MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd) WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD? "I don't know. We just had to come back. Some days it just goes that way. We're in this thing together. I've got the best race team in the business and we just had...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd)
WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD? "I don't know. We just had to come back. Some days it just goes that way. We're in this thing together. I've got the best race team in the business and we just had a small problem in the pits and we had to come back in. That's the bottom line. We didn't have any cautions to catch us back up. One caution in there would have made all the difference in the world. We had an incredible car. We came from the back of the pack with no cautions to run second and I applaud Pat Tryson. He and I wanted to win the race so we took two tires. We knew that we could only run second if we took four and we knew if we took two we might run second or we might have a chance to win. As it turned out, we didn't have enough tires on the left side to run with him, but we did everything we could do considering we didn't get a yellow flag."
TALK ABOUT THE FIGHT IN YOUR TEAM. "I said I've got the best race team in the business right now and I mean it."
YOU DROVE RIGHT THROUGH THERE AT THE END. "Well, we had an incredible car today and it really made me look good. That's good once in a while. My race car made me look good today. I always want it really, really bad. Sometimes I'm racing for 25th place and I'm fighting like that. This time we were showing them something, so I like that."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 8th)
"It was OK. We didn't run very good. We finished eighth with a 25th or 30th-place car, so that's pretty good but we didn't run good. We had a jack break on pit road. I was afraid we were gonna run like this yesterday. We didn't run that good in practice either, and just couldn't get the car to be into the track all weekend."
DID YOU EVER GET THE CAR GOOD? "We didn't have it very good. The last two runs were better than what we had it before, but we got it too tight. We were almost too loose the whole race and then had it too tight at the end, so we were just searching all day."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 32nd)
"What happened today is what we dreaded all year long. This hurt us. A blown tire pretty much took off the left-front fender and damaged the radiator. First time for this M&M's team behind the wall this year. I'm disappointed, but proud of my team for changing the radiator and fixing all that damage in 20 laps. We hope to get a better finish at Bristol, but this if very, very disappointing."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We were hoping we would be a little better than that, but it looked like Mark and Biffle were the class of the field. Congratulations to Greg. He did a great job. We just never could get the car to feel like it was down in the race track to where I could really hustle it, so we just had to hold on and get what we could. That's another top five for us, so it just shows even now whenever we're not at our best that this team is capable of running in the top five."
A LONG GREEN FLAG RUN AT THE END. HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE? "As it got a little bit cloudy and cooler there it tightened up a little bit, but, as I said, we just couldn't make our car stick right through the center to carry the speed that I needed. That's typical Michigan. I think that's why drivers enjoy this place because as a driver you can make a difference. You have to chase this thing around and search for different lines and we did a good job of that today. The guys in the pits did a great job and Mike did a good job of adjusting." YOU HAD A CLOSE CALL WITH BUSCH SPINNING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU EARLY ON. "Yeah, because I actually wasn't in any position to try to miss him. I had gone underneath maybe the 10 car and I never even saw Kurt up there and he spun right in front of me. I was wide open, so that's just one of those you can count towards good racing luck."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 6th)
"It was an all-around great day for Roush Racing and all of our Fords. The engine program was fantastic. We hit on it and we able to march down the straightaway. We were just chasing loose early on thinking the track would tighten up and we ended up getting aero spun off the 19. He got us in turn two where we were the loosest and then we made some adjustments but at the end of the day we were too tight. That brought us behind the 88, the 42 and the 9 and, therefore, we didn't get a top five effort. But sixth place was a great day for us in our points. If the two leaders - the 24 and the 48 - have some more bad luck, we're gonna have 13 or 14 of us in this title chase. Hopefully, they can have some good luck and we can still continue on our program and make sure there are only 10 of us racing."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Finished 10th)
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING AT THE END COMING TO THAT LAST PIT STOP? "I was just thinking that if I'm gonna screw this up this is where it's gonna be. I just decided to take it a little bit easy. A little bit more of a veteran driver would have picked up a couple seconds getting into the pits, but our mission today was to be anywhere in the top half of the field. This is unbelievable."
TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS? "I'm very fortunate to be in the ride that I'm in. Jeff Burton and this team has done a lot of work this year to make these things this good. I think it speaks for itself that I'm the last Roush car in the field and I'm 10th. These cars are great. It's great equipment. Bob Osborne, the transition from my Truck crew chief, Cowboy, to Bob Osborne has been seamless. I've got two different teams at Roush Racing and both of them have great personnel."
YOU DIDN'T GET IN A CUP CAR UNTIL LAST TUESDAY. HOW WAS IT TODAY? "It's just a different intensity level the whole day. Everyone races a lot harder. We were running around 20th most of the day and racing with Dale, Jr. and Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton and those guys. I raced harder for 20th there than I have for most wins ever in my life. It's just a lot of fun."
YOU HAD NO PLAN ON WHERE YOU WANTED TO FINISH, BUT YOU MUST BE SURPRISED WITH THIS. "Absolutely. This is a victory for us. We determined earlier that 10th-place would be a literal victory. I thought we would be about 20th, to be honest with you, but the car came on. It got to be a lot of fun and the thing handled great, and we ended up 10th."
PAT TRYSON, Crew Chief - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Martin finished 2nd)
"My opinion is it was there when it left and that's all it had to be. He flipped it and put it on there and that's all it had to be. When we came in it was still there. In my opinion they blew the call and it's just a shame. There's nothing we can do about it. We finished second and that's the way it goes. That's racin'. My honest opinion is that it's a call they shouldn't be allowed to make because half the guys call it and half of them don't. If you've got a loose wheel, you'll be coming back in."
NASCAR SAID THE LUGNUT MUST BE INSTALLED. WHAT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF THAT? "The rulebook says it doesn't have to be tightened, it just has to be on the stud and that's where it was when it left. Everybody has a different opinion of what went on. That's mine. They've got theirs, but from what I saw on TV it clearly showed him flipping it to straighten it up and hitting it with his gun so I don't know. That's all we can do."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 24th)
"The car was real loose. It got loose halfway through the race and finally at the last pit stop they got it better, but it was too late. We couldn't do anything after that."