STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Finished 19th) "We had a pretty good car. I just made a bad call on the tires. I thought we had a tire going down and it wasn't, so that screwed us up and put us a lap down. Other than that, track...
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Finished 19th)
"We had a pretty good car. I just made a bad call on the tires. I thought we had a tire going down and it wasn't, so that screwed us up and put us a lap down. Other than that, track position was key and we couldn't get a timely caution to get us a lap back. It's nice to finish the race. You can't build any momentum without finishing the race."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
"At the start we were pretty good. On the second to last stop, the car got super, super tight. We had a soft set of tires and it just got super tight. Then, fortunate enough, we got a lap down and then we came in and put on a set of tires that was great, and the Marines Ford would fly through the corner. I got away and got my lap back. We just didn't have enough time after that. We were one of those cars that needed 20 to 25 good, consistent laps and we didn't get it. Then, a valve or something in motor let go, but we ended up being faster than before because I could use the throttle all the way. Compared to where we left here the last time, we've done exactly what we need to do. We came out of here better than we did last year, and that's all we can do."
YOU CAME INTO THE PITS ON YOUR FIRST STOP AND THE HOOD WENT UP ON YOUR CAR. WAS THERE AN EARLY PROBLEM? "I got on the outside off the 26 and he didn't even know I was there. He hit me and so we had to set the toe, set it right, and I'm not going to say it was 100 percent right. To come out of here with a 13th-place finish and no problems, we're tickled to death."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 5th)
HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER RUNNING 200 MILES TODAY? "I'm not 100 percent, but the best medicine is a good race. To get a top-five out of here, that's what we needed. I can't say enough about the entire Albertsons team, they worked hard all day, actually all weekend long to try to make me as comfortable as they possibly could in the car. We needed to rebound after Daytona if we're going to really contend for this thing and not start to fall behind and we did that today."
WHERE WAS YOUR CAR WORKING THE BEST TODAY? "On the long runs, it really worked good. Otherwise, I think the car was greater than the driver. I couldn't get up on the wheel like I needed to. We wanted to come in here and get a good finish. I really sent Steve in the wrong direction on some changes early in the race and we never could really get it back. The driver is going to have to stop talking and start diving on the radio and I think we'll be OK."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Finished 26th)
"We had a good race car. We were fighting it being tight all day. We were a lot better on long runs as long as I could run on the top. I was too tight to run the bottom. The Great Clips Ford was good, but we just had a battery problem. We had a definite top 10 and maybe a top five otherwise."
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU FOLLOWED MICHAEL WALTRIP AROUND THE TOP OF THE RACE TRACK EARLY IN THE RACE. DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING FROM HIM TODAY? "Every time I come here I've been behind Michael, so I learned the way around the high line last year. The last couple of times he was probably lapping me, though. Today we were as fast as he was, maybe a little bit off, but that's where the car felt the best and I enjoy running there."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 17th)
"It just keeps happening - the bad luck. We shouldn't have had to start in the rear in the first place. Then we got a lap down and I tried to come in the pits, we were in the back on the first pit stop, and I couldn't see my pit stall and I slid through the pits. I had to back up and we lost all of the positions we made on the initial start. We started in the rear again and then one thing after another kept us back there. The 19 looked like he missed a gear or something so I shot to the inside of him and I got the stop-and-go, and I guess that was my fault, too. I just felt that NASCAR would be able to see that he missed a gear and they would understand, that's what they say, but that's how it goes. We're not having good luck, but we're going to keep digging and plan on regrouping."
YOUR PROBLEMS SO FAR THIS SEASON HAVE NOT BEEN PERFORMANCE BASED. "Yeah, but we're a team that needs to be a lot better than this."