Ford Performance NASCAR: Burton and Grala Daytona 500 Accident Quotes

HARRISON BURTON, No. 21 Motorcraft/DEX Imaging Ford Mustang Dark Horse – “I don’t remember exactly who it was on my outside.  It just looked like they either got a bad push or got loose and just hit me in the right side and sent me across.  The grass was so wet that once I got in the grass I thought I’d be OK, but the car just kept going and going, so really sad that our day is over as quick as it was.  We had a really fast DEX Imaging/Motorcraft Ford Mustang.  It’s just a bummer.  There’s nothing we can do but just move on and try to win next week.”

HAVE YOU SEEN A REPLAY?  “I haven’t seen it yet.  I felt contact on the right side.  I don’t know exactly, I guess it was a Legacy car.  I don’t know.  It’s frustrating.  Once I got in the grass I couldn’t slow down because it was so wet and I just slid and slid and slid and came across the rest of the field.  It’s just a bummer.  I don’t know what to say or to do different.  I don’t even thing I got wide open at that point.  I was just saving fuel and that’s it.  That’s the nature of these beasts.  Sometimes there’s nothing you can do but just move on and try to win next week.”

IS IT EARLY TO BE ON THE CHIP?  “I didn’t see what they were doing.  I assume they were just pushing coming right off turn four.  I’ve seen that movie before off of two and that doesn’t normally go well, so I don’t mind top of three-wide.  We should be good enough to do that, but I guess just the pushing end and the placement of the pushing was not ideal, obviously.”

WAS FUEL SAVING STACKING THINGS UP?  “Fuel saving definitely stacks up a little bit and the leaders fuel saving puts that third lane into play.  I’m OK.  The hit was probably harder than it should have been just coming back across the field like that.  It’s a pretty helpless feeling, but I’m OK.  I felt fine.  All good.  I’m just over wrecking early that’s for sure.”

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KAZ GRALA, No. 36 Ruedebusch Ford Mustang Dark Horse – “I’m not sure.  Two cars wrecked it looked like through the tri-oval grass and just rolled right back up into traffic and, unfortunately, there was nowhere that we could go.  It’s pretty disappointing to end our day that early.  It feels like we didn’t get a chance to race at all today.  I’m disappointed that we’ll have to wait another year to go again in the Daytona 500 and that’s hoping I get an opportunity.”

DID YOU SEE HIM COMING UP?  “I saw them in the grass, so you’re always thinking that they might come up and hoping they don’t, but at that time we were three-wide in the pack.  You’ve got cars on all sides of you, behind you, in front of you, so you’re just filing through and hoping you don’t draw the unlucky straw where they come up in front of you and they did.”

COULD YOU SENSE THE ENERGY CHANGING A LAP BEFORE IT HAPPENED?  “Yeah, I mean for sure.  As soon as you get three-wide you know that everybody is pushing, but I figured that these guys wouldn’t want to wreck this early.  I don’t know.  Maybe somebody did.”

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