MATT KENSETH-17-Aleve Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) WHAT WERE YOU THINKING HEN YOU SAW THE 87 TAKE TWO TIRES ON THE LAST PIT STOP? "I felt like it was Christmas. I couldn't believe it really. They probably thought most of the guys would get two...
MATT KENSETH-17-Aleve Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING HEN YOU SAW THE 87 TAKE TWO TIRES ON THE LAST PIT STOP? "I felt like it was Christmas. I couldn't believe it really. They probably thought most of the guys would get two tires for track position. I don't have that much experience here, but I have enough to know that I definitely needed four tires on my tires. Two tires would have never held it. The Aleve Ford, these guys did a great job. When we started we were nowhere near good enough to win the race. Through Michael Waltrip dropping out, obviously he was the class of the field, all the adjustments we made, they had it right at the end."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We were just a little bit too tight for some reason on that last set of tires. I couldn't quite catch back up after fighting all of the lapped cars, which were ridiculous the way they were running so hard the last couple of laps there. I couldn't quite get up there to run for second or first. Kenseth had a great car and I don't know what happened to Kevin, he had a good car too. I'm just proud of all of these guys on the Nesquik Ford Taurus; they did a great job. Doug Randolph came on board and everything is really working right now. I'm just proud of all of the guys; they did great pit stops. The chemistry is just clicking so well. We always keep our heads high and keep thinking together as a team and try to figure out what the best scenario is and we did that pretty much all weekend. We just kept trying to figure these tires out. It was a little bit different tire compound and it always throws you a little bit of a curve ball. Even though we qualified well we weren't very happy with it. We kept working on it all day and had great pit stops. We gained positions every time we came into the pits. My hat's off to all of those guys for doing it. I'm proud of everybody. It's just clicking right now."
GREG BIFFLE-9-Uh-Oh! Oreo Ford Taurus (Finished 12th)
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU AT THE END OF THE RACE? "I think that the 20 car just got the air off of me. I had a really good car and the 92 was blocking the whole time at the end getting sideways making guys get out of the throttle. He took two tires with 17 laps to go and he didn't give the faster cars any sort of courtesy. I burned my right-front off trying to avoid hitting him. The car was just too tight all day. We couldn't free it up. We worked on it all day and never got it freed up."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
"A lot of the Cup guys didn't work with us too good. The 87 let off to give us our lap back and the 17 was trying to race him back to the flag to try to get him a cheap one. That just kept us a lap down. The change that everybody thought was going to hurt, it was probably the best we've had at Charlotte, and it showed. We were able to run with all of the Cup guys today, so we were tickled with it."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)
"I'm happy for the team, they did a great job. We had good pit stops and worked on the car all day. It started out just alright and it stayed alright most of the day and we were just good. We got it a little better towards the end, which was good, and we got some good track position by pit stops. They did a good job. We worked all day on that car and slowly got it a little better. We struggled with that thing. That was our worst car all year that we finished good with. It was good for the team to prove that we can run in the top 10 on a bad day. Track position was huge. That's why our pit stops paid off all day. We finally got some good ones, consistent stops all day long and I've got to thank those guys. Our goal is top 10 in points. We've just got to finish races and this is a good way to start -- to finish with bad race car."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 17th)
"We just ran bad. I wish we had excuses. I know we had to go to a back-up car, but this car should have been as good as our primary. We just missed the setup and when we had that long green at the start, it put us down in a hurry and we could never recover. We have to do something. We haven't been running good lately. I thought we were digging our way out a couple of weeks ago, but we just can't ever find where those good finishes are right now."