JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS Involved in multi-vehicle accident and will go to a back up car for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout. Note: The backup be brought from Hendrick Motorsports on a trailer and is expected to arrive at the...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS
Involved in multi-vehicle accident and will go to a back up car for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout. Note: The backup be brought from Hendrick Motorsports on a trailer and is expected to arrive at the Speedway on Saturday morning.
IS YOUR CAR TOTALED? "That car is pretty much torn up. Unfortunately, we got into the No. 12 (Ryan Newman) as it was spinning back across the track. I hit him hard and got hit a couple more times and that car is done."
SO NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? DO YOU HAVE A BACK-UP OR DO YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR DAYTONA 500 CAR? "I'm sure we have a great plan in place and that is one of the benefits of driving for Hendrick Motorsports. We have 560 employees working hard to make sure that we're never in a bad situation. So I'm sure we have another great race car ready to go and we'll be fine for the Shootout. And then if, God forbid, we need another backup come the 500, I'm sure we have a lot of bullets left.
"I haven't seen any footage of what went on. He (Ryan Newman) was backwards at that point I was just trying to figure out where that car was sliding and unfortunately I picked the wrong spot and I got into him.
"Certainly this is not what we planned for. We brought our best two cars down here. Our first one is for the 500 and our second-best for the Shootout."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS
Involved in multi-vehicle accident and will go to a back up car for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout. Note: Final decision by the team is for Gordon to drive his Daytona 500 backup car in the Shootout. If that car should also be involve in a wreck in the Shootout or sometime next week before the 500, Hendrick Motorsports will trailer yet another car to Daytona.
WHAT DID YOU AND JIMMIE JOHNSON DECIDE HAPPENED OUT THERE? "Well, I was right on his bumper. I was pushing him, trying to get to the front and see what was going to happen. And I just saw smoke and a car get turned around to the inside. We kind of favored the outside and then at the last second that car (No. 12, Ryan Newman) slid up the race track.
"So I'm not exactly sure what happened or what started it all. I'll have to look at the video a little bit more. I just know that the Dupont Chevrolet is junk. And we don't have a back up, so we'll have one here in the morning."
SO YOU WILL SHIP A CAR IN? "Yeah, we don't want to use our 500 car. We could do that but we want to save that for the 500 for qualifying. It's the best car we feel like we have and then we'll figure it out. I really think for the Shootout and where I'm starting (22nd), I don't think it's going to matter. We've got plenty of good ones back at the shop. It's just a matter of getting it here and getting it ready and going out there and racing. But I think we're going to see a lot of things like this happening because the drafting is so severe that there is a lot of movement going on out there. It's going to be exciting. I've been saying it's going to be exciting and I think there is a whole lot of excitement yet to come. But hopefully at the end of the day we can have a great race."
A FEW YEARS AGO AT THE ALL-STAR RACE AT LOWE'S, YOU CRASHED EARLY AND WENT TO A BACK UP CAR WITH ZERO LAPS OF PRACTICE. CAN YOU WIN IT IN A BACKUP CAR AS YOU DID THAT NIGHT? "Especially with the new car, the new Impala SS. I mean they are all pretty much identical. We'll put the same set-up underneath it. There is very little difference between the cars. If we could have won with this car, we can win with a backup car. It's going to be tough coming from 22nd, but it's a fairly long race so we'll see what happens."
THEY JUST ROLLED JIMMIE JOHNSON'S BACK UP CAR AND YOUR BACK-UP CAR BY "Maybe we did have backup cars. I don't know where they came from I don't know if that was our backup for the 500. Maybe we will end up using that one because we're just not going to have time."
IS THAT ONE OF THE DANGERS OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO GET THE GOOD CAR INVOLVED? "Honestly, there is so little difference between the good car and the other car. It's not like it used to be. You used to find one that was magical and fast and then one that was not. This car, there is very little you can do to it to make it much better. We'll get one ready, whether it's that one or another one on the way."
WAS THAT A LITTLE TOO TIGHT OUT THERE FOR PRACTICE OR WAS THAT NORMAL? "We've got to be in those conditions eventually. I was in the exact position I wanted to be in, in the back trying to get to the front to see what it was going to be like tomorrow night. But I knew there was a risk in that and that (wreck) could happen. And I'm sure it won't be the last time."
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIEL'S IMPALA SS:
ON WHAT HAPPENED: "It shouldn't have happened. I got underneath him, the No. 41 was pushing me pretty hard and I knew I wasn't trying to push the envelope. I was trying to let off and here he came back down, I was trying to let off. It is just unfortunate for everybody, that is just too bad. My car is fine, it is everybody else. That is practice, it isn't even the race, certainly wasn't trying to do that. I got under him and like I said, I tried to let off and there wasn't any more room."
MARK MARTIN, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS:
"The car isn't too bad, we are done with practice but it isn't too bad. Expect to see more of that, especially tomorrow night. A lot of guys haven't driven cars like this at Daytona; it is going to take to a while to get through their heads that they have to be more conservative. I told my guys that I am glad they could fix this car because that means after tomorrow night, it means we will only have one wrecked race car, not two.
"I couldn't see what happen, but I saw a car spinning down and I knew he was going to come up the race track. I knew the best thing I could do was hurry and try to get past him. I thought I got caught by the car coming up the track, but evidently it was Carl (Edwards) trying to get through to avoid the No. 12. He just got me and spun me. So I didn't hit anything. There is a little damage, but no enough to worry about. The car handled good; I am fine with not practicing anymore. It is going to be a wild Speedweeks I am going to tell you. It is going to be wild."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS:
"I saw cars spinning everywhere. Looked like the No. 2 was trying to block the No. 20 and Tony tried to go to the high side. It has been a wild practice out there. It is going to be interesting to see how this all unfolds.
"We weren't going to run too much. We liked our car really from the get-go right off the trailer so we weren't going to practice too much. That was a good enough reason to quit right there."
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