Kenseth, Biffle and Edwards Post Top-10 Finishes in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Kansas Speedway
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| MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion – 'It was a good run for us, not great. I wish we could have got up there and mixed it up with the top two a little bit more, but overall, it was a solid day. We had good pit stops. Jimmy and the guys made great adjustments on our car to make it better from yesterday to today. We were just a little short and had that one bad restart that got us behind and we just weren't quite strong enough to get up there again.' CAN YOU PINPOINT WHAT YOU NEEDED TO GET UP WITH THE 56 AND 11? 'That one run we could and, really, we didn't change much but we could never get it back there. One set of tires we had on the car was just really fast and the car did everything I wanted it to do. We were faster than the leader the whole run and we just could never get it back after that. We didn't really change anything and went right back to that, but just couldn't get it. The track changed or something just for a little while.' HOW WAS YOUR DAY? 'I've got thank all the guys who worked on this car. Jimmy and the guys did a great job on this Ford EcoBoost Fusion. I was not happy with it at all this weekend and they made a lot of changes this morning and last night and it drove a lot better today. We were a little bit off. I got that one just horrendously awful restart in the middle of the race and we could just never quite get it exactly right, but it was a good day for us.' HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE DRIVER TODAY? 'I'd give him about a C. I had a pretty good car, but on that restart I gave up four or five starts. It's really fun. It's too bad they have to tear this up because of all the different grooves you can run. Depending on how your car is handling really makes it fun as a driver. I thought it was great racing, so I was glad to be a part of it. I wish I could have been up there with Martin and Denny and duked it out with them, but it was a good day for us.'
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion – 'It was a tough day. We were back and forth all day and were just off a little bit. When the track had a lot of grip the car was unbelievable. It fired off there and I thought, 'This is gonna be a lot of fun,' and then when the track started getting slick she started going away a little bit. We just kept after it and didn't give up.' IS IT A DISAPPOINTING DAY TO FINISH FIFTH? 'It's not a disappointing day for a fifth-place finish, it's probably a disappointing day for how the car ran. I thought we were gonna be a little better than that and we weren't, but we'll keep working on it and come back better the next time.' SOME TEAMS HAD ENGINE ISSUES BUT YOU DIDN'T. 'I'm glad we didn't have any problems with the engines and this will give the guys a chance to go home and look at all the data and maybe learn something about how we were or how much margin we had.' YOU WERE PRETTY STRONG. 'Yeah, really strong. It feels good to be disappointed with a fifth-place finish. It feels good to be in that position. We just wanted to run better. Fifth is OK, but we wanted to compete better on the race track and be a little closer.'
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion – 'That was a good effort. It wasn't a great result, but a really good effort. I had a lot of fun racing Kyle at the end. That was really neat. I acted like we were racing for the win and I think he was doing the same thing, so at least we got to have a little fun. That was a good time. If that's the worst Roush Fenway Ford, then we're gonna be OK.' WITH SUCH HIGH HOPES IS IT DISAPPOINTING NOT TO DO BETTER? 'Oh yeah, I want to win here more than anything, but we get to come back and we'll do it. Right now I'd take second, that would be great but we'll keep digging. I cannot thank everyone enough for the support out there. It's been unbelievable. It's so neat for me to come here. It's humbling and I can't wait to come back.'
CASEY MEARS – No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion – 'This is the most we've been off in a long time. We just really struggled the whole weekend. We threw a totally different setup at it for the race kind of hoping to learn something before the weekend was out and we did, but it was too far off in the beginning. We got it better through the middle, but we didn't finish well at all and it didn't go our way. For sure, this is the most we've been off since we started this year.'
| FORD FIESTA EUROPE'S BEST-SELLING SMALL CAR IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2013; NEW FIESTA SOLD EVERY TWO MINUTES• New Ford Fiesta was Europe's top-selling small car in March and for the first quarter of 2013, and the second best-selling car in Europe overall, according to figures released by JATO Dynamics*|
• European customers purchased a new Fiesta every two minutes as Ford sold more than 41,600 Fiestas in March, and more than 77,800 during the first quarter of 2013, according to JATO
• Fiesta retail market share in the small car segment increased by 1.2 percentage points in March in the 19 traditional....
| Created For the Urban World, All-New Ford EcoSport Embarks On Its Journey in India•The all-new Ford EcoSport marries the manoeuvrability and fuel economy of a compact car with the practicality and robustness of an SUV in a contemporary and stylish package |
•Ford EcoSport offers a high driving position, superior water-wading capability and an array of smart features such as the segment-first Ford SYNC® connectivity system, making it the perfect vehicle for city driving and out-of-town exploring
•Ford EcoSport will be the first vehicle in India to feature the patented 1.0L E....
| Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City Assembly to Support Surging F-150 Demand, Ford Transit Launch•Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant will add more than 2,000 jobs to support high demand for Ford F-150 plus the planned production of the all-new Transit family of commercial vehicles starting next summer; more than 1,000 will be new hires|
•Ford F-Series sales up 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date; full-size truck segment growing three times faster than industry average and is fastest-growing segment this year
•Ford has reached 75 percent of its goal to create 12,000 hourly jobs ....
|Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs At Kansas City Assembly To Support Surging F-150 Demand, Ford Transit Launch- Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant will add more than 2,000 jobs to support high demand for Ford F-150 plus the planned production of the all-new Transit family of commercial vehicles starting next summer; more than 1,000 will be new hires|
- Ford F-Series sales up 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date; full-size truck segment growing three times faster than industry average and is fastest-growing segment this year
- Ford has reached 75 percent of its goal to create 12,000 hourly jo....
|KESELOWSKI FINISHES RUNNER-UP IN TEXAS NATIONWIDE SERIES RACEFord Finishing Results:|
2nd – Brad Keselowski
15th – Reed Sorenson
17th – Chris Buescher
22nd – Jeffrey Earnhardt
26th – Trevor Bayne
33rd – Travis Pastrana
34th – Sam Hornish Jr.
SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang – WHAT HAPPENED WITH JEREMY? 'I'm not really sure yet. We stayed out trying to give ourselves extra tires for the end and ended up trying to get through traffic. I knew that there was no room to fit between the 30 and the 51 and all....
| FORD LAUNCHES NEW FUEL-EFFICIENT 1.5-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE; BOOSTS COMPANY'S GLOBAL ECOBOOST CAPACITY-Ford announces new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, extends successful EcoBoost lineup to meet global demand for four-cylinder EcoBoost engines|
-Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually, triples number of plants that produce EcoBoost engines in Europe, Asia and North America from 2010 to 2013
-1.5-liter EcoBoost offers trademark EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; delivers power of a larger engine with smaller unit ec....
|BAYNE COMES HOME TO BRISTOL WHILE ANNETT CONTINUES RECOVERY FROM DAYTONA CRASHTrevor Bayne, driver of the No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Mustang, is coming off back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and has moved from 26th to eighth in the point standings. Bayne hosted a Q&A session Friday morning in the Bristol Motor Speedway infield media center to discuss the start to his season and hopes for this weekend.|
TREVOR BAYNE – No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Mustang – HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE HERE AT BRISTOL? 'I'm excited. I've got my big puffy jacket on right ....
|FORD MOTOR COMPANY JANUARY SALES UP 22 PERCENT, BEST SINCE 2006•Ford Motor Company's January U.S. sales increase 22 percent, with gains across the lineup – cars up 34 percent, utilities up 23 percent, and trucks up 11 percent|
•Fusion up 65 percent versus year-ago levels – a record January sales month
•Escape has best January sales ever – sales increase 16 percent, topping last year's January record
•Explorer sales up 46 percent – best January sales since 2005
•America's best-selling pickup for 36 years running, F-Series posts a 22 percent gain