ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD POST-RACE QUOTES -- Sunday, Aug. 7 ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Fruit-of-the-Loom Chevrolet): (How was the race?): "Horrible. When it rained on Friday, it just hosed us. You've got to make the show, and we had to put the car...
ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD POST-RACE QUOTES -- Sunday, Aug. 7
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Fruit-of-the-Loom Chevrolet): (How was the race?): "Horrible. When it rained on Friday, it just hosed us. You've got to make the show, and we had to put the car into some kind of a qualifying trim. We slid weight. We changed springs in both rear shocks. We just flat sucked. It was a disappointing day for us."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet): "Everybody took off, and then everybody stopped, and when I stopped, I got ran into. It's hard to see when you're way back in the back, you know, what the leaders are doing. But, they called the green flag, and I was waiting for Bill to go. And when Bill took off, I took off, and we stopped again. I don't think Skinner knew what was going on, or whoever took off behind me. I think it was Skinner. I got turned into the wall. I don't know. My spotter said the leader checked on the restart, but I don't know. I didn't see anything." (About his Chase hopes): "Man, I just hope I don't have to get into that piece of crap today. Hopefully I can go home." (This is a blow to the points you were trying to get for the Chase, right?): "Yeah, obviously. That's life. You've got to deal with it-good and bad. We'll be all right. I mean, if we make the Chase, we make it. If we don't, we don't. We'll still try to win some races before the year is out."
BORIS SAID (No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet): (How was your first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?): "It was pretty cool. I think the thing I will remember the most is all of the fans. It is just unbelievable how passionate about the racing they are. It just took me back. It was pretty cool." (Was it warm in the car?): "It wasn't too bad, really. It didn't seem that bad in the car. It was bad after, when you get out, but it wasn't bad racing."
KYLE BUSCH (No. 5 Kellogg's/Delphi Chevrolet): "The car was good up until the end. We put three tires instead of four on it. It turned into junk. We were just hanging on there at the end. It got real, real loose, so I tried knocking the valance in under caution on the rumble strips. And after that, we got a little bit tight and about knocked the wall down every corner, and then I kept losing spots. That was all I had." (More Busch in transcript)
MIKE BLISS (No. 0 Net Zero Best Buy Chevrolet): "It was good. We ran about where we finished all day. We'd like to have a top 10, you know, but all in all, this Best Buy/Net Zero/Chevrolet, we came off of ninth last week and 11th this week, and, I mean, to come here without testing really means a lot. And we worked really hard all day, and we did a great job. The guys did great in the pits, and it was good. It was a good, solid run."
CARL EDWARDS (No. 99 AAA Ford): "We started 38th with a backup car that only had about three laps on it and, man, the whole AAA/Ford team did a great job. We ended up finishing 12th, which is unbelievable for what we had. We had about a 20th-place car, a 20th-place day going, and my crew just had a great pit strategy. We ended up coming on strong at the end and finishing 12th, so it's a great day for us. It's been a blast being here. It's crazy, I mean it's the biggest facility, and it's an awesome facility and to be right here in the middle of town, I mean, that's crazy. You pull out of the track, and you're driving down surface streets and it's crazy. I had a good time at IRP, a good time here, and I'm really excited that Tony Stewart won the race. That's pretty cool to see a guy win one of the biggest events in auto sports at his home track. That's pretty cool to see. And considering that he loaned me his helicopter all weekend and I got to meet his family and all that, it's great to see that happen."
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet): "There was a lot of stuff going on. We avoided most of it. Unfortunately there at the end, I couldn't avoid Mike Bliss. It sent us to the back. We had to fix the left front fender. We had a great car. We really did. We got it really good the second half of the race, but the whole time we were playing catch-up. I'm proud of Tony (Stewart) and that team. Congratulations to them. I know how bad he wanted it, and I know everybody wants it bad. He has come so close here so many times, and he is on a roll. That team deserves it. They're running really strong right now. I know this one means a whole lot to him." (Do you feel you got the monkey off your back?): "I hope so. I don't know. I'm not going to count on anything until we go through a few more of these weeks, and hopefully we can get some top-fives and top-tens out of those, as well."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 11 FedEx Express Chevrolet): "It was a long one for us. We hit a cone early on. (We) got a penalty for that; then we blew two tires. We are going to come away with a top-20, but we blew a tire there at the end."
MIKE SKINNER (No. 23 The History Channel Dodge): "I was just really grateful to make the race today at the Brickyard. Our History Channel car with Auto Maniac on it, when that flag dropped, that thing was awesome. It started gaining spots left and right."
JEFF BURTON (No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet): "We had such a fast good car. For a good portion of the race, we were just wicked fast. Then we had two runs where we couldn't run at all. And one of them was the last run. We got back up to about 12th. We kept having problems. We had a clutch mess up. We had all kinds of problems, but finally got it back to 12th. Then on that last run, we went all way back to 20th. I don't know. We were just real inconsistent today. We were fast, but we were real inconsistent."
MATT KENSETH (No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford): "I feel like maybe we're starting to get a little bit of our consistency back. We've just got to keep working on our cars. The guys did a great job on pit road." (More racing and passing than in previous races here?): "I thought it was about the same. I don't know that it was any better. I don't think it was any better or I don't think it was probably any worse. I think it was about the same, as always." (About roll Tony Stewart is on now): "Yeah, it's pretty cool. It's fun to see that. You've got to ride that for as long as you can, for sure. I feel good for Tony. He's a great racer and, you know, so close to home to win that big race is pretty cool." (About top-five finish): "It feels good to get a top-five finish. That's what we shoot for every week. You know, we haven't had very many of them this year, so it feels good."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge): "I'm real happy with it. Good points day for us, you know, a good top five. It's what we needed. I felt we could've won the race. We just got sized in. We had a great car today. Kasey ran good. We both ran good. We both had a shot to win. That's all you can ask for." (What's it like to be up front here?): "It's a good feeling, I tell you. It's been a long time since I've done that here. Run good like that. Tony certainly has been on a roll. The whole 20 car team has. They deserve it. They had the best car at the end. It was good running up there with them all day up there, thought." (Any chance at the end?): "No, we couldn't do it. We got real tight at that last stop. I just couldn't go nowhere. He was running better than I was and I let him go. He had a shot to win too, you know. It's a good turnaround. It's a good points day for us, and hopefully it will get us solid in the Chase here. That's what I'll remember about it."
GREG BIFFLE (No. 16 National Guard Ford): "We were off a little bit all day. We got terrible sets of tires. One after another. One too tight, one too loose, one too tight. Kenny Schrader needs a new spotter on the pit road. He ran me into the fence there at the end of the pit road. That pretty much ruined the rest of our day."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet): "We don't know what happened to us. We had a right front tire went down. Did we drive over something, was it over abused, did something happen when we pitted? The problem was a right front tire went down. Whatever happened, I don't know. I am not an expert at it. But the biggest thing was that we had a good race car."
MARTIN TRUEX JR. (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet): (About accident): "I couldn't tell, there were just a lot of cars in front of us. I saw (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) hit the inside wall, and somehow he ended up coming back across right in front of me. It's a shame we got both our cars crashed. Everybody is OK, and it's unfortunate. We had a good car, and I was having fun out there. We just came up short."
RICKY RUDD (No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford): There was a linkage problem that was going to get worse, and it might even (have) even (hung) wide open. So Fatback and everyone on the Motorcraft team decided to pull it in and change the carburetor. We gave up a lap but quickly got that back with the lucky dog award on the next caution and started at the tail end of a long line. We passed about four cars, the yellow came out, and some of these guys don't look at the caution lights. (They) are driving over the top of the hood of the race car, not paying attention. Just flat over the top of us, and tore up a good race car."
STEVE HMIEL (Crew chief, #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.): "We got wrecked and just tore a race car up. That's what this year's looked like. I'm not saying NASCAR was the reason there was a bad restart. They'll get on the guys who juked and didn't juke and what have you. Everybody's wanting to get to the front. You have trains, you have train wrecks. No, we're not going to go back out. When we saw what it was and how it was going to be, we're not going to go out there and get in anybody's way and maybe pick up one position by running one lap. That just wasn't the right thing to do. We could get in another wreck, get Junior hurt or get in someone else's way, so we're just going to put it in the trailer and go on to Watkins Glen. It was pretty terrible at the start because we missed it on the air pressure, but we were getting better and better. He said, 'Man, I got this thing figured out--just tighten it up a little bit, and we can go.' It remains to be seen how far we could go because this place is so hard to pass on. But from where we started, it wouldn't have taken a whole lot."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge): "All in all, the way qualifying went , the guys did a good job bouncing back and getting the car right and I almost spun out in Turn 3, went all the way to the back again, then came through the field and just had a really good car."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet): "We just were handling bad all day. I was just sideways all day. Then we had a left front wheel come loose. Near the end, we had to pit under green, and that got us in the back and we just stayed there. We just weren't any good all day."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge): "Bringing the backup car without any practice really killed me. Missed it on the front springs and on the front shocks. Fought a tight car all day long. We just made unbelievable changes to try to make it handle better and just couldn't get any position. And after about 15 laps, it started sliding back, so I was able to maintain fourth in the points and get out of here pretty clean. The car's not torn up or nothing." (About his memories of Indianapolis): "I'll be back here, but that's the last time I'll race here. That was it. It's a tough racetrack. I'm leaving here feeling like I'm black and blue, too. The good thing is I'm holding on good in the points there, maintaining my fourth-place spot. That was the thing I was most worried about. I wanted to win here, but after last night, it wasn't meant to be. I thought we had a better shot at it. But I was worried about how the car was going to handle today."