Talladega II: Ford teams race quotes

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 34th) "I got into the 17 just a little bit when everybody was checking up. I don't know what happened in front of those guys, but it felt like we just got a little bit of damage right there. Then I...

DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 34th)

"I got into the 17 just a little bit when everybody was checking up. I don't know what happened in front of those guys, but it felt like we just got a little bit of damage right there. Then I guess it was Reutimann who came across the track and I just hit him. I wish we could have got slowed up a little quicker, but things happen like that when you're running in a pack that close together."

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACING? "It was pretty uneventful. You had to have a lot of help to do anything -- basically normal Talladega racing. You just had to ride around and wait for some help. I felt like we had a good enough car where we could move up a little bit, but just needed some time."

WAS YOUR PLAN JUST TO COOL IT THE FIRST HALF OF THE RACE? "Yeah, I guess we could have waited a few more laps, huh?"


ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Finished 29th)

"We got up there too early. It was unfortunate. The plan was to ride around and I lost the draft one time, so I got scared about riding around. I was running seventh and just got caught up. It's just a bummer."

WHAT ABOUT THE RACING? "It was no big deal. It was no different than any other style of racing. A little boring, actually."


KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 31st)

"I thought I had a right rear going soft. I was getting loose getting in for the last two laps, but it wasn't real bad yet. I just thought maybe it was because we were a little tight or something, but it was the right rear."


JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Finished 37th)

"I'm not real sure what happened. I saw him (Bobby Labonte) get loose and then come down like something broke on his car. We just ended up getting collected."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE DIFFERENT PACKAGE WITH THE COT THE NEXT TIME YOU GO PLATE RACING? "Yeah. We tested down here and I think everyone already had a pretty good opinion that it wasn't gonna be that great of racing. Matt and Greg and I and a few other guys all just kind of rode around in the back and I looked up front and I could see all the guys just running single file. It was a pretty boring race today to watch. I'm sure the last few laps will be good, but the first 450 miles you're just trying to ride around."

WAS IT A PLANNED THING TO GET TOGETHER AND RUN IN A SINGLE DRAFT? "We talked about it and we felt like there was gonna be a big wreck because of the way the cars draft and everything. It doesn't really matter what happens for the first 450 miles because you're just kind of riding around. With 50 laps to go we all decided that we'd go up and try to race. Once the 15 cars that had been riding around all day elected to go race, it put a lot larger group up there. I was just kind of waiting on it to happen."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd)

"Everybody got what they wanted. They got to see a wreckfest, just like Talladega. I haven't finish a race here yet in a Nextel Cup car. I don't ever plan to, I just come to put on a show for everybody and see when I wreck. It's unfortunate we've got to race like that because we can't see out of the cars. That's what most of these wrecks are caused from because we just can't see anything."

YOU MADE A DECISION TO STAY BACK WITH THE OTHER FORDS? "Yeah. It doesn't matter though because you're still gonna wreck with 15 to go because you've got to race towards the front and we wrecked with 15 to go. That's just the way it is."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 26th)

"We kind of made a plan to ride around in the back, but that's not really what everybody pays to come and watch. We rode around for about 350-400 miles and then sooner or later you've got to go race and try to get a partner up there and see how your car is gonna handle. When we decided to go up there, we got up to the third or fourth row on the inside and then the leader wrecked. When the leader wrecks, there's not a whole lot you can do to miss it."

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE RACING WITH THIS CAR? "It's the same as every other plate race. You didn't really get to see a race because even the leaders rode around for the first half because everybody was afraid of wrecking. I don't know if you really saw a race. I think out of 188 laps, you probably saw 30 laps of racing. That racing was exciting. It's three and four-wide with people hitting each other and all the crazy stuff you see in every plate race no matter what package we've had."


MIKE WALLACE -- No. 88 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 19th)

"The car was great. I was committed to the top line and it's disappointing about the 07. He was below us and I was committed to the outside and he basically ran into us and got us into the fence. What irks you is that if I did that to him, I would be the biggest idiot in the world but I didn't. I was on the top, so it's no big deal. It's frustrating for Robert Yates Racing and M&M's because, let's put it this way, it would have been a good top 10 finish easily. And you never know, when it gets dicey like that, there's a shot for the win. They did everything they were supposed to all day long. I'm disappointed because I let them down a little bit there at the end, but that's the way it goes, I guess."

WHAT ABOUT THE VISIBILITY IN THESE CARS? "There's no problem with the visibility. I was really surprised how unracy everybody was in the middle stage of the race. Everybody committed themselves to the top of the race track. I even made the comment on the radio, I said, 'I bet this is boring for the fans because they're all lined up,' but then when you get the bottom line going everything goes crazy. I'm really happy that we at least ran well and at the end we were up there. I don't know how else to say it, but we got help getting wrecked and fortunately we were able to finish the race with a top 20. A top 10 and trying to keep this car moving up in the points was the whole goal, so I don't really know what it does there, but I'm sure it doesn't hurt a lot."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)

"I did the best that I could there. We had a great run going there coming down the back straightaway. I thought Denny and myself were working pretty well together, but he snookered me there and we ended up running 14th or something, instead of top five like it looked like. But it was a good effort because we didn't wreck the car."


-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Robert Yates , Jim Beam
Teams Yates Racing