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May 1st, 2011

Ragan Posts Top Finish of Year; Edwards Maintains Point Lead

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)
“That was a lot of work. I really appreciate the fans coming out here. It is neat to look up in the grandstands and see them packed with NASCAR fans. We were hoping we were in the right position there. David Ragan took fuel, we had fuel. I thought those guys were going to run out. I didn’t think they would be able to make it but that is the way it goes. We are still leading the points and we have stretched it out a little bit which is great. We will go to Darlington and race hard there for 500 miles. I think that feeling of fifth here tonight will be replaced with the points lead feeling in a little bit and that will feel better. I had a fun night though.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 Nautica Ford Fusion (Finished 7th)
“We were just missing a little bit. I don’t feel like we are that far off though. There are just a couple of little things here and there holding us back. We have the car turning so good here, the best it has turned but we couldn’t get any forward bite off the corner. We were just a little bit off. We got the car on such a knives edge that we make an adjustment and it helps and the next time we make the same adjustment it just kills it again. It is frustrating. I was frustrated at times. Mike did a good job staying calm because I wasn’t very good at that. Sometimes in these races you have to get a little lucky. We have been on the bad end before with good cars so I will take luck over skill any day.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 15th)
“It was a good night. We finally figured a little bit out about Richmond I think. We went 124 laps on our left side tires. The left rear just corded. I was just hanging on there at the end. I wish I had tires to race them. I had a pretty good car and it was the first time at this place that I have had that good of a car.”

DAVID RAGAN, No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)

“It was a fun night. This is my favorite track to come to. Back in 2007 we finished third here and I have really liked this place since. The last couple of years we have really struggled but it was fun tonight to have a car that could pass some cars. We had a bad pit stop the first run and got behind a little bit. We had to fight and get the lucky dog. Our team never gave up. Our UPS Ford was fast. Fast cars can find their way to the front. We were fortunate not to have any yellows that last run because our car was really good on long runs. I am proud that we were able to get the finish that we needed.”

By zach71maverick @ 9:29AM PDT.
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