Daytona II: GM teams race quotes

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Scott Riggs - #10 Valvoline Chevrolet

Note: Multi-car accident took place on lap 35, involving Riggs. His car is currently in the garage for repairs.

WHAT HAPPENED? MARK MARTIN SAID THAT MAYBE YOU WERE LOOKING TO PIT AND CHANGED YOUR MIND

"No, I just didn't see anyone use any hand signals out there. When they checked up, I tried to check up and squeeze by them. I think Mark was already committed to the outside of me and got into me and turned me into the wall. I just hate it. We're going that fast, you're supposed to use hand signals. I knew we were about to pit in two laps and I was already planning where I had to use my hand signals to make sure everyone saw them. I don't know if those guys just decided at the last minute to pit. No hand signals-just didn't see it."

Michael Waltrip - #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet

Note: Accident on lap 72

"I had a flat right rear tire. When I got going, I started realizing it and tried to pull over. And, Jeff Burton was bump drafting me to get me going and it wrecked me."

"I'm just upset for my team. Tony Jr. and them deserve so much. They put Dale Jr. on the map, he's a good enough race car driver to take advantage of it. I hope I am, too."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. - #32 Tide Chevrolet

Note: Hit the wall on Lap 101 after suffering a flat tire.

WHAT HAPPENED?

"I was going through the tri-oval when it blew the right front and it just shot me to the side. Right side, put us into the wall. It's pretty bad. I don't think we'll be going back out there. It took a shot."

Kyle Busch - #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet

Note: Involved in multi-car accident on Lap 146

"It's the end of the race and everybody just wants to go. It's the kind of a deal where you have to go through here in Daytona. I went through it last night and I almost caused a big old wreck. I ended up getting in Carl and I hated it for him last night. Three wide. There wasn't quite enough room there. There was at the time, and then it just ran out. Harvick and the #31 came together and squeezed the #99. Nowhere I could go. I was freewheeling through the grass like Free Willy or something. Crazy."

Jeff Burton - #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet

"It's pretty wild. We had a great car tonight. Ran well all night. Got caught up in that big wreck there at the end. Just kind of lost us some spots, so we'll take what we can get. We restarted 25th or whatever and got back to 11th."

TELL US ABOUT THAT RESTART

"It was pretty wild. Didn't think I was going to catch up, but I did."

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND THE #29 THE THREE-WIDE SITUATION OUT THERE?

"No, I really can't, to be honest. I know we came off the corner and felt something in my quarter panel and next thing I know I was turning left, bouncing off of people. I really didn't know what happened. I really need to see the replay, I just don't know."

Brian Vickers - #25 GMAC Chevrolet

Note: Involved in late pit-road accident that put him back in the field

"I just hate it for the guys on the GMAC Chevy. Especially the guys on the team that work so hard to build these cars. We had such a good car. It was the best speedway car we had so far. Back to the front a couple of times, we ran in the top 5, top 10 most of the night. For something stupid like that to happen on pit road."

WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD?

"Well, we finished our pit stop and were coming down pit road and the #12 car decided to go. Got three lanes, just decided to. I don't know. We were coming down pit road and the #12 car tried to make it three lanes across pit road for whatever reason. I just talked to his guys and his crew chief said that there was somebody in front of him that wrecked, so that's why he had to do that. Either way, it still sucks for the guys. They had such a good car."

Jimmie Johnson - #48 Lowe's Chevrolet

HOW WAS YOUR RACE TONIGHT?

"Real good. I feel like how you come out of the pits is really going to dictate the race. And we had the advantage but we got bound up in some traffic and Stewart had such a good car and came around from the outside and got to the front and kind of kept it from there. So, great for the Lowe's Monte Carlo. Brand new race car, good day in the points, so all in all good day."

WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULD HAVE HAD FOR THE #20 TONIGHT?

"No, the #20. I tried for a few laps. We were better off running wide open and not playing games because we could get a four or five car breakaway. The early part of the race that was kind of my goal. Keep bump drafting and try to get us away and out of the big one. And then, at the end, I was hoping to have a shootout with him but it didn't work out for me and I ended up sixth."

Jeff Gordon - #24 DuPont Chevrolet

YOU HAVE ABOUT 15 SPOTS IN THE LAST 20-SOME LAPS. HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO DO THAT?

"We were making a lot of adjustments so we were coming in losing positions because we wanted to really get the car tightened up. At the start of the race we were awesome; one of the best cars. All of a sudden on the second stop from-there on we were just dead-sideways; loose."

HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THAT?

"We fought through it and got it tighter, then there at the end. it helped that it was a short run. Under these hot conditions the track is really slick and it's a real handful so it's hard to keep the car underneath you. Half the battle is just keeping the car going straight and staying out of the other guys and half the battle is getting out in front."

AFTER THE WAY THE LAST SIX RACES HAVE GONE FOR YOU HOW DOES THIS COMPARE?

"I'm extremely happy. After the last restart I think we were like 14th or 15th. Anywhere from here forward I'll be very happy with the way things are going. Just having the race car in one piece-we missed some wrecks by inches tonight and we're very fortunate to do that, let alone do this."

HOW DID YOUR ENGINE PERFORM?

"The motors are great; the motors have been fantastic. That's the least of our worries. Pretty consistent."

Mike Wallace - #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet

HOW WAS YOUR RACE?

"We finished eight there; everything was pretty good. We needed help to draft with; we were very fortunate because we had a flat left rear tire right after one of the cautions came out. We had some luck on our side. We missed a wreck on the front straightaway; I think Harvick was involved. It all went pretty simple really. I was just really happy. We were outside the top 35; our main goal was to get back in there. Stayed out and led a lap to get even with Leffler. He stayed out and got five ahead of us-at the end he was not too far behind us. I'm racing 11 and trying to get the best finish I can. Everything was good; we had a sixth-place run going and then the 48 and the 24 came and I couldn't afford to give up the bottom to try to block him. The 17 and 49 were also coming. It was a great run for our team; it's the best finish for us in a few years, I believe. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo ran great. Thanks to Lucas Oil, Kodak, Wide Open energy drink, we had the best finish of the year so far. I'm looking for more of them to come."

HOW WAS YOUR CAR HOLDING UP?

"When we qualified our car we had to put it in qualifying mode. We ran thin oils and everything else. All the guys in the engine shop, Big Mark and Larry. This is Larry McClure's baby, these speedways. For some reason it didn't run fast by itself but it did draft well and as long as I could get a push and a suck it would go pretty good. It would run through the middle of the corner pretty well; through the bottom of the racetrack and the middle. It went right through the middle of the corner; it rolled really well. We had luck on our side when the flat tire came. When the first wreck happened I hit pit road and flat-spotted the right front tire and blew it out; ran around for a lap; had three or four good things happen for us."

-gm racing-

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