CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 5th) "It was a great top five. We worked really hard out there tonight. We started in the back and passed a lot of cars. That felt really good. We haven't run that well at Richmond in a long...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
"It was a great top five. We worked really hard out there tonight. We started in the back and passed a lot of cars. That felt really good. We haven't run that well at Richmond in a long time. I have to give a lot of credit to my pit crew. They did a tremendous job out there tonight and gave us a fighting chance. Hopefully we can carry this into next week at Darlington."
AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Valvoline/Best Buy Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)
"It was tough. I am proud of the pit crew they fought hard. I am proud of Mike and everybody on the No. 43 team. At a point I thought we had it really good and then another point the track got loose and we were just a little bit off. We fought really hard though. I was hoping to get a little better finish out of that, but all in all, for as much as I was complaining and as much as I was hanging on 17th is respectable.
ARE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL WITH HOW CRAZY THINGS GOT AT THE END CONSIDERING HOW CLEAN THE RACE WAS MOST OF THE NIGHT? "No, that is the nature of this race. I was more surprised that it was the guys behind us that were wrecking. I was hoping it would be the guys in front of us. We were just a little bit off. When we got the car right we were good in the long runs, but we were barely hanging on in the short runs. We will move on from here."
MIKE SHIPLETT - Crew Chief, No. 43 Valvoline/Best Buy Ford Fusion
"The biggest thing was we were fighting a really inconsistent car and it was reacting more than it should have to our adjustments. We missed the set-up a little bit I think. We just weren't good enough in the beginning of a run tonight. We were fine in the long run, just not good at the beginning. We need to work on that.
A LOT OF CARS COMPLAINED OF BEING LOOSE TONIGHT, DID YOU HAVE THE SAME TROUBLE? "Yeah, we were really loose. We would go from pretty good to really loose and that is what we were fighting all day. We kept trying to tighten it up and not effect the center at all."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)
"It wasn't a good run for us honestly, we were not great all night, but even in spite of that we had really good pit stops and somehow were able to salvage a 13th place finish. I am not sure how we managed that to be honest with you, but I guess we will take it."
KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 21st)
"We had about a 15th place car tonight. We battled, but that is about where we should have been. We just didn't play a strategy and six cars behind us did, so we finished up 21st. That is what happened out there tonight.
YOU WERE BUMPING PRETTY GOOD WITH THE NO. 20 "Yeah, we were fighting for the lucky dog. At that point, no cautions came out, so all he did was slow us both down by holding me down. Jeff Gordon put a straight away on us in like five laps, and he wasn't that much faster than us at that point. I don't really know what Logano was thinking out there."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"We just unloaded poorly and our UPS team just had to fight and claw all through practice and the race. We made our car better throughout the night, but when you unload that far off, it's just tough to overcome. I felt like we had a top 20 car but we had a bad pit stop that last green flag stop and lost some time. On nights like this you can sometimes catch a break and finish around 15th, but if you don't, then you're going to finish in the 20s. Tonight, we just didn't catch any lucky breaks. We just all have to work on our short-track program; we weren't very good in Phoenix either. We've got some work to do to get up and running where we need to be."
-source: ford racing