IMS Brickyard post race quotes

TONY STEWART (No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet): "It was awesome. We had Hendrick motors and chassis one, two, and three. We are really proud of our guys on the Office Depot Old Spice team. We never could get the tightness out of the...

TONY STEWART (No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet):

"It was awesome. We had Hendrick motors and chassis one, two, and three. We are really proud of our guys on the Office Depot Old Spice team. We never could get the tightness out of the center of the car. Any time we made a change, it freed the entry up or the exit up. I'll take a third any day. The guy I feel sorry for is Juan Pablo Montoya. He had an awesome car and was giving us a clinic today. Jimmie and Mark put up a great show, and it was awesome battle to watch from where I was sitting."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota):

"It's nothing, really. Just a brake problem."

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet):

"We haven't had engine problems, so I assume it was driver error. I broke the valve train on the last pit stop and a couple of the pieces dropped to the bottom of the motor. They rattled around and must have blown the engine. I thought we had a good car, one of the best there for a while. We could have finished anywhere from fifth to 10th if things had gone right. I felt great today. I'm back to 100 percent."

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 55 NAPA Toyota):

"We were about an average car today, about 24th or 25th. The motor messed up, and that was all."

BRIAN VICKERS (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota):

"It was a great race, but we are not satisfied. We had a really good car in the test and here in practice. We really wanted to come here and win the race. The 5 (Mark Martin) and 48 (Jimmie Johnson) were really strong. I think when we were at our best, and when we had the track position, we could have stayed in front of them. It was very difficult to pass. Track position meant a lot, and the guys did a great job."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge):

"It was disappointing, for sure. We had a much better car here than we had here last year. We know we can run fast. We just need to get a little better track position, and the driver needs to be a little bit more patient. So we'll just do what we can to get ready to come back next year. Now we'll go on to Pocono. Obviously, Pocono handles a lot like this track does as far as what you need to have on the car, so I'm really looking forward to that."

GREG BIFFLE (No. 16 3M/Pistonz Earplugs Ford):

"We had a really good car. The 3M/Pistonz Earplugs Ford Fusion was really good. We had to save fuel there at the end. We only lost one spot, but I had to let Tony Stewart go there at the end. I hated to do that. It's hard for a race car driver to have a fast race car and lift on the gas. But that's what we needed to do to finish."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge):

"We were average today. We just had a 20th place car all day. We were struggling with overall grip. We didn't have the balance that we did yesterday in practice, so we were struggling there. And, when you're slow down the straightaway you can't pass anyone there."

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Johns Manville Toyota):

"We just didn't have a very good day. We ended up 28th. We were in position to get the 'lucky dog,' and we got a little loose and the 96 (Bobby Labonte) got by and got it. For us, it was a decent day for the Johns Manville Toyota. We've just got to work a little harder. We haven't caught up to these guys yet, and we've got a lot of work to do."

CARL EDWARDS (No. 99 Aflac Ford):

"I couldn't get my Aflac Fusion to pass anybody; it was very tough to pass. Those double-file restarts, I thought that was going to be a bad thing, but it really helped. It was a long, hard-fought day punctuated by those exciting restarts. That was the only way I could get any positions. It was a decent points day. I don't know where that puts us, but it could have been a lot worse. Goodyear did a great job with the tires, that's for sure. I have to commend them for their effort. I can't imagine how much money they spent to come out here and make it a great race and a safe race for all of us."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet):

"We got a top-10 finish, but it just wasn't the kind of day we were searching for. We were real, real tight in traffic. I know a lot of guys were. I mean, we needed to go green the whole way. We actually had great fuel mileage there at the end and great position. The car was really good in clean air. We could really go fast and even pass cars when we'd get going. But on those restarts if you got to the outside, and even if you didn't, it was real hard to pass."

KYLE BUSCH (No. 18 Snickers Toyota):

"I thought it was loose on all that run (before the tire blew). It was sliding the right rear a little, but I got behind the 71 car (David Gilliland), a lapped car, and in trying to get around him, it built up a tight condition real bad. It vibrated for two laps and blew out. It's either our cars or the tires, I don't know which. I thought we had a decent run going. We were running seventh, but the guys in the pits got us up there."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Target Chevrolet):

(About speeding penalty): "It kind of sucks. But it is what it is. I thought I wasn't speeding. I was on the lights every time. It is what it is. We haven't had to deal with that before. Once it happens, you can't change it. It's pretty frustrating."

(About dominant lead, comparing it to Indy 500 win in 2000): "Actually, it reminded me of the last time I led here. It was kind of easy, to be honest. I was cruising. I was super fast."

MATT KENSETH (No. 17 DeWalt Ford):

"To finish 10th exceeds my expectations with the way we have been running and finishing lately. We finished a little better than we ran today. We had good pit stops, had no problems and had a solid finish. We have to get running better and finishing better. I'm certainly happy with 10th the way we've been doing lately. We had the balance of the car a little better. We fought loose most of the day. I never got it to drive exactly the way I wanted. We kept sneaking up on it and got it handling better loose. We kept sneaking up on it and got it better around the cars I was driving around. Even when we had the balance good, we couldn't keep up. You can't blame it all on power; we just have to make our overall package good."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge):

"At times, I thought we were pretty quick. The car was a little bit free for a while, and we were pretty quick."

(About last fuel run): "We stayed out, and the fronts were really hard there at the end and it was tight. Harvick made a nice save there at the end, or he would have taken us both out."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 34 Taco Bell Chevrolet):

"It wasn't as good day. I don't know why the handling of the car was so totally different than what we had in practice. We worked on it throughout the race and never got it better. We had battery and electrical issues. We had to change a battery under green and lost some time. It was not a picture-perfect day. The only good thing is the car is still in one piece."

-credit: ims

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Prism Motorsports