KEVIN HARVICK, NO 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS: The motor just burned up. It took off good for the first four or five laps then it started eating itself alive. I hate it for all the Reeses people, hopefully it is just a thing with...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS:
The motor just burned up. It took off good for the first four or five laps then it started eating itself alive. I hate it for all the Reeses people, hopefully it is just a thing with this motor. We kind of had trouble with that thing from the beginning."
TODD BERRIER, CREW CHIEF:
I think we burned a piston, it wasn't running hot or anything like that. We need to get it back and take a look. He had smoke in the car about three laps before that but he wasn't sure about what the smell was, possibly a rearend gear or maybe engine oil, but it wasn't a distinct smell. When the wreck happened, we got a flat tire so we came down pit road and there was smoke pouring out the pipes. We were planning on just riding it until the little break anyway, but fortunately we got the wreck that kept us from burning it up completely. All the engines for Thursday are all the same in the whole place so we need to get it out and apart to figure it out.
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS:
"This is not the start we wanted to get to the season because this GMAC racing team really worked hard to get us ready for Daytona. I will have to check the replay to see what happened for sure. We were running through one and two there and there were cars on the either side of us, we were three wide. There was one on the bottom coming up and one on the top coming down. I tried to get out of it to avoid a wreck but you can't do that because you are just going to get hit in the front and behind, They are just going to hit you. I think it was Jamie (McMurray) but I am not sure. A car came around the outside of us, we were three wide. Some where along the way somebody didn't seem to think we were three wide. I tried to get out of it but I guess I was too late. Both cars came across my nose and that was it. When you try to get out of a three wide situation too quick, that is what is going to happen. It is tough, not the way you want to start a season. But we got the blown motor and the wreck out of the way so now we get on to the Daytona 500"
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS:
"I was having a blast racing those guys. I messed up my left front fender and punctured the oil cooler getting into the back of the 17 car and ended our day. The car was awesome, we got up there on the outside there and had fun working with my teammates, Jimmie, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch. We were just picking our way up there, trying to get to the lead or at least get back up there with Jimmie again. That restart, I don't know what happened, Schrader took off good, I took off good but nobody behind me did so we got shuffled back there. I was looking forward to working our way back up there and giving these guys on this Dupont Chevrolet a chance at a green flag pit stop."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS: - Finished 3rd:
A LOT OF BEATING AND BANGING OUT THERE: "Yeah, we're going to kill somebody. Somebody else is doing to die at Daytona or Talladega with what we're doing right here. I hope I'm not around when it happens."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd:
"We had a blast out there. It was wild. There was beating and banging, which is not necessarily what you want to be in the middle of. There at the end when we got side-by-side, when we got to race with Tony (Stewart) a little bit, it was a lot of fun."
ON THE BUMP DRAFTING: "It's a necessary evil is what it is. You can't race restrictor plate racing without doing it. You have to do it. But I had fun racing with Tony. I had fun with the one-on-one personal battles. I don't like getting turned sideways off of Turn 2. When the guy behind me can't lift, because somebody is pushing him -- they don't know they're turning me sideways. The guy three rows back doesn't know he's doing it. But that's what happens. It gets backed up. It's just dangerous. But they pay us pretty good to do this, so I'm not complaining."
DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS: Winner:
"I can't believe it. It wasn't but two years ago I was here. Dale Earnhardt Jr. invited me to come and stay in his motor home. That's the only time I'd ever been to victory lane. I just can't believe it. We're coming back this year and we're going to win rookie of the year."
TALK ABOUT THOSE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS: "I thought when Tony got by me there with four to go, that it was overwith. I had good help. Jimmie (Johnson) gave me a great push down the back straightaway. I thanked him. And Tony pushed me. I don't know what to say."
DO YOU THINK YOU MADE ANY FRIENDS FOR NEXT SUNDAY'S DAYTONA 500? "I hope so. That was my main goal for tonight. I figured I wasn't going to have any help at all. All I wanted to do was just gain respect from these guys for the 500 and hopefully we did that."