JEFF BURTON-9-Gain Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) "The characteristic of this tire is if you start out good, you're not going to be any good at the end of the run. We were real loose to start, but once we got a run, the Gain Taurus would keep...
JEFF BURTON-9-Gain Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
"The characteristic of this tire is if you start out good, you're not going to be any good at the end of the run. We were real loose to start, but once we got a run, the Gain Taurus would keep coming, and it would just keep getting better and better and better."
HOW DID YOUR CAR RUN IN TRAFFIC? "Well, there's no question that when you get behind somebody, your car gets tighter, but the key is the better your car handles by itself, the better it will handle in traffic. So if you keep your car turning by itself then you can turn underneath people. But, it does make it a tremendous amount tighter."
YOU HAVE FOUR WINS IN THE BUSCH SERIES THIS YEAR, DOMINANCE NOT SEEN SINCE MARK MARTIN RAN IN THE SERIES. "Any comparison to Mark Martin at all suits me just fine. I don't know if we're at that point or not. Mark is just the man in the Busch Series, and we were able to step in when he walked out. It's a lot easier because he's not here, I can tell you that. If he were here, we wouldn't be winning all of these races this easy."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 30th)
"Some things you can't control and this is one of them. It's disappointing. We just have try hard to recover from it and see what happens. IT'S REALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO WHEN THE MOTOR GOES AWAY. "You can't. We try to do the best we can and something broke in the motor. It's tough to take, but it's part of the sport."
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOTOR? "I'm not real sure, a mechanical problem somewhere. It's disappointing. We're counting races down to the end here, and it's disappointing, but there again, it's something we can't control. We felt like we were doing the things right that we can control, running well, pit stops were good, it was just out of control."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
A SOLID FOURTH-PLACE EFFORT. "It was. I struggled on pit road there leaving. I'm not sure why the car wouldn't start, but I had to use up the tires getting back up to the front there. That probably cost me. The Grainger car ran good all day, just a little it off on the chassis setup. The guys did the best they could working on it, trying to get it a little better. It was a little tough for us. We're happy with fourth, though."
DID YOU KNOW JASON HAD PROBLEMS? "They said that he was falling back. That's all they said. They didn't tell me anything else. I wasn't sure of he went out."
WAS THE TURNING POINT IN THE RACE FOR YOU THE PIT STOP WHERE YOU STALLED ON PIT ROAD? "That's really what hurt me. I had to use the tires up coming back form the back, getting back up there. My car was just off a little bit all day. It was just too loose in. It was a little bit free in and then it was tight the rest of time. The guys did the best they could adjusting on it. I probably had the chassis set up off a little bit starting out, and that's what happens. We're happy with fourth."
YOU SEEMED CONTENT RIDING AROUND BEHIND JASON KELLER. "Just every time I got there, the caution would come out and then lapped cars would make me lose position. I think we had a better car than him, I just could never get there, and every time I did something would happen."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
A HARD-FOUGHT EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH. "That's fits our character - we always have to battle something. The Marines Ford was good. It was another great Robert Yates motor. I couldn't ask for a better car. If the situation put us out front, we could run with them, and we'd run the same times as they were at the end. It was a lesson learned."
THE NOSE OF YOUR CAR HAS SOME DAMAGE. WAS THERE A LOT OF BUMPING AND BANGING OUT THERE? "I got into Jeff (Green) accidentally. They let off and I ran plum over him, and that killed the first nose. After that, I think I got into the side of the 40 car and turned him and it killed the rest of it, so we just had an aero problem all day long, but enough motor to pull us through."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 23rd)
YOU HAD A STRONG CAR, BUT THE PENALTY SEEMED TO HURT YOUR CHANCES AT THE WIN. "I don't know what the call was; they still haven't told me. They just said it was not right, it was wrong. They looked at it on tape and said that NASCAR's decision was not right and to keep going, and then all of a sudden they made us come in, so I don't know. I don't know what happened. I didn't speed. I don't know if it was a tire that didn't get back across or what."
YOU HAD A STRONG CAR ALL RACE LONG, BUT YOU NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. "We had a good race car, we just needed track position to get up there. The first stop, we just came in and we gassed only because the tires just don't fall off. That helped to put us out front and we led some laps and showed we can do it. We just had bad luck strike us again."
IS IT STILL A ONE-GROOVE TRACK? "The fastest way, you need the whole track, but you could safely get around each other side by side, but not fast. You could make a pass and both of you wouldn't lose too many spaces and anybody wouldn't crash or anything."
MARK GREEN-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 16th)
AT ONE POINT IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION AS TO WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO LINE UP ON THE RESTART. "We thought we got our lap back. Jeff Burton tried to help us there, and he couldn't do anything. It really messed us up because we thought we got it back and then we had to wait, and by the time we waited we were in the back of the lap down cars and we lost 20 cars there. It was just unfortunate; it was a bad situation. Those guys battled back. We had a decent car. We didn't have a top-five car, but we had a top-10 car, so we're gaining on them."
LYNDON AMICK-15-Sunrise Farm Fresh Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)
"This is just a tribute to ppc Racing, Ford and Robert Yates engines. It was just a good day for me. It's good to look like I can drive a race car again."
WAS TODAY AN EXERCISE IN PATIENCE? "It was a lot of wrecks; a lot of opportunities to get wrecked. Everything went our way today. I'm very thankful and happy I was able to keep out of trouble. It's either your day or it's not, and today it was our day. The car ran well. I hate it for Jason to get knocked back in the points, and Scott had problems, too, but to be my first race back and my first time at Kansas coming out of here with a top-10, that's tremendous for me."
DID YOU FEEL YOU WERE ABLE TO HELP KELLER AND RIGGS THIS WEEKEND? "I think so. We tested out here and they got that data. We all started almost the same and I feel like that was good for the team and I think it helped and that's all we want to do is be a positive for ppc Racing, and I think we did that this weekend."
DO YOU HAVE EXPECTATIONS OF RACING THIS CAR AGAIN? "Well, we're talking about Charlotte, so that's not but two weeks away. Hopefully we'll be there and be just as strong."