FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES

Gatorade Duel 150 – Race #2, Page 2
February 17, 2011 Daytona International Speedway

TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Finished 19th) – YOU HAD
TO BE HAPPY WITH THE FIRST 59.5 LAPS. “Yeah, I really was. Gordon
and I worked awesome together and it was just down there at the end.
Everybody is racing like it’s the last lap of the big race, so when we
got down to it we were three-wide at the end with a big run and I
think we just ran out of real estate there and he came off the wall
and got us. That kind of stinks. I hate it for all these guys
because we were doing awesome, but that’s part of it, I guess. We
knew when we were passing those guys three-wide on the outside we were
gonna be in trouble, but that’s racing. We’ll get there.” WHAT DID
YOU LEARN? “I learned a lot. I learned how to keep it cool and when
I could duck out. We learned a lot about unplugging the other guys,
but I think it’s more the leaders – the leader kind of controls your
group. The pusher is just the engine and keeping it cool. That’s
his only duties, but also on restarts getting to him as quick as
possible, but the leader’s duties are to make sure you protect the
high side, so you don’t get unplugged – as we call it – and then
unplugging the other guys, putting his left-front on the right-rear of
the back guy and unplugging them so you can get around them. But I
think it was awesome for our first one until the very end, so I think
we’ll get it.” YOU SAID THE OTHER DAY THAT JEFF GORDON WAS YOUR
BOYHOOD HERO AND HERE YOU WERE PUSHING HIM ALL DAY. “I know. It’s
crazy. We were running up front and leading the race for a while.
That’s awesome for him to have that kind of faith in me to let me work
with him because that takes a lot for these guys when they’ve got 20
other guys out here that they’ve been racing with their whole life –
to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna take a chance with this kid, let him push me
and see what we can get to.’” NOW YOU HAVE TO START FROM THE BACK.
“I think Jeff Gordon is starting in the back with us, so we’ll just
work together again and wear them out.”

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 10th) – “I worked
really well with Greg and we did great. We got split up at just the
wrong time. We fell back and then the caution came out and mixed us
all up, but I feel like we’ve got something for the 500. If we work
with these other Fords, it’s gonna be really good.” DO YOU FEEL THE
FORD FR9 ENGINE IS AN ADVANTAGE? YOU DON’T SEEM TO HAVE TO SWAP WITH
THE CAR YOU’RE PUSHING? “It feels like the FR9 is working really
well. The cooling system works well and I think we’re gonna be good.
I think for the 500 it’s gonna be an all-day, whose car can last
longest, whose engine is the strongest and which drivers can work
together the best. I think that’s gonna win it and I feel like we’ve
got a good enough team to do that.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 15th) – “It was about
the same as the Bud Shootout. We had to split the guy in front of us a
little bit, which slows us down. It was kind of the same. Maybe it
will be a little different when we get some more cars out there. I
think when we add more cars on Sunday it will draw bigger groups
forward. We will just have to wait and see how it all turns out.” YOU
GUYS SEEM TO BE ABLE TO DRAFT LONGER THAN MOST, IS THAT ATTRIBUTABLE
TO THE FR9 ENGINE? – “It could be the engine, or the way we have our
grille opening, although most everybody has that set the same. I don’t
know what that contributes to. I think we are definitely cooling
better. Maybe we spent more time on the engineering of it, I am not
sure. I know that it is definitely an advantage to be cooler longer,
so that is a good thing.”

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