Michigan II: Ford teams race quotes, notes

* Carl Edwards' victory at Michigan today is the 12th of his career and fifth of the season. He also won at California, Las Vegas, Texas and Pocono. Edwards' wins at California and Las Vegas marked the second time in his career that he...

* Carl Edwards' victory at Michigan today is the 12th of his career and fifth of the season. He also won at California, Las Vegas, Texas and Pocono. Edwards' wins at California and Las Vegas marked the second time in his career that he posted back-to-back victories.

* Edwards is second in the Sprint Cup series in victories with five.

* This is Edwards' second career Cup win at Michigan. He also won at MIS in June 2006, and now has eight top-10 finishes in nine career starts at the track.

* Edwards now has 14 top-10 finishes in his last 17 starts. His 17 top-10s overall lead the series.

* Edwards also won Saturday's Nationwide race at Michigan.

* Owner Jack Roush now has 11 all-time Cup wins at Michigan, tying him with the Wood Brothers (who won 11 races between 1969-91, including eight with David Pearson from '72-'78). Roush has won at least one Cup race at Michigan in each of the last seven years (2002-08).

* Edwards' victory at Dover last year was the 100th all-time for Roush Fenway Racing.

* Ford now has won 588 races all-time in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

* Ford now has won 31 times in 79 races at Michigan, more than nay other manufacturer.

* Today's win is Fusion's fifth of the season and 19th all-time since its debut in 2006. Fusion's first-ever NSC victory was by Matt Kenseth in February 2006 at California Speedway.


MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (finished 43rd)

"It's just really disappointing for us. The water temp, everything was pretty good there. We just got unlucky."

YESTERDAY YOU TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY OF DRIVING THE CAR OF TOMORROW. CAN YOU EXPAND ON THAT? "Well, it's just experience. It's just hard. That's what's bad about this deal here. I was looking forward to getting a lot of laps under our belt here and getting comfortable, and making sure everything was together underneath me, and we were going to have a great day. It just didn't work out."

ON HIS DAY UP TO THAT POINT. "I could move around. I wasn't tight at all, which is really good for us. I felt like it was coming to me there. But, I was just riding around there, being good and just trying to get to the first pit stop and get a good feel on the car, but was just unlucky."


GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (finished 4th)

"It wasn't a bad run. Actually, it probably should've been a little better than that. We had a tough time getting the balance right ever since we showed up here. Maybe something funny about this car, but we were way too tight when we showed up and then way too loose, and then swapped back and forth in the race. Just couldn't get it right, and we should be able to run with our teammates. We're working really hard at it. Carl was just a little better than we were, and David right there at the end on old tires was a little faster than us, so we'll just work on it and get a little better."

CLOSE AGAIN. IS IT FRUSTRATING? "Yeah, it is. We were on one side of it, then the other, then the other and just kept chipping away at it."

ON THE TOP-FIVE FINISH. "We had a great car. The 3M Ford Fusion just ran really good. The pit stops were phenomenal. But, I couldn't get a hold of the race track like I needed to. Ever since we showed up here this weekend, the car hasn't been exactly right - way, way too tight and then the very last practice too loose. So, we sort of jumped the fence there and never did get it balanced right."


DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion (finished 3rd)

"We had a good AAA Ford. It was good on the long runs. You know, the race just worked out in our favor. We had a few long runs. Our car had good forward bite all day. The 99 and 18 were probably the fastest of the field, but we made an adjustment, it seemed, every stop, and kept getting a little better. If it would've been a 500-mile race I would've had something for 'em."

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING OUT THERE AT THE END? "Don't mess up, you've got to get a good points day. It's always fun to try to win the thing - you don't want to put yourself in a bad position and take yourself out of a good top-five finish and then finish 15th with it. We could just all we can do, and our car was fast and had good speed, the pit stops were awesome from our AAA crew, and just a good solid day. It's fun to be here at Michigan."


MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 5th)

"It was a struggle, to say the least. We were way off. We were really good here in the spring and probably had a car fast enough to win the race, but we were just really off today. All my teammates ran good. We got better at the end, these guys did a great job on pit road and great adjustments, we just struggled all day."

BUT YOU FINISHED FIFTH... "Really, hard work from my guys. They made good adjustments and got it better at the end. We had some really good green-flag transitions on our pit stops on pit road and we gained a bunch of spots during those green-flag stops. Track position is real important. If we would've been 15th or 16th on the last re-start, we probably would've finished somewhere back in there. They got me the track position and that helped get a decent finish out of the day."

ON THE POINTS RACE. "I haven't really thought about it at all, to tell you the truth. I'm more than a little frustrated with the way we ran there. This is probably one of our best tracks. Like I said, we ran good enough to win in the spring, and Carl and all of those guys used the stuff we had in the spring and then went out and beat us with it. We did a little bit different stuff because we just couldn't get the handle on it all weekend. We got here and right off the truck we weren't right, and just could never hit it, so even though we finished fifth, that's a bright spot, but disappointed with how we performed."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Pearson
Teams Roush Fenway Racing