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2014 Daytona 500 (Sprint Unlimited): Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Feb 16, 2014 - 05:41 AM
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2014 Daytona 500 (Sprint Unlimited): Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes


MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion - "We were actually in a pretty good position. I was trying to help Junior there and ended up hurting him and hurting myself. I feel bad for Junior, but we finished the race with the Stanley car, but we were just a little disappointed with our effort."

DID HE SURPRISE YOU WITH HIS MOVE INSIDE? "Yeah, I was trying to push him and there was a little bit of a zig and a little bit of a zag and the next thing you know I helped him in the fence. I apologize to Junior. I’ll try and find him later on if he wants to talk to me, but that’s just what happens here. You’ve got 10 laps to go in a race that only counts to win and I’m trying to push him to the front. Unfortunately, it was just a bad day."

 

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HE SAID HE WAS HAVING FUN WHEN HE HIT YOU ON THE BACKSTRETCH. I ASSUME YOU DIDN’T THINK IT WAS FUNNY. "It’s OK. He’s entitled to do that. At the end of the day we didn’t end up in the fence, so put the blame on me for that. We’ll go to the next one and try not to make the same mistake."

DALE JUNIOR SAID THERE WILL BE A LOT OF WRECKING IN THE 500 BECAUSE THE SIDE DRAFT STALLS THE CARS OUT. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT? "Yeah, it certainly does. If you can get your nose to the guy’s right-rear or left-rear quarter, you pull him back and you actually give yourself a little boost. It’s like a little shot of nitrous and it can really make you run, so it makes cars really move around a lot trying to do that. I think he was trying to side draft someone came back across when I was trying to help push him and that’s what happens."

JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST FEW LAPS. "I’m trying to relive it all in my head right now. It’s crazy. The bottom lane just didn’t get going there. They didn’t do a really good job on cleaning up the bottom of the race track, so it was a little slick down there. We weren’t able to hang on the bottom like I thought and then when they were three-wide for the lead and I had a huge run I was like, ‘Where’s the hole?’ Because I was ready to stick it four-wide and try to get by all of them, but there was no hole so I gave Brad the push. After that, you’re just trying to snip off everyone and try to get as close to the front as you can. It’s just so frustrating when you’re that close. I had a really good Shell/Pennzoil Ford. It’s so close and you can see it, but it’s so frustrating because you’re going as fast as you can and that’s all you’ve got. Overall, we survived it and finished fourth. It was a decent day. These things don’t mean anything unless you win."

WHAT ABOUT CLOSING RATES? ARE THE HOLES CLOSING UP QUICKER? "No. They draft pretty similar to what they did last year. The cars handle better than what they did last year, but they drive about the same and they draft about the same also. It still feels like it’s got that rubber ball in between that switches and it accelerates the car in front of you. It still feels like it’s got all that. The only difference is that I feel like the bottom lane actually works a little better this year than it did last, so that’s a positive. That’s good. You saw as much freight-training up against the wall as we’ve seen before, so right direction."

WHAT DID YOU SEE WHEN YOU HAD CONTACT WITH THE 20? "I went underneath him and he went to block and came across me. I haven’t seen the replay yet, but that’s what I saw from my view. I may be wrong, but I need to look at the replay."

WHAT WILL WE SEE IN THE 500? "That with a lot more cars. It was pretty fun. I thought we had a good time. I think you’re gonna see a point in the race when everyone is gonna ride around and there’s gonna be a point in the race that we’re gonna push really hard and try to get back towards the front and run that track position. There are a lot of cars out there, so we’ll see."

BRAD KESELOWSKI - No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion - TALK ABOUT TONIGHT’S RACE. "It was definitely a race of attrition and we survived, somewhat, to the end. We finished second. Obviously came up one spot short, which in a race like this is all that matters. It was just kind of the timing of the runs. I thought it was great racing. The cars are maybe just a tiny bit more responsive than they were last year, but, obviously, if the field gets up by the wall it’s tough to make a move, but, all in all, I thought it was pretty good racing. This format is good for plate racing and I thought it was a decent night. Obviously, if you’re not winning in a race like this it’s kind of irrelevant. None of that stuff matters."

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU THE LAST TWO LAPS? DID ALL OF YOUR HELP GO AWAY? "Three cars had good runs - the 18, the 11 and the 22 - and the 11 timed his run just perfectly and made the most of it. It’s the end of the race. Everybody is taking their opportunity to win it and you can’t expect any help. Everybody is kind of out for themselves as they should be."

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CRASH THAT WHITTLED DOWN THE FIELD? DID YOU LOSE SOME SPEED DUE TO THE DRAFT? "I was quite a ways in front of it from what I can remember. Logano dumped the 20, so you need to talk to the 22, I think. He was in front of it."

HE WAS IN FRONT OF IT BUT DID YOU HAVE ANY LOSS OF SPEED GOING THROUGH THERE? "No, not that I remember. I was just racing side-by-side with somebody and looked in my mirror and there was a big cloud of smoke. I couldn’t tell what happened, to be honest."

WHAT HAS BEEN THE SIDE-BY-SIDE EFFECT OF THIS CONFIGURATION? "The cars are different than what they were in 2012 and essentially from what they were in ’11 to get rid of the tandem. Part of that package to do so has made the cars to where they’re more side draft sensitive back to kind of what we used to have - the difference being the cars are less sensitive to the left side than what they used to be. I think that’s why you see all the guys running up against the wall whenever they can. That package has definitely changed the racing here and allowed the cars to stretch out a little bit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is what it is. I think it’s pretty good racing here in this format, so I thought we had a good race."

YOU GUYS SEEMED TO GO WHEREVER YOU WANTED AT THE END. WAS THAT BECAUSE OF THE SMALL FIELD? COULD WE SEE THAT IN THE DUEL OR 500? "The field was so small I wouldn’t take anything from the second half of the race and say that you would see it in the 500. It’s kind of like Kyle said earlier, it was just kind of its own deal."

WHAT DID YOU SEE WHEN THE PACE CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE? "When you think you’ve seen it all, then you see that. It’s just never-ending. We’ve seen wires, we’ve seen jet dryers. I don’t even know what to expect for the 500. It seems we always find the weirdest thing for the 500, so I just hope nobody was hurt. It doesn’t look like they were, but that’s an interesting one there. I couldn’t exactly tell what happened. I just saw the whole back half of the car was on fire. I thought it was a race car and then someone said it was the pace car and I couldn’t help it but to start laughing. What are you gonna do? That’s racin’."

HOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 500? "I think you’re always looking forward to the Daytona 500. It’s the biggest race of the year and it’s an opportunity to really put yourself on the list of great ones if you can win it, so it’s an opportunity and something to get excited for no matter how the cars drive. In this particular situation, it’s very similar to what we had last year. I think the fastest cars will find their way to the front, hopefully with the best drivers in them."

BRAD KESELOWSKI CONTINUED - TV MENTIONED THERE WAS A POINT WHERE VISION WAS AN ISSUE IN THESE CARS. ARE THEY CORRECT IN SAYING THAT AND IS IT SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE NASCAR TO LOOK AT? "The cars are hard to see out of, but that’s what we get paid for is to make a hard judgment call in a split-second. I think we have to be wary of a sport of child-proofing these cars. They should be hard to drive. They should have things that they do that stand out and allow talent to rise to the top. I’m one of those that’s not in favor of child-proofing the cars and putting more spoiler on them or more downforce or more whatever. This should be the cream of the crop and the baddest of the bad race car drivers. You shouldn’t have everything handed to you. When you have all that stuff handed to you where does it stop? Should we put traction-control at Martinsville so you can just push the gas pedal down? They should be hard to drive. That’s why it’s Cup and it’s elite. I’m always leery of trying to fix things that probably aren’t broken."


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