SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 17th) WAS THE HEAT A FACTOR TODAY? "It was one of the worst. It was the worst for me than ever before. You could tell when you started getting cold chills that you were pretty hot. When ...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 17th)
WAS THE HEAT A FACTOR TODAY?
"It was one of the worst. It was the worst for me than ever before. You could tell when you started getting cold chills that you were pretty hot. When you're battling back in the pack and your car is not really right, that makes it twice as hard. I just hate it. After the kind of run we had here in the spring, and to come back and to be what we needed to be. We probably should have just left what we had under the car in the spring, but that wasn't working and it was way too loose. We tightened it up just a little bit and it was way too tight the whole race. No matter what we did we could never fix that."
THIS IS THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW THAT YOU AND DAVID GREEN FAILED TO FINISH IN THE TOP 10.
"I really had high hopes for all of these race tracks that we've been going to. It's very frustrating not to have the race car you need to be competitive. That's what's frustrating. Circumstances hurt us and didn't let us finish well last week, and that's one thing, but to never be in contention to win the race and be a factor, that's frustrating."
YOU WERE AT THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP AT ONE POINT AND CHOSE TO STAY ON THE TRACK RATHER THAN PIT. ARE YOU BEING CONSERVATIVE WITH YOUR STRATEGY WITH THE POINTS SITUATION?
"We should have pitted there. W e talked about it on the radio there and decided not to do it and ended up wishing we did when it was all over with. You never know how things like that are going to turn out. They could have dropped the green flag and never had a caution for 50 laps. It was a good call on Harvick's and Busch's part and we wish we made it, but you never know in a situation like that. We wish we did it now in hindsight, but I don't think the points situation changed our decision.
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 7th)
"I guessed we finally dodged a bullet this weekend. They said on that last stop that we had a hole in the right rear. We just fought back. I wanted to redeem myself after that hard day yesterday. I fought back and had a good race car. We just could never make up all of the track position, but it was still a good day."
DID YOU THINK YOU'D BE ABLE TO FINISH THIS WELL AFTER REPLACING THE RIGHT-SIDE SUSPENSION YESTERDAY?
"It's the kind of race team that we've got. We've got a great race team and it's fun when you've got that. We knew that we needed to repair the primary car to keep as much track position as we could and the guys did a great job getting it ready to race."
HOW BAD WAS THE HEAT IN THE COCKPIT TODAY?
"It was real bad. It was one of the toughest that I've ever had. I was sitting on ice packs to try to stay cool."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)
"We've come here twice this year and we got two top 10s, an eighth and a sixth. The car was a little better than it was in practice yesterday. We worked on it a little bit, but I just couldn't get off of the corner on brand new tires. Once the tires got 30 laps on them, the back freed up and the back helped the front cut; we got it pretty good."
IS YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL AT ITS HIGHEST POINT IN YOUR RACING CAREER?
"Yeah. We got the pole in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, I won the Silver Crown race at Nazareth last week, and we backed up a good qualifying effort with a good finishing spot here at Darlington. We've got a great team here, and Wes Ward and everybody who works on this thing does an awesome job to get it to the race track and get it fast. We're getting better and we can now run in the top 10, and we now need to work on those top-fives."
WAS THIS THE HOTTEST THAT YOU'VE EVER FELT IN A RACE CAR?
"I'd say it was probably the hottest, but last year at IRP was as hot in the car. Last year we didn't have very good insulation in there and my blower didn't work, so that was the hottest in the car, but this was a close second."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
YOU PICKED UP YOUR FIRST TOP-FIVE FINISH AT DARLINGTON.
"It wasn't anything I did, it was all pit stops. I think we lost one spot all day long. To come out of here with a top-five at Darlington, that's big for us. I'll take that any day."
WITH THE HOT CONDITIONS TODAY, WHERE DID YOUR CAR RUN BEST ON THE TRACK?
"It just depends. It depended on who I was racing. If the clean air was good, I could run at the top, and then in the center of three and four I was pretty good. But like I said Harold gave me a car that a monkey could have got in and finished in the top five. I'm just happy to be here."
WAS THE HEAT A FACTOR TODAY?
"It was hot, but the biggest thing was the cautions. They would run so long and the air conditioner wouldn't catch on that much. That's what was killing us, but we survived it."
YOU BATTLED THE NO. 5 CAR TWO WIDE GOING INTO TURN ONE AT ONE POINT.
"At the beginning of it, me and the 5 were the better cars, but whoever had clean air here was the best. I didn't think that'd make a difference here, but it did. That's why he was racing so hard and I don't blame him, I would have done the same thing. It's just hard racing and that's why the kid won the race. It was another great day for Robert Yates, the Marines and Ford, and we'll take it and run."
ARE YOU BACK IN THE POINTS RACE?
"No comment. The last time I talked about points, I lost 300 points in three weeks. We're here to win races and we took chances all day long, and that's what it takes to win races. The 5 car didn't bobble all day and that's why he won, but we're getting back on that track and you better watch the mirror because we're coming."