TONY RAINES, NO. 96 DLP HDTV MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 21st "I'm disappointed. I thought we had a better car than that. The car just wouldn't draft up like it did at Talladega. It was handling awesome, it just seemed like it was off a little bit.
TONY RAINES, NO. 96 DLP HDTV MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 21st
"I'm disappointed. I thought we had a better car than that. The car just wouldn't draft up like it did at Talladega. It was handling awesome, it just seemed like it was off a little bit. The long runs we were good, but on the restarts we just struggled. I want to finish better than we did. 21st, I want to finish a little better than that."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 32 TIDE/DOWNY MONTE CARLO SS- Finished 30th
"We had our hands full tonight. The impound situation really hurt us because when it came down to the race, this car was a handful to drive with it set up in qualifying trim. It was way too loose with about 25 laps to go and we were not able to make a charge to the front like we had planned. We made a track bar and wedge change with 4 laps to go and it handled better in the end. We just ran out of laps. Bottom line ... racing in qualifying trim is not very fun.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 40th
"We had guys out there who had no tires - some two, some four - and we had four and the car was handling great. My guys did an awesome job tonight in the pits and getting the car dialed in because we weren't that great yesterday and we were just working our way up through there. It was getting dicey and crazy. The No. 18 (Yeley) was backing up through the middle and I got to the outside and the No. 16 (Biffle) was going around him and there were so many guys that were getting out of control. And I want to badmouth every one of them but I'm not going to. I guess if I don't have anything nice to say I shouldn't say anything at all. It was just unfortunate that we got caught in it because our DuPont Pepsi Superman Chevrolet was awesome tonight. I don't know if we had a shot at Tony (Stewart) but we definitely had a shot at the top three or four. I just had that we got cut short by guys who were being stupid."
"It was just a lot of craziness. It's Daytona at night and the lights are on and you know, some guys had tires and some guys didn't have tires. We were working our way up through there. And we were really battling with Tony and (Matt) Kenseth and we were banging bumpers and everything else and we got three wide there and the No. 18 was in the middle and the No. 16 was on the outside and they came together. The guys were getting a little bit out of control there those last few laps and that's usually what happens when guys drive like that.
"It was a frustrating night all the way around. We took off there and we were great. The pit stops were great and I couldn't ask for more. But you make one move that somebody behind you chooses whether they want to go with you or not to go with you and you get shuffled back 10 spots. And we slowly but surely worked our way back up there, and then we'd get shuffled back again. So it was just frustrating on a lot of levels. I definitely am going to have to go make some friends in the garage. I think me and Junior --- neither one of us have any friends out there because there was nobody who seemed to want to work with us and that's a part of restrictor plate racing. We had all the other ingredients there and we'll just have to go to Chicago and make up for it."
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 CHEEZ-IT/KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS Finished 2nd
ON TRYING TO GET A FEW RUNS IN ON TONY STEWART AT THE END OF THE RACE: "Yeah, we just didn't have a good enough run on him there. Kurt (Busch) was pushing me from behind but just couldn't ever get a strong enough run on him to complete the pass. I felt like I had a good run down the back straightaway. If I would have pulled out a little bit too soon and blocked his mirrors but he had to do what he had to do to win the race. Congratulations to (Tony) Stewart and congratulations to my whole Kellogg's/Cheez-It team for being able to put me in second place tonight."
YOU'VE NEVER HAD GOOD LUCK AT THIS RACE TRACK. WHAT'S MORE SATISFYING, A TOP FIVE FINISH AT DAYTONA OR THE FACT THAT YOU BEAT YOUR OLDER BROTHER KURT TONIGHT? "A top five finish at Daytona. I can beat him all year long. I'm just kidding. The biggest thing is just being able to actually to finish here in Daytona. I came out of here in the spring not liking this place very much. It doesn't have any offense to do with the people here or the atmosphere or anything like that. It's just I haven't had very much success on restrictor plate races. You put a half-mile Bristol around here in Daytona somewhere and I'll like it. Sorry." (Press conference transcript to follow)
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 13th
"My car was real tight all night long and I couldn't really move forward. I just couldn't race side by side with nobody. I had a hard time on the restarts, a hard time getting in my pit box. The car just wouldn't go. We struggled in a lot areas tonight. We really did and (it's) very disappointing but my team gave me an A effort and that was the reason why we were able to come out here sort of with a decent gain in the points. I've got to give my team a lot of credit."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 HERSHEY'S/GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 9th
"It was a good night. The car is still rolling and we got a top-10 out of it so that's all we came for."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS- Finished 32nd
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CRASH WITH BOBBY LABONTE? "I've got to look at the video. I mean, we were three-wide and I got loose inside of him (Labonte). Chased him up the track and just ran out of real estate. I'm not sure what was really going on around me but I got loose, was chasing him and off the gas, trying not to get into him and did.
DID THE CARS HOOK TOGETHER? "Yeah, once we got together my steering wheel pulled to the right and it just turned my steering head-on into his and I couldn't turn off of him. I just sat there grinding him into the wall, destroying both of our cars even more. I feel really bad about it."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 15th
"It handled good, and that's what racing is all about, making the cars handle. I think everybody expects racing like we have at Talladega but it's an unrealistic expectation. It's not gonna happen. This is the kind of racing we ought to have at Daytona and in my opinion that's how it ought to be. The three-wide, two-wide, ten rows deep, twenty rows deep isn't what racing's all about, it's about making them handle and the car that handles the best wins."