GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The cautions fell when we needed them, our pit stops were awesome, and what can you say about Tony Stewart. I'm just so proud of this Home Depot team. There is just no way to ...
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The cautions fell when we needed them, our pit stops were awesome, and what can you say about Tony Stewart. I'm just so proud of this Home Depot team. There is just no way to describe this. It's just awesome."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: (ON CLIMBING THE FENCE AFTER THE WIN) "Hey, it's my deal. It's nobody else's deal but mine. So anybody who does it now is copying me. I've still got the record at Pocono for the longest burnout. Nobody has broken that yet."
(DOES CLIMBING THE FENCE GET ANY EASIER THE SECOND TIME?) "Heck no. I'm wore out. I'm wore out more than I was at Daytona."
(ON THE BATTLE WITH KURT BUSCH, WAS THERE ANY PANIC OR DOUBT?) "There wasn't any panic at all. Our car was taking six or seven laps to come in. I was real vulnerable at the front of a run. I'm just really happy. Our Home Depot car was awesome today."
(WHY ARE YOU ON SUCH A ROLL NOW?) "Who cares? I'm just happy that we got it right now to be honest. Hopefully it will just carry through to the Chase. We've got an awesome shot at winning this championship and everyone of these guys in the Home Depot uniforms behind me knows it."
(ON WINNING IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA) "It's always nice to do good for those guys up here. It feels good." More to follow
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "First of all, the guys did a great job. The alternator ran out on us with about 100 (laps) to go and we had no fans there. The front tires built up a lot of pressure. It was a good day for us. We needed this. We just haven't had all the luck to go along with it."
"The guys did a good job. We had a great race car all day and the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet was good. Tony's car was awesome. We were pretty good on longer runs. On short runs we were a little too loose. And then with 100 laps to go, the alternator went out so we had to turn off all the fans and the front tires built up a lot of air pressure after that. All in all, I can't complain a whole lot because we got a nice top three finish." More to follow
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We were just a little bit off today. I would have liked a little bit better car. We tried and tried and adjusted on it a lot. But we couldn't get that extra step we needed to be able to get a top five. But we held our own today and had to drive real hard every lap and hopefully that's enough."
(ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO POCONO NEXT?) "Well, absolutely. I'm a little tired now, but give me 24 hours and I'll be ready to go."
(YOU WERE LIMPING WHEN YOU GOT OUT OF THE CAR, DID YOU BURN YOUR FOOT) "It's a brand new car with a brand new seat and all that. We've just got to work the bugs out of it. You get sore when you get a new seat and you can't really get out until you race it and figure out where it hurts and how to move it and fix it. That's a good car. It's brand new. The team worked real hard to get it here. I want to thank the Budweiser guys for a good day."
(ARE THINGS COMING TOGETHER?) "Obviously they are. We've run pretty good over the past three weeks. Steve (Hmiel) has been a big help. We had some good runs at the start of the year with Pete (Rondeau). You can't forget that kind of stuff. We did run in the top five at Bristol and had a decent finish at Texas and at Phoenix. Things were going good then and working like they needed to work and then we kind of hit a fence and got it going in another direction and it seems to be working."
"It was real hot. My car wasn't quite right on. My guys worked real hard to help me and get it better. But we could never quite fix the issues that I was having. It was a little loose in and a little loose off and tight in the center. You can fix one or two problems, but when you've got three things going on, it's kind of tough."
(HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR SITUATION RIGHT NOW?) "Pretty good. I haven't seen the points. We gained on some guys in front of me today. Obviously my situation looks a heck of a lot better than it did six weeks ago. We were on our way out at a fast pace, and now we seem to be climbing back. Hopefully we have what it takes. It's going to take some hard work. We had a good and steady piece today. It was dependable. I drove it up there as far as I could get it."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We had great pit stops all the way up to that last run. The brakes are what really got us. I was pumping them all day long so we overheated them a little bit earlier in the race, but I wasn't expecting to have any problem with brakes. Right there when the opportunity was presenting itself with the No. 5 (Kyle Busch) and the No. 16 (Greg Biffle), I thought, 'All right, we're going to get both these guys', and then all of a sudden the (brake) pedal just went to the floor and we were done."
(ON THE WAY THE RACE ENDED) "Well, it's obviously very disappointing. We were doing exactly what we needed to do. We ran up front. We had a competitive car and good pit stops. We were fighting for a top five. That's what we came here to do. I think we just overheated the brakes. That was a long run there at the end. We were running really strong. We were running behind cars and weren't getting a lot of air to the brakes. Crazy things keep happening one after another."
(WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALL THIS BAD LUCK?) "I don't know. I'm living good. I don't know what's going on. I've had a lot of good luck over the years so I can't complain too much. It happens. It's happening to us right now. I can't say it can't get any worse because it's seems like it does. We just keep fighting."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We didn't run good. We were too tight all day. We had great pit stops. That's the only thing that saved us. We just ran bad."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It was one of the more frustrating days I've had. I had a very good race car. We passed an awful lot of cars out there. It seemed like every time we'd go on pit road we'd get blocked in the pits. We'd lose eight or 10 spots every time. We got wrecked twice on the race track and knocked the fenders in. To come back and finish 18th, was pretty good."