JON WOOD-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 31st) "I actually had a pretty good car. I could drive just about where I wanted to, and with this package that we've got and with this different generation tire, it seems like the draft is...
JON WOOD-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 31st)
"I actually had a pretty good car. I could drive just about where I wanted to, and with this package that we've got and with this different generation tire, it seems like the draft is important but not as important as years past. It's all about handling, and late in a run I could drive under people and go. I did get black-flagged for going under the year line. I went below the yellow line and we were in the front when that happened, so that's all that matters. We proved to this team and everybody else that this is a top-notch organization."
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "What happened is I did get the pass-through, so I was at the tail end of the field and still driving up through the pack and I don't know if we were four wide or three wide, but I know I was on the outside all the way up against the wall and the 0 car got loose and ran into my door twice, and that's what shot me thorough the infield."
DAVID GREEN-27-Kleenex/Walgreen Ford Taurus (Finished 22nd)
"I thought we'd have the big one, and I started behind Truex and he said he was going to the rear, so I said I'd do the same thing. Our car just wasn't as good as what we felt like it was in testing and never could run offense. It seemed like I was on defense all day long. Then you kind of go into a mode where you have to finish the race and not get in trouble. We overextended that one set of tires to save a set, and I thought that was a good call, but we never got enough green flag there at the end to let the guys with the old tires fall back. So, I think we could have gained a spot or two there. This racing is just one of those deals. Greg, obviously, ran the best out of all of us and he's good at this type of racing, so I'm glad he's my teammate. I know our cars were just a little bit different, but it's not like we don't know what we have to do. It's going to be fun next week with the new engine package."
ASHTON LEWIS, JR.-25-Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
ARE YOU SURPRISED WITH THE WAY THAT THE RACE PLAYED OUT? "I am. We were expecting to kind of hang back there and wait for the big one and it never really happened, but fortunately they had enough cautions to bunch us back up. We ended up being in a good position there at the end, and when we could go racing we were kinda there. It worked out to our favor. I feel very lucky just because I bounced off the wall early on and didn't mess up the car and didn't hurt it aero-wise. It put us strategy-wise a little bit being the eight ball, but Charlie and the guys did a great job of getting me there at the end of it. I felt like we had a car that could run with anybody there and we were bump-drafting with everybody and probably should have picked the outside line a little bit sooner. We were holding the bottom on the next-to-last run, and I think I just held on to the bottom a little too long and allowed three or four guys to get around me that I didn't feel like should have."
WAS THERE SOME ROUGH DRIVING OUT THERE TODAY? "To me it never got rough until that last shootout deal, the last 15 laps to go. We all started bump-drafting and trying to get our lines to go and that's about the time, I made a decision during the caution that if the opportunity came up that I was going to go to the outside. I don't know who it was but somebody was definitely tight on the inside and kind of slowed the inside line up. Then it went three wide and when it went three wide whoever could get through there dancing the right way and keep their momentum up, and we just kind of held on to where we were."
KENNY WALLACE-22-Stacker 2 Ford Taurus (Finished 37th)
WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "We just went a little too far on those tires. We were trying to save a set of tires for the end there and went too far and blew the right-front out; just wore it out."
JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Ford Taurus (Finished 35th)
"We had a flat tire there at the end that cost us a chance at a better finish. We had a right-front flat, and fortunately we caught it quick enough so we didn't waste a car. It's just bad luck on that one, and we'll chalk it unto that. The car was driving pretty good and we got it better as the race went on. It's just hard to start Daytona like this."
WERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RULES THIS WEEK, ESPECIALLY THE POST-QUALIFYING PROCEDURES? "It was good, and the race didn't play out like I thought. I thought there would be a lot of cautions, and we put ourselves in a position to battle there at the end, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way."
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communication Ford Taurus (Finished 10th)
"We got up front and if it would have gone green I think we would have been fine. Our car, when we led, we were still three-quarters of a second slower than the Chevys. If I could get to the lead and hold them off it would be all right, but it's really hard because it was attrition and I had to let them slip up."
WHAT WAS YOUR PERSPECTIVE OF THE INCIDENT WITH TONY STEWART WHEN YOU TOOK THE LEAD? "I was going to the inside of him and he turned down to block me and I'm not lifting for the lead at Daytona. He wouldn't lift either, so that's just racing. He's the man, though, because that was a good comeback."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR.-10-Telcel Ford Taurus (Finished 25th)
"I had a lot of fun. It was just good to run in the pack and do some pit stops. I made some mistakes in the pits, and that's something we really need to work on, but I just had fun and tried not to make stupid mistakes."
DID YOU FIND ANY DRAFTING PARTNERS OUT THERE TODAY? "The 59, I ran a lot with the 59. For a long time we ran together. I stayed with him a long time."
DID YOU ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH TODAY? "Of course, you want to have the best possible result, and unless you're going for a top 10, and for me in my first race I wanted to finish it and finish it good, and I think we accomplished that."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU EARNED SOME RESPECT FROM YOUR COMPETITORS TODAY? "It's going to take more than one race, but we made a big step forward today, and that's important."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. CONGRATULATED YOU AFTER THE RACE. "That was good. I got to run with him a little and it's cool to get a good job from one of the best."
GREG BIFFLE-66-Duraflame Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
"The Duraflame guys really fixed the car up good. They got a little wedge in it, and got the back fixed. Tony Stewart just basically tried to take us out of the race it looks like. He hit us so hard he smashed the quarterpanel apart. I was able to hinge on to it, and that's the key; I didn't wreck."
THIS RACE SEEMED PRETTY CALM COMPARED TO LAST NIGHT'S TRUCK RACE. "I don't know if that was calm or not. You look around here and everybody's bumpers are dragging the ground. It was pretty wild. That's slam-drafting. We're just cremating the back of each other's cars, but that's just the way it is."
STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Bush's Beans Ford Taurus (Finished 23rd)
"The car look like it was at Bristol. The front bumper is beat up, the back bumper is beat up, both sides are beat up, but other than that, it's Daytona and that's what the fans love to see. I'm a little disappointed. The Kingsford Ford was good all week in practice and we were just loose from the time they dropped the green flag. We thought we had a shot right there at the end to get the car better, so we put on tires and we got hung out on the restart with and it cost us 10, maybe 15 spots. I'm a little disappointed about that, but that's all part of it. We'll go racing in California next week."