MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 17th) "That's really frustrating. We just really need to watch what we do here because we're in the chase a no-brainer unless we beat ourselves. It was a good car, but things just didn't work ...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 17th)
"That's really frustrating. We just really need to watch what we do here because we're in the chase a no-brainer unless we beat ourselves. It was a good car, but things just didn't work out."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 6th)
"It was a great run for the National Guard car. We just missed that win by a little bit, but we rebounded. That's what we needed to do was get a good top 10 and that's what we did."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR PIT STRATEGY? "We didn't take much of a gamble. I was gambling on a caution flag. If the caution would have come out, we would have had four skins and been able to put it to them. We were the fastest car on the race track by a half-second, but we just ran out of time to get there. I think we had the right strategy. If I had to do it over again, yeah, I'd take gas only but you never know. That's why they call it racing."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"Our strategy was OK, I guess. It's just when you're running in the back you've got nothing lose by coming in and topping off. I thought our strategy was right. I mean, when you're running second or third you can't come in and top off and go to the end of the longest line and hope for a green. I mean, you can't do that. The reason they were able to do that was because they weren't running up front as much. We didn't get beat on the race track today. That was good. I really thought that battle with Carl was for the win until there was two to go, so that was a little disappointing."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 39th)
"I don't know what to say. I think my worst nightmare has come true. I've put us in a position where we've got to win the next couple of races to try and get into the chase. My guys are doing a great job of giving me good race cars. I don't know what I'm doing as a driver to mess up so many times. I just got really loose behind the 45 and the 12 and it just came around. I was a little loose in traffic all day, but I didn't really expect it to be that loose. So I just made a driver mistake and I have dug a hole that's maybe too deep for my team to get me out. I've got a great race team. We're not gonna hang our heads. We're not gonna give up. We're gonna go to Bristol and try to sit on the pole like we did in the spring race and try to lead some laps. It's not over with. Yeah, we're making our chances a long shot, but it's not over with yet. We've just got to be a little smarter on the race track."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Crown Royal Taurus (Finished 7th)
"It was a good day. I was real proud of the effort my team put forth with all of the emotions. We led the most laps today, but we didn't get into victory lane and that's OK. We had a dnf last week, so this helps that. Now there are only three to go."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY AT THE END? "It was characteristic of Michigan with long green flag runs like that, and then it wasn't characteristic with the normal trend of things with late yellows. So it was real interesting on taking four or taking two. We had track position and we felt that would work into our hands, and then the car got tight at the end and some guys beat us on strategy. It was a good day anyway."
AT THE END WERE YOU POINTS RACING OR LAYING BACK TO GET A GOOD FINISH? "We were going for everything we had. We just got tight. The track really glazed over the end. With guys taking two tires and four tires we just got tight. The strategy, I thought, would come out in our favor with track position but it didn't and we ended up seventh."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 19th)
"We had a great car. We had a top 10 car and were running along fine, tweaking on the adjustments. Everything was going good and then Sadler spins out in front of me. He was in the middle of the track and I had high or low and I went high. At about that time his car caught hold and he shot up the race track and hit us in the door. That did a lot of damage, but the guys did a great job of patching it back up. Man, that was unbelievable strategy there at the end to gather a bunch of spots. We were gonna finish way back in the thirties, instead we're somewhere in the top 17."
WHAT ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF GAS AND COASTING ACROSS THE LINE? "About the last 10-15 laps you just slow way up on the straightaway and don't touch the accelerator until you get to the next straightaway. Obviously, it's not the fast way. I could see some guys around me playing the same game - Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett. I saw all of those guys doing the same thing. We were all sitting there limping around sort of injured trying to get to the end."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 AAA Taurus (Finished 4th)
"I told the guys to keep their heads up because that's just a blast. I had a good time. To be that close to victory and have it go on pit strategy and everything. I have to congratulate Jeremy. That's awesome to see him get a win. I would have loved to have seen Scott get the win, but I still had a blast all day. I got to race with Tony and Matt and everybody. I'm just really proud of the AAA crew. I wish we would have seen a backflip though, man. I thought we were gonna get it."
HOW KEY WAS TODAY'S FINISH FOR THE CHASE? "That's truly what we came here to do. When we look back, I'm sure at the end of the year, this is gonna be one of those races where we wished we had more like it. I dare not complain. That was a good day. We led a couple of laps. We finished fourth. I think we probably helped ourselves in the chase deal. If we make the chase, it's gonna be awesome. If we don't, we're gonna go all out and win as many races as we can. Either way it'll be alright, but I'm having fun."
WAS THAT THE ONLY CALL YOU COULD MAKE AT THE END - TAKING FUEL? "There are so many different ways it can go. I feel like when all the cars were down there Bob looked at the probabilities of what would happen. He's the smartest guy I know and nobody came up with anything better, so that's what we did. We pitted when some guys didn't. That's what we had to do. We couldn't stretch it on fuel because if we threw a great points day out the window, we'd never forgive ourselves. A victory would have been really sweet here. I'm happy about this. Man, I had a good time."
WHAT ABOUT THE END? "I was truly have a blast. They said, 'Alright, 10 to the stop and 15 laps to go.' I thought, 'OK, we're gonna have to stop and some guys aren't.' So I said 'I'm just gonna drive my heart out and try to get as much space as I can in case there's no caution.' Then there was no caution. We came and pitted. I feel like our team did the best they could possibly do. I don't think there's anything I would have changed for the whole day and, to me, that's the definition of success. I'm really proud of the AAA crew. To be that close, there's like six laps left and you give up the lead coming down pit road. That's tough to do but that's big picture racing."
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. "Is that amazing? I'm gonna love this place everytime I come back here in the fall because it's just so cool. To think that it's a year - a year has gone by. That's amazing."
WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE PIT STRATEGY? "Oh yeah. I was thinking about all that. To be honest with you, I didn't really know what everybody was doing and I decided, 'I'm not gonna think too hard.' I just wanted to go as fast as I could and see what happened."
GOOD ROUSH CARS TODAY. "Oh yeah. We were almost all in the top five at once. I was trying to pass Tony so hard just so we could get that one photo under green of all five Roush cars up front, but Tony got up there and messed that photo up."