Daytona 500: GM teams race quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL IMPALA SS -- Rain delay comment, when race was called, Finished 2nd IT LOOKS LIKE YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A CAR CAPABLE OF WINNING IF WE GO BACK TO GREEN "Yeah, as long as we're in the middle of stuff, we're okay.

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL IMPALA SS -- Rain delay comment, when race was called, Finished 2nd

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A CAR CAPABLE OF WINNING IF WE GO BACK TO GREEN "Yeah, as long as we're in the middle of stuff, we're okay. Our Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet is not a huge sign of speed, but it's handled real good and with cars behind us we're able to make some moves and keep the car underneath us and do what we need to do. It looks like it could rain for a little while."

HOW MUCH DOES THE TRACK CHANGE WHEN WE GET THESE RED FLAG PERIODS? "Well just from the start of the race the track changed a little bit. We've been on the right side of it with our car and been able to make some big adjustments early in the race because we started in the back. And they've done a good job on pit road and kept us in the game and made the right adjustments and put ourselves in position to have a chance and that's all you can ask for."

A CRASH IN PRACTICE, HAD TO BRING OUT THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT CAR WHICH WON LAST SATURDAY NIGHT, IT WAS NOT QUITE WHAT YOU GUYS HAD EXPECTED EARLIER, ITS BEEN A LONG WORK IN PROGRESS TONIGHT. "Yeah, our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet was rough in the beginning. We came in and made some really big adjustments with the spring rubber and some air pressure and did a lot of things to work on the handling. We realized that we didn't have the speed we needed to. That was good because it was able to let me get pushed around a little bit and be able to be comfortable with my car and go where I needed to go.

"It's going okay so far. They put me in a position to have a chance there at the end. We knew the rain was coming. I had (Clint) Bowyer there pushing me from behind and I don't really know how it all shook out but if it winds up this way that would be pretty cool. Matt (Kenseth) pushed me to win the 500 a couple of years ago and to kind of have it reverse the roles here that would be alright."

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TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT IMPALA SS -- Rain delay comment, when race was called, Finished 8th:

ON HIS RUN "I just tried to get the right line to go with you. We've been hung out to dry about 8,000 times in 150 laps here so, screw 'em, we'll do it on our own."

HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO RUN WITH ANYBODY AT ALL, OR HAVE YOU JUST BEEN ON YOUR OWN? "Hell with them, I'll do it on my own."

ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THE RACE IS GOING TO END LIKE THIS? "You can't predict the weather. It is part of racing. It is not the first time we got rained on at a race track. Congratulations to Matt (Kenseth) and everybody at Roush Racing. They did a great job. He got himself in position to win there and that is what you got to do. We all knew the weather was coming; it was a matter of scrambling of trying to get there. He did the best job. I'm really proud of everyone at Stewart Haas and real appreciative of Gene Haas and everybody at Haas Automation for giving us this opportunity. To leave here with a third, second and an eighth, can't say that is really that disappointing."

WHAT DID YOU LEARN AS A TEAM OWNER? "I am excited. I think we have got a lot of potential, obviously. We just have to get poor Ryan hooked up right now. That is the part I am disappointed with. It is nothing of anybody's doing, they just had bad luck this week and I am going to everything I can to make sure we get that turned around for California and Vegas. I am proud of Tony Gibson and Ryan and Darian Grubb, Bobby Hutchens and all the guys that came down here and helped to get two cars ready. Considering we lost three cars, to still have a car finish in the top-10 you can't be that disappointed. I think the thing I am most proud of is not the third place run or the second place run or the Nationwide win. It is coming back from the infield care and seeing all the guys and seeing all their attitudes and how hard they worked to get us out again before the end of happy hour. How hard Ryan's crew worked to get their car ready too. It is not what you would typically think you would be most proud of, but that is what has stood out in my mind as the highlight of the week and just showing me when we have adversity, what kind of guys we got and how dedicated they are to making it right."

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DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS -- Rain delay comment, when race was called, Finished 27th:

ON THE INCIDENT WITH BRIAN VICKERS AND DRIVING PAST THE PIT BOX, CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH THESE THINGS? "My car is really, really good. The AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet has been good all day and into the night here. We worked real hard to get our lap back. That was my mistake coming on to pit road and missing my box. On the back straightaway, I was a lap down trying to get my lap back and I had a really, really good run and Brian (Vickers), he was side-by-side with somebody for the lead and I went on the inside and he drove me down, down almost into the grass below the line and I didn't have much control over the car at that point. I was just trying to get back on the race track and I hit him in the quarter panel and spun him out.

"If he'd have just held his ground, I was the lapped car. I wasn't even racing for position. That was unfortunate."

NOW THAT YOU'VE GOTTEN YOUR LAP BACK AND THE CREW HAS TAKEN A LOOK AT THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER, HOW IS IT NOW THAT WE'VE MADE IT TO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS? "I'm in good shape, man. If we can just get this thing going, we'll drive her to the front."

HOW WAS TIRE WEAR FOR YOU? "Well, it was bad at the start of the race but it got better, the longer we ran as the cooler temperatures came. It just got better and better as we went."

PEOPLE THOUGHT HENDRICK WOULD DOMINATE HERE, YOUR THOUGHTS? "I was up front, the No. 24 was up front, and the No. 5 was up front. I don't know what race you was watching. Who has been dominate?"

I THINK OUR EXPECTATIONS MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT UNREALISTIC, GUESS WE JUST EXPECTED YOU TO DOMINATE THE RACE: "Really? Why did you expect. Last year we didn't do that. I mean we were good all week, but not that good. You need to drop it a gear or two on your expectations. I think we were good, I just had some bad luck. Every time I would get in the front, some bad luck would take me to the back. Something I would do or something else. But I had a great car; I could run up in the top-five all night, all night, whatever. I think Jeff's (Gordon) car was good too. I don't know, he had some tire issues or something and had to pit early one time. I don't know why the No. 48 was struggling there. He seemed fast but he just, I don't know. I had a great car. My car was ready to go, just had some circumstances kept moving me to the back."

WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE WITH THE BIG WRECK? "I got a run on Vickers and the guy he was beside. I went to the bottom of 'em. Vickers drove me below the line. He ran in to me and sent me below the line. I was just trying not to run into, drive in to the grass and get my car under control and try and get above the line so I get penalized for being down there, I ran in to his quarter panel and spun him out."

DOES IT MATTER THAT BLOCKING WAS GOING ON? "He shouldn't have started that, it would have never happened. If he had held his ground, who knows? He would have probably got the back or got the position back eventually, but at that point in the race, that was pretty reckless."

WERE YOU CONCERNED THAT NASCAR WAS GOING TO PENALIZE YOU? "Penalize me? For what? I got ran in to and sent below the line. What the hell? I don't want to go down there, I didn't aim to go down there, and I got sent down there. What the hell am I supposed to do? Then what am I supposed to do? Stay down there? No. I got to get back up on the race track.

"It was unfortunate man. If he wasn't so damn reckless, we would have never had that problem, that would never happen. As far as I am concerned, it is all his responsibility.

"Matt (Kenseth) won. Good deal. Congratulations. He always says that he wants me to tutor him on these plate tracks. He finally got his damn trophy and can give me some damn pointers."

WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE WITH YOU AND (BRIAN) VICKERS? "I got a run on him and he saw me coming. I had a big ole' run on him and I went to the inside. I didn't try to make no late move and try to make it some surprise or anything, I just kind of eased on over there and he went to block me and hit me in the fender and sent us both off. Sent me down toward the grass and trying to recover my car I got back into him coming back up the race track. I don't hate it for him but for everybody else that got wrecked."

WAS IT ACCIDENTAL? "Yeah it was accidental. I didn't want to wreck the field. I mean he drove me down almost into the grass. I was trying to get back up on the race track."

JEFF BURTON AND YOU HAD CONVERSATION, WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT? "I was trying to get my lap back and I think it was three-wide and put him in the middle sometime or another on the restart and he got shuffled back to the back and wrecked and he was upset with me for making it three-wide and I should have worked with him and all that. But rains coming time to try to win the race you know what I mean. Time to try to get back on the lead lap. We had a pit stop where our right-front tire I was told was only an inch on the line and I got penalized a lap for that. I don't feel like that's a fair trade but maybe its time we re-evaluate that rule. So I had to run hard and Vickers could have just held his ground. I had a great run. I was a lapped car anyways, I wasn't battling for the lead but he drove us down in the grass almost and I didn't have much control over my car after that."

EARLY IN THE RACE YOU MISSED YOUR PIT ENTIRELY, WHAT HAPPENED THERE? "If you look down this pit road, my sign is pink and every other sign is pink so it's hard to see. They're all about the same color. Everybody says all right I'm going to make mine yellow this week then two weeks later everybody's is yellow. I was under a lot of pressure too. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to get up in there and try to lead a lap and all that and I just wasn't thinking good. I mean I can't really blame it on anybody but myself."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, NO. 8 GUITAR HERO IMPALA SS -- Finished 29th:

"We fought hard all day after being spun early on. The guys worked really hard to get the splitter fixed after we were spun."

"We finally got the car running better, and we started making up some ground. We had worked our way up into the top 15, and 11th place when we were spun from behind by the No. 77!"

"I Just feel terrible for the guys, we worked really hard the last few days and we really had some good success here in Daytona."

"I'd really like to thank our partner Activision and Guitar Hero for their support. We'll get 'em in California!"

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS -- Finished 14th "Our Target Chevy was solid all day. In that last run we picked up about 10 spots in three laps, imagine what we could do if we went back green. Not much you can do about weather, good race though."

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CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER IMPALA SS -- Finished 4th:

THE STARS AND PLANETS WERE GOING TO BE ALIGNED FOR YOU; YOU HAD A TEAMMATE UP THERE IF YOU HAD TIME COULD YOU HAVE PULLED IT OFF? "I certainly would like to think so. You never know. That's the bummer about this whole thing. Really proud of (crew chief) Shane Wilson and all the guys on the Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. They did a good job in the off-season building a team from scratch. Really proud of them. The naysayers have already got us out of the Chase and everything else. I think this just proves first race out of the box that we're capable of getting the job done still. Just real proud of the effort."

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET IMPALA SS -- FINISHED 36TH

"I want to congratulate Matt Kenseth, he's a good friend and I am happy for him. I know what he's feeling right now. It's just been a tough week for the U.S. Army team. We had a multiple of issues to deal with, including two wrecks before we even started today's race. We were patient in the beginning because we needed to get a feel for the car and the track. We were pretty good until we had to come in for a loose wheel (Lap 71). Then we had a miscue on pit road. We fell two laps down and it was a struggle from that point on. The rain obviously hurt us because we needed more time if we were going to get those laps back."

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MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/CARQUEST IMPALA SS -- Rain delay comment, Finished 16th

DO YOU WANT TO GET GOING AGAIN? "Oh yeah. We've got a lot. We pitted there on that last caution and we're banking on a little bit more time. We've got an awesome race car. We've been trying to take care of it, trying to take car of the right front tire and everything. You know we got out of sequence but if the thing went a little bit longer we were heading toward the front with our buddy Jeff Gordon there."

SO YOU'VE GOT A SHOT TO WIN THIS THING IF WE GET GOING AGAIN? "Yes."

ON DAYTONA OVERALL: "First I have to congratulate Matt Kenseth. He's a good friend of mine and I'm happy to see him in victory lane. The Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet has been great all week. Nearly perfect. The team made a call to pit and it would have been a perfect call had we just gotten a few more laps in before the rain started falling so hard. I have never had this much fun before and I am positive that the rest of the year is going to continue this way. It's a hard way to see the weekend. We were so good. But we're good as a team; we succeed as a team and we finished 16th as a team. It's on to more fun at California now."

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MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS -- Finished 11th

ON DAYTONA OVERALL: "It was great to start on the pole. It was a big deal for the crew guys; shop guys back in NC and for ECR Engines. Our race was okay. My No.1 Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet did not handle well in the beginning. We adjusted on it during the pit stops and it came to life once the sun went down. After the last stop we were making a run for the front. Finishing in 11th is not a top-10, but to come out of Daytona in one piece is just as good."

"Our car was good when it was out front, but the handling would go away when we got into traffic. Bono and the guys made some great adjustments and the car was handling as good as it had all day when the rains came. Obviously, I would have liked for the thing to go all the way but we'll take this finish and get ready for California. The main thing is that we didn't get caught up in any of the wrecks and brought the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet home in one piece."

ON THE RAIN: "We all knew the rain was coming, but were not really sure when it would actually show up. I had hoped to go back racing because I knew my No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet could make it to the front.

"But considering our turn around time to California is so short I think they did the right thing by calling it. We could have been here to the wee hours of the morning if they had waited"

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CASEY MEARS, NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS, FINISHED 15TH:

"I think we had a good day all in all. We didn't get caught up in anything. We are fortunate for that. We just had a little trouble with speed. I think the car handled real well. We built the car to handle well and I think we might have had just a little too much drag so we have to work on that a little bit. Obviously when we go to Talladega we won't worry so much about handling it will be all about speed there. I think we had a really good care and definitely had something left there for the end."

BEING YOUR FIRST RACE WITH RCR, ARE YOU FEELING LIKE THINGS ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? "I really, really enjoyed it because Gil (Martin, crew chief) is getting me all the information I need, he is really doing a good job. He is telling me what is going on coming on to pit road. Just really like the communication we got and things we got going on right now. Not the finish we wanted, but we learned a lot. I think the guys understand how I am on the radio and what I need I need. I think Gil is doing a good job making adjustments."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth