DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion - (finished 33rd, qualified 1st) 2007 RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WINNING THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE? "I wish we could have had a little better night tonight. We had a...
- No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion - (finished 33rd, qualified 1st)
2007 RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WINNING THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE?
"I wish we could have had a little better night tonight. We had a great Discount Tire Ford Fusion. I would have been a lot better to end the night with a top five, possibility a win. This is what we set out to do in the springtime. This was one of our goals this year to finish in the top-10 in points and win rookie of the year. And we finished fifth in points and won rookie of the year. Two of the three we got to cross off. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't win a race this year, but we were pretty close a few times. But that gives us something to look forward to next year. It's very cool to be the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year. Jack Roush has got a niche for finding younger guys that are able to come into this sport and do this, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and my teammate last year Danny O'Quinn. We're all able to do that. It's cool to follow those guys. Hopefully, we'll continue on and follow these guys and win some races and win some championships of other forms."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Dish Network Ford Fusion - (finished 3rd, qualified 13th)
YOU BATTLED BACK FROM SOME EARLY ISSUES IN THE RACE, THOUGHTS ON THE RACE.
"We had a great finish but we didn't run very good. I was really confident, maybe over confident after Friday's practice. I thought our car was going to be really good and we didn't qualify great and we didn't really run that great. We blew that tire and we're able to get our lap back. Because of that, we were in the back and pitted the race a little different and a lot of guys had to pit under green and we didn't, we stayed out. That's what got us our track position and our finish. My guys did a great job. I had a lot of fun this year but I wish we had a few more wins. We had some great runs and I'm looking forward to next year."
WHAT WAS CAUSING ALL THE CAUTIONS?
"Well, most likely, the things out there was probably the drivers running into each other, usually that's what causes wrecks and cautions. I know I had a flat tire, I know David [Ragan] had a flat tire that caused a couple of cautions. The rest of them I really wasn't around except for one of them and saw somebody spin out. I don't know, but that's usually the cause more of them than not."
TALK ABOUT RACING WITH MARK MARTIN AND JEFF BURTON WHO HAVE TEHE MOST BUSCH SERIES WINS.
"Mark has always been my mentor and really got me into Roush Racing. I met him when I first started in the Busch Series. Shortly thereafter, I met Jeff and those were the two guys at Roush and those ar the two guys besides Jack [Roush] that are probably as responsible or the most responsible for Roush Racing and what it is today and for the opportunities that it gave me and David and Greg and everybody. I always think about that and they're both teammates and such great friends. I enjoy racing with them. I don't think about win number totals, I know they're the best in the business, so when you're up there racing with them, it's definitely fun. It's cool to see them up there."
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