Watkins Glen: Ford teams race quotes

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 12th) YOU'VE HAD TWO GOOD FINISHES ON ROAD COURSES THIS YEAR, AND NOW YOU'RE BACK IN THE TOP 12. "It doesn't matter where you are in the points until after Richmond, really. We didn't really run...

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (finished 12th)

YOU'VE HAD TWO GOOD FINISHES ON ROAD COURSES THIS YEAR, AND NOW YOU'RE BACK IN THE TOP 12. "It doesn't matter where you are in the points until after Richmond, really. We didn't really run that great. We had a real average car, and we had a real above average strategy and pit crew, so those guys got me the good finish, really."

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DAVID HYDER - crew chief, No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion

"I'll tell you what, he could be the very best road-course driver I've ever seen. It all worked out. We came out third, so I'm happy and tickled to death."

THE 21 STARTED IN THE BACK. WAS THERE A TIME WHEN YOU KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY? "You know, I kept watching his lap times and they didn't fall off in a long run like a lot of the cars did. He stayed consistent and kept the car under him all day, and we looked at the tires there the first stop, at that point in time I figured it was going to be a pretty good day if everything fell our way from there on out."

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MOMENTUM? AND WHAT CAN YOU TAKE OUT OF THIS RACE? "Anytime you can finish in the top five in this series, you're doing your job and certainly it'll help us in the future. But, we'll take it into Michigan next week and work on the car and get it where we need it and take it from there."

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EDDIE WOOD - co-owner, No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion

WHEN DID YOU KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY? "About five minutes ago. You could feel all day long that nothing went wrong and your pit stops are okay and everybody did what they ought to do and were supposed to do, you feel like it's going to be a good day. On that restart there, the 42 was really good early in a run, and I was really afraid it was going to race pretty hard there, but fortunately the 1 got to the 42 and kind of slowed him up and we got gone. I was worried about that."

YOU KNEW YOU HAD A GOOD DRIVER ON ROAD COURSES, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE DAY YOUR CREW CHIEF HAD TODAY? "Actually, everything went really well. Marcos has done one heck of a job, for his first time here in a Cup car and all that. We needed this so badly because I think this is our first top-five - you tell me, I don't know but it's been a long time. Hyder came on board with his people. It's just made a world of difference. We ran well last week at Pocono; we had a good car at Sonoma also, but this car was really good today. Mike Smith and Dave Simba took it to Atlanta last week and tested it, and all that stuff worked well and blended right in what Hyder and Hoyt [Overbagh] were doing, and it all fell into place. Sometimes things will fall into place for you."

CAN YOU CARRY MOMENTUM FROM THIS RACE MOVING FORWARD? "Anytime you have a good run, it creates enthusiasm and all that, and we're taking the Pocono car, that ran pretty well at Pocono, we're taking it to Michigan next week. We're re-doing all of our race cars right now. We've got about two of them ready and that's one of them."

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MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (finished 3rd)

YOU STARTED TOWARD THE BACK AND FINISHED THIRD. "It's just a great weekend all around. I thought yesterday was great, but when I wound up there on that red flag, I realized where I was. I was behind Tony and in front of all those other great drivers. We came up out of the truck so well yesterday, in practice we were too scared to change anything, and the car was flopping around a lot during the race. It had a lot of grip, it was just real tough to drive. So I just tried to stay clean as best I could there and pass cars cleanly, and just pick away at it. You know, I really had no idea where we were at until the last pit stops. We cycled through about sixth place, so it's just a great day all along. I'm just so proud of the Wood Brothers for giving me a piece that I could get out there and give it my best, and Little Debbie and the McKee family for giving me the chance to go Cup racing. I don't want to be labeled a road racer, by the way, too. I am 10th in the Nationwide series points, so I'm trying to make it as a NASCAR driver full stop, not just a road racer. I'm just really excited that I've been given an opportunity and I've able to be making the most of it. You know, you don't get many chances in life to do something special like this, and today I'm going to look back at very fondly - the whole weekend, to be honest with you. I'm just really proud of both my times, and I hope it can give the Wood Brothers a shot in the arm that they need to really get the momentum to move forward."

-credit: ford racing

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