Texas: Ford teams race notes

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (finished 5th) "At the start of the day our car was really solid. Us and the 18 were probably the two best cars, and we didn't make that big of adjustments, but the car got loose in and tight...

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (finished 5th)

"At the start of the day our car was really solid. Us and the 18 were probably the two best cars, and we didn't make that big of adjustments, but the car got loose in and tight off, and we had all the green-flag runs so you didn't get a chance to make a lot of adjustments. But Eddie [Pardue, crew chief] made good decision at the end to put two tires on, and got us up front. And track position in any of these Truck, Nationwide or Cup races is huge."

WITH FEW CAUTIONS, THERE WERE FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS, SO YOU MUST'VE HAD A PRETTY GOOD CAR. "None of the Roush cars were very good in practice, but we all raced real well. The guys on the CitiFinancial team did a really good job of throwing a set-up in right before the race. And, not really knowing what we had, it was pretty good."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion (finished 8th)

"It was a top 10. There toward the middle part of the race, during the long run, I really thought like we were pretty strong and we could've contended for a win, if we would've been in the right situation. But, not taking tires that last re-start was the wrong call. It took us a few laps to get going, I was just so loose the first of the run, and I just couldn't pass anybody. I about spun out a couple of times there on the top, trying to battle lapped traffic. But, it was a decent day. The car is one piece. You know, another top 10, but, man, it's always good to get a few more sports there at the end."

THERE WEREN'T MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS, SO YOU HAD TO RACE WHAT YOU HAD. "Yeah, and because we didn't have a lot of practice on Thursday and we didn't get a chance to qualify, there were a lot of unknowns going into the race today. So, I was a little worried when I saw we weren't going to have that many cautions. It just worked out where our car was a lot better than it was on Thursday, but not quite good enough."

WAS THERE MUCH DEBATE WHETHER YOU SHOULD PIT DURING THAT LAST CAUTION WITH LESS THAN 10 LAPS TO GO? WOULD A FEW MORE LAPS REMAINING HAVE MADE IT AN EASIER DECISION? "Yes. If it were 14 or 15 laps to go, no doubt about it, we would've come in, but we were going to re-start the race with seven laps to go, and you never know if you're going to have a quick caution there toward the end of the race. So, I felt like our car was pretty good. It just took a few laps to get going, and just gave up a few spots. If we had to do it all over again, same situation, I'd probably stop and take two tires. But, we'll continue to learn."


KELLY BIRES -- No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion (finished 17th)

"We didn't run as good as we wanted here today. We got caught on pit road there when the caution came out. So, we were a lot better than that. We were probably a 10th- or 12th-place car today. I don't think we were any better than that. But, it wasn't a bad day for the Clorox Ford Fusion. It had good pit stops. Just wish there would've been a little bit better racing luck there at the end of the race. If it would've stayed green instead of that last caution we would've been sitting a little bit better, too. But, we stayed out and a couple people took tires and ended up getting a couple of spots from us at the end. Overall, the car's in one piece and it's a top-20 day. Not bad."

WITH FEW ADJUSTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, WHAT WAS THE CAR DOING? "We fought tight off most of the day, and being tight off, it really slows you down and those long green-flag runs really got the best of us. It was just a good day. We'll take that and go home and work on the car and make it better for the next run."


MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion (finished 18th)

"We finished. A new crew chief. We're pretty pleased with that. It wasn't stellar, and we were loose in all day, but with our direction I'm really excited and feel confident. The racing just got away today."

THERE WEREN'T MANY CAUTIONS, SO THERE WEREN'T MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. "No, we didn't. I mean, we're brand-new, and we've got a brand-new set-up on the car, and we're really happy how things progressed. We had speed at certain times of the race. We just were slow at the wrong times when it had long green runs. But, I'm very excited, and I think we're building something pretty good here."

-credit: ford racing

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