JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Ford Taurus (Finished 4th) "It's definitely something to build off of. We've struggled at these kinds of race tracks as of late. We came here and tested last week and we brought back an entirely different car. We ...
JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"It's definitely something to build off of. We've struggled at these kinds of race tracks as of late. We came here and tested last week and we brought back an entirely different car. We realized that we were running the wrong style geometry cars. We showed a little bit of promise last week at St. Louis before we had a little bit of a mechanical problem, but I was tickled to death with it right off the truck tonight. We were real fast. The only bad thing about, the tightest of the tight that I had it all night was right there at the end. I didn't have whole lot to battle for the win, but we overcame a lot and this is something to build off of. This is our first top-five of the year, so I'm pretty excited about that."
WERE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN AT THE END? "No, I put my faith in that we were going to have a good night. I drove it as hard as I could. The unfortunate thing is that the tightest we were was right there at the end. We couldn't battle a whole lot there for the win, but it sure was nice to see the leaders in front of you and be racing them hard, and that's what we did all night. We showed a lot of promise today, and the good thing about it my guys got to experience what pressure is like coming in on pit road, and they really stepped up on that second stop, so I'm really proud of my guys."
HOW DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE AFTER THE RED-FLAG PERIOD FOR RAIN? "It seemed like to me that as soon as we went back to green after that red-flag deal there that it got a lot tighter for me. My car was really good before that run, and it just got a little tight for me."
DAVID GREEN-27-Kleenex/Marsh Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
"We kind of gave one away there tonight. We ran scuffs there the first two runs and we had a set of stickers there and put those on, and we were up on top of the track too much on the very start of that run and it finished out that way. That was probably the worst it had been all night, that last run, and that's the time we needed it the best. I'm proud of my guys because at the start before the rain, and even after that, it was fast. Then that last little adjustment, maybe if we would have left it alone and put the stickers on, but I could tell right off the get-go that it wasn't into the track and it was up on top of the track and loose. For a lot of laps ahead of us, that wasn't a good sign, but we hung there and got a pretty nice finish. We'll go on, and it's been a good month for us to build on."
KENNY WALLACE-22-AutoZone Ford Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We were just tight all night long. We've got to figure out how to get our cars turning. There are a couple of teams that are really strong on the short tracks, and our program has been getting better on the short tracks, but we still have a problem where we can't get the thing to turn. We used a little bit of tire strategy and finished 11th, but we really would have liked to have a top-10. We didn't embarrass ourselves with our new sponsor, so it's off to Watkins Glen now."
HOW DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE AFTER THE RED FLAG? "I got so tight after the rain it was unbelievable. We just kept adjusting, and we made two more pit stops than everybody else or else we would have finished a lot worse. We definitely did the right thing for our car to try to make it turn."
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 20th)
"We were looking pretty good there for a while, but we just got caught up there in that wreck. We were in a position where we gambled and took tires and thought we were going to go to the front. I think we would have, I think it would have paid off for a top-five or six. We were lucky to get to finish. We finished 20th and this thing is wrecked. It's not the end of the world, it's just a race, and we have to come back and do this again next week."
WITH THIS BEING SUCH A LATE NIGHT TONIGHT, DO YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES HEADING INTO THE BRICKYARD TOMORROW? "No. I'm going to get plenty of sleep tonight. I don't have anything until 10:30 tomorrow. They do a pretty good job of scheduling everything on these weekends so that I can sleep pretty late. Tony Stewart is letting me use his helicopter and that's going to help a lot."