Texas: Ford teams race quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (finished 38th) ANY INDICATIONS THAT THERE WERE GOING TO PROBLEMS? "No. We made our green-flag pit stop and I got about halfway down the backstretch and it popped out of gear and then it wouldn't...

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (finished 38th)

ANY INDICATIONS THAT THERE WERE GOING TO PROBLEMS? "No. We made our green-flag pit stop and I got about halfway down the backstretch and it popped out of gear and then it wouldn't go into any gear."

HOW BAD IS THE WIND TODAY? "It's not that bad. Our car drove really good. We started way in the back and then I got up to 12th or 13th. It looks like some guys are struggling really bad, but our car did well."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (finished 37th)

"I feel like we had a top-five car. Our UPS team did a great job on pit road today. It's just, you know, something that was out of our control is what put us out. We got some trash on the grill and tried to get it off on the track before our last resort, which was pitting. We pitted and lost a lot of water and then ultimately blew up. Just by chance, something like a hotdog wrapper cost us a top-five finish. But we had good speed and a good car. It's something to build on, but absolutely not the finish that we needed. Just a disappointing finish to a really good day."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 5th)

"The result was good. I didn't think were very good at all yesterday in practice. We qualified really well, but we just didn't practice very well, so Drew [Blickensderfer, crew chief] and Chip [Bolin] and these guys did a good job of not giving up and try to salvage something out of nothing. It was just a different kind of racing today. You can look at the scoreboard and after everybody's done pitting, whoever re-starts in the lead is probably going to win. You just can't pass in these cars like you could, and it's all about having perfect pit stops, and qualifying and doing the right things for track position. We just got ourselves behind."

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY IN PASSING HERE? "It's most places. This car is just pretty tight, you know, and it really likes clean air. There were some guys that could do it. Greg [Biffle] really drove through there good today, and [Tony] Stewart in the beginning drove all the way up through there, but it's pretty important to be positioned in the front."

EARLIER THIS WEEKEND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND RESULTS. SO, IS THIS CONSIDERED A GOOD DAY? "This is a great day. We've just been pathetic since California, I think our average finish was 27th, so to come here and get a top-five and get a little momentum going, that's what we needed to do."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT FIGHTING BACK AFTER SOME PROBLEMS IN THE PITS? "You can't really do much about it. We just got to the back and it was extremely tough to pass, and we just kind of stuck back there racing with them guys. And then the last stop we had a good pit stop and the guys redeemed themselves good and picked me up three or four spots -- I think got us up to sixth -- and we were able to move our way to fifth. That was about the best I could do."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (finished 10th)

"We missed the set-up, so from the beginning of the race we were struggling to get the balance, and then Bob [Osborne, crew chief] got it balanced, we had that one good pit stop, passed Jeff for the lead, and I thought, 'If we can have just one more, we'll be all right,' and then we went in leading and came out 11th, and that's what cost us the race. My guys are trying real hard, we're all in this together, but we can do a better job than that and I'm sure we will."

ON HIS UNDERSTANDING REACTION TO THE DIFFICULT FINAL PIT STOP. "The way this works is that I don't anybody to tell me when I've done something wrong, they don't need anybody to tell them. Those guys want to win this race just as bad as I do. We're all in this together. They don't yell at me when I hit the wall, so it's not my position to be mad at them, we just have to do whatever we can to fix it. Hopefully, that's good enough. I think we'll get better. They can do it, they had one pit stop, we passed a ton of people and put us in a position to get the lead. I know they can do it, we just got to figure out how to do it every time."

-credit: ford racing

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