ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD POST-RACE QUOTES -- Sunday, July 29 KEVIN HARVICK (No. 29 Reese's Racing Chevrolet): "We had a good car. It got a little tight there at the end and wound up losing quite a few spots. It was a good day for the...
ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD POST-RACE QUOTES -- Sunday, July 29
KEVIN HARVICK (No. 29 Reese's Racing Chevrolet): "We had a good car. It got a little tight there at the end and wound up losing quite a few spots. It was a good day for the Reese's Chevrolet." (About the battle with Tony Stewart): "It was just good racing until I got the left front fender caved in. He (Stewart) didn't quite give us enough room."
MARK MARTIN (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet): "I just want to thank Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports. I've never had a motor that ran like that in my whole life. This is an incredible group of guys that make up this U.S. Army race team. They give me awesome race cars that are really unreal to drive. This was a great effort today by this team. We had to fight back from some adversity, and I am really pleased with the finish today. We were like our soldiers -- we never quit and completed the mission. If I hadn't messed up today, we might have had a shot at it, and I know we would have had a better finish. I broke second gear, and that made me have to guess a little on my pit road speed. That caused me to get busted for speeding (on Lap 62). I really thought our day was over at that point. I know it was a crazy week for everyone. To come back and run this way and battle back from adversity and get a top 10 here at Indy, that says a lot about the character of this U.S. Army race team."
CASEY MEARS (No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet): "We got off to a bad start. The car was really loose in the beginning. I sped on pit road, and it got us way in the back. We just tried to come through the field. I thought we were making good changes and making the car a little better. I got behind Bobby Labonte to try to follow and pass the 70 (Johnny Sauter), and I was tucked up so close behind the 43 (Bobby Labonte) that when I tried to get on the brakes to make the corner, I just went straight. I ended up getting into the side of the 70. It was definitely my fault. I hate that. It was a long race, and I felt like we had a car that if we could have gotten it right, we could have had a good finish. It was definitely not what we wanted for the GMAC National Guard Chevrolet."
DENNY HAMLIN (No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Chevrolet): "We slowly worked on our car and got it better and better. I felt like we had a car that could contend at the end. But we were just a little short on fuel. We didn't think we were stretching it. We just came up a half-lap short. We were going to pit that lap and once we ran out I couldn't get the thing re-fired. That pretty much ended our day. You know, I messed up at the beginning of the race on pit road, but we made that back up. It's just frustrating that we don't ever have a shot here at Indy. Something always happens."
GREG BIFFLE (No. 16 Dish Network Ford): "(The race) wasn't that great. I am pretty disappointed in the car. I thought it was a lot better then it was. Unfortunately, I need to go back to the drawing board."
BRIAN VICKERS (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota): "We continue to beat ourselves. That's one thing we've got to fix. Our car was OK. We were probably a top-15 car. We weren't great, but we were OK. We lost an alternator. That pretty much ruined our day."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge): "A bunch of people crashed in front of us. It was like a crash fest out there for the first 50 or 80 laps. It was just one of those days. Our guys worked really, really hard, and got the car back together. It ran really well. I can't really complain at all."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge): "It was good. We lost a little bit of the track there in the middle of the race and came back there at the end. It started out good, started out on the pole. Led there at the beginning and lost two spots there at the first stop. That kind of hurt us a little bit. Any time you could get clean air it was good, so any time you got behind people it was tough. A couple of times I got hung on the outside and lost six spots and made it even worse. That green-flag run really helped us to get back toward the front."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge): "A lot of stuff went wrong for us today. I got hit from behind. It messed the left-rear quarter-panel up first. Like I said, I hurt the left-rear quarter and came in to get it fixed and got us back. Everything worked out. We got the left-rear quarter all fixed. We got some good track position. Everybody pitted in front of us. We had four tires, and they had two. I thought we were sitting pretty good, and all of the sudden the car got really loose and continued to get loose. We kept making adjustments and lowered the track bar. The track bar wasn't moving. We thought we were getting it tighter, but we never really got it tighter and never really did anything. We just kept staying really loose and couldn't get a handle on it all day. The left-rear quarter came loose, and we thought it was making us even looser. It was flapping in the wind. So we had to get that fixed again and give all the track position back up. We made adjustments on it all day, but obviously our adjustments weren't doing anything because obviously the track bar adjustment was broke. Things like that are disheartening, but I think we had a lot better race car than we've had all year. It is just a shame that we came to this race to show it and it seemed like all three Evernham cars had trouble getting in crashes and not letting us show it."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Johns Manville/Menards Ford): "Our day started when we first unloaded the car out of the trailer. This car here was fast. I mean, we drove from dead last to 27th. We didn't have any brakes to do it with. Every time I pushed the brake pedal down it would lock up the brakes. If guys wreck in front of you, you've got to lock up the brakes and just spin out. Both times I just locked up the rear brakes and caught ourselves in wrecks. It's disappointing. Twenty-seventh is bad, but it's not terrible. That was a season worth of pit stops in one race. For that car to run around here and even finish 27th is amazing."
KYLE BUSCH (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet): "It was pretty good. We had a great day, but there at the end we had decided to come down and take tires, and it was just too hard to come back through traffic and battle all of those guys. Awesome, awesome car all day long. The guys gave me a great piece. It probably could have fought for the win up there. We will just do what we can coming up to the Chase." (What did Jeff Burton say to you?) "We were talking about working together. The restart before what he's alluding to -- the 01 (Martin) lost second gear or something on a restart and was running third and shifting to fourth, and we had to back everyone up. And I was getting run over from behind, so if he wanted me to get past, I would have gotten past. So I was just doing what I had to do to make my day better."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota): "Believe it or not, it blew up. The engine blew up." (Were there any indicators before it blew?): "No, other than the fact I never dreamed it would blow up." (More on the race): "We had a good race. We just had a slow car and it blew up." (How much did the track condition affect your pit strategy?): "None."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota): "We would just lose track position a little bit after restarts; I couldn't get going very well. But later in the runs, we became really fast. I couldn't be happier. It's a good top-10 finish. Yesterday in practice started we were really happy with the car. I can't say enough about Tommy Baldwin; he's been doing a great job. He just keeps getting better every week with them. The guys are doing a great job on pit road and everybody back at the shop. That was a brand-new car today, and it ran great."
J.J. YELEY (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet): "Everyone in front of me started wrecking and checked up and cleared. I guess the 7 car, Robby Gordon, couldn't get checked up and ran up into the back of me, spinning me out and into the fence I went. It tore the rear-end housing and everything on the front end up. The guys worked real hard to get everything changed. It sucked but worked through it. We didn't exactly start the weekend off right. But it's a tough team and they definitely persevered here and will be ready for Pocono next week."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet): "We broke the pulley off the front end of the motor. I guess the motor broke. You have bad luck every once in a while. We have great motors all year long. I'm really proud of the engine shop. That was a good one. That's what keeps us running up front in places like this. We need the same power the rest of the year. You just have to take chances when you're trying to stay in the Chase. I'm real proud of my team and proud of Budweiser and everybody who supports us. I want to thank all the guys on the car here and back at the shop, because the car was fast and I was really enjoying myself today." (Was it the best car you've ever had here?): "It ain't saying much. -- It was a good car. It led some laps. We were just a little bit off. This track is so aero-dependent. It is so tough -- even in fifth place you get tight. When the green flag drops, we are all strung out. It is aerodynamics. It is all aero. It is not because everyone's car is handling better. It's about who is in the clean air. That is tough as heck. I don't care how good your car is, it is going to take a while to get up through there. We can do way better than that, but that is definitely the best car. We've had some pretty bad ones at this place."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 26 Crown Royal Ford): "Matt (Kenseth) was trying to get underneath Jimmie (Johnson), and he was all the way underneath the 48, and then the 11 (Hamlin) just made it three-wide at the last second. Your perspective on TV is so much different than what you feel on the car, and you just don't realize how much you're sliding around and how much you're pretty much already a little bit out of control. When your momentum gets lost or someone makes a fast move like that, it's hard not to run into each other, and I was trying to stay off of Jimmie, and I think, maybe the 10 car (Riggs) got into me, which is just not his fault. It was jut one of those deals where we were maybe just racing a little too hard, too early."