Talladega: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) "I don't even really know what happened. I think we just got too many cars wide. You want to get mad, but it's just Talladega and that's what the fans pay to come see is good, ...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)

"I don't even really know what happened. I think we just got too many cars wide. You want to get mad, but it's just Talladega and that's what the fans pay to come see is good, hard racing, but certainly it's awful early to have a big wreck like that."

CAN YOU GET IT FIXED? "I don't know. I'm on my way over there right now to find out and see what we have. I wanted to start it up and drive it away, but whoever was beside me started their car and the fire came in, so I got freaked out and bailed. So I'm gonna go over and check it out."

COULD YOU TELL FROM THE GET-GO IT WAS GOING TO GET HAIRY AT THE START? "No, it just seemed like normal Talladega. It's just what you have when you come here."


BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Finished 28th)

WHAT DID YOU SEE HAPPEN? "I don't know. I hadn't seen the replay of it, but they said I guess somebody got in my right-rear. I don't know if something happened on the right side of us or not, it was on the outside lane. I was pretty much down low toward the inside and it was just one of those things."

DID THEY GO TOO EARLY? "It's time to go and you just hope you miss it. That's just the way it is."

DO YOU HAVE A BAD FEELING SOMETHING LIKE THAT MAY BE ABOUT TO HAPPEN? Yes and no, no and yes. You just kind of hope for the best. At that point in time the money is on the line, so you've just got to go. You either go high or go low or you go in the middle -- you do all three -- and you just kind of go. I'm pretty sure we didn't start anything there, we just got collected in something."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)

"My strategy was to stay out of all the wrecks and this car doesn't have a scratch on it. If you look around the garage, that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to run up front all day and bring home a clean race car and we did that. I just had to stay out of trouble. Guys were just pushing and shoving all day. The bump drafting is getting maybe a tick out of control. We're pushing all the way around the race track -- corners and everything -- and NASCAR didn't penalize anybody for it today, but it was probably a little excessive."

YOU HAVEN'T HAD MUCH LUCK FINISHING HERE. "This feels like a victory. A seventh-place finish, we did what we planned. We stayed out of the wrecks all day and kept the 3M Ford Fusion car looking clean. There isn't a scratch on that thing other than other people's metal flying through the air. We got a good car to run at the end and we finished seventh."


PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Turtle Wax Ford Fusion (Finished 13th)

"We had a good car once we got wound up. It took a lot for it to get speed. Our car just didn't such up quite as good as we needed to, so that kind of put us in the middle of all those wrecks. We got through most of them unscathed, but we lost a lot of track position sliding tires and stuff trying to dodge them, but it was solid day anyway."

IS IT JUST ABOUT SURVIVAL AND GETTING OUT OF HERE WITH THE CAR IN ONE PIECE? "Yeah. We rode around the back and we could survive that way, but obviously you want to run up in the top 10 and top five and contend for that win and we just weren't able to do that."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 17th)

"Right after that caution came out, when we were running second to Ryan there, we blew a right-rear tire. We must have had it rubbing on the quarterpanel and it just blew then. I guess it was somewhat good fortune that it didn't blow under green so we didn't wreck, but it just seems like we can't get anything to go right. We worked hard to try to position ourselves and had ourselves in a good spot at least to at least challenge for the win and didn't make it again."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 12th)

"It's certainly not where we could have finished. I feel like we had a top-five to top-10 race car, it's just the situations didn't work out for us at the end. Everyone was getting pretty aggressive at the end, but I feel like we just kind of got in the wrong line there on the white-flag lap and some of the other guys teamed up on us a little bit. In the whole spectrum of things, yes, a 12th-place finish is a decent day but not where we could have been. We've just got to keep working to get ourselves back into the top five."

A GOOD POINTS DAY WITH LEADING A COUPLE LAPS FOR BONUS POINTS. "Just to be up front a majority of the race felt good. Our UPS Ford has been strong all year, so I was glad that we didn't have anything happen at the end that took us away from a top-15 finish. It was good to be running at the end but we just have to keep whittling away one race at a time and get ourselves back up into the top 12 in points."

-credit: ford racing

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