MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 34th) "We'll just keep fighting. I'm charged up. I'm excited. After a weekend of my race team fighting like they fought, we've got four more races so we're gonna go see if we can win some." THOSE ...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 34th)
"We'll just keep fighting. I'm charged up. I'm excited. After a weekend of my race team fighting like they fought, we've got four more races so we're gonna go see if we can win some."
THOSE TRACKS ARE GOOD FOR YOU. "They suit us better than this one, although we really had high expectations. See if Mr. Pessimist ever predicts another win."
YOU HAD BRAKE ISSUES BUT WERE MID-PACK MOST OF THE DAY. "We had a middle pack car and we had to run it too hard on that long green and lost our brakes. The guys battled hard and we did everything we could. We've got four more and we're gonna go battle back. From wherever we're at, we're gonna move up."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Subway/National Guard Taurus (Finished 20th)
"It was the kind of day we were hoping for up until Junior spun the 77. That hurt us bad. We were gonna be about 14th or 15th, our car was really good there on the top. I know Junior didn't mean to spin him out, but it just ruined our race. That got me up in the fence and then my car wouldn't go. That knocked the toe out of it, but I guess it's a good thing it happened then and not in the middle of the race I suppose."
TONY AND JIMMIE HAD GOOD DAYS. YOUR THOUGHTS. "Yeah, but we've got them right where we want them - 78 points. It's awesome. It's perfect."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAY. "I got a lap down twice and got it back, but, heck, we couldn't beat that. It was unfortunate that Junior spun the 77 there at the end. I know he didn't mean to. That's just racing at Martinsville, but that really cost me a 14th-place finish or so. I was in 17th right then and could have gotten a couple more cars, but I got up there and knocked the toe out of in the fence, and couldn't get going again. Better it happened then and not in the middle of the race where I couldn't have finished where I did. It was a good day for us. We're only 78 back. I think we're well within striking distance for four races."
WHAT ABOUT THOSE FOUR RACES? "Seventy-eight points, I think so. All we can do is win four races or run in the top three four times and see what they do."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Finished 6th)
"All in all it was great. To be able to come back and work our way through the pack. We took four tires when we thought we needed to stay out and then we had a long green flag run and that put us in great position. So it was a good day for the Irwin Industrial Tools Ford - to come home with almost a top five. Some other guys were gonna run out of gas because we came in and topped off, but we were fine."
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE PENALTY EARLY IN THE RACE? "I used to get excited about stuff like that. That's NASCAR and they make their decisions, so we have to abide by them."
NOT A BAD FINISH. "Things were good. We stayed steady after we came up through the pack once. We had to come and do it again, just to take tires when we thought we were gonna stay out for the rest of the time. That enabled us to get into the top 10 and we had a great car at the end - it was just track position - but those guys were fast. It was a good day for the Irwin Industrial Tools Ford."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 26th)
"That was a long day. It seemed like our front brakes weren't holding up very well, so what happened is the harder and harder we'd go, especially following people, it would just smoke the front brakes. That made it harder and harder to go into the corner and even with that we were having trouble. That's how I got into the 15. I put my nose out there to go under him and when he closed the door, like he had the right to, man, that pedal was rock solid. The thing locked the rears up and wouldn't stop. I feel bad for putting him out of it, but, overall, it was just a bad day for us. At least we didn't get hurt."
DID YOU SPEAK TO ANY OTHER ROUSH TEAMS BECAUSE MARK'S BRAKES LET GO. "I'm not certain if Mark and I had the same brake package on the front, but whatever I had, there was one time right when Mark was having his trouble that I couldn't go any farther. I mean, if we didn't get a caution right then we would have been in big trouble. I don't know if I knocked the dust out of it or something, but it was a long, hard day. The only regret I have is I just wish I would have stayed behind that 15 and not messed up his day with ours."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We had a good day until about lap 200. I don't know what happened. Tony was working through lap traffic and we were really good on long runs. We kind of caught up to him a little bit and I'm not really sure. They wrecked in front of us coming off turn four. I can't believe this car, as torn up and as bad as it was, it kept going. It knocked the steering wheel out of my hand and knocked the front end out of alignment, but it kept on going. We got 11th out of it, but we had a top two or three car."
YOU SPUN OUT A COUPLE TIMES TOO. "What happened is because of the first wreck we had no brake cooling. All of our brake ducts were knocked off and the brake pedal went to the floor. We were fighting those issues the whole end of the race, but after that wreck we had no brake cooling and it was a pretty long day for us."
YOU COULD HAVE CONTENDED FOR THE WIN. "I think we for sure had a top two car. I'm not sure how it turned out. Fatback had set our car up for the long run and it was there for the long runs. We started with Tony, even in clear traffic at about lap 175, we were two-tenths quicker and was catching him. He had lapped cars to deal with, but in open track we were about two-tenths quicker on a long run. He was better on a short run."