Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the Race at Michigan. "That's pretty good. We had a good car today. Everybody did a good job on the Nesquik Ford. They all ganged up me there at the end. We got by...
Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race at Michigan.
"That's pretty good. We had a good car today. Everybody did a good job on the Nesquik Ford. They all ganged up me there at the end. We got by them, playing our cards hard, drove hard and did great pit stops. I drove hard and got back by them and got up to second. Those four right there together had momentum on me. Once a car gets beside you it slows your momentum down so much they just trained me and I couldn't get back by them. The car was way too tight to make another move, especially with that many laps on our tires. All in all, we'll take sixth. The way these last six races have been going we'll take sixth today and go on to the next race."
TALK ABOUT THE INTENSE RACING NEAR THE END OF THE RACE.
"Three wide, side by side, everything. It should be a great race for the fans. I hope everybody at home enjoyed it. Sometimes it was a little too hairy. Some of the guys out there know we're running 200 and some miles per hour but they still think that you've got to put a fender on somebody to pass them. I'm not calling any names, but that's sort of crazy. All the guys that know how to drive and have experience and used their head, they were fun to race with but there were a couple of them out there who didn't."
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 98 CHANNELLOCK FORD, FINISHED 10TH. THIS IS KANE'S BEST CAREER BUSCH SERIES FINISH AND HIS FIRST IN THE TOP-10. HIS PREVIOUS BEST EFFORT WAS 15TH TWO WEEKS AGO AT INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK.
"It was a great effort by the whole Channellock Ford team. They work so hard. We finally got a good finish and didn't tear up a car. We'll be able to run this one at Darlington, I guess that will be the next time. We don't want to bang it up at Bristol. That's good for us. Yates engines are running awesome, that's for sure. Clyde Mcleod (crew chief) made some really good pit stops and we made some improvements during the race that helped us a lot. We were pretty tight the whole race but by the end we were a little loose in the center and tight off so we were getting better."
HOW MUCH DID YOU LEARN TODAY?
"Man, I learned a lot. That drafting, you need somebody with you. It's so different. You need a really good run and you need somebody to go with you. Otherwise, you get stuck about halfway by them. I'm really excited for this whole Channellock team."
CAN YOU TELL A BIG DIFFERENCE IN RUNNING UP FRONT LIKE YOU DID TODAY?
"I didn't make as much contact with people. I was able to run my line. It wasn't easier but it was different. It was a little better to be up there rather than in the back. That goes back to qualifying. We had a really good qualifying run. It was a good team effort."
HOW MUCH FUN DID YOU HAVE OUT THERE TODAY?
"I had a lot of fun. Early on when we got up to sixth, it was pretty exciting. On a couple of restarts, we'd drop a few spots and then get a couple of cars back. We could race. I could race. I can't wait for the next one. Everything is getting better and better. If we keep getting good cars and racing like this I think we'll keep slowly improving."
YOU WERE VERY COMPETITIVE HERE ALL WEEKEND. WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE?
"It helps it a lot. To unload off the trailer and be 10th in the first practice, qualify 11th and finish 10th in the race, that's pretty much a complete weekend for us, a really good complete weekend. That stuff sticks with you for sure. You go on to the next race and hopefully we can do some of the same. I'll definitely be energetic ready to try as hard as I can to do the same thing."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 TROPARCTIC DODGE, FINISHED 34TH. MEARS WAS RUNNING IN THE TOP-FIVE WHEN HE HAD TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS LATE IN THE RACE.
"The guys did an excellent job in the pits. For never being here in a stock car and getting as little laps as we did, I couldn't be happier with the way that we ran. On that last restart, the shifter linkage broke. The linkage that hooks from the shifter to the transmission broke when I went into fourth gear. We seemed to be getting robbed by little things like that all year long but it's been new for us. Everything has been new. The Dodge has been new, I'm new. The best thing is I'm out here getting experience and learning. Like I said in the past, you learn a lot more running with those guys that run up front. It's a lot cleaner and everything is a little bit more precise and kind of thought out. It's fun to get up there and think a little bit rather than out there just reacting trying to get by some of those guys in the back. It feels good to run up front and I'm happy for everybody that we could show that we could run up front. We've just got to finish them now."
DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT YOU HAD A PROBLEM ON THAT RESTART?
"It was vibrating a little bit but it wasn't the transmission. It was something else in the tires or something. When I pulled it (the shifter) back into fourth gear it went in for a split second and then popped out and then the linkage broke. I couldn't get back in so I had no gears. Right when I went to fourth it popped out so then we plugged it in to fourth and ran the rest of the way."