MARK MARTIN - No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 5th) "This team, thank goodness, they put it all together tonight. They were awesome on pit road. They made one adjustment with two runs to go and we were actually really steamy and could run with...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
"This team, thank goodness, they put it all together tonight. They were awesome on pit road. They made one adjustment with two runs to go and we were actually really steamy and could run with them. Heck, we just got up on the wheel and got it done there. It means a lot to me. I was sure since May that we were gonna fall out of the chase when it got so close, but this is a good one for us tonight. We had to run good and in the middle of the race we weren't running good enough to get it done."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)
"It wasn't bad. We wanted a top five, but my car fell off quicker than I wanted it to in the long runs. I just did the best I could. I couldn't get it together there on really long runs. I was really fast on the short runs, but just lost a spot coming to the line with Mark, but it was a good run for us."
YOUR THOUGHTS ON SEEING MARK GET IN AND HAVING TWO TEAMMATES IN THE CHASE? "Yeah, I think it's good for the team. It's a pretty humbling sport. There are some big guys that didn't make it too, and some guys that came close by having brake troubles. It's high drama."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)
"I didn't think we were every really that great. When we led up there early we weren't too bad. The 5 was better than us and the 9 coming through there and I thought we were OK. I thought we were gonna be top five and then after that the car just got away from us and we could never get it." YOUR TEAM HAS HIT ITS STRIDE. "Yeah, we've been doing good. The guys have been giving me good cars and good stops overall. Tonight we didn't really have it. We couldn't quite get this car just right. It was kind of one of our older cars and we could never get it as good as the good guys, but we ran up front for a little while and kind of faded back, but we still got a good finish out of it. I'm excited to go to Loudon with the point lead. Our good short track car is sitting at home all ready to go to Loudon, so, overall, I'm pretty happy with the season and hopefully we'll keep it up."
WERE YOU SURPRISED AT THE AGGRESSIVENESS OF THE RACE? "I didn't see a lot of stuff that went on, but the cars that were good, I wasn't totally surprised. Congratulations to Todd Berrier and Kevin Harvick, they've been doing a great job this year and have been solid and won the race yesterday too. I expected them to be strong. I expected the 5, really, to be the car to beat. He was really strong on the outside. He had his car real loose and that was good for a long run."
MARK IS IN THE CHASE. "Yeah, that's awesome. I'm glad Mark made it in and I figured that he would. I wish the rest of my teammates would have made it again too, but we're here because of all the help they gave us last year when we were struggling a little bit. It's pretty cool. I feel really good for Jeff Burton, too. This is his first year in it since they started (the chase), I believe, and he's turned that thing around good and they've been running well too, so it's good to see him in there as well."
DO YOU FEEL THIS TEAM HAS THE MOMENTUM YOU WANT GOING INTO THE CHASE? "Yeah. Tonight we had a little off night on pit road for some reason. I wish that would have been a little better, but overall it was good. Our cars have been pretty good. This is our second-oldest car and it still ran decent, so I feel all right about it."
JACK ROUSH, Car Owner - Roush Racing Ford Fusions
"It wasn't the year that we hoped for, but it was the night that I had hoped for. Mark got up on the wheel and did what he did tonight and moved into seventh place tonight, I think, and Matt is secure in first place going off to Loudon. He's only got five points over second and 45 points over 10th, but we'll work with that. That will be fine."
WHAT EMOTION DO YOU HAVE TOWARDS MARK MAKING IT? "I saw it pass when the race track and/or the car slipped away from us a little bit there in the middle of the race - I saw that distinct prospect because there was a brief period of time by my calculations Mark was 11th, but as the race developed and Pat and the guys got the car better and the fellas on pit road were just awesome tonight. They did a great job. The engines didn't break. The engines made good power like they've done all year and didn't let us down, so it just worked out. At the end of the day, of the cars fifth through 11th, we only had to beat one car and as it worked out, we were able to do much better than that."
YOU HAVE TWO CHANCES THIS YEAR AT THE TITLE. HOW DO YOU SIZE IT UP? "I think our odds are one in three and I thought that's what they were last year. I think they're as good this year as they were last year. It's a jump ball. We've got enough people crowded around it to be able to make a good accounting of ourselves and if we can focus our resources and continue to have at least average luck on the things that happen on the race track - when you run over something or get caught in a wreck that wasn't your fault - if we can be at least average on that, I think our odds are one in three. The Fusion has been a great car this year. It was an improvement over the Taurus. The guys at FRT (Ford Racing Technology) did a great job making that available to us and I appreciate it. We couldn't have done it without them."
KEN SCHRADER - No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)
"We were just a little too tight all night, but we got it better. We got it tight like we wanted it, but obviously got it good. We started 17th and never made the big fall back. We gained a couple and then pit calls, along with pit stops, allowed us to just keep gaining. I thought when he said, 'Don't pit.' I said, 'That's good. We're not gonna fall back to ninth or 10th.' It all just worked out."
WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR THE TEAM? "It's just another night. It's no big deal, but it's just the fact that I think it's five out of the last seven that have been real solid. Last week we missing practice cost us, but we've just been solid."
-credit: ford racing