Listen to What the Ford Drivers are Saying About the Pepsi MAX 400

 

As mentioned above, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal
Black Ford Fusion, has the most Top 10 finishes among all drivers at
Auto Club Speedway with 12.  Kenseth, who also has three wins at the
track, spoke about his success here before today’s practice.

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion – DO YOU THINK
THERE IS SOME SORT OF ETIQUETTE BETWEEN CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS,
LOOKING BACK ON LAST WEEK’S BUSCH-REUTIMANN ISSUE?  “I didn’t really
see what went down last week, so I can’t comment on that, but, in my
opinion, I think you race the same all year.  I think you should race
everybody the same whether they’re in the chase or not in the chase.
I think you try to show people respect all year because everybody has
the same right to be out there, whether they’re first in points or
last in points.”  THAT BEING SAID, ARE THERE CERTAIN PEOPLE ON THE
TRACK THAT YOU’RE MORE AWARE OF AND TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM BECAUSE YOU
FEEL SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN?  “No.  I race the same all year,
honestly, no matter where you are in the points.  If it came down to
the last week or something like that and you’re the point leader by a
bunch, you’re probably gonna be a little bit more careful, but, other
than that, as competitive as it is I think you race as hard as you can
all year.  Everybody has the same right to be out there.  Everybody is
out there racing for wins and have their own particular
responsibilities.”  AS A CHASER DO YOU WORRY ABOUT SOMETIMES RUBBING
FENDERS WITH A NON-CHASER, KNOWING THEY COULD POSSIBLY RUIN YOUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES?  “I don’t want to ruin any race.  No matter where
you are in the points they’re all big races.  I think you go out there
and you’re gonna race whatever your style is all the time.  I don’t
think that really changes.  You still have to race hard all the time
because it’s so competitive that you can’t just go out and think about
not knocking a fender off.  You go out there and think about trying to
get to the front.”  DO YOU CONSIDER THIS THE KIND OF TRACK THAT CAN
HELP YOU GET BACK UP IN THE POINTS?  “Where we are, we’ve got to gain
some significant points on the leader every week to get back in it and
have a realistic shot.  I think our performance has been picking up a
little bit lately, we just have to get a whole race put together.
We’ve been struggling with that a little bit.  There were times last
week where I thought we were very competitive but we didn’t finish it
off.  This has been a pretty good track for us in the past, so,
hopefully we can be competitive from the time we get on the track this
morning all the way through Sunday when we’re done and get a good
finish.  So that’s really what I’m more focused on is just trying to
get back up with the leaders and be competitive so we can get in a
really good position to win some races.”
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES    Pepsi MAX 400, Page 2
October 8, 2010 Auto Club Speedway

MATT KENSETH CONTINUED — IS THERE A SPECIFIC POINT IN THE RACE WHERE
YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO IMPROVE?  “Our adjustments have just not been
good enough to keep up with the track for whatever reason.  Last week,
the worst we ran the whole race was our last run and you can’t do that
because you’re not gonna get the finishes.  Lately, there have been a
lot of long, green-flag runs at the end and you’ve got to have your
car handling right and do the right things at the end of the race.  On
the last pit stop we came out ahead of Jimmie Johnson and he finished
second and we finished seventh without a caution, so we just haven’t
been doing the right things to keep up on whatever it is – track
conditions or adjustments.  That’s probably my fault for not knowing
what I need for adjustments.  I’m trying to give them the best
feedback I can and hope that we do the right things on the car in the
pits to get it running better.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO WELL AT
CHARLOTTE?  “Track position has been really important there since the
introduction of this car with the spoiler and that pavement.  The
pavement has a lot of grip and even though the track gets pretty wide,
it’s a real fast track and kind of hard to pass so track position is
real important.  You’ve got to be in position the last couple of
stops.”  WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FALL AND SPRING
RACE THERE?  “I don’t think there’s much of a difference.”  WHAT IS IT
GOING TO TAKE FOR ANYBODY TO BEAT THE 48?  “You’ve got to prove you
can beat them.  I’ve said it for five years, they’re the best team out
there and somebody has to beat them and knock them down before you can
say they’re not the best team.  Everybody says, ‘Oh, they don’t have
momentum.  They’re not running as good.’  Well, as soon as somebody
shows they can beat them, I’ll believe it.”  WHAT TRACK ARE YOU
WORRIED ABOUT THE MOST OF THE TRACKS LEFT?  “Honestly, for me I worry
about all of them.  I’ve really just been focused on Fontana this
weekend and then trying to get back on track here and get a good
finish.”  IS THE FR9 ENGINE COMING ON AT THE RIGHT TIME?  “I think the
engine has been helping a little bit.  I think there’s still some room
for improvement and Doug knows that – everybody knows that – because
we’ve only been working on it for six months or a year, whereas we
worked on that old engine forever.  I think it’s certainly an
advantage and it’s better than what we had, plus they keep getting it
better.”  DO YOU THINK IT WILL RUN PARTICULARLY WELL HERE IN FONTANA?
“I hope so.  Fontana and Michigan are big horsepower race tracks, but
they’re also big handling race tracks as well.  It’s real similar to
Michigan, so if you perform well there, hopefully you’ll perform okay
here.”

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NASCAR Returns to zMAX Dragway for NASCAR Night during Bank of America 500

       CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2010) – Some of the fastest drivers, car
owners and mechanics ever to turn left will give it their all to go straight
on Tuesday, Oct. 12, as NASCAR Night returns to zMAX Dragway.
       In past NASCAR Night events, more than 100 NASCAR industry personnel
have descended on the Bellagio of drag strips to take their cars down the
concrete quarter-mile. Participants can race anything they wish down the
drag strip, making this a true “run what you brung” event. Previous NASCAR
Night drag racers included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch, Kyle
Busch, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth; team owner Rick Hendrick; and crew
chiefs Chad Knaus and Lance McGrew.
       “The first NASCAR Night they hosted at zMAX Dragway a couple of
years ago, I told my guys, ‘We’re going to take something that nobody can
beat,'” said Busch, who will compete on Tuesday night. “It’s a lot of fun to
go to one of the best drag strips in the world, right here in our own
backyard, and do some good old fashion, heads-up grudge racing against some
of the guys you compete against in the garage every weekend.
       “We’ll bring our ’70 Dodge Challenger that we raced with at the NHRA
Gatornationals in Gainesville (Fla.) and PINKS All Out at Charlotte earlier
in the year. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into that car and with the
cooler track temperature and night air on Tuesday, we should be able to run
in the low eights (seconds) if we can get it to stick.”
 NASCAR Night is open to the public with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. On-track
action is set for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can show a ticket to the upcoming
Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 16 and receive free
admission. Adult tickets are available at the gate for just $5 and kids are
free. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Speedway Children’s
Charities.
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or
become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway. Connect
with zMAX Dragway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zmaxdragway and on Twitter
at www.twitter.com/zmaxdragway.

Will Fords Roll to Victory in the Pepsi Max 400?

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion – DO YOU THINK
THERE IS SOME SORT OF ETIQUETTE BETWEEN CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS,
LOOKING BACK ON LAST WEEK’S BUSCH-REUTIMANN ISSUE?  “I didn’t really
see what went down last week, so I can’t comment on that, but, in my
opinion, I think you race the same all year.  I think you should race
everybody the same whether they’re in the chase or not in the chase.
I think you try to show people respect all year because everybody has
the same right to be out there, whether they’re first in points or
last in points.”  THAT BEING SAID, ARE THERE CERTAIN PEOPLE ON THE
TRACK THAT YOU’RE MORE AWARE OF AND TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM BECAUSE YOU
FEEL SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN?  “No.  I race the same all year,
honestly, no matter where you are in the points.  If it came down to
the last week or something like that and you’re the point leader by a
bunch, you’re probably gonna be a little bit more careful, but, other
than that, as competitive as it is I think you race as hard as you can
all year.  Everybody has the same right to be out there.  Everybody is
out there racing for wins and have their own particular
responsibilities.”  AS A CHASER DO YOU WORRY ABOUT SOMETIMES RUBBING
FENDERS WITH A NON-CHASER, KNOWING THEY COULD POSSIBLY RUIN YOUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES?  “I don’t want to ruin any race.  No matter where
you are in the points they’re all big races.  I think you go out there
and you’re gonna race whatever your style is all the time.  I don’t
think that really changes.  You still have to race hard all the time
because it’s so competitive that you can’t just go out and think about
not knocking a fender off.  You go out there and think about trying to
get to the front.”  DO YOU CONSIDER THIS THE KIND OF TRACK THAT CAN
HELP YOU GET BACK UP IN THE POINTS?  “Where we are, we’ve got to gain
some significant points on the leader every week to get back in it and
have a realistic shot.  I think our performance has been picking up a
little bit lately, we just have to get a whole race put together.
We’ve been struggling with that a little bit.  There were times last
week where I thought we were very competitive but we didn’t finish it
off.  This has been a pretty good track for us in the past, so,
hopefully we can be competitive from the time we get on the track this
morning all the way through Sunday when we’re done and get a good
finish.  So that’s really what I’m more focused on is just trying to
get back up with the leaders and be competitive so we can get in a
really good position to win some races.”
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES    Pepsi MAX 400, Page 2
October 8, 2010 Auto Club Speedway

MATT KENSETH CONTINUED — IS THERE A SPECIFIC POINT IN THE RACE WHERE
YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO IMPROVE?  “Our adjustments have just not been
good enough to keep up with the track for whatever reason.  Last week,
the worst we ran the whole race was our last run and you can’t do that
because you’re not gonna get the finishes.  Lately, there have been a
lot of long, green-flag runs at the end and you’ve got to have your
car handling right and do the right things at the end of the race.  On
the last pit stop we came out ahead of Jimmie Johnson and he finished
second and we finished seventh without a caution, so we just haven’t
been doing the right things to keep up on whatever it is – track
conditions or adjustments.  That’s probably my fault for not knowing
what I need for adjustments.  I’m trying to give them the best
feedback I can and hope that we do the right things on the car in the
pits to get it running better.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO WELL AT
CHARLOTTE?  “Track position has been really important there since the
introduction of this car with the spoiler and that pavement.  The
pavement has a lot of grip and even though the track gets pretty wide,
it’s a real fast track and kind of hard to pass so track position is
real important.  You’ve got to be in position the last couple of
stops.”  WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FALL AND SPRING
RACE THERE?  “I don’t think there’s much of a difference.”  WHAT IS IT
GOING TO TAKE FOR ANYBODY TO BEAT THE 48?  “You’ve got to prove you
can beat them.  I’ve said it for five years, they’re the best team out
there and somebody has to beat them and knock them down before you can
say they’re not the best team.  Everybody says, ‘Oh, they don’t have
momentum.  They’re not running as good.’  Well, as soon as somebody
shows they can beat them, I’ll believe it.”  WHAT TRACK ARE YOU
WORRIED ABOUT THE MOST OF THE TRACKS LEFT?  “Honestly, for me I worry
about all of them.  I’ve really just been focused on Fontana this
weekend and then trying to get back on track here and get a good
finish.”  IS THE FR9 ENGINE COMING ON AT THE RIGHT TIME?  “I think the
engine has been helping a little bit.  I think there’s still some room
for improvement and Doug knows that – everybody knows that – because
we’ve only been working on it for six months or a year, whereas we
worked on that old engine forever.  I think it’s certainly an
advantage and it’s better than what we had, plus they keep getting it
better.”  DO YOU THINK IT WILL RUN PARTICULARLY WELL HERE IN FONTANA?
“I hope so.  Fontana and Michigan are big horsepower race tracks, but
they’re also big handling race tracks as well.  It’s real similar to
Michigan, so if you perform well there, hopefully you’ll perform okay
here.”

Ford Cars Lead the Pack in NASCAR

Mooresville, NC (October 4, 2010) Roush Yates Engines started out the third race of the chase in true championship form, qualifying two Ford drivers on the front row and coming away from Kansas Speedway with the win.
With eight races left in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Ford drivers arrived at Kansas Speedway on Friday prepared to show just how much power their FR9s are capable of producing. Kasey Kahne, driver of the number 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, qualified on the pole with fellow Ford driver Paul Menard starting alongside him. Three other Blue Oval drivers qualified in the top ten, with Greg Biffle starting 5th, Matt Kenseth starting 8th, and David Ragan starting 10th.
“We weren’t great in practice so we knew we needed to make adjustments to the car. Kenny Francis and Keith did a really nice job,” said Kahne. “I am glad we got the pole for Budweiser and for Ford. It’s exciting to have a couple of RPM guys on the front row and it’s just really nice for the whole company.”
After starting the race in the top positions, Ford drivers never wavered and Greg Biffle, driver of the number 16 3M/Sherwin Williams Ford Fusion, led the final 29 laps of the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods to win the race. With twelve leaders and twenty total lead changes, Sunday’s race was nothing short of exciting and Biffle took advantage by gaining his sixteenth career win in his 287th start.
“Everyone asked us last week if we’re out of the Chase, have we given up, whatever the case was. The 16 team will never give up,” said Biffle. “We’re just going to approach each race like we did today, qualify the best we can, do the best we can in practice, execute the best we can at the racetrack. This was the best car I’ve ever driven here and I have a lot of confidence going into Fontana.”
Biffle has won two races this season, including a victory at Pocono Raceway in August. He is 8th in the points for the Chase for the Championship, leading Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards in 4th and Matt Kenseth in 11th position. Roush Fenway Racing is one of only two teams with 3 cars in the 2010 Chase.
“It’s very exciting to see Roush Yates Engines and Roush Fenway Racing back in Victory Lane,” said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Qualifying on the pole and winning the race shows exactly what Ford Racing and Roush Yates Engines are capable of. I look forward to watching the remainder of the Chase for the Championship and see no reason why the 2011 Sprint Cup Championship will not go to a Ford.”
Roush Yates continues to win in all divisions of motorsports with another victory for Billy Well’s driver Ivedent Lloyd at Ocala in the Dirt Late Model division this weekend. Jason Myers won the modified race at North Wilkesboro Speedway and Chip King won in the Blown Pro Modified division at the Shakedown at Englishtown. Roush Yates has over 80 wins so far this season and two championships in the TORC Off-Road series and the Sprint Cars on Dirt series.
To learn more about all of Roush Yates’ engine programs or how to update your engine with the Roush Yates’ Performance Upgrade, call Jeff Clark at (704) 658-1540 or visit www.roushyatesparts.com.
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

Ford’s Ready to Chase the Sprint Cup Championship

Mooresville, NC (September 13, 2010) On Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway three Ford drivers raced their way into the Chase, earning 25% of the twelve spots that makeup the 10-race “playoff” that will determine the 2010 Sprint Cup Champion.  Roush Fenway drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle will be competing against some of NASCAR’s top teams starting in New Hampshire next weekend.
Roush Fenway has fielded at least two cars in the Chase every year since the format began in 2004. In addition, they have placed more cars in the Chase field (17) than any other team.  Roush Fenway is just one of two teams who have three cars in this year’s Chase.  Richard Childress Racing’s three chase contenders Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer will be hard to beat, but Ford drivers feel good about their chances of putting the blue oval on top this season.
“All of us at Roush Fenway have been working hard and I don’t believe we have won an amount that’s representative of that hard work,” said Chase contender Greg Biffle.  “The goal is to win the Championship.  There are a couple of things we’ve been working on and it starts with that engine – the FR9 that Doug Yates and those guys have been developing.  I think that helps us everywhere, so, right off the bat we unload and we’re a little faster.”
Biffle won earlier in the season at Pocono, giving Roush Yates Engines their first points paying win with the new FR9 engine.  
Known for their power and performance in all series of racing, Roush Yates Engines earned multiple wins this weekend.
Chris Buescher drove his No. 17 Roulo Brothers-prepared David Ragan Fan Club-Shriners Hospital Ford to Victory Lane, earning the second ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards win of his career Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.  After starting 23rd, 17-year-old Buescher worked hard to race his way into contention and win the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200.
“It was nice to come back to Toledo,” said Buescher.  “We got our first win here in the spring. We’ve had races where we’ve been really competitive but had bad luck; so we were just really happy to pull it off today.”
This is the second win of the season for Roush Yates Engines in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards.  With just three races left, Roush Yates driver Frank Kimmel is fourth in the point standings, racing for his tenth ARCA Championship.
Another big win for Roush Yates Engines came in the Sprint Car 410 Series. Bobby East won at Dells Raceway Park, giving Roush Yates their first ever win with the 410 Sprint Car engine.  East led over half the laps in his first asphalt winged race in the MustSeeRacing Biobased-USA Xtreme Sprint Series and he credits the unmatched performance of his new engine package for the incredible victory.
“It’s really exciting to win my first winged race,” said East.  “I kept moving my wing back as the race went along, and the car kept getting faster.  This was a new experience for me, but I’m hoping to have the opportunity to do more of this winged racing in the future.”
USAR Pro Cup Series driver Benny Gordon raced to Victory Lane in the American Freedom Spectacular 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  In the World 100 at Eldora, 130 Dirt Late Models raced for just 24 coveted spots.  Roush Yates Engines had two heat race wins and started four cars in the top twelve.  Scott Bloomquist was the top finishing Roush Yates car, earning second place.  
To learn more about Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Performance Products, please visit www.roushyatesparts.com or call Jeff Clark at (704) 658-1540.
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

The Chase Racer Comments on Battle

GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Seeded 7th) – CAN YOU COMMENT ON YOUR PROSPECTS AT WINNING THIS CHASE?  “Well I feel good about our chances this year. We have been running really well the last eight or nine weeks and got ourselves a good point margin, and it is a good thing we did because we didn’t run very well the last couple of weeks. Other than that, we have run really good as a company and I fell we are on the upswing of things. Like Tony (Stewart) said, you have to capitalize on the places you are good at and try to survive the other ones. We have probably seven or eight good race tracks in the Chase for us, so we will get a few that we have to keep our head above water on.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT WENT WRONG TONIGHT AND HOW YOU DON’T GET FRUSTRATED WITH WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT GOING INTO THE FINAL 10 RACES?  “Well, when we drive out of the driveway, we just start thinking about Loudon and not what happened tonight. That is how you do that.  Let’s see, what happened tonight? I was driving off of pit road and my helmet filled with smoke and something was on fire. So I shut my helmet blower off and proceeded to try to get some air inside the car. About halfway through the race they said ‘what’s the temperature?’ and I said it was about 165. That is when we realized there was a hole up underneath the front of the nose of the car that had some debris at some point that knocked a hole in it. The car was really tight. We kept freeing it up and freeing it up. I am telling them that I am sliding the nose and I can’t give it any gas because it was so lose, but we fixed that. We took the wave around, and then when I was coming around the back of the field the right front tire was flat. I had to pit when we were going to the green and then we got penalized because you can’t take the wave around and pit before you take the green on the track. So we got penalized for that. Other than that, nothing else happened. It was a pretty straight up night after that.”

CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Seeded 9th)  – DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS YEAR YOU GUYS MIGHT HAVE A SHOT AT JIMMIE JOHNSON AND OVERTAKING HIM FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP?  “Jimmie has had an unbelievable ability to perform in the Chase and win championships, but I think all of these guys and everyone would agree that it is anyone’s race more than ever this year. It looks like advantages are smaller and they last a shorter period of time. Over these 10 races I think it is anybody’s. To me it feels like that is truer than ever, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jimmie goes out there and wins the first three to prove us wrong, but I don’t believe he will do that.”

MATT KENSETH, No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Seeded 11th) – TELL US ABOUT WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE TO WIN YOUR SECOND NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.  “You have to beat all those good guys up in the top five or six every week. I think you have to be consistently top-five or under and on your worst days finish in the top-10 and on your best days content for some wins. That is about it. You never know exactly what it is going to take until they get into it.” 

LOOKING AT THE WAY THINGS HAVE PANNED OUT THIS YEAR AND AS TIGHT AS EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE GOING INTO THE CHASE, HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR CHANCES ARE AT ACTUALLY HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEAT JIMMIE IN THE CHASE THIS YEAR?  “I think it depends how we start. Certainly if you look at the first 26 races, everybody is going to sit up here and tell you that all 12 have a chance for a championship and yes, mathematically that is true but not if we run like we did the first 26 races. We realize our performance needs to be better than it has been. We average like a 12th place finish and certainly that is not going to win the championship over 10 races. Our performance has been getting better lately and I am enthused by that and seeing how great Greg and Carl have been running and the 9 car. It feels like we are getting better, so if we can do all the right things at the track and get up there hopefully we can contend with those guys. It depends how they run as well and if they have trouble and all that. I think the main thing we are really focused on is trying to elevate our performance to where we can be a consistent front runner up there leading laps and be in contention to win.”

The Chase Post Race Comments

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 10th) – “We ran really well, we were just no good on the long runs. I think we ended up 10th, which is really great for a bad night. It is still a top-10 and we are in the Chase. Now we need to go to Loudon and go for all the points we can get.”  YOU TALKED YESTERDAY THAT THIS RACE WOULD BE A GOOD BAROMETER FOR SHORT TRACKS IN THE CHASE AND HOW YOU WILL PERFORM AT THEM. WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT?  “I think we ran better here tonight that we have run in years, so that is good for our team. It is huge.”
 
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd) – A TOUGH NIGHT FOR YOU ON THE TRACK, BUT YOU ALSO QUALIFY FOR THE CHASE. CONFLICTING FEELINGS TONIGHT?  “We knew we were going to qualify for the Chase, but we felt we would run a little better than that. That was pretty poor. Our cars keep breaking and we seem to have stuff wrong with them. I don’t know. I thought a few weeks ago we had a shot at the Chase, but I don’t know anymore.”  CAN YOU COMMENT ON HAVING THREE ROUSH CARS IN THE CHASE?  “We have really picked it up. Our mile and a half program has been really strong. We still struggle on this short track stuff. We just have to keep working on it to get it figured out.”
 
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)  – “I am a little disappointed how we ended up. We ran better tonight and qualified really well and ran really competitive for two-thirds of the race. The last part we didn’t run well and that is what we were just talking about, trying to figure that out. I am glad we are in. Hopefully we can start it off next weekend and get a good finish.  About three runs from the end, we drove up on a long run and were real fast and got up to fourth. I thought we would probably get a run and go fourth in a best case scenario or seventh or eighth in a worst case scenario. In the last three runs we kept getting worse and falling further back and we don’t really know why.”  CAN YOU COMMENT ON WHERE YOU HAVE COME AS AN ORGANIZATION TO HAVE THREE ROUSH CARS IN THE CHASE?  “It is good to be in there. It is all what you do when you get there. Not to be a Debbie Downer but 12th in points isn’t that spectacular. You need to do something when you get there. The saving grace is that everybody is caught up and we are like 50 points out of the lead. We got that closed up and now we have to go perform.”