DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 42nd) "I'm fine. I don't know, I either cut down a tire or the tread came off, something like that. As I was coming down the straightaway the car just got a serious vibration and started hopping...
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 42nd)
"I'm fine. I don't know, I either cut down a tire or the tread came off, something like that. As I was coming down the straightaway the car just got a serious vibration and started hopping before it just turned around. It's unfortunate because the car was good."
THAT WAS THE SECOND WRECK IN TURN ONE. WHAT'S GOING ON THERE?
"I have no idea what happened in the first one, but, like I say, I think mine cut a tire down. It's one of those unfortunate things."
DID YOU HURT YOUR HAND?
"No, it was just on fire and it got really hot and I was trying to get my gloves off."
"Apparently, it cut a tire or the tread started coming off the right-rear just going down the straightaway before I even got to the point of shifting. It started vibrating and then started hopping then and just turned around. Apparently, something happened with the right-rear tire. It's unfortunate. I had a really good race car and it's just kind of the way the season has gone."
HOW WAS IT GETTING OUT?
"It's always hard to get out, especially when you're trying to get out in a hurry, but everything is fine."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"We couldn't beat Tony unless something happened, but I was sure gonna try to make something happen there at the end. I wanted to run it out. We had a great car on the long run and it's just a tribute to Ben Leslie and the whole Viagra team. The Taurus worked well on the long run and we got a lot of long runs and that was really good for us. I think if we would have had a caution every 20 laps we would have struggled to finish that high."
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR TONY?
"Not unless something happened and I was gonna try every way I could to figure out a way to make something happen because it's been a while."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Finished 20th)
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END?
"It's just Mike Skinner, as usual. He causes about half of the wrecks in Winston Cup and he pushed the 9 up into the wall through the tunnel and came across the front of us and wrecked a bunch of people." HOW WERE YOU UP TO THAT POINT? "Not bad. We got really, really loose there for a while and tightened it up and it wasn't bad. I was kind of medium there at the end and I could run with the guys, but I was just off a little bit all day."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We kind of got lucky and got our track position back because we made a little mistake and got behind in the pits. I think we ran out of gas, but we came back from that with the way the pit cycle worked out. We got up front and when we got up front the car handled real good."
DID YOU MAKE A LOT OF CHANGES?
"We didn't change much. It was pretty decent all day. I struggled a little bit in one end, but I was real good in the other end so we didn't change anything really big. It was a real good car on long runs. It wasn't real fast the first few laps, but on the long run it was real good."
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING IF THAT LAST CAUTION HADN'T COME OUT?
"No, we had about a third-place car there. I felt like I was as good as the 6. The 20 was pretty good. If we would have been in front, I think we were pretty equal but for how it turned out I'd say it was pretty good."
DISCOURAGING TO END UNDER CAUTION?
"It wasn't discouraging at all for me. I wasn't gonna catch those guys. I was gonna finish third anyway. It's a 500-mile race and we ran 490 miles. If there was a red flag it would kind of be setting everybody up for a wreck, so I was happy with the way it ended. It was good."
DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
"I hope so. We had a real solid car all day. We weren't perfect, but we had a solid car and came home with a good finish."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 9th)
"I'm happy. We've had so much bad luck the last month it's kind of like getting the wheels back on the train for this race team. We had a great race car in the middle part of the race. I mean, we were awesome, and then we just got too tight there at the end and fell back some spots. We think there are some areas we need to work on, but I want to congratulate my motor guys again. This was an unbelievable motor. If we didn't have that, we probably would have finished 20th, but the guys did a great job. We're gonna call this a pretty successful day."
YOU STAYED OUT ON THE TRACK WHEN THE 88 WRECKED. WAS THAT THE KEY TO YOUR DAY?
"Yeah, because we lost some spots on the pit stop before. I said, 'Hey, let's just get some track position here and get some clean air on our nose.' I think that's what enabled us to finish in the top 10. I don't know if we would have been able to pass all those cars like the 8 and the 20 and all those guys did, so that was definitely a great call by Raymond. That helped us run up front and lead some laps. We led at halfway, so that's good for Elliott Sadler to do that here at Pocono. I've never been in that position before, so it was all kind of new to me."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 37th)
"I'm not really sure what it is, but something broke in the transmission. There was no warning whatsoever, but right about the time you grab high gear at the start-finish line it just broke. Sometimes you break something and at least you've got first or second gear, but there was nothing left. I'm not sure what broke in it, but it's a shame for the Motorcraft/Air Force Ford. We didn't have the kind of day we would liked to have had, but we kept adjusting on the car and actually weren't too far off the pace. We just never could get track position and couldn't get a caution when we needed it there late. It came out, but, unfortunately, we're the ones that brought it out."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 36th)
"This is as bad as we've ever been. I guess not having any practice yesterday hurt us because it certainly wasn't from a lack of effort. I don't know what to say."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 14th)
DID IT HURT A LITTLE TO HAVE TO PIT WHILE LEADING AT THE END?
"Well, we just stayed out to lead a lap. Everybody had to pit, so I wasn't in a situation that was different than anybody else. We were OK all day. By myself I was pretty decent, but behind other cars I got just a terrible push. We've been struggling with that all year, we can't seem to make our stuff turn behind other cars. We're gaining on it. We gave up a couple spots by pitting, but I thought pitting was the right thing to do. We've just got to keep working."