JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO "I'm fine. I think my pride's hurt more than anything. I saw the (No.) 22 spinning high so I went low. I thought I had him cleared -- I needed another six inches --it was that close. I got...
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"I'm fine. I think my pride's hurt more than anything. I saw the (No.) 22 spinning high so I went low. I thought I had him cleared -- I needed another six inches --it was that close. I got hit in the right rear and started spinning. There wasn't anything I could do. The car hit driver's-side first but luckily it wasn't flush. I took a good hit, I felt it."
I don't know what it is, but my foot swelled up. But hey, this is Bristol. We'll be back in California." Note: Nemechek suffered a bruised left foot and will have further evaluation Sunday in Charlotte.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Winner
"Boy, I'm wore out. That's a long green flag run. I think it wore everybody out. This is the biggest race of my career. It's Bristol, baby."
IT WAS A LONG ROAD GETTING BACK TO VICTORY LANE. YOU'VE HAD SOME TOUGH DAYS. "Yeah, but you're going to have that. You can't be number one all the time. It just makes them sweeter, man. You wouldn't enjoy them as much. This is really great for our team. We really needed that. It's awesome.
"I came to a lot of races here when my dad drove them. He made this place magical if you're an Earnhardt fan, and me being one of 'em. I might not have done it like he did it just now, but that was pretty damn close."
YOUR DAD WAS IN VICTORY LANE HERE FIVE YEARS AGO TONIGHT "Yeah, we seem to keep on matching number some how or another. But wherever he is, he's laughing. He had some great races here. That's why this place is so magical to me. I've wanted to win here so bad. I never thought I'd win a Busch race and a Cup race the same weekend at Bristol. Good Lord. What a great day.
ARE YOU GOING TO CELEBRATE? "Oh, yeah, and we've got Sunday off".
THIS IS THE MOMENTUM YOU GUYS WANTED GOING INTO THE FINAL 10 RACES "We might not bounce back to full consistency right away, but we're gaining on it. I count on my team. When everybody thinks we're down and out we get it back. We figure it out. We keep going. That's what makes us tough." More to follow
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 3rd
"It was a great day for the Lowe's Monte Carlo. I've just got to thank these crew guys and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and all the Lowe's employee owners for not giving up on me. It's been a tough month. I made a mistake yesterday and crashed the car. To bring out a back up car and have a third place finish with it is really good. My hat's off to the whole Lowe's team for working their butts off. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them." More to follow
JEFF BURTON, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 4th
"This is an awesome race team. I stepped into a situation with a lot of good people and am trying to take advantage of it. I'm real proud of these guys. This AOL team is working well together and started working well together right off the bat. I'm real inspired right now and feel really good about where we're headed. Kevin Hamlin (crew chief) and all these guys are really good. Hopefully we can just keep building on this."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 24th
Note - Harvick was dehydrated and his arm kept falling asleep. Kyle Petty took over the driving duties on lap 362:
"My arm just fell asleep during that long green flag run. My seat was pinching a nerve under my left bicep and it just went numb. I tried to bring it back to life after that pit stop, but once we went racing again it fell right back asleep. I knew the only thing to do was have someone replace me because I knew I couldn't drive the car with one arm.
"It's a lot better now that I've had a chance to cool down and get some fluids back in me. Dr. (Jay) Bolden (RCR physician) looked me over and made sure my arm was okay. I want to thank Kyle for taking over for me in the Realtree/GM Goodwrench Chevy. I knew he'd drive it as hard as I did."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 12th:
"It was brutal. Wow. It's probably the toughest race I've ever raced. It was hot. The car was hot inside. We've got to do some work on that. I don't know where 12th is going to put us, but it was a decent run for us tonight.
"We had a really good car. I think Kevin Harvick could have worked with us a little bit better. I worked with him at the Glen. If he was going to get out of the car, there was no reason for him not to let us by. That probably cost us the Lucky Dog. I'm a little disappointed by that, but it's kind of the way it's been all year."