Loudon: Pontiac Racing race quotes

GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: OUT, LAP 121 - CRASH; WHAT HAPPENED? "Tony got up in that junk up there on the racetrack that they call asphalt that doesn't stick anywhere. It's like being on ice out there....

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

OUT, LAP 121 - CRASH; WHAT HAPPENED? "Tony got up in that junk up there on the racetrack that they call asphalt that doesn't stick anywhere. It's like being on ice out there. It's a shame to come to a place that you used to be able to race at and now you can't. It's like being on ice. I don't know what to do about it or what. All I know is that they just didn't make it any better."

JERRY NADEAU, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"The car was good enough to win. But, when you don't have any communication between the crew chief and the driver (lost radio communication), what are you going to do? I had no spotter the last 100 laps (lost radio communication). It's just a tough deal.

"It was a tough break. The Valvoline Pontiac was awesome. It was definitely a top five and we came home 18th. It's just unfortunate.

ON THE TRACK "The track was absolutely junk. It's the worst racetrack I've ever raced on - no matter if I live up in New England or not. It's junk. I hate it. I love the Bahre family. They are great people. But, it's not a place to race on.

"The track was garbage. The sealer was coming up. There were marbles. They had to sweep it every 20 laps and then the first three laps...everybody was absolutely all over the place. You couldn't get any grip. It just wasn't a good racetrack to race on.

"Everything was pit strategy - getting guys up front. We led some laps today. We made some good pit strategies. We just got screwed up at the end because I had no communications. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I should come in or stay out. I stayed out. The car was really tight, but I couldn't tell the guys to do anything, so it was just an awful day. But, we came home 18th and we'll just go to Pocono next and do better."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON THE TRACK "I've been coming here since 1990. These are great race fans. It's a great facility. But, I remember in 1990 I turned over on the back straightaway because the racetrack came apart. I was following somebody and Dale Jarrett was following me. Ricky Craven got up in the marbles, he came down the racetrack just because that is what you're supposed to do, and I got hit in the right front and turned over. That was 1990.

"They should give everybody their money back for impersonating a race. It was not a good race. I don't think it was a good race.

"It's just unfortunate. The people here are so nice. They are so absolutely perfect. But, it's just so tough. It's tough. It's tough for us. What can you say?"

DOES THIS PLACE NEED BANKING IN THE CORNERS? "I don't know. Like I said, I've been here since 1990. I'm not an expert. I can't fix it.

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"But, what they've got - it was tearing up in 1990 and it's still doing the same thing. And, it's not all their fault. It's just the way the sport has evolved over 10 years. We've got a ton more downforce. Tires are incredibly grippy, which makes it hard to pass, which makes for everything else and what you have is what you have."

WHAT WAS YOUR APPROACH TO THE RACE ITSELF? "Just wait for somebody to make a mistake, get up underneath them and go, basically.

"I don't know how much more racetrack they can pave on the inside, but we'll use it because it's marbles on the top side anyway."

-pontiac-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Ricky Craven