KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 29th) WHAT HAPPENED? "We just had a problem there. From the time that we had the lead and took off on that green-flag restart, something was wrong with the car. I don't know if it was the front...
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 29th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "We just had a problem there. From the time that we had the lead and took off on that green-flag restart, something was wrong with the car. I don't know if it was the front or the back, but it was on edge the rest of the way. I was just trying to drive through it and ended up crashing. It just got around on me, something with the car. It's too bad because the Great Clips car was decent."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 27th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I ran over something and blew a tire getting into turn 1. I felt it on the front straightway, but I couldn't get it slowed down in time. It's a shame because we had a good car for the end of the race." WHAT TIRE WAS IT? "We blew a right-front." DID YOU JUST CHANGE TIRES ON THE LAST PIT STOP? "No, we didn't change tires. We took fuel only."
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)
DID YOU THINK ABOUT GAMBLING ON FUEL MILEAGE? "No, we couldn't. We had to come in another 10 laps after that caution anyway. That's what we had. Track position was valuable. We got pretty far back on some stops and some traffic problems and restarts, but we fought hard to get back. I'm happy for the OdoBan Ford."
DID YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS EARLY IN THE RACE THAT CAUSED YOUR CAR TO SMOKE? "Not that I know of. I think that was another car. I don't think our car was smoking. We did get hit by 1, so I might have had a tire rub for little bit, but it was nothing on our car. We've running better and getting more aggressive and the guys on the crew know what I need and some things are just going our way a little but better. We have been having bad luck at the superspeedway races, Texas with cautions and the way they played out, so we just busted our butt all day, and it paid off at the end."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We had a good car. I just had to hang out there all day and bide our time. The car was little tight and we kept freeing it up. We were off just a little bit. We didn't have something good out front to be dominant, but we definitely had something that could be in the top five all day. Man, as soon as we pitted, just as soon as we pitted for gas, the caution came out. It was just bad luck on our part."
WERE YOU ON PIT ROAD WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT? "I had already pitted and pulled back and made three-quarters of a lap and all of a sudden they said there was a car in wall. I just we stayed out there for two more laps and we would have been all right. That's just luck. You've got to have it with you. Last year we had it had it here, and this year we didn't. It was a good job on all of the guys' parts. We were a long way from where we needed to be when we unloaded and we got it a lot closer and had a good car today. We just didn't have the luck we needed to keep it there."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 10th)
"We gave it away. Every time we try to do something like that, try to stay out, it bites us and it bit us again today. The best car didn't win this race. The best car finished 10th. That's something to build on. We've got a race car with all of the fenders on it and made some points up, so not too bad. The way the car was running all day and led all day, you kinda get in that mode where you can win this thing. We gave it away on just who could pit call. It kinda killed us. You can't gamble these things anymore, especially if it has my name attached to it. If it does that means the caution is going to come out and we're going to be bit by it. The best car didn't win this race; we finished 10th. That's all I can say for it. But, after two weeks with bad luck, to come out of here in the top 10, that's something to build on."
YOU ALWAYS RUN WELL HERE. "We just have a good setup for this place. Ford has helped us on the bodies a lot, and it's just great motors and stuff. If you've got that combination, you can run well anywhere."