DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 13th) "We had a top-10 car. Jimmy Fennig and our AAA team had an excellent back-up car prepared and it was just one of those racing deals. Matt had new tires on. He was coming hard and I was just a...
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)
"We had a top-10 car. Jimmy Fennig and our AAA team had an excellent back-up car prepared and it was just one of those racing deals. Matt had new tires on. He was coming hard and I was just a little free off the corner and probably wasn't quite in the throttle and got a little loose and he just helped me go around, so no harm, no foul. It was just one of those things. He was in the right place and I was in the wrong place."
A FRUSTRATING FEW WEEKS FOR YOU. "Yeah, the last four weeks we've had top-five cars and got a couple of good finishes to show for it and this isn't a bad run compared to where we started the day off, but we're a better team and we deserve to be up in the top five. We've just got to keep getting better and we've got to start on Friday and carry it through the weekend."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)
WERE YOU THINKING AS THE RACE WAS WINDING DOWN THAT YOU HAD ACCOMPLISHED WHAT YOU WANTED? "Yes, I was once we got the lucky dog, which secured me the worst place finish of like 13th or 14th. That's really what we needed. There for a while we were in bad shape. We were 25th or so and if we wouldn't have been able to get through that traffic, we would have been in big trouble. The car was good and the brakes were great -- the best brakes I've ever had at Martinsville. I'm excited. I'm excited about coming back here in the spring and see if I can do better."
HOW EXCITED ABOUT THESE 1.5-MILE TRACKS COMING UP? "I can't wait. Hang on, we're gonna let it rip."
YOU SURVIVED TODAY AND YOU'RE SECOND IN POINTS. "It was a frustrating day to say the least, but we stayed out and got trapped. We were gonna run out of gas, so that was unfortunate for us, but the team did a great job with this Turbo HD Ford Fusion car. I just wish we could have stayed on the lead lap or got our lucky dog earlier in the day and been able to race those guys."
YOU'RE 145 OUT. IS THIS A NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR THE 48? "No, I don't think so. We're gonna come and get them. We've got four more chances and we're going to some of our best places, so they better be on their A game. I know they have been so far, but we're gonna bring the heat to Atlanta and all the rest of the places and see what we can do."
YOU'RE STILL CONFIDENT? "I'm still confident we can catch him, for sure."
A GOOD RECOVERY. "We had a great day to come out of here 12th. We wanted a top-10 finish. That's what we were shooting for and we came up two positions short of that. We led a lap, got out front and got the Turbo HD Dish Network car out front, but, unfortunately, we had that pickup where we ran out of gas or I got off pit sequence and that cost us, but we fought back and 12th-place is a dang good finish for us here."
WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT BRAKE ISSUES TODAY? "I was worried about it, but these are the best brakes I've ever had in my life and I'm telling you I abused the heck out of them when I had to and they just stayed right with me the whole time. I'm so happy about the brakes on this race car."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 R&L Carriers/DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
"I'm happy with where we finished. I messed up early in the race and wiped out Nemechek and myself and were able to come back from that and get a good finish."
WHAT WAS THE KEY TO COMING BACK AFTER THE SPIN? "We just had to be patient and try to get the car to handle a little bit better and move up in the pits and we were able to do that."
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WISE WITH JIMMIE'S RUN? "From our standpoint, if we weren't mathematically out before today we are now. We haven't been thinking championship the last two weeks with the problems that we've had, so we're just out there racing as hard as we can and run the best we can."
YOU STAYED OUT AT THE END. WHAT WAS THE THINKING? "We figured if we pitted with everybody else we were gonna run 11th or ninth or 10th, so we might as well try it. When we tried it and it didn't work, we came back and got tires and tried the other direction."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)
YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RACE TODAY. "For us, this is almost a win. We've never run this well here, so that was good for us. It's just Jimmie is doing an unbelievable job. We obviously had some misfortune last week that really made this race important. I felt like we could come here and if we ran like we did today, that it keeps our hopes alive and if we didn't, it would really put us in a hole, so it's a great day for us."
-credit: ford racing