CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THIS? "This is probably the most disappointed I've been in a long time. We just had a rare failure. The Roush-Yates engines are great engines and we ...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)
HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THIS? "This is probably the most disappointed I've been in a long time. We just had a rare failure. The Roush-Yates engines are great engines and we haven't had very many days like this, so it's too bad for my guys and Office Depot and all my fans. I just really hope the race goes safe and they have a good one."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ENGINE? "What happened was in practice we had a little bit of trouble and we thought we got it fixed, but then it looks like something else showed up there. One of the valves is broke. We don't know if the spring broke first or the valve broke first, but it tore up the engine real bad. I tried to shut it off as early as I could, but they say it's junk."
RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)
"We were passing them. The outside line was going on by that middle line and all of a sudden the 48 made a hard right-hand turn into me. I don't know what that deal was about. I guess maybe somebody hit him, I don't really know, but we were on the outside and he just jammed us in the wall."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Sharp Aquos Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
"We were really close on gas and they told me I needed to weave back and forth to get to the box in there that holds some fuel. It took off (on the last restart), and it ran until about third gear and it just quit. The 48 kind of got me lifted up and those guys got underneath me. I was trying to get down in front of the 38 and I couldn't. He kind of squeezed me up and then the 20 was on the outside and when there's a green-white-checker you just have to go. I didn't think the 38 was gonna shoot me up so far and I ended up getting into the 20 and, obviously, he's mad."
DID YOU FEEL LIKE A SITTING DUCK ON THAT FINAL RESTART? "Before with Denny in the lead I wasn't that worried because I had Reutimann behind me and I felt like he would push me. I didn't feel like he was really gonna try to go for a win. He acted like he was pretty content just where he was at, but when you have the 24 in front and the 48 behind, I mean, I was just gonna have to shove Jeff and hope something big happened there because there's not really any chance of beating him with the 48 behind you."
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT TONY'S REACTION AT THE END? "I didn't really understand what he was mad about. I think when you go back and look at it, anytime you come out on the short end of that deal you get upset. I was trying to stay in between him and the 38 and the 38 kept coming up and we got together. If I was in his shoes, I'd be mad too. You're mad when you're in that situation."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)
"Our M&M's Dark Ford Fusion was good all day today and we were just able to come in at the end there. We were just trying to hang out and stay on the bottom. I tried to learn as much as I could and at the end there, anytime there's a green-white-checker, I remember at Daytona we were sitting fourth and it got real wild. Right there we were fourth, I think, when the caution came out so we'll see where we end up. Like I said, I'm real proud of all our guys and M&M's and our Roush-Yates Racing Engines ran strong all day. I'm just real proud to be a part of this team. We really needed a shot in the arm today and I think this will do it for us."
HOW MUCH GAS DID YOU HAVE LEFT? TODD SAID YOU HAD ENOUGH TO GET TO THE ANNISTON AIRPORT. "I don't know. I think that was just something to try and make me comfortable because that fuel gauge was fluctuating and I was real nervous there, but we had enough."
DID YOU SHUT DOWN YOUR AIR CONDITIONING? "Yeah, just everything. With Doug, he knows that if we turn all the power stuff off it will give us just a little more extra horsepower and at the end there you need all you can get." WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN ON THE FINAL RESTART? "I was on the inside and there was two cars on the outside of me and we got together a little bit, but that's just the way these races end, especially when you've got a green-white-checker. I'm just real proud of all my guys, M&M's Dark is on the car this weekend and our Ford Fusion has been great."
YOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE AT THESE TRACKS. "Yeah, this is where the bar is set for Robert Yates Racing to get the rest of our program. I think we've got our restrictor plate program right on track and we've been working very hard to get our car of tomorrow and intermediate programs fixed up as well. We had a great run at Texas and I'm really proud of Robert Yates Racing and the direction they're headed right now."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)
YOU BROUGHT IT HOME IN ONE PIECE. "Yeah, everytime you get to go home with the car in one piece is good, but this is probably the least important since we'll be running COT cars next time. It was just a hard day. We weren't very fast. We had the grille knocked out, I guess, and everytime I got in any clean air we were just really slow. I could only run if I was in a big pack of cars, so it was a frustrating day. It was real disappointing at the end to see how some of the fans were acting. It's disappointing to have your $150,000 race car being pelted by full beer cans at the end of the race, but, other than that, we did finish and we finished halfway decent."
-credit: ford racing