TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 9th "I think I passed 60 cars or more today. I was pretty happy with it. It shows us ninth on the board, but I'm pretty sure we'll get eighth out of this. But I'm just really, really...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 9th
"I think I passed 60 cars or more today. I was pretty happy with it. It shows us ninth on the board, but I'm pretty sure we'll get eighth out of this. But I'm just really, really proud of this Home Depot team. We had an air gun break and versus taking a chance, Zippy brought us back in and made sure that the lugs were tight. We went to the back and battled our way back into the top 10, so I'm pretty happy with this Home Depot team."
"We got ourselves in the top-10 pretty early there in the race, just had an airgun break there on a pit stop, so rather than take a chance that the wheel wasn't torqued as high as it needed to be, we came in and made sure it was good and battled our way back toward the front.
"This is not how we wanted this day to go by any means, but to have us get back into the top-10, it was an awesome day for us.
"It was definitely a long day, but I am just so proud of the awesome job my Home Depot team did. I am really proud of my crew chief, if he doesn't think I am 100% safe, he made come back in to make sure I was. And were able to rally back, just an awesome day.
"It is kind of hard to pass on when you get guys in a two-wide situation, a lot of times you can get a really big run and go three-wide to get by. That's about the only time we had to take any chances. For the most part, we had a lot of fun today.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 6th
THAT CALL AT THE END SEEMED TO BE EXCELLENT: "Well, I'd like to have a better car so we don't have to make those kinds of calls. We've got a lot of talent on our team. We put it to good use on pits. We need to do better and get better cars.
We can't make the Chase with 30th place race cars. We took a chance and make it work. But we just got lucky. We've got to thank the Lord today."
FROM WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN, THAT MAY HAVE SAVED YOU RIGHT THERE: "Yeah, but I'd sure rather have it be in more comfortable circumstances, you know what I mean? I thank my fans for all the support this weekend and I'm just glad we could give them something to be happy about.
"We took a risk at the end, it paid off. We had too, we didn't have a good car all day and the car wasn't very fast and then started so deep in the field back in 30th or something. But we took a the risk at the end and it paid off for us. We were really lucky. Normally it doesn't work out too well in our favor. When we say our prayers tonight, we will thank the Lord for this one because we got really lucky.
Finishing sixth has to help us some in the points especially at a place like this where we haven't had a good car for a while and after the last two weeks, we lucked out and we will take whatever we can get."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 16th
"When you get three laps down, it is hard to ever come back. It is hard to ever come back. We had a great car. We just couldn't get any track position. I think we ended up 16th but that was a hard fought spot to get.
I really applaud the team for the comeback, it shows what a championship team we are but we can't afford to have these kinds of problems. Frustrating, to have a car as good as ours and not be able to race up front for the lead or the top positions. We just got so far behind at the beginning. I guess we are just fortunate that we got back on the lead lap.
As far as points, Junior (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) lucked out there big time at the end with the strategy there at the end, it really paid off for him. He was horrible all day. That is going to hurt us as well as the fact that we weren't up there where we needed to because of the problems we had really hurt us. Obviously these next two weeks are going to be real critical for us. I can't be too disappointed, we could have been a heck of a lot worse than 16th."
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 4th:
"The Jack Daniels Chevrolet had a good day. We were fast all day long. That's all I had. I was driving the wheels off of it."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 REESE'S / GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 3rd:
"The Reese's Chevrolet was good all day. We just got back there a little bit and took four tires. That was the right choice, but it just took a little bit and Jimmie (Johnson) got away from us."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS
"We were pretty good the first half of the race, then we started getting tight and by the end of the race, we were pathetic. It just got away from us. I am not really sure why or how, we just missed something. We were really good, then we weren't. We kept losing track position because we weren't good, we weren't good because we were too tight. Of course it got tighter and tighter because we were around other cars, it just magnified itself. It is a disappointing finish, we just have to get on and try to figure out what happened."
TONY RAINES, NO., 96 DLP HDTV MONTE CARLO SS:
"That was a good day for us. We had good stops all day long and the car kept getting better and better. Philippe (Lopez, crew chief) did a great job on the adjustments. The track came to us. We put two (tires) on there at the end, and I didn't think it would work. But, once we got by the 31 car (Jeff Burton), I thought we had something. I was running pretty hard, and I thought I might be able to catch the 11 (Denny Hamlin), but I was starting to get a little hard on the brakes. I figured we didn't need to crash if we'd come this far. At the end Kasey (Kahne) got in the wall. I don't know what I ran over, but it was huge. It torn the whole underside of the car up."
WHAT HAPPENED TO KAHNE? "He and the 20 car (Tony Stewart) got together. He (Kahne) got loose and over corrected, and he hit the wall hard. I just went between him and the wall and whatever fell out of his car was the size of a beer cooler. I popped a wheelie like I've never popped a wheelie. I was surprised the car even drove back. I think the bottom was all torn up, so I didn't want to risk tearing up the motor."
A GOOD DAY FOR A HOOSIER: "Yeah, it could've been a little bit better, but we've struggled a little bit trying to break out. I think that right there shows great improvement. It's fun when you have days like that."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 32 TIDE DOWNY MONTE CARLO SS:
We had a top 25 car today and that last caution hurt us because they were wrecking in front of me and I had to stop on the track to miss it. Several cars behind me were carrying a lot of momentum and were able to pass me. I wish NASCAR would have thrown the caution as soon as those cars were sliding across the track so that we would have be able to keep our position. I had nowhere to go. This was by far the best car I have had all season. The guys in the pits were perfect. They got me positions every time. The biggest challenge for us came after we made a spring rubber adjustment during the halfway mark. It really loosened up the car at the start of each run and I could not be as aggressive as the guys that were around us but the longer the run went, it got better for us. But like I said, this was the best car we had all season and it was an awesome team effort. It's just too bad the wreck happened where and when it did.
JEFF GREEN - NO. 66 INTA JUICE MONTE CARLO SS
"(The car) was a handful. We just didn't have overall grip, no matter what we tried. We threw some pretty drastic changes at the car. It would get a little better for awhile, but it was never where we wanted it. It's been frustrating for everyone on the team these past few weeks."
J.J. YELEY (NO. 18 IMITREX MONTE CARLO SS
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RESTART? "We had guys that took two (tires) and others who took four (tires) and looked like we had the 32 (Kvapil) car split going in to the short chute and as we went into turn three Kasey (Kahne) went to the outside of me and didn't quite clear the 32 in time. Kasey had a run on the outside but I don't know if he was going to try to split me and the 32, but in order to do that you have to have someone cleared and he turned down and hit me in the right front with his door and got me sideways into the fence and which pointed me back in the right direction. The car was so damaged in the back so it hurt the rear downforce and made the car really loose."
"It just killed a perfect day. You run in the top-10, top-11 all day long and then you have someone get impatient with 12 laps to go and cost everyone a good day and it's stupid. It's probably why he's not going to make the chase."
WERE YOU PLEASED WITH THE CAR MOST OF THE DAY? "Our second run we made some adjustments on the Imitrex car and we were able to hang on to 11th and 12th place position on the race track. The car drove very well. We weren't really good at the start of the run but the longer we ran the better the car was. On old tires we were really fast. We were easily a top seven or top eight car, which has been our goal the past five to10 races. We've been trying to be consistent and run top 10's and get a good handle on things and eventually we'll be in the top five and start to win races. We were accomplishing most of the goals today, but unfortunately because of someone's impatience it cost us a really good finish."