Texas: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 37th) "It's been a really, really tough weekend for us. This is a brand new car and I spoke with Jimmy before we even brought the car here and it was one of the best bodies they've hung...

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

"It's been a really, really tough weekend for us. This is a brand new car and I spoke with Jimmy before we even brought the car here and it was one of the best bodies they've hung at Roush Racing. So it's a little bit different and when we unloaded, we have struggled. I've never been this bad before. I've had like the mystery car that you can't ever find what's wrong with it, but at the start of the race it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. The balance just keeps shifting so dramatically. I thought I was gonna blow a right-front out on the run previous to this and we made a pit stop, but then it was just so loose. I was a couple of seconds off the pace and I told them, 'I'm gonna spin out. We've got to come in and look at it.' We came in and put another set of tires on and made just huge adjustments to try to tighten it up and it was worse. We thought that maybe when I brushed the wall I might have done something to the rear end, but can't find anything wrong. We're gonna put a gear in it and we're gonna go back out and see if we can log some laps."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 36th)

"We had a great run going. I was a little loose on restarts. I got on the outside of Jeff Gordon and it got a little loose and it just sucked into his car. I don't know what was going on with the aero there, but I thought Tony was all packed up under my rear bumper it was so loose. It's too bad for our team."

HOW WAS THE CAR? "It was perfect. It was a winning car and it's my fault for messing that up. You've just got to learn."

IT LOOKED LIKE A HARD HIT. "No, it wasn't that hard of a hit. That was an easy hit, but a hard hit figuratively."

IT'S LOOKING LIKE ONE OF THOSE SEASONS. "I hope it isn't, but we're gonna have to work pretty hard to get out of this hole."

WHAT HAPPENED? "We had a great car. It was just something with the aero there. I got in a position and all of a sudden it got a little loose and then it just turned into Jeff's car. I haven't had that one happen yet, so I learned a little lesson. I could have swore Tony was packed up under the rear bumper but he definitely wasn't. It was just an odd place on the track and kind of a new thing for me there."


ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Finished 33rd)

"It looks like we just lost something in the drive train, but we're not real sure. They said that maybe the crank broke or something, but it's just tough luck for everybody at M&M's and Robert Yates Racing. I think we had a top 10 car. It was really, really good on long runs and it was just starting to come to me for this last run. I would have liked to finish in the top 10, but it's not meant to be today. This is heartbreaking to do this at a place we love so much, but we'll just take the week off, re-group, and try to get 'em at Phoenix."


MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)

"We were off. We had a good car, we just didn't have it set up as good as some of them, but the potential was there. I think we know what we would do if we had to do it over again, but that setup ran second in the night race here, but it just didn't seem to work as good in the daytime. Everybody did what they needed to do and we put up a reasonable performance, but we should have got more out of our car than that."

IS THIS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WERE YOU TRY NOT TO PUSH IT AND YOU TAKE WHAT THE CAR GIVES YOU? "We pushed it to the max, but we didn't push it over. We pushed it right up to the edge and that's all."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) --

"I'm real proud of these guys and everybody on this DeWalt race team has done a great job this year. We've had great cars each and every week. I ran into the 10 getting on pit road and kind of messed the hood up and had to start in the back, but these guys just worked really hard all day to get a good finish."

YOU MUST BE HAPPY WITH HOW THINGS HAVE STARTED FOR YOU. "I don't think I could be much happier. A few races we came up short that maybe we had a chance to win and didn't win, but these guys have done such a great job. We've been contenders every week and we've got a lot of momentum right now and these guys are operating at a championship level, so it's a lot of fun to be a part of."

TURN TWO WAS A PROBLEM FOR A LOT OF GUYS TODAY. "At times I had trouble with all the turns, so I didn't think two was any worse than the rest. It was a little slick, but overall the track was really good. I just didn't have the car. That was the best we could get it."


KEVIN LEPAGE -- No. 61 Road Loans Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd)

"I guess when it rains it pours. Everytime we came in it seemed the caution came out and it was just a long day for us. It's the first time we had some sort of issue with the motor. I don't know what's going on, but it just started laying over about halfway and I was surprised we finished. We'll just rebound, get a week off and get 'em at Phoenix."


KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 16th)

"We weren't as good as we've been, but we finished a lot better. That's why when we got back here I told them that I would give up two spots before I wrecked this car. The difference between 18th and 20th is nothing, but we could still wreck with 20 to go and wind up 34th." YOU HAD SOME RADIO ISSUES. "It was kind of lonely out there. You can't see who is coming or anything. You get used to having a voice and I could just never quite make it out."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing