TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS: - VICTORY LANE "This is pretty special because this is Home Depot's headquarters and Coca Cola's headquarters and my good friend Johnny Morris from Bass Pro Shops sponsored the race. I look behind...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS: - VICTORY LANE
"This is pretty special because this is Home Depot's headquarters and Coca Cola's headquarters and my good friend Johnny Morris from Bass Pro Shops sponsored the race. I look behind me and see this eight foot tall trophy that we get to take home. I don't know how we are going to get it in the airplane but we will figure out something. Maybe we will have to ship that thing home, it is bigger than half my plane. It is cool. "Bob Nardelli, the CEO of Home Depot is here and lots of Coca Cola executives so it is cool. It is a real sponsor's dream tonight. All of our big sponsors are here and this is a race I have always wanted to win since Johnny and Bass Pro Shops started to sponsor it."We had a good car all day. The No. 24 was really good early in the race but we didn't have the car as good as I thought we could get it. We were just about even with Jeff (Gordon) I hated to see that happen to him. I would have liked to race with him there at the end. Jimmie (Johnson) came on later in the race when the sun went down and so did Matt Kenseth. We did what we wanted to do. We got up front early and stayed up front all day. Jimmie Johnson is a good friend and came up and congratulated us which means a lot to us. Just to be here in Home Depot's back yard is special for us. "I am fine with Atlanta being my second home, it is a little warmer than Indiana is right now.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:
"It was a great run for this Lowe's Monte Carlo. I have to thank the guys for working so hard all day long. When the sun was out, our car was a handful. We could still hang in the top-five all day long. We made great adjustments and got some speed in it. It was a lot of fun there racing with Tony Stewart, as hard as we did. Both cars were pretty equal. We had an awesome, awesome day on the race track. This team has never given up. We had a lot of speed in the Chase but unfortunately we didn't have the finishes at first to show for it. Now it is coming our way. We will see what we can do three more times."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NICORETTE MONTE CARLO SS:
"It was an eventful day for us. What an awesome race car we had in our DuPont/Nicorette Chevrolet. I had a lot of fun there at the beginning. I came up on Joe Nemechek, I was going to the outside and he moved down and he just got super loose and came up in to me. There was nowhere I could go. After that we were fighting the handling and cut a tire and Jamie McMurray got in to the back of us. I don't blame him, he couldn't see anything going in to one with the sun at the angle that it was. It was blind corner going in there. We are pretty fortunate to come back and finish sixth."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS:
"We took a shot out there with the tires on that last yellow. Yes, well have been gambling a lot and trying to win a championship from 90 some points back. It takes some gambles to do that. We gained maybe five points, I don't know. I am real proud of my car, my team, they did a great job building it, it drove great. They did a really good job on pit road. Martin (Truex, Jr.) had a great car all day too except had the unfortunate incident at the end. Real good weekend for DEI as far as the points. "It is absolutely great news that we made up some points tonight. It is obtainable. We are probably pretty close to second. We will just have to look at the points. I had a good time, I love Atlanta and I am glad I could continue to run well here. "
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (FINISHED 9TH)
"I wish this was the beginning of the season and not the end. The Army Chevy was solid from the get go. Overall, it was probably our best effort of the year. The only downside was that we let a few spots slip away at the end. With two top 10s and four top 20s in the last four races I think it's safe to say that we're coming out of our slump. We're still not where we want to be but we're getting there. Tonight was fun...the car responded to the adjustments, we had excellent pit strategy and the over-the-wall guys did another outstanding job. I can't wait for Texas."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS:
"We, for whatever reason, put a set of tires on and chunked the right rear, blew all the rubber off the right rear and the thing wouldn't handle at all and we lost all of our track position. We put another set of tires on it and it drove great; and I drove it in the wall, cut a tire and got us behind again. But we were going to be ok and then they threw a caution because ridiculous. It is starting to happen just too often and NASCAR gets on everybody when it happens. Well, they should find out who did it and penalize them
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