MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion -- (finished 2nd, qualified 4th) We're really pleased. I feel like we had been battling all day. We had an overheating motor there at the end. We had to start at the back with a ...
MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion -- (finished 2nd, qualified 4th)
We're really pleased. I feel like we had been battling all day. We had an overheating motor there at the end. We had to start at the back with a clutch problem and that was still there in the race and we had to watch that. Then we had to come from the back again because we miscalculated the fuel and we had an ignition stall. Then we had a penalty on pit lane and had to come from the back again. It had just been a day of fighting. I really want to first apologize to Boris on one of those restarts. I got into him and spun him out and ended his day. I just want to answer those questions now before they come up. I feel bad for him but our day has been fantastic and I'm really proud of my Kingsford guys. We fought all day and never gave up. I think if we had another two laps we would have had something for Kyle because he was really starting to go off. I'm proud of my finish. This is my best finish since I've been in NASCAR. I've got to be pleased."
DID YOU MAKE A CONSCIENCE DECISION TODAY TO DRIVE LIKE THE TASMANIAN DEVIL?
"Yeah, you're in the whole. We've had a tough year. We really wanted to have a strong day today. You're not going to go and pass 43 cars 15 times like we did today without being aggressive. And you've got to be in this racing to try and come through. It was really tough racing. It's some of the hardest racing I've ever done there that last 20 laps. Then you've got Carl [Edwards] and Kyle [Busch] and Scott [Pruett], they're the best in the business. We're hanging on the best we can and trying to race. It's pretty awesome. I'll probably look back at this race as probably one of my best races in just having to fight all day. Everything was against us, but we fought all day and came through."
I KNOW YOU APOLOGIZED BUT BORIS SEEMED PRETTY INTENT ON GETTING REVENGE SOME DAY AND HE DID TALK TO YOUR CREW CHIEF.
"There's no point in getting in the crew chief's face because he's not driving the car. I'm going to ring him on Monday and hopefully sleep will help him just think through things a little bit more. I value Boris' friendship and he is a fantastic racer. I didn't mean to do it. I don't know what happened, to be honest with you. I had pretty square contact and all of a sudden, he's up speed and off to the left. I caught his rear bumper bar in mine. I don't know what happened, it wasn't intentional. Racing happens. Look at the deal last year with Robby Gordon. Bad stuff happens out there and it's unfortunate. I'll apologize to him to his face. I'll apologize to him today in front of the media. I can't take it back. I wish I didn't do it. I don't know how it happened and that's all I can really say. If he wants to come talk to me about it, I'd like to sit down and just find some common ground. It's just unfortunate that that stuff happens but that's what racing is all about. That's what fans turn out for."
IS THIS FINISH SOMETHING YOU CAN CARRY ON?
"I hope so. It's been a good day for us. I'm really proud of the Kingsford guys. Another two laps, I think we would have had the win. I was really closing on Kyle. I was either going to spin out or win because I was going to give it everything I had. If I could have gotten within shooting distance, I was going to shoot and try to make a run at him. I'm just really proud of my guys. We're fighting in this championship. We're fighting to stay alive. I feel like I'm a part of NASCAR. I just really, desperately want to do well. Today we did well and we've just got to keep carrying it on. Who knows what is going to happen in the future, but hopefully this will be a catalyst for better things."
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