Race day quotes from the Kobalt Tools 400

JIMMIE JOHNSON, on finishing second: “Man, I want to win. We were close. I think we had maybe a little bit more speed, but Tony (Stewart) could really get away on those restarts through the gears a lot better than I could. I will have to look into that and see if I was doing something wrong or something else is going on there.”

GREG BIFFLE, on finishing third: “We knew that some cars had better speed than us and that if we just hung tough and kept our track position and worked on it, we might be there at the end, and that’s certainly what happened today. It was clear the 14 (Tony Stewart) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) were just a little bit better than we were.”

RYAN NEWMAN, on finishing fourth: “We peaked at the right time because we finished fourth, and that was the highest we ran all day. It was a great run for the Quicken Loans Chevrolet. We’re really proud to be able to get them a top five in their first race.”

DALE EARNHARDT JR., on bumping Mark Martin: “I’m coming 10 miles an hour faster off the top of the racetrack, you stay low. Don’t knock a half second off my lap time being a jerk about it. Stay low. You are going to get it in the next corner and the position is going to be yours. Don’t pull up in front of somebody when they are going to come off the corner 10 miles an hour faster.”

KEVIN MANION, crew chief, on Jamie McMurray’s eighth-place finish: “He showed up this morning and he was sick. I don’t think he slept last night. He hasn’t eaten. So for Jamie to come through like he did for us today was really big, like he didn’t want to talk on the radio and you know when you’re not feeling good, you don’t want nothing. And so, he could barely talk after the race.”

KEVIN HARVICK, on finishing 11th: “We ran up front, led a few laps and stayed in the top five for the first half of the race. Then we lost track position and it killed us. Track position is so important at these tracks, and once we lost it, we were done and struggled with the handling from there until the end.”

JOEY LOGANO, on finishing 16th: “Our race wasn’t very good. I thought we had a top-10 car after practice.”

MARTIN TRUEX JR., on finishing 17th: “We made small wedge and air pressure changes, but we just couldn’t get it better. It’s frustrating because I know we are better than this.”

MARK MARTIN, on finishing 18th: “That was a tough race. The track had a lot less grip, so what worked for us yesterday in practice didn’t work for us today. We just couldn’t turn well enough.”

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