MIKE BLISS, NO. 0 NETZERO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Well, I was underneath Joe (Nemechek) and he pinched me down on the apron. This apron, you know, is off camber. I've watched wrecks happen all the time here like that. I was so far committed I ...
MIKE BLISS, NO. 0 NETZERO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Well, I was underneath Joe (Nemechek) and he pinched me down on the apron. This apron, you know, is off camber. I've watched wrecks happen all the time here like that. I was so far committed I couldn't back out of it. When I got on the apron and then I got into him. We spun out and ended up wrecked."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 7 JIM BEAM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"You know, everybody thinks Michael is a good guy. He's not the good guy. The caution was out and he wrecked me. He's a piece of (expletive). It is what it is.
"Yeah, there will be some repercussions, but that's what happens in the heat of the moment. If that's the way I feel, that's the way I feel. Our car is totaled. There is no going back in. It just sucks. It was an opportunity for Jim Beam to score a bunch of points. The No. 11 car was out early. The No. 77 car was out early. I was running fourth. That's where the emotion comes from. It comes from having a car that could run in the top 10, week in and week out, and finish 35th. It's very frustrating.
"I'm not worried about the penalties. Michael wrecked me plain and simple. The rest of it is what it is."
TONY GIBSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"He gave him all the room he could. He just kind of held his ground and Robby (Gordon) got into him. If you look at the tape you can figure out what happened. We've got a great car. The NAPA Chevy is awesome today. The guys have had great pit stops. We have a good motor. We struggled in qualifying, but we've come from 36th into the top 10 -- we raced our way there."
HAS THE COMMUNICATION BEEN FAIRLY SMOOTH FOR THE TEAM THIS WEEKEND? "Yeah, it's been really good. Tony (Eury) Jr. and them guys are right next to us in the garage and I've been with him all year. And I've been at DEI for a while. So the communication part of it is not a problem. We all communicate real well together. Mike's been great. He's been giving his input and I give mine and we kind of find a happy medium, you know. So far, it's been working pretty good."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 5th:
YOU HAD FUN IN THE RACE CAR TODAY, DIDN'T YOU? "Yeah, I've had fun up until this point. Today was just a good finish. I tell you it's a pleasure working with the team I'm working with. We've had a fun time all year. We haven't had good performances. But it was a good day for us. We dodged some bullets. There are a lot of guys who are upset today and we're not one of them. Anytime you can get out of here with a good finish and be happy about it, it's a good day.
YOU HAD A GOOD SOLID FINISH TODAY: "Yeah, we had a great weekend. The car drove great in qualifying and in practice and in the race today. I'm just real happy with the effort my team put forth. We dodged a couple of bullets, but all in all, it was a good hard-earned finish by the Budweiser today."
WAS IT COMFORTABLE BEING BACK WITH TONY EURY JR. CALLING THE RACE TODAY? "Well, Steve Hmiel calls as good a race as Tony Jr. I really felt that was very similar. It was an honor to work with Steve. What a legend in the sport. You don't feel like he is or don't think he is, but he is; and where he's been and what he's accomplished. It's a pleasure to work with him. Tony Jr. and I are a good combination. And we're going to try to work toward next year. These next nine races are real important and we're going to try to build on that. But I don't know if I would trade the last six months for much because I really learned a lot and make some great friends and really enjoyed myself."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 2nd
TAKE US THROUGH THOSE LAST TWO LAPS: "I got used up a little bit on the top there, but that was a good race. That's awesome short track racing right there. They (the fans) got their money's worth today. That's the way the race to the Chase should start, just like that. It should be between three of the top guys in the series who are racing for the point championship. Ryan (Newman, race winner) did an awesome job. We just couldn't hold him off."
OBVIOUSLY YOU HAD SOME CONCERNS WITH THE TIRE RUB COMING OFF OF TURN 4 WHEN DALE EARNHARDT JR. TRIED TO PIT. ANY IDEA WHAT HAPPENED THERE? YOU OBVIOUSLY HAD A HARD TIME PULLING OUT FROM BEHIND HIM: "Well obviously I ran into him now didn't I?"
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
Note - comments on incident with Robby Gordon: "I was running up high in the corner and he just came in there and tried to bounce me out of the groove. I went has high as I could go. The next thing over for me was the marbles and the wall. I just stood my ground and he just kept coming and turned himself into the wall".
GORDON CURSED IN DESCRIBING YOUR DRIVING STYLE: "Probably just heat of the moment stuff. I've never had a problem with Robby. Like I said, I just held my ground is all I did and he just decided that he wanted to take that place from me instead of working for it. I stood my ground and it turned him into the wall".
GORDON SAID YOU HAVE ONE COMING: "Oh, I'll just tell Mr. Helton he said that when I have my chance to talk to him. I don't have any idea what he said or why he said it, but I know I didn't do anything wrong." KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 10th:
"Our GM Goodwrench Chevy was super-fast on the long run with older tires. We were flying the first half, then got really loose on fresh tires during all those restarts. It would take a good 5-10 laps for car to really come alive, and wen it did I could stick it on the bottom and go.
"I thought we might have had a chance at the win there late, but I ran out of gas on pit road and that killed our chances. Overall, it was a solid weekend for the Goodwrench team."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 9th:
"I feel good about today. I think we can build on that and this is a step in the right direction. But we were never quite as good as I thought we would be. But I'm happy with it. Not elated with it, but okay."
ON RACING WITH HIS TEAMMATE, KEVIN HARVICK: "I was slower than he was. He could have knocked me out of the way but he didn't. And I appreciated that."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was a good day, not a great day. I think we had the potential to be better than we ended up (13th). The GMAC Chevy car ran well all day. But we were fighting an uphill battle with the loss of practice and qualifying position. It's not impossible, but it's just so hard to make that track position up. Because to make it up, you've got to get off sequence and as soon as you get off sequence, you're ahead one stop and then you're behind the next. But that's just how it goes."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE WITH KURT BUSCH? "I just got loose on the bottom there. It was pretty slick, especially with the track being really green and I just got sideways and got into him. I hate it for him.
HAVE YOU TALKED TO KURT? "No. The same thing happened at Indy to us, he got into us when we were running in the top 10 and he didn't think it was necessary to come over and apologize to me, so I don't feel like I owe him an apology. He can look at the tape. I looked at the tape in Indy and saw that he lost it and got into me, so he can look at the tape and see that I just got loose beneath him today.
BUSCH IS SAYING THAT TODAY'S INCIDENT WAS RETALIATION FOR INDIANAPOLIS INCIDENT. IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO THAT? "It sounds to me like he just has a guilty conscious."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
TALK ABOUT YOUR CAR AND THE DAY YOU HAD. "It was a long day for the U.S. Army team. We had a good car today and we passed a lot of race cars out there in the first half of the race. I thought we were going to be in good shape. Then some guys came in to the pits and took only two tires and we fell back in line a little bit.
"Once that happened, the No. 50 car blew up and I turned sideways trying to avoid it and everyone started wrecking behind me and they ran into me. That was my own fault for spinning out. It was just a long day after that."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH MIKE BLISS ON THE LAP 191 CAUTION? "I don't really know. The zero car (Mike Bliss) got into me and turned me around there. I don't know what that was abou -- I gave him a lot of room.
"The U.S. Army team worked hard in the pits all day to get a crippled machine ready to race. We had what we needed today. But in the end, things just didn't work out for us."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 8th:
"We had a top 10 car throughout the day. Unfortunately we just couldn't get the speed out of it over the long run. The short runs, we were good. The pit strategy was awesome. The pit stops were awesome. We would do everything we needed to do and then just hold our own for a little bit and gradually get tighter and tighter. I'm proud of the guys to get a top 10 finish. My point of view is that these first five races of the Chase, you're not going to win it, but you can definitely lose it. So a top 10 is exactly what we needed."
WITH ALL THE CRAZY THINGS THAT HAPPENED TODAY, DO YOU FEEL PRETTY GOOD JUST TO GET AWAY WITH A TOP 10? "For whatever reason, I wasn't around the payback area. I saw Kasey Kahne get the No. 5 (Kyle Busch). And then the No. 7 (Robby Gordon) was trying to back into somebody behind me and I thought I was going to get hit. I know there were a lot of emotions running high. I wouldn't be surprised if NASCAR doesn't do something crazy in penalizing these guys who were reacting after the crash had taken place."