Phoenix: Ford drivers race quotes

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 4th) IT LOOKED LIKE YOU JUST RAN OUT OF TIME. "Yeah, each week it just seems like we're behind the eight ball and all the bad breaks keep going against us. We felt we had to come in and top off.

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 4th)

IT LOOKED LIKE YOU JUST RAN OUT OF TIME. "Yeah, each week it just seems like we're behind the eight ball and all the bad breaks keep going against us. We felt we had to come in and top off. We didn't think there was gonna be anymore yellows, which there were plenty of. That was this week. Last week, NASCAR penalized us for leading. At Martinsville, we got penalized for leading because of the pit road opening. Our luck is starting to turn around the wrong way, but we're starting to get some finishes and now we need to get some results."

IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOUR LAST TOP FIVE. "Each week something else is happening and now we're able to overcome it. I enjoy coming out west. This Phoenix mile has been good to me, so it's a good finish and we led some laps."

YOU PASSED A TON OF CARS TODAY. "Yeah, it's the same old story - we just can't buy a break. Everything is turning against us, but our results are starting to turn around a little bit."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 10th)

"Ben had some great pit strategy and we had a good enough car to stay out like that. The car was awesome on that last long run. If it would have gone green all the way, we would have had a top-five easily because nobody was coming at all. I was real happy with that. Those were pretty old tires, especially the lefts, and it just didn't take back off after the cautions and they just kept picking me off one by one. It was a good enough car to stay where I was at as long as the green stayed out. We probably got some luck because we might have been short on fuel. We were about what we were. We finished 10th and that's about what we were today. We had a crack at a top five if things would have gone our way, but I'm not complaining. I'm real proud of our team and proud of our car. It was more competitive today than we have been."

SHAWN PARKER, Crew Chief - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Dale Jarrett finished 29th)

DALE WAS 8TH ON THE LAST RESTART AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED. "We had a right-front tire go down. Dale drove his butt off all day long. The pit crew did an awesome job. We struggled from the time we unloaded on Friday and this shows you that our team does a lot of hard work to keep going. We did four tires, so we didn't gain any track position but having that tire go down is just the way our luck has been going all year long."

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 8th)

A LOT OF UPS AND DOWNS TODAY. "Yeah, I leave here pretty happy. We were fast. We raced hard and when we weren't good at all, we just kept adjusting and ended up making our car really fast. We just didn't have any good fortune. We cut a tire and had to go to the back. We came in the pits and it shut off and I couldn't get it started, so I had to go to the back. Robby Gordon ran me up in the wall and I had to go to the back. I went to the back three times and finished eighth, so you've got to be happy."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 15th)

"My car started out really awesome. I had a chance to win today for sure. I had a car I could win with. I was wrestling my teammate trying to get by him and got in the wall pretty hard coming off turn two. That knocked the rear end over and knocked the front fender in. I'm sure it knocked the camber out of it - the toe - and I just tried to salvage what I could. I tell you what, those guys were in trouble if I wouldn't have hit the wall. My car was really fast. When I got up there with four new tires, I passed the 2 and was catching the 12 and my car was all bent up. I was gonna put a hurting on them, I think. Everybody can wish and everybody can think or hope, but I had a good car today and I screwed it up for everybody. It's unfortunate. I guess everybody makes mistakes and I made one today."

IS THIS LIKE A BIG SHORT TRACK? "Yeah, I try to avoid all that. I stayed out of all the bumping and shoving because it doesn't ever pay off for me. You bump a guy out of the way and then he wrecks you on the next lap. I let everybody else do the shoving and pushing and I kept my car pretty clean. I guess we did hit the 88 down here at the end of the straightaway. I don't know what happened. The sun is in our eyes. We're going in the corner and all of a sudden I'm almost turned into the outside wall and we're hitting together. I don't know if I moved up on him or he moved down on me, or when we lifted his car darted to the left. What I think happened is he started in the corner a little earlier than I was gonna start in because I was doing a wide arc in. He may have tried to turn too early and hit me, which ran me up into him. I feel really bad because I was trying to race him clean and certainly didn't mean to get into him."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 17th)

"On the restart I went down in turn one and they were all jammed up. Everybody went to the top and I just drove to the bottom and passed about four cars. I guess the 17 didn't see me down there and he just pinched me off coming off the corner. He about wrecked both of us. I checked up and he checked up, but we got the worst end of it. That knocked our front fender in and we couldn't run after that, but we couldn't come in and pit and get it fixed either because of track position. We had a top 10 and just didn't get it."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett