Phoenix II: Ford teams race quotes

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) "That's a great race car. That thing is awesome. It was something important in the engine. I don't know what it is, but we don't have many engine failures. It's too bad to ...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)

"That's a great race car. That thing is awesome. It was something important in the engine. I don't know what it is, but we don't have many engine failures. It's too bad to have one on this day, I would have welcomed one at Texas last week but to have it today -- this Office Depot Fusion was so fast. I mean, I was out there just having a blast. I could go just about as fast as I wanted, so you don't get that very often. It's too bad it blew up."

HOW ARE THE RACE CONDITIONS TODAY?  "They're
perfect.  The conditions are perfect.  It's slippery and it's
hot.  It's fun."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"It was an up-and-down day for this Dish Network Ford Fusion. The car ran really good. The guys did a great job in the pits. It was kind of funny with different pit cycles going on throughout the race. We were up-and-down, but we had a great car there at the end. We just kept working on it and I wish we would have had better track position where we could have got a crack at the 48 because we definitely had a faster car, but there at the end he just had too much track position on us. I thank Matt Kenseth for pulling over. He pulled over and let me have a crack at him. We just needed Jimmie to make a little mistake and we would have been on him, but those guys are pretty good at not making mistakes."

WHAT DID YOU WORK ON TO GET THE CAR THAT GOOD? "A lot of things. I struggled all day with it not turning and then loose in. We just kept doing air pressure and wedge and all kinds of things. We got onto something at the end I wish we would have done at the beginning instead and felt we may have won this thing if we would have been on to what made the car go earlier in the race."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"We just need to be a little faster. We kind of got pinned behind that lapped car and got my momentum slowed. Jimmie was able to use him as a pick and get by and once he got by I just couldn't catch him. We were pretty good all day on four tires and we had to put two on there at the end for track position, which was absolutely the right call, and Jimmie's car just had more grip than I did there and I just couldn't quite keep up."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO FINISH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN IN THE POINTS? "It's really important for us. This DeWalt team, I've been very fortunate my whole career to have a great race team and just because you're out the championship you want to finish as high as you can. We were in the basement four weeks ago. We were 12th in the points and at the bottom of that and our goal is to climb up as high as we can. We're getting closer, so that feels good and hopefully we can finish up strong next week."

THE 01 WAS AN ISSUE AT THE END. IS IT A CASE OF A YOUNG DRIVER NOT KNOWING WHERE HE SHOULD BE AT THAT POINT? "I don't know. I don't want to sit and complain about another driver, but he was running the top in one and two and the bottom of three and four every lap. That was consistent. That lap when I finally got to him, I actually got outside of him off of two and he kind of ran me up in the wall a little bit, so I figured he was going to the bottom again and I rolled it outside and he just ran right up in front of me and stopped and Jimmie got by on the bottom. If Mark would have been in that car, it would have been a non-issue and he would have let the racers race for the win, but everybody is out there doing the best they can. The 48 was better anyway. He probably would have passed me anyway, but it would have been a lot better of a battle if it wouldn't have been for that."

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DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 28th)

"We struggled really bad when we came and unloaded and we didn't qualify well and we had an uphill battle. Todd and the guys made some good adjustments throughout the race and kind of got it to where it was pretty good and then kind of went too far and then brought it back there at the end and salvaged a decent finish. We're learning and now we'll put it all in the book and go onto next week. It was a pretty important day in the points to try and stay in that top 35, so I think overall it was a pretty good day."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd)

"I felt like we had an awesome AAA Ford Fusion today. We started in the back as the result of a poor qualifying lap, but our car was pretty decent the first 100 laps. We moved up into the top 20 and I was just kind of riding and biding our time and on one of the restarts the 10 car obviously didn't see us down underneath him. He was doing all he could to hang on at that point in time and ran us down. I guess I should have let off and that would have helped our chances of having a little better finish, or I just need to be a little more aggressive and watch some of those other guys and just try to knock my way to the front like some of them do."

YOU WERE STRONG IN PRACTICE, BUT STRUGGLED IN QUALIFYING AND THE RACE TODAY. DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY LOST? "Yeah, it was a disappointing weekend obviously. We want top 10s and top 15s and everytime we feel like we have a good car, something like this happens. We've just got to learn from it. We can't keep making excuses race after race. There's only so many different situations that take place out there, but we just have to keep working hard. We've had great race cars. We've had a lot of good speed, we just need to learn to get around this lap traffic a little better and stay out of everybody else's trouble. It seems to have found us, but we'll go to Homestead and see if we can't come away with a top 10 and then head for the winter."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth