Montreal: Ford teams race quotes


GARY COSGWELL -- No. 59 STP Ford Fusion -- Crew Chief

A ROLLERCOASTER OF A DAY, YOU LED THE MOST LAPS, GOT CHARGED WITH A SPEEDING PENALTY AND FINISHED THIRD AFTER NASCAR CALLED THE RACE. "We obviously had the best car for these track conditions. That was really pleasing. This was my first experience in the rain, ever. The car was pretty good everything was going really well. Then we pitted and got that penalty. But really, at that point, we had such a lead, we were so far ahead of most of the field, it really wasn't going to hurt us that bad in the end. We were in position to be leading again once everybody pitted. Obviously the race got called short. I'm not sure the how sound the thought process was between at what point in time is it raceable or not raceable. That's all new to NASCAR. It's new to everybody. But at least in our case, it's pretty unfortunate the way those decisions went down and we ended up finishing third instead of winning."

DOES THE MONTREAL RACE OWE THE TEAM AFTER THIS YEAR AND LAST? "I feel like Montreal owes us, yeah. We've been in position to win and had the best car twice and couldn't close the deal. There's always next year."


BORIS SAID -- No. 25 No Fear/Team Smithfield Ford Fusion -- (finished 5th, qualified 7th)

"I'm pretty happy. We didn't have a mark on our car. We finished fifth. We made a mistake and the rules are so new and we thought NASCAR was going to let us decide when to put dries on so, we gambled on it drying out, so we put a full dry set-up on. So, we weren't set up best for the rain, but all in all, it was a good day and the car was great. I had a blast."

THIS IS YOUR KIND OF RACING. "Yeah, it's my kind of racing, but you really need to be set up right and the tires, as old as they are, they're a little hard, so was zero grip out there. All in all, I'm surprised how well everyone did and how few accidents there were. In the end, people were wrecking under caution because you just couldn't see. The cars were hydroplaning. All in all, it was a great day, except we didn't win."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion -- (finished 6th, qualified 18th)

"Racing in the rain was a lot of fun. I'm glad we didn't wreck. I'm proud of my guys they did a good job having the car ready for the rain. I just wished it wouldn't have started raining so hard and we could have raced a little longer. I think we maybe would have been a tick better, but that was good."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion -- (finished 8th, qualified 16th)

"I kind of was looking forward to this because I've never raced in the rain, but I don't think I will be from now on. It was a lot of fun. It got a little hairy there when it started raining so hard. The car would hydroplane bad down the frontstretch and I mean a 140 or 150 miles an hour hydroplane is not very safe. It made it hard to see there at the end. It was raining so hard and everything was getting so wet. The guys said there was an inch of water in the right side of the car, laying on the floorboard, in the car. So the car started to fill with water and we were going to start having electrical problems, well not us, but probably everybody soon. But it was fun. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad I made history today. The first time we raced in the rain."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion -- (finished 13th, qualified 30th)

"It was interesting. Certainly, I don't have road course racing figured out on dry tracks, must less wet tracks. It was a learning experience. I went as hard as I could that I knew 100 percent that I wouldn't run off course and I think that was our saving grace. We weren't fast by any means, but we were pretty smart, conservative on the pit stops and everything else. We just did the best we could with what we had to work with. It was a learning experience. NASCAR did what they had to do to get this race in. I credit them for trying. We all learned a little bit and the next time we race in the rain, it will probably go a lot easier."


BRAD COLEMAN -- No. 27 Scott Towels/Walmart Ford Fusion -- (finished 21st, qualified 9th)

"All you can do is smile because, in my opinion it was a pointless race. We were running seventh when it was dry. We had a great car, an easy top 10. Then it started raining and we were running in the top 15, then all of a sudden, it just down poured. And you can't, quite literally, see in front of you. When I was going down the straightaway, I had to get next to the wall and the only part that I could see. I could barely see the wall. I had to look at the wall and follow it down the straightaway. It wasn't safe. It's sad that that happened. The Scott Towels Ford Fusion was really fast. We had an easy top 10 in the dry."


KELLY BIRES -- No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion -- (finished 24th, qualified 26th)

"It was out of control out there. I don't know if the tire was so old or not, but it was just way too out of control for what we're trying to do. We made the right adjustments to where we could at least run competitively. I wheel hopped it one time and got off the track which lost us about seven spots. And then no one knew what they're pit road speed needed to be because of the difference in the tires, so we got nailed there on pit road, exiting. We couldn't see anything so we had to stop because we couldn't see out of the windshield. Just safety reasons, then they threw the caution and we lost quite a bit of spots there at the end. We were going to have a good day, I thought. I couldn't see. It was a safety thing, we had to pit under green and they threw the caution a lap later and it just bit us. All in all, the Clorox Fusion is in one piece after this, the first time racing in the rain. It was interesting."

-credit: ford racing

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