SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 41st) - WHAT HAPPENED? "It's a disappointing way to end my year really. You guys saw what happened, somebody hit me from the rear. I don't know. It's pretty bad. I hate it for all of the guys.
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 41st) - WHAT HAPPENED? "It's a disappointing way to end my year really. You guys saw what happened, somebody hit me from the rear. I don't know. It's pretty bad. I hate it for all of the guys. We worked too hard to end the last two races like this.
"I just got run into. I just hate it. That's not what we deserve as a team as far as this entire year. Somebody was just a little too impatient that's all. It was a pretty hard hit there a couple of times, but I just hate it for the guys. We made mistakes this year to put us in fifth place in the points race, but these guys did a good job, they put their hearts out there right on their sleeve. They did a great job and this is definitely not the way we wanted to end the season the last two races."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) - "That's a long day. It's a good team effort. Great Clips, Deka Batteries and everybody who helps us out did an awesome job. We made the right calls in the pits. I stopped early. I thought I had a flat tire, but it was really so much rubber built up on my tires that I never felt that. I screwed up there, but we got it back after that, and pit strategy got us back in the front and that's where we belong."
WHO MADE THE CALL ON LAP 35 TO JUST PIT FOR FUEL? "Wes Ward. He's the crew chief and he's made all of the calls this year. He does a great job and he won us the race today by the calls he made. Even on the final pit stop he freed the car up just enough that it was really fast."
YOU HAD TO DO A LOT OF PASSING TO GET TO THE POINT. "It was tough. The top four or five guys to pass, maybe only three, you get so aero tight, but this Ford works pretty good. It got through the traffic, it was just a matter of getting by a fast car and that was tough. All of the other traffic, there's plenty of race track. Miami did an awesome job here at the Homestead track and it's a great place to race."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 24th) - "I'm just glad this stretch is over with. I wish I had an excuse for our performance today, but I don't."
YOU CAME IN FOR AN EXTENDED PIT STOP TO CHANGE SHOCKS. WHAT CAUSED THAT? "It actually had something go bad in it. It was bad deal. We had a deal where the tire started to blister."
WHAT CAUSED THE TIRE TO BLISTER? "I guess the shock was bad and it was actually blistering the tire. I'm just glad there's not another week, maybe we would have finished outside the top 10 if there was. It's pretty discouraging to go from battling to just holding on to fifth. It's pretty discouraging."
YOU CAME IN AND CHANGED THE LEFT-FRONT SHOCK. DID THAT REMEDY THE PROBLEM? "It helped some. Then we changed the right front and it helped some, and by that time you're a lap down and then two laps down. You just battle from behind. I'm ready for it to be over."
JON WOOD-15-U.S. Air Force Ford Taurus (Finished 22nd) - YOU WERE INVOLVED IN AN INCIDENT ON THE FIRST LAP, AND HAD TO FIGHT BACK TO FINISH 22ND. "I would have been good if we could have come in for tires on that second stop but we couldn't. We caused that wreck at the start of the race, and I feel bad for that, and we couldn't really overcome that. We had a good car, a really good car, but I messed up on the start and we just couldn't overcome it."
YOU FACED MORE ADVERSITY IN YOUR SECOND BUSCH SERIES START THAN YOU DID LAST YEAR AT IRP. IS THE BUSCH SERIES MORE DIFFICULT THAN YOU ORIGINALLY THOUGHT? "I never thought it was easy. Any type of racing is hard especially if you only do one a year, you can't really expect much out of it. I guess we'll just have to wait and do it again some time."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd) - "We did exactly what we needed to do, we got another top five. Like I said before, our whole realistic goal was to get to fourth and we did that. Congratulations to Brian. You can tell it was their year because the stuff they went through at the beginning of this race and won the championship. We'll take a fourth and it's something to build on and we'll get them next year."