MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (41ST): WHAT HAPPENED? "All the air just came out of the right front tire. I went over and looked at the tire. It looks like it might have cooked the bead - I'm not sure. "We had a great car. I...
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (41ST):
WHAT HAPPENED? "All the air just came out of the right front tire. I went over and looked at the tire. It looks like it might have cooked the bead - I'm not sure.
"We had a great car. I hate that for Kodak and Pontiac and everyone that works on this thing. We've run so much better than we've finished (this year). We'll get this monkey off our back. We've just got to keep our heads up. We'll get it."
YOU WERE RUNNING REALLY WELL UP TO THAT POINT...DOES THAT GIVE YOU SOME MOMENTUM? "I thought we had a hell of a lot of momentum until the tire blew out. But, it could have been self-inflicted. Like I said, I think it cooked the bead. I'm not sure. They'll take it back and evaluate it and let us know the first of the week what happened.
"It's just terribly disappointing. We had a good car last week. We've had a good car about four out of the last five races and we just can't get the finishes. We're really proud of our Pontiac. We're trying to stay motivated. It's just a monkey we can't seem to get off our back. But, we were up front. We were competitive. It's just a shame. But, we've got to go to Texas next week and go in there with the attitude to try to win the race and see what happens."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (16TH):
TOUGH RACE... "Yeah, it was. We had about a fifth place race car. We worked really hard just to kind of stay out of trouble and had the longest green flag run in history at Bristol, I believe. Then, we got lapped in the pits, so there wasn't much we could do about it. The car ran out of gas. We ran as long as we could and that cost us a little bit of time, too.
"But, it was a good car and not a bad finish. If you get out of here with a top 20 in one piece - that ain't exactly what you want - but, we'll take it and go on from here."
WAS ALL THE BEATING AND BANGING OUT THERE JUST TYPICAL BRISTOL?) "Yeah, and it's probably not all even intentional, either. It's hard not to run over people and slide into the side of people. You try not to wreck anybody or run into anybody, but man, it's such a tiny, little track. It's hard enough to go around it by yourself, much less with everybody else."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (9TH):
IT'S A TOP 10, BUT PROBABLY NOT THE TOP 10 YOU WANTED... "Hey, a top 10 is a top 10 here at Bristol. I've had fast race cars and been leading and everything else and come out of here with a whole lot less.
"It's disappointing because I missed pit road. I came to the back straightaway under green and should have gone to the front straightaway. It cost us probably two or three seconds and when we came back out, that's about how far ahead Bobby Labonte was from me. We were running him down and were going to get our lap back, but then the caution came out. That's just kind of how it went for us today. From then, we fought back a great fight to get back up to where we ended up.
"We'll take that. If you can come out of Bristol with a top 10 you can't be too disappointed."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (39TH):
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU TODAY? "Any time you're in a race with a Bodine you're liable to get in a wreck and I did.
"I don't really think -- for people that watch races or people that are involved - that you need to say any more."
HOW GOOD WAS YOUR CAR BEFORE THAT? "The car was awesome. The guys did a great job on it. We had good pit stops again. It's unfortunate because we had a good car."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (7TH):
"We had a great car - just got hung out there in the pits. We had a car capable of winning if circumstances fell a little different. We played our cards and came up a little bit short. But, it was a good day for the GM Goodwrench Chevy."
ON THE GAMBLE "The reason we stayed out was because we didn't want to take a chance of having to come back through the field. We were hoping for a caution to come out before we had to pit, but we didn't get it. That's just unfortunate circumstances. Who would've thought we would have run a hundred-or-something laps there without a caution?"
STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (30TH):
"This day actually started on Friday when we didn't qualify good. We knew that the main battle would be staying out of the wrecks, and unfortunately we got involved in one. The Pennzoil guys did a great job getting it fixed. We lost a lot of laps and from then on out we were just riding around playing the attrition game. It's a shame we got tore up, but that's part of it at Bristol."
TONY STEWART, NO. HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (26TH):
"I've never been hit so much in one day. Then at the end, the '43' car just stopped, for whatever reason. We tore up the whole front end and cooked the motor trying to finish the race. It was a bad day. I can't wait to get out of here."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 ADVAIR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (3RD):
"The guys on this Advair Chevrolet did a great job today. They worked real hard. We had a couple mishaps there and got behind, but everything worked pretty good to where we got back up there. Just right there at the end the car wouldn't go as good. I think something was dropping some fluid down and it got real slippery for a while. Then, it got better after that. But still, to come home third today is pretty good. I wish we could have run that as a green flag run there at the end instead of having a couple cautions, but that is the way it goes."