GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 10th) YOU MADE UP A LOT OF GROUND AFTER MAKING CONTACT WITH THE WALL MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE. "I think scuffing the wall over there was just cosmetic. The car seemed to run just as...
GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 10th)
YOU MADE UP A LOT OF GROUND AFTER MAKING CONTACT WITH THE WALL MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE. "I think scuffing the wall over there was just cosmetic. The car seemed to run just as fast or faster afterwards. We finally got it turning so that wouldn't happen again. It was just a tough day. We were really, really tight and I don't know why. We were just too tight all afternoon."
YOU'VE RUN THE PAST TWO RACES AND WERE FASTEST IN HAPPY HOUR PRIOR TO TOMORROW'S RACE. DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT TOMORROW'S PROSPECTS? "Yeah, I have a lot of power for tomorrow; that's what I'm happy about. I've got this track figured out and our car is really good up top and it's going to be good up top all day tomorrow."
JASON KELLER-22-Miller High Life Light Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
ARE YOU SURPRISED HOW THE RACE PLAYED OUT STRATEGY-WISE? "No. On these mile-and-a-half tracks a lot of times you get guys that gamble and stay out. I really wasn't surprised when Matt stayed out. We couldn't really afford to stay out and gamble. It really didn't surprise me."
FOR A TRACK THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE MULTIPLE-RACING GROOVES, DID THE NUMBERS OF INCIDENTS SURPRISE YOU? "This place was really slick and we got to sliding around a lot. You could still race on the bottom, but you couldn't get your car to turn down there quick enough to really accelerate off of the corner, but it was comfortable."
MATT KENSETH-17-Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)
THE FRONT-END DAMAGE YOU SUFFERED AT THE START OF THE RACE PUT YOU IN POSITION TO GAMBLE ON PIT STRATEGY. "We got behind and instead of working on the car as much as we should, we just worked on strategy to try to get up front. That was the right thing to do, we just didn't have the car to do it. We'll have better stuff next year. We had pretty good cars most of the year, but we just couldn't get it done today."
MOST OF THE EARLY INCIDENTS WERE IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR, AND THEN AS THE RACE PROGRESSED A LOT OF THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED IN TURNS ONE AND TWO. WAS THE SETTING SUN AN ISSUE LATE IN THE RACE? "I don't think so. I think we can run into each anywhere; I don't think it matters where. Three and four was definitely a slicker end of the track than one and two was. One and two was a little tighter, and three and four, with the way the wind blows and everything, it was kind of loose getting in there and loose through the middle, so it was a little more treacherous I thought."
TODD BODINE-31-Whelen Engineering Ford Taurus (Finished 5th)
"This Whelen team did a great job. The car was tight that whole race. We missed it on the setup. We were really bad in Happy Hour, and Teddy and I took a guess for the race. It was close. They made a big difference, but it was still too tight. We kept working on it. The radios were messed up. I could hear them, but they couldn't hear me, so if we had to pit, talk through the window, give hand signals on the race track, so it made for a long day, but the guys did a great job. They made a lot of adjustments, a lot of pit stops on the Whelen team and got it home in fifth."
STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Bush's Beans Ford Taurus (Finished 15th)
"That's just the way our year has been. We had the best car we've had probably all year. We were sitting there running right behind Kenseth when the caution came out and caught us a lap down. That's just the way our year went. We couldn't catch a break and we couldn't today. We had a top-10 race car, I know. The guys made some wholesale changes before we got here and we really felt that we had a good race car. I think we found some things in the last few races that have really turned us around, and I'm looking forward to next year. Hopefully next year we can have a little more luck than we had this year because we certainly didn't have any this year."
HOW WERE THE TRACK CONDITIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE RACE? "We had good grip all day whether we were on the bottom or the top; it didn't make any difference. We got a little free right at the end of a run, but we were chasing the track thinking that it was going to tighten up more and more and we just loosened it up too much. Once again, I think we would have been third or fourth had that caution not caught us. That's where we were running, but that caution caught us. It caught a lot of people, but it caught us when we had a good run going."
MIKE MCLAUGHLIN-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 16th)
"We just chased it all day. It's just one of those deals. We finished and that's better for us. We just kind of tweaked around it and we could never hit it just right. We were a little loose and a little tight, and we could never find a good balance."
ROBERT PRESSLEY-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 24th)
"I thought we were pretty decent there, and just pitted at the wrong time and lost that lap and got another one down. It was just a bad deal."
DID THE NUMBER OF CAUTION FLAGS SURPRISE YOU? "We had that long green-flag run, so a caution brings a caution. The track was really slick for about two laps after a caution. After that, you could do about what you wanted to with the car."
WAS THE SUN AN ISSUE LATE IN THE RACE? "This is one of those races that I think in the future that may need to make this a 12 o'clock race. It was getting pretty bad there the last 50 laps."