JON WOOD-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 12th) YOU WERE A TOP-10 CAR BEFORE AND AFTER THE ACCIDENT. "Yeah, the problem is it's just too many what-ifs and would-haves, should-haves and could-haves that are going on right now. We have fast...
JON WOOD-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Finished 12th)
YOU WERE A TOP-10 CAR BEFORE AND AFTER THE ACCIDENT. "Yeah, the problem is it's just too many what-ifs and would-haves, should-haves and could-haves that are going on right now. We have fast race cars and we're running up front, but it's getting to the point where we need to start finishing where we're supposed to. It's a good day to frown on, a 12th-place finish, but we have a much better car than that."
DISCUSS THE INCIDENT WHERE YOU GOT THE FRONT-END DAMAGE. "The 66 car got into the 14 and I was just right there behind them."
HOW DIFFERENT IS A BUSCH RACE FROM A TRUCK RACE HERE? "It's pretty much the same, it's just a longer race and you have to get the mindset that you're running a longer race. That seems to be my problem that I try to go to the front too quick and you can't do that with these long races like this."
STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Bush's Beans Ford Taurus (Finished 10th)
"The guys did a good job all weekend. We stayed loose all weekend and we just could never get it dialed in like we needed to. Once again, we needed this for points. We've had such a bad year that we needed this. The Kingsford Ford was pretty good. We ran fifth to seventh, those kinds of times all day. At times we could run times as quick as the leader, but we just never could get going like we needed. We stayed too loose all day, and loose just doesn't work."
HOW IS THIS TRACK AGING? "It's just getting slick. Before it had a boatload of grip. It's aging and it's getting a little bit of a second groove but not quite. It's about a groove and a half right now, but it's getting better. I think in time it will continue to get better and better."
KENNY WALLACE-22-Stacker 2 Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"My car was awesome. The 41 was just the fastest Busch car that I've seen in a long time. He was incredible. Jamie McMurray told me how fast that 41 was when he won Phoenix a year ago. Today I saw it firsthand. I want to thank my crew, Stacker 2, a great product. A new product SPLC is out and it will help you lose some weight. Besides that I want to thank my crew for building me a new race car. We've been tight the last five races and this is new car and it turns up front. I think there is more of this to come."
IS THE SHOT OF MOMENTUM THIS TEAM NEEDS? "This has always been a great team. Jeff Green won the championship and Jason Keller finished in the championship about four years ago. This is a great team. It didn't have the sponsor it needed last year and it kinda fell back a little bit. We came in with a good sponsor, and I'm just picking up where a lot of those guys left off. Car owner Greg Pollex put some engineers back in place and we got a new shock guy. Wes Ward is going to get his second win here pretty soon."
JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
"We needed that and got a solid top-10. We ran around the top 10 all day long. I'm pretty proud of the guys, they had a really good day on pit road and that was the big thing. They kept me right there battling, and the communication between me and Pat (Smith, crew chief) is going to continue to get better. I kind of sent him off in a wrong direction, so that's going to continue to get better, so I'm excited about it."
THIS IS YOUR FIRST TOP-10 FINISH THIS YEAR. ARE YOU SURPRISED IT TOOK SIX RACES? "We've battled some things. I think we've had some opportunities to get top-10s, but we haven't been able to do it. That's all kind of the 'new team blues.' You've got to go through that. I really was excited to come to a place like Nashville because I've had some success and feel real comfortable here. I thought I could give them feedback, but I kind of sent them in the wrong direction there, but it was a good day for us."
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"I'm just really proud of Brad Parrott and the whole Charter team. We felt it was a bad day for us and we still finished fourth, so that says a lot about our team."
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND THE NO. 1 CAR? "I don't think he knew the caution was out and my spotter Jason Hedlesky was yelling, 'Wave him off.' I hardly ever have to wave somebody off. I was just pulling down and was lifting a little bit and he just ran into the back of me. It was just a fluke. It was just a mistake and no big deal."
YOU TOOK ONLY RIGHT-SIDE TIRES ON THE LAST PIT STOP. DID YOU THINK THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE RIGHT CALL? "I thought it was a great call by Brad. The bottom line is that got us our track position and we weren't going to finish any better than fourth. I think that was about as good as we could finish as hard as it was to pass. I'm pretty happy with fourth. The car just did not feel that good and it didn't feel like we had right shock package on it."