JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: McMurray set a NASCAR Winston Cup record Sunday night by winning the UAW-GM Quality 500. He won his first Winston Cup race in only his second start. McMurray is a 26-year-old driver...
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: McMurray set a NASCAR Winston Cup record Sunday night by winning the UAW-GM Quality 500. He won his first Winston Cup race in only his second start. McMurray is a 26-year-old driver from Joplin, Mo.
"I don't believe it. It's really a hard situation with Sterling get hurt and everything. Sterling has been great for me. This is my worst race track. Lorin Ranier (spotter) helped me and I learned a lot from my Busch team. We had a great car yesterday and we really thought we could run in the top three yesterday. We had motor problems and that was unfortunate, but we learned a lot about the race track. When we were leading with a hundred or something to go, I figured we were about fifth. They kept making the car better all day. What a race car. Chip and Felix have a first-class operation and gave me a great opportunity. What a race team. I don't know. I'm thinking about going (to Martinsville next week) now. I told my sister and family back home that if I ran well at Charlotte I was going to ask them if I could go. I'm going to ask 'em. Talk about a dream. I talked to my girlfriend about this. I didn't win in trucks and Busch.
"They took a chance on me. I hadn't won in trucks or Busch. They put me in first-class equipment, and I made the most of it tonight. With a hundred laps to go, I didn't know if we were going to win. My car was great, but I didn't know. I struggled getting in on pit road. I really lost a lot of time there. I didn't want to make a mistake getting on pit road and lose a lap or something, so I gave up a little bit there.
"I'm amazed I'm not crying right. I'm a pretty emotional guy, and to do it at Charlotte, it's hometown and my worst race track. This says a whole lot about this race team and my race team in the Busch Series. I learned a lot in that car yesterday. They said the 20 car was coming, and I could tell he was coming pretty quick. He slowed down I guess the last 10 laps. I just drove my race and drove the racetrack.
"I get really frustrated with my father a lot of times. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here.
TALKING TO STERLING MARLIN ON TELEPHONE IN VICTORY LANE
"Sterling, you've got a great race team. I hope you get better. I know you'll come back and probably win the championship next year. You need to come drink some Coors Light with us."
CHIP GANASSI (Car Owner Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge Intrepid R/Ts)
"This team is all about motivation and heart. This is just a continuation of what this team and Tony Glover and Andy Graves and Lee McCall and all the guys that work on this team put this thing together the last couple of years. This is another stepping stone toward what we're looking for. I told Sterling this was his team and to get his *&$ back here. Jamie showed a lot of heart when I first met him. He's got great communication skills. He wants to be here. He was cool as a cucumber tonight in the car. I was talking to him on the radio a couple of times and I thought he was about to fall to sleep. We made a couple of changes to the car, and that was about it. Obviously with the circumstances, I'm a little surprised. This is Sterling's team and his car. For Jamie to step in, those are big shoes to fill. That's what's great about NASCAR. You can't imagine the momentum this team has had the last couple of weeks. They just want to will this thing to the front, every single person. Every single person at our place can take some stock in this victory."
STEVEN LANE (Crew chief No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We just didn't have the car right. When we unloaded off the truck, I'll bet we tried 10 different setups under it and we never made it any better. Kyle did a great job with it finishing 20th. I was really surprised with the outcome of the race tonight. I came back to the truck and all my guys said they couldn't believe it. He's a pretty good little driver. It's just unreal that he won in only his second start."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 44 Georgia Pacific/Brawny Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Nadeau scored his best finish of the season in the Petty Enterprises Dodge.
"We got lucky and were able to get our lap back, and the car was fast after that. We made up a lot of ground, but we just ran out of time. It was a good weekend for this Georgia Pacific team. Congratulations to Jamie McMurray. I know he's a happy man right now."
BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager Dodge Motorsports Operations)
"We're pleased to see Jamie McMurray in the Coors Light Dodge in victory lane. That car just seems to belong there, especially at Lowe's Motor Speedway. We're rookies out here, and it's exciting to see a rookie driver for Dodge bring home a victory."
STACY COMPTON (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I don't know what happened. I think something broke in the clutch. I've never seen anything like it. I was just riding along and thought 'something doesn't feel right.' Guess I was right. We hadn't even run under green, so something had to have broken. It was a freak deal. They're taking it (clutch) out now. We'll see what we can do with the time we'll have left."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The 30 car went on the outside of me. I couldn't go up into the 30 car. Todd ran inside of me. Obviously I had to slow down because the 30 went on the outside. I just told Todd he has to have some patience. He's a good driver. He needs to take his time. Here we are talking about it again. I'm tired of it I know that. We had a top 15 car or better depending on which run we were on. We were just trying to get to the end. We just can't get to the end of these races anymore. We were just racing, but the guy slammed into the side of me when he hit the grass. There you go. I'm sick of tearing up the 22 car. He (Bodine) saw it all happen. I didn't hit anybody all day. It's his responsibility to look ahead and think ahead. I can't do it for him."