MATT KENSETH-17-JaniKing Ford Taurus (Finished 39th) WHAT CAUSED YOU TO GO BEHIND THE WALL? "I think we broke a stud on the right-front wheel. With that first set of tires, I had a vibration, almost like I had a loose wheel. I think we ran it...
MATT KENSETH-17-JaniKing Ford Taurus (Finished 39th)
WHAT CAUSED YOU TO GO BEHIND THE WALL? "I think we broke a stud on the right-front wheel. With that first set of tires, I had a vibration, almost like I had a loose wheel. I think we ran it too tight or broke a stud and messed them all up. We put tires on it (Lap 47) and it helped for a little while, but I think it just came loose again. We can't keep a wheel on it, so that's going to put an end to our day."
ANDY KIRBY-77-Moy Racing Ford Taurus (Finished 38th)
YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE TOP 10 WHEN YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT. WHAT HAPPENED? "We just had some pit strategy and took some tires early and had a good car, sitting out there biding our time, staying out of the way and the 10 car just came up and ran right over me, pushed me over the wall and about turned me over." ARE YOU OK? "I'm OK, but the car isn't."
CHRISTIAN ELDER-38-Deka Batteries Ford Taurus (Finished 37th)
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR OF SCOTT WIMMER? "I'm not sure who it was, but I think it was the 23, but he got way up high and turned back low just as I got underneath him and I just got in the back of him. I guess I paid the price for the mistake, but that's the way it goes."
YOU LOOKED TO BE HEADING TO THE INFIELD CARE CENTER AFTER DRIVING THE CAR BEHIND THE WALL. ARE YOU OK? "Yeah, I'm a little sore already, but I'm walking."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
YOU HAD ONE OF THE MOST DOMINANT RUNS HERE IN HISTORY TODAY. "You don't remember Mark Martin here then, because he used to kick our butts like that all the time. It was just a great day for us. I really felt like in Happy Hour yesterday that we were really good and Steve (Addington) decided to make no changes, so it all worked out. Pit stops were great and we talked a big game all winter long, and now here we are in Victory Lane, so that's really nice."
YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU DIDN'T MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE CAR FROM YESTERDAY. WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT HOW COLD IT WAS TODAY COMPARED TO YESTERDAY? "We really thought it was like it was yesterday night, last night when we were in Happy Hour. It was real cloudy, but it wasn't quite as cool. We just made a couple of minor adjustments. The 10 team came here and tested, so I want to thank Scott Riggs and the whole Nesquik team. They learned some things and that's what it's all about - exchanging information."
WHAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENTS DID YOU MAKE TO THE CAR DURING THE RACE? "We made a little bit of an air-pressure adjustment, but that was all. The car was dead on the money to start with. It was pretty cool."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"I've got to thank all the fans for coming out because I have a lot of people from home here today. This team is used to being up front, they're used to winning races and they're used to leading races. My hat's off to Jason Keller and all of his guys; they worked really hard. This is a two-car team that operates as one team. The guys on the Nesquik Ford did a great job. Harold Holly and the guys, they kept on working on the car and giving me a little bit at a time and gave me what I needed. Right there at the end, I felt like we had the best car on the race track. Just track position and getting that lap down and having to fight our way back, that's what kept us from getting closer ton the front. I wish we could have had a one-two with our teammate, but I owe this to all the guys on the team."
AS A ROOKIE, IS THIS A TOUGH TRACK TO ADAPT TO? "Well, there are some tracks out there that you just slip and slide around on, and this is definitely one of them. I'm just glad to be able to get a Rockingham race under my belt, and I'm looking forward to going to the next one."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
YOU MADE CONTACT WITH THE WALL MIDWAY IN THE RACE, BUT YOU GATHERED IT BACK UP FOR A SECOND-PLACE FINISH. "It got really tight there in the beginning, and so then it was a little loose when I wanted to pick the throttle up coming up off the corner. I had a bad pit stop down there. I got the 21 car; it blocked us in a little bit. I stopped deep in the pit box and wasn't expecting anybody else to come in that green-flag run. It kind of screwed me up, and we came back from a lap down to get second place. Congratulations to the 57 team; they had a great car today."
YOU SAID THAT THIS WASN'T ONE OF YOUR BETTER TRACKS. "We got third here last spring and second here today. I just wish that we could have stayed up there a little bit more, and maybe stopped for tires one more time. I think we might have had a run for the 57."
KASEY KAHNE-98-Channellock Ford Taurus (Finished 31st)
YOU CAME INTO THE PITS ON LAP 135 FOR AN EXTENDED STAY, BUT YOU CAME BACK OUT AND FINISHED THE RACE. "Our goal was to finish the race and we did, but we didn't finish all of the laps, though. There was sort of a chain reaction there, and I got into the back of one guys and bent up the front end up and we had to cut the front open because we couldn't get any air into the radiator. We had to open it up and got back out there. The Channellock car was good most of the race and we were riding around there, trying to save the equipment for the end of the race. Everybody at Robert Yates Racing did a great job and I have to thank those guys and Ford for giving me this opportunity."
WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE THE FRONT-END DAMAGE? "Everybody took off on the restart and somebody must have checked up. I was taking off and you can't tell when everybody is checking up when you're that close. Then everybody checked up and I got on the brakes, but still hit the back of the guy. That was all."
WAS IT A CASE OF INEXPERIENCE? "No, because I got run into the back of myself as well. I got squished and the guy behind me got hit, too. It was just the case of a restart."