It was an up and down day for the Ford Racing camp as they saw promise in potential victory with Carl Edwards dashed when he pitted late for fuel. That left Matt Kenseth as the best finishing Ford driver at 7th place, Marcos Ambrose was next at 13th, and Casey Mears followed him with an 18th place finish. For Edwards, he ended up in 20th place, just ahead of his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle. Below is a list of the Ford Racing drivers finish along with quotes from Kenseth, Biffle, and Edwards.
GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion (Finished 21st) – “It was about like it was last year here. We qualified a little better this year than we did last year but the end result is the same. We were off a little bit and just couldn’t get a handle on it. We were running 10th or 12th pretty much all night and that is about all we had.”
MATT KENSETH, No. 17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion (Finished 7th) – “It was a huge struggle for us tonight. I am happy to finish seventh for as big a struggle as it was. When we got it in position every once in awhile I could put together some lap times but it was really bad in traffic and we kept putting ourselves behind. When the track was hot I thought it was reasonable but as it got night time and everything it seemed like all our problems got worse.”
CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 20th) – “I am definitely frustrated with how it played out. We had UPS here and wanted to have a really good run for them. I really wanted to beat Denny (Hamlin) considering the implications there for delivery companies. We had a pretty good car at the end. Bob (Osborne) called me onto pit road. He knew we should have pitted that last time but I was already so far around that cone that I just didn’t feel right cutting across traffic and slamming the splitter down to make it to pit road. We were put in a box. We hoped there would be a caution but there wasn’t. It is time for us to get it in gear. I am real frustrated, Bob is real frustrated and I know we can do this. We ran as well as any Ford out here tonight. At the end, I think with some fuel we would have had a chance to win it. I want to say hi to the Morris family and Killian family who both suffered losses this week. There are folks watching this race from a better place and still a bad day at the race track is better than a good day with a real job but we need to get this in gear. We need to go.”
HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELVES BACK ON THE SAME PAGE? “We just, we have to stick together as a team. That is what Bob and I talked about last week. I hear it all. I hear everything. I hear, ‘He is focused on the booth, he is tore up over Tony’s deal last year, he needs a new crew chief’. None of that is true. We are having some bad luck and some bad communication here. We can do this together. We could divide right now or we could come together. I have the best crew chief in the business and he proved it at the end of the year last year. We got beat on a crazy call by Darian (Grubb) and those guys last year and we need to get going and get this Ford in victory lane for Fastenal and everyone that supports us.”
FORD FINISHING RESULTS
7th Matt Kenseth
13th Marcos Ambrose
18th Casey Mears
20th Carl Edwards
21st Greg Biffle
26th Aric Almirola
28th David Gilliland
29th David Ragan
31st Ken Schrader
37th Josh Wise
38th Michael McDowell
39th Scott Speed
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