Monte Carlo Watkins Glen race notes

Ron Fellows, No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Monte Carlo (sidelined on lap 35): "We think the axle broke. That was probably our problem beginning at around lap 10. I can't believe our rotten luck in Winston Cup. This is a real ...

Ron Fellows, No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Monte Carlo (sidelined on lap 35): "We think the axle broke. That was probably our problem beginning at around lap 10. I can't believe our rotten luck in Winston Cup. This is a real disappointment - for Bully Hill, for NEMCO, for everyone. The guys worked real hard building a new car for this race and we thought we had a shot. This is like a Daytona 500 for us. I'd give them all up (wins in Busch and Craftsman Truck at Watkins Glen) for a win in Winston Cup."

Robby Gordon, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo (sidelined when the TV box caught on fire): "NASCAR owes me one. We had the car (to beat). I'm sure Jeff Gordon will win the race. I backed off and played with him to see where he was strong in case he beat me out of the pits so I could plan on where I would try to get back by him. I got back by him pretty easy and took off. I'm disappointed because this team worked so hard the past couple of weeks. We came here and tested and qualified up front. We've been up front every session. And to go out of the race with something that's not driver-related or team-related is a huge disappointment."

Robby Loomis, Crew Chief, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "Jeff (Gordon) has done a great job of driving all day and the crew has done a super job once again in the pits. It's driver for driver now, and it should be a real exciting finish.

Is being out in front with clean air important at this track? "Well, it's definitely important for us because we've got some right front damage to the car."

Tony Eury Sr., Crew Chief, No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo (on re-start with 7 laps to go): "I don't know what happened. I thought you was supposed to follow the pace truck when you come around here. Apparently that No. 24 car stopped over there somewhere. You can't pass to the right. The No. 28 is up against the guardrail over there. You can't pass on the right side; you've got to pass on the left. What was we supposed do to? I don't know. I guess when you lead the race you can do what you want to."

Steve Park, No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It's all we would ask for from starting 37th. We really didn't have a great racecar. I knew what the late and great Dale Earnhardt told me. He said if you stay on course and don't burn your brakes up and break your transmission, you can finish in the top 10. And we didn't have a great racecar, so we used that theory to get us a good, solid top 10 finish."

Was is all about patience? "Yeah, it's all it was. Our car wasn't where we needed it to be, so we had to drive a smart race instead of an aggressive race. I got a couple of good restarts there at the end of the race moved me up quite well. Just being patient paid off today."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We had a good race. We had good pit strategy. I was up in the front, but I don't know what was with Jeff Gordon's re-start. It was so slow that 20 car-lengths back we were running over each other. We came in here and we didn't qualify that good. The car ran good in practice. We got up there and ran with them. I was happy about that and happy about coming back here. We got some points. I would have rather finished fourth, but we did a good job."

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Note: Kevin Harvick was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie Contender, taking home a well-deserved seventh place finish on the lead lap. He also nabbed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in the Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, California earlier this year.

"It was wild there at the end," Harvick said. "It was a good points day for us I thought we had a fourth or fifth place car and I burned the brakes up trying to get by Ricky Rudd for earlier in the race. I learned a little bit today about brake management and all in all I think it was a pretty good day for our first time at Watkins Glen."

How hard was it for you to take care of the brakes, transmission, and clutch during the 90-lap event at Watkins Glen? "In order to get everything to shift you've got to be pretty rough on the transmission," Harvick said. "You don't really use the clutch unless you're coming out of the pits and the gear that we had it was really hard to get in and out of the pits. You had to be kind of easy with it. You just had to do what you had to do on the restarts."

-GM Racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Steve Park , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows