Jeff Gordon (4th place) No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet HOW WAS THE RACE FOR YOU TODAY? It was good. You know, I've got to go find out what's wrong with Ryan Newman, but I guess a bunch of other guys do, too. We had a heck of a run going there. The...
Jeff Gordon (4th place)
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
HOW WAS THE RACE FOR YOU TODAY? It was good. You know, I've got to go find out what's wrong with Ryan Newman, but I guess a bunch of other guys do, too. We had a heck of a run going there. The car was so good on new tires that I just wanted to get up there and get a shot at Jimmy. I don't know if we could have won there or not since we had some tires issues there where we fell off. I had a great. And I felt like I passed Ryan pretty good. We were being aggressive and everything and I don't know, he just drove down into the back of me.
IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS A DAY WHERE YOU REALLY EARNED YOUR FINISH Yeah, I'm just proud for the DuPont Chevrolet team. You know, we went back and forth every time we were up in the top 5. Somebody would take two tires and we'd have problems or something would happen. You know, we'd get shuffled back. It was just a great effort on the car because we just kept tuning to make it better and better. I wanted to get up there and give my teammate Jimmie Johnson a run for his money and also Kyle Busch, what a great run for him today. I hate what happened to Brian Vickers today, if he hadn't have had his trouble he might be up there today. Overall effort for Hendrick Motorsports is a nice bounce back from Fontana. I don't know, I had a little trouble with Ryan Newman there so I have to find out what that's about. But, it costs us a shot at getting a win. I don't know if we could have gotten up there with Jimmie or not but it certainly took all of our chances away.
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND RYAN? I worked on him, worked on him and worked on him. I raced him clean, he kept fighting me and I was doing everything I could to get by him. I finally did get by him. He got a big push from behind him and got a pretty good draft going into Turn 1 and I just took my normal line in there. And, he got on me and got me loose and then he just hit me. I'm just fortunate...I feel fortunate that we've got a car in one piece and a top 5 finish.
IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S SHAKEN OUT TO BE BETWEEN HENDRICK AND ROUSH HERE IN THIS PART OF THE SEASON Yeah, definitely. In winter testing that looked to be the case as well. I'm really happy with the way things are going. We've got to qualify a little bit better, but other than that we've got a great race team and great race cars. The Roush cars do as well.
Kevin Harvick (5th place)
No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
HOW WAS YOUR RACE TODAY? We had the car to beat today, but it wasn't to be. I'm proud of all the guys on this GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. We were put to the back twice and still got a top-five.
Tony Stewart (10th place)
No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE I think we passed 80 cars. You know, we got off to a good start. Got ourselves in the Top 13, I think, during that first round. Then we got ourselves in the top 5 during that second round. You know, on the stop we lose a couple of spots and car spins in front of us. We're slowing down to keep from hitting the car that's spinning. Then three seconds after the wreck, somebody plows into the back of me and turns me around. It was just a first step in a sequence of bad events that kept costing us time and position. We came in on the next stop and worked our way back up into the Top 10 again. We followed the #0 car in and his tire carrier decided he was going to walk all the way around on pit lane to get around the tire changers and ran into the car with the tire and knocks the tire into one of my tire carriers and it tears our car up. Back we go again. The tire was pretty severe on the left front. Joe Nemechek drives into us off of Turn 2. It was just one after that first sequence of events...after getting spun around, it was just something we couldn't recover from. It was bad position coming off the pits. It was one thing which led to another which led to another all day.
HOW HARD WAS THE DRIVE TO GET BACK IN THE TOP 10? It was tough! We couldn't have done it without...the guys on the crew were the reason we did it. They got the thing driving good enough for us to be able to do that. So, again and awesome job.
Jeff Burton (17th place)
No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
I had a good car early and was moving along pretty good there and got in that wreck and spent the whole rest of that race trying to figure out how to get fixed up from that, get fenders fixed up and all that. We finally got it where it was decent and took off, got up to about 8th and then just not knowing what we were to do to the car because we were always trying to fix the car after that wreck, we just never got the right adjustments in it. So, I'm a little disappointed for sure that we didn't get to run as good as we wanted to, considering we were in the wreck and all that we shouldn't complain too much.
Joe Nemechek (19th place)
No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY I went from having a shot at winning to almost being lapped. This is really disappointing. The U.S. Army Chevy was great until that last run. The car got so tight -- it was a handful to drive. I don't know what happened. There was still plenty of racing left to get to the front, but this time -- for no explained reason -- the car got awfully tight. It really hurts when you have one of the best cars for the majority of the day and then end up 19th.
(Crew chief) #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
When Joe came in for the last stop he had one of the fastest cars on the track. We didn't make any adjustments -- took four tires and fuel. Something went amiss and we could not immediately identify any problem after the race. We'll go over everything at the shop this week to see what went wrong.
Scott Riggs (31st place)
No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAR AND YOUR DAY Yeah, we had a good car. We just kept ticking with the balance and playing with it the whole time. We had good pit stops just trying to get around a lap car there, and just tried a little too hard and got on the throttle a little too quick. It came around on me, I should have pitted, I knew I had a flat tire but I should have pitted as soon as I came by pit road. But I tried to go back around and catch up with the field.
IT APPEARED THE PITS WERE NOT OPEN AT THAT TIME, THOUGH They were open when I went in but they were closed when I spun. But it cost us more by tearing a fender off than it would pitting too early. That's just something you learn. We should have been a little bit quicker about calling that, myself and everyone. I just hate it because they give me a good car and then we had to come in. It was pretty extensive work, that tire beat the right front off it pretty bad.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ATLANTA? I am. It's disappointing to have such a good car at California and Las Vegas and have disappointing finishes. It's just frustrating.