers Ford -- is how to get them set up. The springs we used to run won't even begin to work. We tried to do it the other day. We put some springs under here that used to go around here pretty good and the left-front tire was coming off the ground a foot. It was like a dirt car or a sprint car, so that didn't work and now everything that used to work, you throw it away and start over again. We were up and down the speed chart the other day. Going into qualifying we were as low as 35th or 40th on the speed chart and we hit on something and qualified 16th or 17th. Then we went out in happy hour the other day and missed it and we were almost last, and they made a few changes and we moved up to 15th. I think everybody is coming and going as far as trying to figure these things out. Obviously, some of these guys have got more time on them, I guess, but our guys have been pretty puzzled and so have a lot of other guys."

IS THIS A SIGN THE TEAM IS MOVING FORWARD? "Other than Daytona, where we had a car that could have won a race, we've been a 20 to 25th-place car performance-wise. We've had issues. We've had some problems with wrecks and such, but on-track performance has been about a 25th-place car. Even today, we ended up 13th, but I felt like we had a 10th-place car today. It's definitely a step in the right direction. At Bristol, we got in a wreck late. We had a different car last week, but we just totally missed it there. We were around a 20th-place car at Bristol and that was it, so at least it went good today. I'd like to be able to say, 'OK, we've got all of our issues fixed and we're settled,' but it seems to be such a big hit-and-miss for everybody on this car of tomorrow."

-credit: ford racing

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