Richmond II: Ford teams race quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion "I don't even know where I finished. I have no idea. I tell you what, that was a hard-fought battle. Our car wasn't that good. If it wasn't for my pit crew, I wouldn't be standing here plain and simple.

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

"I don't even know where I finished. I have no idea. I tell you what, that was a hard-fought battle. Our car wasn't that good. If it wasn't for my pit crew, I wouldn't be standing here plain and simple. They gave me four spots every single time -- four spots -- and I'd maintain, maintain, maintain, lose a couple and then a caution would come out and I'd gain four spots. It was quite a night."

DID YOU THINK EARLY ON YOU WERE IN TROUBLE? "Oh, yeah. Early on when I couldn't get it going I was like, 'Dang it,' but we kept working on it and got it going."

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAKE THE CHASE AGAIN? "It means everything to me. 3M is such a great partner of ours, and Jack and the Fenway Group and everybody at Ford. Everybody works so hard to give us the best equipment possible and I'm just lucky to be where I'm at. It's pretty special for us."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion

YOU CAME UP 38 POINTS SHORT. "Honestly, we did approach it like any other race. This is about how we ran the last four Richmond races. We just haven't been competitive, so, really since California it's been a downhill slide for us. We've slowly fell back in the points every week, so I can't say I'm very surprised we didn't make it, but we've been working on it hard, we're just weak in a few areas. We need to figure out why because none of our cars really run the way they should. I wish we weren't in this spot, but we did the best we could and we'll try again next week."

WHAT CAN YOU DO THESE LAST 10 RACES TO IMPROVE? "I'm not really sure. We're always trying to get better, we just haven't been able to do it. We're missing something, in my opinion, with the organization to start with to make all of our cars faster because Carl hasn't won a race all year and he won nine of them last year. I think we need to really look hard at engineering and some of the stuff we're doing to make these cars run to start with, and on the 17 we need a little work, too. We've been inconsistent on pit road. I've been inconsistent. I missed the pit box tonight. There are certain things I can do better as well, so we just need to evaluate the whole thing and try to get back to where it needs to be. The first year they had the chase we had five of us in there and we just have to keep working at it."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

"This is good. At the beginning of the year this is what you hope for, that on this night you'll be sitting here and be part of the chase. We've done it and that's the first step, so now we just have to go seal the deal."

DID YOUR HEART SKIP A BEAT WHEN YOUR ENGINE SKIPPED A BEAT? "Yeah, my engine missed there a couple of times off the corner like it might be a high load or something. It kept doing it a little bit all night, but it never got any worse, so that did scare me quite a bit when it happened."

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEXT 10? "We've just got to go do it. We've got to buckle down and take the gift that is the reconfiguration of the points and make the most of it."

HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? "The first season of 2009 is over and we've achieved our goal, so now we just have to take advantage of the points being re-set and make the most of it."

ROUSH HAS BEEN DOWN A BIT SO FAR. ANY WORRIES? "You never know what's gonna happen. You look at last season the way Greg started the chase. Boy, if he could have kept that pace up, he would have been unbeatable and I didn't plan on Greg Biffle being one of the guys to beat if you looked at the first 26 races. We haven't lit the world on fire, but, trust me, 10 races a lot can happen and I've just got to bank on that and just go do the best I can."

-credit: ford racing

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