Carl Edwards, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion (Finished 11th) – “We ended up 11th which is probably about where we deserved to end up. I thought we would be worse after that speeding penalty. I am glad we were able to bounce back from that. I would have loved to finish better than that but that is as hard as I can go. Me, Greg and Marcos were racing and doing everything we could. I watched them and we did everything we could do but wreck at the finish there. We need to keep working on our cars. It is better than last week, which is good.”
Greg Biffle, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 10th) – “That was a tough day. We just couldn’t get the balance right and were a little too tight and a little too loose back and forth. We didn’t have quite what we needed, but it was good enough for a top-10 finish and we will take that. I am proud of my guys. They worked hard to keep us in the top-10 today.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Redd’s Apple Ale Ford Fusion (Finished 6th) – “I am more frustrated than tired. I don’t know how much those restarts affected us. We caught that one yellow at the worst possible time with about 50 or 60 to go and pitted for four and we were still going to be okay but then we caught another yellow which killed our strategy. It put us behind and we couldn’t recover. We were close to the 5 and 24 but they were probably a tad faster. Damn, we were just a little bit short.”
Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion (Finished 7th) – “Those restarts helped us. The cautions hurt our strategy a lot but then at the same time the cautions at the end helped us make up what we lost. We put four on and Brad took two and we ended up being the same. It is kind of funny how it worked out on that last stop. We were a lot better than where we finished. Seventh isn’t bad but I thought we were a top-three car today and have been the last few weeks. We need to keep that going and keep the momentum up and keep climbing toward a spot in the Chase. We have a couple top-10 finishes in a row and we have been running up front in the top-five the whole race. That is more of a momentum builder than the actual finish. If we didn’t have flat tires we would be on that top-10 streak still and I would feel pretty comfortable about our Chase hopes. We are still on that borderline where we can’t have mistakes or problems or we will be out of it. We just have to keep our heads in the game and keep trying to make up points.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion (Involved in Lap 2 wreck) – WHAT HAPPENED? “I haven’t seen the replay yet but the 42 got us three or four wide and I moved up to give him a whole lane and typical I think he just ran in there and drove right into us. It’s not the way we want to start the day for all our Zest people that are here. I thought our Fusion was good in practice on Friday but we won’t really get a chance to see how good it was. These guys will work on it and we will get back out there and at least finish.
IT SEEMS SO EARLY TO HAVE THINGS GET THAT CRAZY. “Yeah, you and me both agree on that. I was just thinking to myself on that pace lap that before we went green I was kind of hoping everyone would stay in line since we haven’t had much track time this weekend. It didn’t play out like that though.”
David Gilliland, No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion (Involved in single-car wreck on Lap 53) – THAT LOOKED LIKE A HARD LICK, WHAT HAPPENED? “I am not entirely sure. It felt like a tire went down. The left front was down after the wreck that I saw but I don’t know exactly what happened. It felt like we blew a tire and hit the wall probably at one of the worst places you would want to hit it. It was a hard hit but I am alright. We will have to go back and try to get ‘em next week.”