Michigan: Ford drivers race quotes

BRETT BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus NOTE: The following comments came from Brett Bodine on Sunday. "I'm feeling really good. Compared to looking at the accident I feel great. I'm actually sore and banged up, but for what I went through...

BRETT BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus

NOTE: The following comments came from Brett Bodine on Sunday.

"I'm feeling really good. Compared to looking at the accident I feel great. I'm actually sore and banged up, but for what I went through with two very, very hard hits, I'm doing wonderful."

WHAT ARE YOUR INJURIES? "I had a concussion and a pretty severe bang right on my forehead between my eyes, so my eyes are black and blue and I've got some pretty good swelling there. I messed up my teeth pretty bad. I knocked eight caps off of my teeth, so I've got a lot of dental work to go through to get that fixed up. I broke my clavicle and messed up my shoulder a little bit and we're gonna find out what the extent of those injuries are when we get back to Charlotte. We'll get to an orthopedic guy and let him figure out what we need to do there. I'm very fortunate because this really could have been much worse. To take two hard hits like that is a testament to what our cars and the safety stuff that we've put in these cars to make them safer for the drivers. The second hit on the inside was in the soft wall that the speedway had installed and that certainly did its job because I hit that running probably over 150 miles an hour. I was unconscious and pretty much hit it straight on, so everything did its job for me to be here today."

WAS IT BETTER OFF YOU WERE KNOCKED OUT ON THE FIRST HIT BECAUSE YOUR BODY WAS RELAXED ON THE SECOND HIT? "No, because if I wouldn't have been knocked out I wouldn't have been on the gas pedal. I was knocked out and holding the gas down. I probably would have been able to steer it somewhat, but I don't remember any of that. I'm just going by what I see in the replays, but I do remember going into the first turn and turning down in the corner, in the groove, down off the wall. I had not let off the gas yet, so I was still running pretty much wide open and then I felt the right-front tire blow out and the car just went straight in the wall. As I said, I was knocked out and just a passenger after that."

GEOFFREY BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus (Finished 39th)

WHAT HAPPENED TO PUT YOU OUT? "Something in the transmission or the rear end. It was vibrating and making a noise and it was getting hot. We kind of slowed up, so I rode around to see if maybe it would fix itself, but we came into the pits and they told me just to bring it in the garage. It isn't worth going out there and breaking something and possibly causing a wreck that somebody else might get involved in, so here we are. We're having a lot of fun. I was really pretty darn good. We were racing really hard out there with everybody who has been running the full schedule. Mike and this Hooters crew had the car really, really good and they've got a lot to be proud of. I just hope we can get a sponsor for them so they can stay out here."

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT BRETT'S ACCIDENT? "I got a phone call. I was out on Lake Norman basking in the sun and getting a tan when I got that call. As soon as the phone rang I kind of knew that something had happened. I just answered it and said, 'Which one was it?' Unfortunately, it was Brett. It would have been just as bad if it was Todd, but I can fit in either ones seat, so it didn't really matter because I would have come up here for both of them. He's banged up. If everyone out there would just say a prayer for him so he can get through this. The power of prayer can work miracles. It did in my life, so everyone say a prayer for Brett to help him get through this tough time."

HE'S HERE TODAY TALKING TO PEOPLE. "I didn't think he was gonna get out of his motorcoach. He would have, but they gave him a shot of morphine to kind of ease the pain. I'm gonna take him home with me tonight. He probably won't get much sleep. When he was little I used to stay up with him and change his diapers and all that stuff. I might have to do it again."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 43rd)

"Bad luck is a day like today. We had a very fast car based off of practice. On long runs we were one of the strongest cars, but we never got a chance to show it. That's probably the biggest disappointment besides losing a good race car. The only good thing is that nobody got hurt. It could have been a lot worse."

WHAT HAPPENED? "It's kind of busy at the start of the race and everybody is trying to move forward and our car was racy. We were coming to the front and I had passed Schrader. The next thing I knew he got into me, but from what I understand, somebody got into him and shoved him up into me. We had room, but, all of a sudden, it ran out real quick I guess."

IT MUST BE EVEN MORE DISAPPOINTING CONSIDERING YOU GOT TAPPED IN THE LEFT REAR AND HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING, RIGHT? "I didn't see it coming and that was the worst thing. I gave everybody plenty of room on the high side and the next thing I knew I was going backwards. That's the biggest thing is I couldn't see it coming."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "It was a perfect day for us. The race came to us today. The shorter runs for surely helped the Rubbermaid Ford to Victory Lane. We were just duking it out with Gordon and we got out in front. I knew if we stretched out the lead that he wouldn't be able to catch us. It was just a perfect day on Father's Day. Happy Father's Day to everybody out there."

HOW ABOUT THE LAST RESTART WITH BOBBY LABONTE? "I knew it was gonna be tough to get away from Bobby. I felt all I needed to do was hit three and four and if I could stretch it out from there he wouldn't be able to draft up on us and I knew we could pull away. It was just a perfect car right at the end of the day. We were somewhat wandering around. We didn't quite have the setup. Jimmy Fennig and I just decided to throw some things at it and made a car that would go to Victory Lane."

WHAT KIND OF CHANGES TODAY? "We made all kinds of air-pressure changes, wedge changes, track bar - you name it. You go through the whole entourage and get stuff to throw at it and it just ended up to be our day at the end."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 4th)

"We weren't great all day. The DEWALT guys did a good job of adjusting it. We went back and forth all day. We were real loose at the beginning of the race and real tight in the middle. In the end, it wasn't too bad, so, I don't know. We got those tires at the end when we got those late cautions and you've got to drive real aggressive. I probably didn't quite have Dale, Jr. cleared as much as I thought I did and we got together a little bit at the end. That got him mad. I'm sorry for that, but we were just racing as hard as we could and I'm glad to come home fourth."

DID YOU AND WALTRIP HAVE A GOOD BATTLE? "Actually, early in the race we kind of had the opposite of me and Dale, Jr. I was getting a run on the outside and I thought he was gonna stay down and he didn't and we got together. I should have got out of it that early in the race, but it gets real tight off turn two. Some people run right on the bottom and other people run way up high and when you come up to the wall you just kind of run out of room sometimes."

YOU WEREN'T REALLY HAPPY WITH YOUR CAR LEADING UP TO THE RACE. ARE YOU SURPRISED TO FINISH FOURTH? "Yeah. There were times in the race when we ran really good and I thought we ran good enough to run in the top five and there were times in the race where we ran good enough for 25th. It was an up-and-down day. We thought we had a handle on it. We were running pretty good and made a couple of adjustments and the car went totally the wrong way and got real tight on me. We didn't have it right all day, but we got lucky at the end and got some tires and made up some ground."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 17th)

"We made some adjustments to the track bar and the rear springs and came from like 39th to 20th on that long green flag run, so we had a decent car at the end of the day. We just never could get our lap back. The guys wouldn't work with us and I understand that. That's part of racing. I'm not happy with a 17th-place finish, but the M&M's Ford Taurus had a good day. The wheels didn't fall off, so we'll try to get 'em at Sonoma."

TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Finished 37th)

"It was my own fault. I got caught in a sandwich of a three-wide and I rolled up to try to get out of it and when I did the back of the car got loose. Michael was outside of me and stuck me around. I'm just glad I didn't collect anybody else, but we had a real good car. We struggled. It wasn't perfect, but Derrick made the right calls and we got the car better. Jeff Gordon let us get our lap back and everything was working out, but we just didn't get to the finish."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 9th)

"We had a severe handling problem, but thanks to the grit of that race team we pulled off a top-10 finish. I'm real proud of that. We really had severe handling trouble, so it was a real nice finish for the way we missed it on our setup today."

YOU SEEMED TO COME ON AT THE END. "The car was better on the short run and we got all of those cautions, so that put us in the position to get a top 10."

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 11th)

"All year long we've fought a push and we're still having trouble getting rid of it, but we're working hard. We kind of did the same thing today that we've been doing. We ran well at times and ran bad at times. We just don't seem to be as good as we need to be in making the car better during the race and that's as much my fault as anybody's. We gave up a spot there at the end for a top 10, but we're making progress. It's just not as fast as we want it to be."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Jeff Gordon