The Nextel: Ford teams All-Star race quotes

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 19th) WHAT HAPPENED? "I got hit from behind on the straightaway and got turned into the fence. I tried to save it, but, dang, you're going so fast right there. It was tough. I don't...

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 19th)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I got hit from behind on the straightaway and got turned into the fence. I tried to save it, but, dang, you're going so fast right there. It was tough. I don't understand what happened. It's early in the race like that and a teammate wrecks you and just drives under the back of you. It's crazy. It's crazy."

YOU DIDN'T REALLY GET A CHANCE TO SEE HOW GOOD YOUR CAR WAS. "Oh, the car was awesome - passing on the outside, going to the front. I had a really, really kick butt car. I feel bad for these guys. I feel bad for Roush. We wrecked the whole field with two of our cars and took a lot of our stuff out of the race. It's senseless to do something like that."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 20th)

BIFFLE SAID YOU WRECKED HIM ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY. "Yeah, he got a run on the 17 coming out of four and I just wanted to help him usher down the straightaway, but the way our noses are pinned and the tails are up with stiff rear springs, our car lifted his instead of helping to push him. It's just an all-star type bump where you just want to try to help him. He's a teammate of mine and I didn't mean to wreck him. I apologize for all the wrecked race cars out on pit road."

HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THIS FOR YOU? "I've got to get myself in check, I guess. I mean, we're only 12 laps in and I've got a wrecked race car. Last week we had the fastest car out on the track and we had to put it in the trailer after the race without a good finish. We need to finish."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW

WHAT ABOUT THAT PASS FOR THE WIN? "That was great. This is a great event that Nextel puts on. My DEWALT crew, these guys up on stage won the race. They prepared a really good car, had great pit stops tonight and did everything right. Ryan did a great job holding me off on old tires. He made me work. I think even if you ask him, it's probably the hardest either one of us has had to race in a long, long time. I did everything I could do to get by him. I just saw when he slipped off four and I got up close to him and then he slipped farther so I was able to clear him. If I couldn't clear him, I couldn't pass him. He'd get the air off me and I'd be too loose. It was a heckuva battle and a lot of fun."

HE KEPT BATTLING BACK. "My car was a little tight most of the night and on that set of tires I got real loose on, which was a good thing when I was behind him. I tried to actually follow him for 15 laps and build some tire pressure in the right-front to get my car tighter, but it just wouldn't get tighter. When I got alongside of him all he had to do was stay close to me and I'd get so loose that I couldn't finish the pass. Finally he slipped enough to where I was able to make the pass."

WHO MADE THE CALL TO PIT? "It was kind of both of us. The whole debate really was to get two or four. We never thought of staying out. I never dreamed that they'd stay out. I can't believe they ran as good as they did with tires that old, but they did a great job. They were smart. They finished sixth in the first one and got out front in that second one and stayed up there as long as they could. They did a great job and I'm just so proud of my guys. It's great to come here to Charlotte. They've got great race fans. It's real close to home and it sure was a fun race."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 8th)

YOU TOOK TWO TIRES ON THE LAST STOP. "Yeah, we've been battling a tight condition the whole time since we've been here. We tried the two tires for track position and our track position was definitely better. We probably wouldn't have finished as high as we did taking four tires, so it was a great call by Todd and everybody to get two tires. We were just way too tight to run with those guys, so I think we learned a lot and know what we've got to have to come back to try to be competitive in the 600."

THE KEY IS DID YOU LEARN A LOT? "I think we learned how much work we've got to do to come back to be good for the 600. We tried some stuff this weekend and maybe it didn't work out the way we planned. It's a great race, but it's also a great test session. There aren't any points, so you can try some things and get away with it, but we've definitely got some work to do before we come back. We'll be fine."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 10th)

"I think I got a little bit of a nudge from behind there and knocked me up into Terry and that messed our car up. We had a pretty competitive car up until that point. We finished third in the first segment and sixth or seventh in the second segment after the inversion. We were fixing to do something there and just got a little help. I was just out there racing giving it my best. After that accident it messed our car up and we just had to kind of hang on and do what we could."

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE INCIDENT? "I really don't know. My guys told me I got a little nudge, but whatever. I wound up sideways and into Terry and that messed my car up. We had a real competitive car. We got off just a little bit in the second segment, but made our adjustments for the last segment and were anxious to go see what we could do. It was a good run. W have such a great race team right now. We ran fast on Friday and we ran fast tonight and we hope to run faster next week."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 11th)

"There was a lot going on and we were working. I got into Tony over there and got the right-front fender a little bit. As we beat it around, it seemed my car got extremely loose after that. It was obviously loose right then or I wouldn't have got into Tony, but we fought loose there. In a race like this you've got to be able to go hard when they drop the green flag and that's where we couldn't go. After we ran some laps we'd level out with them, but that doesn't do you any good in sprint races. Hopefully, we learned some things for next week that will allow us to come here and be competitive."

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