BUSCH: Ford Racing Darlington II race notes

RYAN NEWMAN --02 -- ALLTEL Taurus -- "It didn't look too good when we had that rain delay coming from the back there, but the guys did an excellent job recovering. It's just a really good day for us to come home in the top five, but I wish we...

RYAN NEWMAN --02 -- ALLTEL Taurus -- "It didn't look too good when we had that rain delay coming from the back there, but the guys did an excellent job recovering. It's just a really good day for us to come home in the top five, but I wish we could have done a little better for the ALLTEL people."

HOW WAS THE CAR AFTER THE TIRE CAME OFF? "The car felt really good. I think we did a hundred percent recovery on the car with the exception of the quarter panel and the body there, but once you get behind here it seems like it's hard to get back up front and we struggled to do that."

GREG BIFFLE --60 -- Grainger Taurus -- "We weren't that good all day. We kind of copied somebody's setup a little bit for the race today because we didn't feel we were that good and didn't have that much to lose. We probably should have stayed more conventional and used what we did last time, but the cautions didn't fall too good for us and got us a lap down. I let my teammate go because he was the leader and then the caution came out. Looking back at it, I wish I wouldn't have let him go but I was trying to help him. That was unfortunate. But, it was a pretty uneventful day until after the checkered flag when we got wrecked pretty good. I don't know, I can only speculate. What the NASCAR people were telling me in the trailer is they think he was after the 10 car for wrecking him (Wimmer) coming to the checkered or something and he was kind of chasing after him and I happened to be a victim. I turned across in front of him and he hadn't slowed down from the checkered flag yet. Everybody else is slowing down -- the entire field -- except him and I just happened to cross in front of him not knowing that he was coming like that. There was nothing I could do about it, but it wasn't anything between he and I."

WHAT DID YOU FEEL FROM THE SEAT? "He was on top of my roof. His whole car was on top of the roof, but I don't know. I was pretty shocked. My neck is a little bit sore just because I wasn't expecting it, but it happens."

ELTON SAWYER --98-- Starter Taurus -- "First of all, these guys did a great job. When we had the rain delay we had a left-rear tire flat, so we had to pit. I lost a lot of track position and then we had to work on the car. The thing was really loose. My hat's off to Jeff Burton. He had a hell of a car there at the end. He let us get our lap back and a couple of more laps, maybe, but, still, a great day for the Starter team. We had a heck of a race there with Mike McLaughlin and the 26 car and I was really catching the 9 and thought I might have a shot. When I saw the white flag I gave it all I had going into one and two, but Jeff was just a little better."

-Rord Racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Mike McLaughlin