Phoenix II: Ford teams race quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 2nd) "It was a great run for the Post-It National Guard car today. This is what we need to do -- it's championship form right here. We wanted to win, but we came here and led a lot...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 2nd)

"It was a great run for the Post-It National Guard car today. This is what we need to do -- it's championship form right here. We wanted to win, but we came here and led a lot of laps and ran real strong and finished second. It just goes to show how solid this race team is."

DID YOU THINK THE CAR WOULD BE THAT DOMINANT TODAY? "No, I had no idea it was gonna be that good, but I've got a great group of guys working on this 16 car and I just had a lot of fun out here in Arizona. There are lots of great fans out here. I love racing at this race track. It's pretty exciting to come here and run second."

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Finished 32nd)

"We just had a seal or something go bad in the caliper. That just got us behind and we couldn't really fix it. We had a real competitive car. We had great pit stops and everything went right, we just had a mechanical failure so I don't know what else we could really do."

ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 11th)

"I'm kind of disappointed. I think we had a top-five car. We just tried two tires at the end and I was way too loose. We lost a lot of positions and a lot of points. We really want to get that 11th-place finish and we're gonna have to go to Homestead and try to finish in the top two or three and hope the 24 and the 42 have problems. We really thought we were gonna gain a bunch of points on the 42 today and stay even with the 24, but we made a few adjustments at the end of the race and the car didn't like it. That's the way it goes sometimes."

DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 9th)

"It was a pretty good day. We just never could get the tightness out of the center. That's the same thing we fought all weekend, but we just couldn't seem to get that out. There at the end the harder I tried to go, the more I slid the nose, but we had good strategy. We had one pit stop that wasn't good and got us behind, but things really worked out from there. Anytime you can go and run in the top 10, we hadn't been doing that, so that's pretty good." YOU

MADE A CALL THERE BY STAYING OUT LATE. "Yeah, I just thought that we needed to see how we could run up front and then I got in with some lapped cars and got the fender knocked in, so it didn't work out, but I think Kyle Busch stayed out there and I felt like I could run with him, and I just got caught in the lap traffic. So it didn't work out exactly right, but it was still the best call for us because we were still in good shape when the next caution came out. Sometimes you just have a feeling so you've got to make that call."

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 6th)

WERE YOU LOOKING AT THIS AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RACES IN YOUR CAREER? "Oh yeah, this was a really important race -- probably one of the most important of my career. I'm happy with my performance. I feel like today was a successful day. The only thing I didn't do very well was getting through traffic there on that last stop, but you can only race so hard and to come back up to sixth, I think, was a good run for us today. It's just too bad we have a points deficit we're trying to make up. We didn't cut into it."

HOW DO YOU APPROACH HOMESTEAD? "The same we we've approached the races the last three weeks. We probably have an average finish of something like second or third, so if we can go and run that way at Homestead, we'll be all right."

WHAT WILL YOUR MINDSET BE? "We have to go to Homestead with an aggressive mindset. We can't go there and be conservative. We have to run very well to get this finished." WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RUN? "Track position just got us there at the end. We gambled. We thought we were playing the right strategy and we would have had the right strategy if the car was faster on a short run to get up through those guys, but we didn't have it. That's all we had."

KENNY WALLACE -- No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Finished 16th)

"The way I look at it was who was I racing at the end and how far did I get to without ever being in the race car. I'd like to say for never sitting my butt in this race car that I thought we did really good. Sixteenth is pretty good. Mark Martin was two spots ahead of me."

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU TODAY IN THE CAR? "The seat and just having no practice. I just needed to close the rear springs a little. That was my bottom line. It was just too loose for me."

RICKY RUDD -- No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 20th)

"We've struggled with our short track program. I liked our Martinsville car, but we couldn't bring it because the body was torn up on it and this car has never run. I don't know. We're missing it somewhere on these tracks, but maybe they'll get it fixed over the winter."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Busch , Mark Martin