Joliet: Pontiac Racing race summary

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WHAT HAPPENED? "We broke a crankshaft, I guess. We had gotten back to 18th and were on the lead lap. We were going to get something out of it, but now we won't. "You're just twisting the heck...

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT HAPPENED?

"We broke a crankshaft, I guess. We had gotten back to 18th and were on the lead lap. We were going to get something out of it, but now we won't.

"You're just twisting the heck out of these motors every place you go. They don't always make it."

MIKE WALLACE, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT HAPPENED?

"It was something engine related. I really don't know what happened. It was like it lost a cylinder or something like that, but I'm not a motor guy. It just started missing and then something severe happened to it.

"Up to that point, we had gotten ourselves back on the lead lap and were having a good run. It was going to be a good day. All the guys did a great job on the team. It's disappointing for them, as much as is it for me. They just need to know they did a great job."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We had a really good run today. I told the guys that that is either the best car or the second best car I've ever had at Joe Gibbs Racing. They worked really hard on this thing. I'm really proud of the team. We had a really good day."

ON GETTING ANOTHER TOP FIVE

"I think we would be where [Kevin] Harvick is if we didn't have to pit for fuel. We had some kind of fuel pick-up problem today and it shortened up our fuel runs by about six or eight laps. But, I'll tell you what - the way our luck has been, if that is the worst thing that happens to us today, I'm tickled to death. I'm really happy with this Home Depot Pontiac team. They did a great job."

YOU'RE SMILING AGAIN...

"It's nice, finally. It's nice to get back where we belong. This team deserves to be here. Whether I deserve to be here or not is up to somebody else's opinion. But, in my opinion, this team deserves to be here. They've worked really hard and their hard work is finally being rewarded now."

ON RETURNING TO THE TOP FIVE IN POINTS

"I couldn't give a (darn) about the points right now. Somebody can take you out one week or you can get wrecked - I want to win races."

GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

HOW SATISFYING IS THE RUN TODAY?

"To come to a place like this where we struggled last year, it's great. We've been working hard. This is what this team is capable of doing. We've just got to do it. We've been getting a little bit behind in our cars and in our motor program, but everybody is fighting and clawing right now and that's what we need to do to get a strong second half of the season.

THE FUEL MILEAGE GAME WORKED AGAINST YOU A LITTLE BIT TODAY, BUT YOU STILL STAYED NEAR THE FRONT...

"I think we had as good a car or better than anybody all day long. We'd get ourselves way behind and then we'd get ourselves back to the lead. When we got to the lead, we could get away.

"But, yeah, that is part of the problem. We work real hard to get the car to roll through the center of the corner so that [Tony] can pick the throttle up. That kind of suits his driving style, so that's what we have to do. But, when you do that you use more fuel, and they are so tight on regulations as to how much your fuel capacity is. It's hard to not work hard on the car to try to make it as fast as you can.

"But, to come out of here with a top five after the disappointing runs that we've had at Daytona and Michigan, this kind of bunches up the points again. This puts us back to where we can hopefully sniff the front of the pack where we need to be. Hopefully, we can make a charge at it."

-pontiac-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing