BUSCH: Homestead: Ford teams race quotes, notes

KENSETH WINS FOR THE THIRD TIME IN 2006 * Mark Kenseth took the checkered flag for the 21st time in his NASCAR Busch Series career with tonight's victory. Kenseth started fifth and went to victory lane for the first time in nine Busch races ...


* Mark Kenseth took the checkered flag for the 21st time in his NASCAR Busch Series career with tonight's victory. Kenseth started fifth and went to victory lane for the first time in nine Busch races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

* In 21 Busch Series races this season, Kenseth has driven to victory lane three times, and extended Roush Racing's all-time series win mark to 84, the most in series history.

* Ford has now won 145 NASCAR Busch Series races all time, and eight in 2006 with three different drivers (Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth).

* Ford's win today is its fourth Busch Series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway (D. Jarrett-1, J. Burton-1, Kahne-1, Kenseth-1).


MATT KENSETH-17-Pennzoil Ford Fusion (Finished 1st)

DISCUSS THE ISSUE YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD WITH THE MOTOR LATE IN THE RACE? "Well, if you ask my dad or Katie, or Robbie for that matter, they'll probably tell you I always have demons when we're running good. But, it just skipped a couple of times getting into one and it didn't run right for about two or three laps and then it just cleared up and ran again. I don't know if it was my imagination or a plug wire or what it was. We had a great car all night. It was really, really awesome on long runs. I was very concerned about having 25 till the end, but I had a super-good restart and got by them guys and had a lot of fun racing Carl."

TALK ABOUT THE PASS ON EDWARDS. "I got under Carl and we were side by side, and I saw the 11 coming and starting to catch us, so I was starting to get a little nervous about that. Carl had to drive into three and I got slid in front of him. It was a lot of fun."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR TOMORROW? "I know I had a lot of fun. I'd be sitting in the bus watching it, so I had a lot of fun. I don't know if I learned anything, but it was a whole lot of fun."


JACK ROUSH, Owner, Roush Racing

WHAT WAS THE ISSUE THAT MATT THOUGHT HE HAD WITH THE MOTOR? "Well, we've had a little problem with spark plug wires failing and we thought that's what happened. It turned out that it was either that or something else, but whatever it was was fleeting and it never came back."


CARL EDWARDS-60-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) - "that was cool to be racing Matt like that; he's a great race car driver. Paul Menard did a great job. I've just got to thank Ameriquest and my crew and everybody. I hope the fans enjoyed that race. That was a lot of fun for me, and we'll be back tomorrow to try to get one."

DID YOU THINK HAD A CHANCE WHEN KENSETH GOT SHUFFLED BACK ON THE LAST ROUND OF PIT STOPS? "That's all I had. That was it. Matt did a good job. I think he had the fastest car all night, and he ended up winning. It would have been kind of sad for him if that pit stop would have cost him the win. He was fast enough and he got it. I could rest on that race for a while. That will get me all the way through thanksgiving, at least. That was fun. That's what it's all about. I get to do what I love, I've got great sponsors in Ameriquest and Ford and a great teammate in Matt. I couldn't be happier for him and I had fun."


GREG BIFFLE-16-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 38th)

WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THAT WALL? "It's unfortunate, our Ameriquest Fusion was running really good tonight. We finally had a good run and I was really excited about the last race of the season. I thought I had a chance to get up there with my teammates, but I must have broke a gearbox on the restart there. When I went to third, there was just no third gear. It's unfortunate for us. We broke a transmission, I guess."


TODD KLUEVER - No. 06 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)

"I was a little disappointed in our last bit there. I drove up to fifth and then it was just really free on that last set of tires. We even tried to tighten the car up a little bit because it had been free early on all night and I didn't want to be too free with only 25 or 30 laps to go or whatever, but, for whatever reason, that set of tires was either just a little bit too loose or I don't know. It was a good night for us. I sure would have like to have gotten the guys a top five that they deserved tonight, but it was a real solid effort. This was the car we left sitting in the shop all summer like we didn't know what we were doing with it and, I don't know, it's a great piece. I wish we would have taken it everywhere. More so than that, I'm really proud of my guys. We've had a horrible year and the last six weeks I think we've shown more improvement than we have all season. I'm really proud of them for that. It would have been a good time for them to just pack up and quit on the season and just throw in the towel and they didn't. They worked hard and we went out on a positive note and I can't be more prouder of them over the last six or eight weeks on the schedule when it could have been so much different."

YOU MADE THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CHASE VERY CLOSE. "I was trying. I figured my only shot that I had at it was if we won. Like I said, I told these guys over the radio after the race I said, 'I wish we could just start over at Daytona right now.' Just give us another season all together and things would be so much different. Mike is so much smarter and I'm so much starter and Seth is so much smarter and Mike's an awesome guy. Like I said, these last six to eight weeks not only has this team grown, but me and Mike have really grown together as very good friends and Seth too. It's just a shame that it all came together so late in the season and it's a shame that we'll probably all be on different teams next year and we won't get to enjoy the good part of it."

-credit: ford racing

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