The Nextel: Ford teams Open race quotes

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roundup Taurus (Finished 25th) YOU CAME OUT OF THE AMBULANCE AND PLAYED A NICE JOKE ON EVERYONE. "Well, you might as well, you know? It's been one of those years. I thought I actually had it missed. We were starting so...

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roundup Taurus (Finished 25th)

YOU CAME OUT OF THE AMBULANCE AND PLAYED A NICE JOKE ON EVERYONE. "Well, you might as well, you know? It's been one of those years. I thought I actually had it missed. We were starting so far back that I got excited. I went, 'Yeah, there's a wreck. We get to pick up some spots,' and, unfortunately, it just didn't work out for us. You just can't help it with things like that. His transmission broke and there's nothing the guy behind him can do. That's just one of those things that happens in racing. You may as well laugh about it. As disappointing and as frustrating as my year has been, I'm not gonna get my head up my butt. I'm just gonna stay focused and may as well have fun."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep It Genuine Taurus (Finished 22nd)

WHO WAS THE RINGLEADER WITH THAT LITTLE JOKE? "I'm not gonna say who the ringleader was. It was a community vote. We needed to get this run in. Our guys have been making so many big changes in the car and doing everything every week and we didn't have a clue as to what we had. We had to come out here and race. We had a racy car in practice. We didn't in qualifying, but we needed to get that race under our belt and at least get beyond the dog-leg of the start-finish line."

HOW DISAPPOINTING IS IT NOT TO KNOW HOW GOOD YOUR CAR IS? "That's probably the biggest thing. Ben Leslie and all the guys on the Motorcraft team have been working really hard. They've been changing the car around a little bit each week and we had a good run at Richmond last week. We really had something completely different than we've run pretty much all year and we really needed to get this race under our belt and at least get a few laps in before the wreck, but it just wasn't meant to be and didn't work out. We'll come over here next week a little bit in the dark again. We were hoping to get this run in, but it didn't work out."

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